Rated 5 out of 5 by Frank2470 Awesome Tent!!!
I bought this tent a few weeks ago at a good price. I set it up a few times to see the quality and ease of setting up. You can actually set it up in less than 15 minutes with no effort. The tent is very well made, better than I thought it would be. I bought it for me a my wife for when we go on the AT. Its very light. I could be more critical but for the price and quality it is well worth it. It is made for 2 average people. Overall this is an awesome tent.
January 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DMB1 Awesome tent
This tent is very light weight and extremely easy to put up and take down!
January 1, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by hughvh Good tent, bad rain fly
I loved the tent. Its light, easy to setup, and plenty of room. However I hated the rain fly. It has no vent, so condensation was a big problem. I went camping in dry, 35 degree weather and the fly was soaked from the inside. Also, when the fly opens it falls into the tent. There is no way to flip or fold it up over the tent, out of your way.
Sorry, I am returning this tent because of the fly.
December 30, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Rabbot Poor ventilation compared to the old version
I bought this tent based on my experience doing a lot of camping in my friend's older version of this tent and how much we both liked it. That tent had only one door and vestibule, so when I saw that the new version had 2 doors and vestibules and was still light and durable it seemed like a no-brainer. However, even LL Bean cannot perform the magical feat of adding a door, a vestibule, and the extra poles needed to make it freestanding while keeping the weight and price down without sacrificing somewhere. It turns out that the new version, while still a good tent, is missing some of the little details that made the old version so liveable.
The biggest drawback is that old tent had 2 small vents in the fly to let out condensation and in many many nights of camping in weather conditions ranging from hot and muggy to cold and rainy and everything in between we never had issues with condensation. Not even with 2 people and a large wet dog in the tent! The new version has no vents, and although I have only ever slept in it alone condensation has been a major problem. The last time I used it it was dry with lows in the mid 20s and so much of my breath collected on the inside of the fly that it was literally dripping on my face while I slept and getting my down bag wet. It was impossible to get out of the tent without getting soaked from the water on the inside of the fly, and as soon as I got up in the morning and my body heat was no longer heating up the tent all that water froze and there was a solid sheet of ice lining the fly. That's how wet it was, not ice droplets but a continuous sheet of ice! With one person in dry weather. Maybe I am doing something wrong, but I have never experienced this with the older version of this tent or any other tent, and for me that lack of ventilation might be a deal breaker.
Otherwise it seems like a good tent though. Nice size (cozy but totally liveable for 2, luxurious for 1), seems durable for the weight, easy to set up, and like I said, the old version certainly proved it's durability and weather worthiness. Overall though I think I would rather pay a little more for a comparable tent with better ventilation and maybe a slightly lower weight.
December 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MattScout great 2 person backpacking tent
This is a fantastic tent for backpacking. I have used this tent on several campouts, including a weekend hike on the Appalachian Trail and a Philmont trek. The tent is large enough for both me and my son to sleep in it comfortably at the same time (we are both 5'8" tall), and the vestibules are big enough to hold backpacks and hiking boots. On the first night of the AT trip it poured the entire night, but our gear stayed dry in the vestibules and we stayed dry inside the tent. It is easy to put up and take down, although I would recommend practicing a couple time at home before trying to put it up on the trail. It has held up well, it packs small enough for one person to carry, and it is light. Note: I strongly recommend buying the Microlight footprint for this tent as well.
November 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by IceCream33 Awesome tent, rain or shine!
My friend and I took this tent backpacking across the Whites this summer and it was perfect-- easy to set up and take down and roomy inside, with convenient doorways on both sides that left enough space between the fly and the tent to protect our backpacks. Most importantly however, we were caught in a downpour almost every night and we never got wet! We also purchased the 'footprint' to place under the tent and were all set. This is more impressive when one considers that the last night of our trip we ended up camping in a ditch! But our sturdy little tent held up. I definitely recommend it! :)
November 9, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by BuyerBeware2 FS Microlight 2 not as advertised
All I ever read about this tent was how it weighed under 4 lbs. Upon receiving it, I took it out of the box and weighed the stuff sack and contents with a digital scale and got 4.4 lbs (4 lbs 6 ounces). Also the top of the tent doors are cut low making it hard for a tall person to enter.
This tent is being returned.
November 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jamoof It's so nice to have a variety of tents
I've bought my last 3 tents from LL Bean and have not been disappointed. This one is so lightweight. I can imagine using it bike touring as well as wilderness canoeing, with one caveat: it's hardly a 2-person tent. Even though the sides are pretty upright, you'd feel the tent encroaching on the sides if you tried to sleep two in there. However, it's beautiful for one (spacious for one!) and unique with the 100% mesh top. The pole supports are wicked fast and easy; common sense prevails. The angle of the two side doors is such that the zipper won't bind at all, as is quite common with other tents with a greater zipper curve. The tent fly comes down low on the sides, so it remains to be seen how much air circulation there will be on a rainy muggy summer night. Yes, there are velcro straps on the inside of the fly that you can affix to the pole setup for extra security in the wind, so IF you also wanted to use the fly alone it can be done. I'm looking forward to using this tent mostly when all I need is the mesh for that feeling of sleeping out in the open, but bug free.
September 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cicero Great!
Nice tent. Perfect for one person. I can not imagine two in this. One night dipped into 30s. Stayed warm and comfy. Easy easy set up.
September 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by berkmberk1 First real uae
I finally got a chance to use this tent this weekend (Labor Day) on a one overnight back trip to Thousand Hills SP, outside Kirksville, MO. Previously, I had only set the tent up twice to get the hang of it. I highly recommend doing that. It is really quite simple and intuitive to set up, except for the rain fly i.e. making sure you have it turned the correct way (head of the tent is wider than the foot) so yoiu can actually use the vestibules. Now, this shouldn't be a big deal and easy to figure out, but my experience should be illustrative. Without going into details, my outward bound trip was sort of botched - hikinig mid-day in 96 degree weather, losing part of my water supply, hauling a 35-40 pound pack that I am training with for a more extravegant trip next Spring. This left me totally exhausted, and not thinking too clearly. There was the threat of thunder storms, which didn't materialize and I needed to set up fast. I got it on backwards but fixed it. I was so exhausted, all I could do then was blow up my mattress, climb in, zip up, and collapse - out cold for seven hours! If I hadn't practiced first, I could have been in trouble. Tear down this morning was quick and efficient.
The tent was great keeping bugs out. Ventilation was excellent. I had one vestibule open and the other unzipped about four inches for enough cross breeze to make it comfortable. I experienced no condensation problems, though the weather I experienced didn't cool enough probably at night.
Construction and materials are EXCELLENT. Room is great for one person (you can put all your gear in with you if you want) but I would guess having a partner in there too would make it FULL. But then its for backpacking, its not supposed to be a nylon resort.n Its weight is more than competitive, and you can only get liter if you pay more.......and then not that much liter. I didn't buy the foot print, but took another route, so I can't comment on that.
The only things I would change if I was the purchasing agent for LLB would be having two way zippers on the vestibules, like on most sleeping bags, so you could close the vestibule but adjust ventilation from the top or bottom. The second thing would be to supply guys and pins for all the points on the tent (its only a few). These changes shouldn't be so costly as to up the price.
Overall, I like the tent, and I think my money was well spent.
September 1, 2013