Set up the new one - initial "backyard test". This is siliconized polyester, or silpoly. It won't stretch and sag like silnylon does when it gets wet. Kind of small for the inner tent but big enough for someone and their necessities. Has a pretty cool Ridgeline pocket that will hold most your small stuff. The rain fly has generous vestibules and I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but the Ridgeline is offset asymmetrically which it's kind of strange because the inner tent runs diagonally under the rain fly. This design is what creates the generous vestibules. This is something I will use when I go to ground for myself, awesome color is about the same as brittlebush so should be really really stealthy in the desert!
It also comes with what I suspect are Vargo titanium hook Stakes. Not really a fan of those for Arizona soil so may just bring my groundhogs along. So far, my general impression is that $200 is a damn good deal for this.
needs only 4 stakes. better with 6, to hold out the small doors. 8 stakes is really storm-worthy.
large storage spaces under the fly.
can be pitched with hiking poles right through the peak vents! meaning you do not have to open the doors to pitch it = dry inside.
very pleasing and stealthy color, sage/brittlebush green.
silpoly fabric, stays taught when wet (much like PU coated poly, but lighter)
pitchable in 3 ways: just the fly, or just the inner, or both. inner has just 2 clips for fast setup, unless you leave it together, then pitching is even faster. took me less than 3 minutes.
about 32oz for everything, including all stakes, on my scale.
one can sit up along the peak, pretty high for an average
(5' 9") person.
ridgline pocket is generously sized, and may be capable of holding a book, headlamp, smartphone, wallet, maps, playing cards, anything else you may need to keep yourself occupied while bored. i imagine it is sturdy enough to hold a compact 9mm pistol.
the inner tent is kinda confining, at just 28" max width. anyone over 6' tall and a thicker pad might find the mesh hitting face and feet. *that being said, 28" is good for a place to lay your head, if you're a bigger fella, get a 2-man tent.
although there are 8 Ti stakes, i dont like the holding power (which is next to nothing, in soggy or sandy soil).
would benefit from 2 hooks to hold doors open, not just one that is not really centered on a rolled-up main door.
all guylines are exact color of tent body. i may change them, for ease of visibility.
these are just nit-picks. new guylines, different stakes, will likely make this a winner. cant wait to use it in the field!
*i changed out the zipper pull cord to Lawson's GloLine. also, the ridgeline guyouts for visibility. lastly, the inner tent lines were tossed and replaced with full-length bungee, which i feel helps reduce strain on the inner tent / outer tent bodies. i like the Ti stakes, but they won't hold in the sandy/rocky soils of AZ. imma use my Groundhogs, likely.
this initial 4 star review was just for a trial set up. i feel confident this tent will perform very well. thank you for reading my opinions!