Rated 5 out of 5 by 4
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dave52 Excellent Choice
After 10 years of Adirondack winter camping using, primarily, lean-tos, I decided to buy a tent. This tent was one of 5 that was recommended to me by a seasoned winter camper and was considerably cheaper.
After some research I decided the weight was the only drawback but since two of us would share the load it was not an issue. We first set it up in the comfort of our living-room--it was easy. The poles, snaps, Velcro, clips are all high quality and the assembly was well thought out and intuitive. I did not buy a footprint.
The hike to Middle Settlement Lake was ~3.5 miles, day temps around 20 F and winds 10 to 15 mph, base snow ~2 ft. After packing the base (snowshoes), it took 2 of us a quick 10 minutes to set everything up, including the rain fly. The items included with the tent, stainless pegs (~8 in), and tie downs with tensioners (5 ft long each para cord), were adequate for the conditions and worked excellent in the prevailing winds.
The actual space was more than enough for 2 full size people and could even do 3 if necessary. The rain fly worked great and provided additional storage for gear. Sleeping was quite comfortable. With night temps hovering on the lower side of 0 F and the same wind on the first night, it was...wonderful. Within a couple hours I was shedding layers and finally opened my -20 down bag to keep from sweating. It was a most comfortable night. The vents worked great--as did the fly when we had a few inches of snow the next day.
The friend who recommended it came over to inspect and watch us assemble it. He was impressed, comparing it favorably to his high-end tents. Another tenter inspected it and noted he was trading in his new NF when he got back to civilization.
This tent is, simply put, a great value as long as you can handle the weight. With the combined 100+ years of our collective winter camping (lower 48 states) experience, we all agreed there was nothing this tent couldn't handle based on that experience.
March 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by OldScoutmaster Simply the BEST
I have been a Scoutmaster in Baltimore, MD, and have camped around the world. This tent is simply the BEST tent that I have ever owned, and I have owned many. My trial run was at 10,500 Ft in the Rockies during the September, 2013 Colorado Monsoon. Five days of straight, heavy rain and high winds- there was not a single drop of water inside the tent. We were high and dry! I got the footprint too, and it all clips together. In fact, you can easily pick the whole thing up, footprint, tent, and rain-fly and put it exactly where you want it. It has 12 guy lines, so can withstand very high winds. It's great.
Simply the BEST.
September 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DtownShopper92 Scout leader
As a scout leader who is in a tent year round, even when boys are in a cabin, this is a great tent. The quality and construction is typical of anything you get from L.L.Bean. The frame will definitely stand a heavy snow load. It can be zipped up tight to change out of wet gear without freezing, but vents through the top well enough that there will be no frost or dew inside in the morning. Big enough for two adults and if backpacking you'd want to share the gear weight with another person.
April 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by Astigar Very solid 4-season tent
I have been camping with this tent for about six weeks starting in November 2012 through January 2013, and am very glad I bought this item. I am sleeping in it alone, but have plenty of room inside to store gear, and two people who knew each other well and didn't mind storing gear outside would fit very comfortably in this tent.
While I have not had the tent in snow yet, I have slept in it through heavy rains, brisk (20 mph) wind, and temperatures in the upper 20s. Through all of this, the tent has performed admirably.
While 20 mph wind is not that high, the tent was very solid and felt as if it would remain so at much higher wind speeds. The main issue with high winds is the tent ripping, but it seems as though the design of this tent would at least ameliorate that danger. The rain flap--the part of the tent most vulnerable to the wind--is hooked onto the tent in two ways: velcro fasteners which attach to the poles and plastic click fasteners at the four corners. I cannot testify to the tent's survivability in high winds (50-60mph) for an extended period of time (as you might find when mountain climbing), but can say that the tent held up fine under the conditions it was in.
The tent material is extremely lightweight. The bulk of the weight comes from the poles (obviously) and the rain flap. I had worried that since the tent is put up first, then the rain flap thrown over it at the end, the lighter tent material would not be sufficiently waterproof. However, I did have to set up in a steady rain one night, and found my fears to be unjustified. After getting the tent up, I threw the rainflap over and crawled inside--it was completely dry.
I have also had no problems even in heavy rains--through which I have been in this tent several times. Even with the top vent flaps open, I did not get any rain in, and was comfortable and dry all night.
The main thing I like about the tent is its storage space inside. It has a tremendous amount of pocket space as well as hooks at the roof for attachable storage.
As for drawbacks, this is a fairly new product for Bean, it looks like, so there are not a great many accessories available for the tent. For instance, other tent makers make much larger vestibule flaps that extent the usable footprint of the tent (for storage of backpacks, etc.) and flap "hallways" that can connect two of the same types of tents together. As far as I have seen, the only accessory that comes with this is the footprint (which I bought and which serves its purpose well...). I am not sure if Bean will deepen its product line for this tent, but I do hope so. I have also had a little trouble sometimes getting the main rain flap zipper to go up and down. This is because there is a flap over the zipper to keep heavy rain from coming in through the zipper. To me, this is not much of an issue. I'd rather have the zipper catch every once in awhile when I'm not being careful to having a zipper that always works, but having my vestibule-stored boots get soggy in a heavy rain...
One note, I am not carrying this tent myself, but rather using a car to transport it. As such, I cannot speak to the issue of packing weight. The heaviest elements are the rain flap and the poles, so if you are using this tent on a 2-person journey, I guess you could divide the load between the two people.
I like this tent. It's well-built, keeps the rain out, does not have a condensation problem thanks to the material and the venting, and is spacious inside with ample storage space.
January 11, 2013