Rated 5 out of 5 by 3
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