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Can you help me find the right four-season tent?

Question:
I read the recent 4-season tent review and wasn't really impressed by any of the tents in it. This is what I am looking for: 4-season usage, 2 person capacity, less than 8 lbs., 2 doors, 1-2 vestibules with 1 large enough to cook in, can hold up snow if needed, small to no condensation problems, @ $500 or less. What kind of advice or suggestions can you give me? Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Mark

Answer:

Mark,

I've gone over the criteria you sent several times, and searched out every tent I can find that fits the bill. There are few. You asked for:

  • 4 season
  • 2 person
  • 2 doors
  • 1 or 2 vestibules
  • Vestibule large enough to cook in
  • little or no condensation
  • less than 8 pounds
  • snow loads well
  • and, less than $500

I put together this table (below)of 4 season tents less than 8 pounds and (mostly) $500 or less. However, many do not fit one or more of your other criteria. Since GearReview.com has not reviewed most of these tents (I'm the tent guy, and many of them I haven't even seen in a catalog yet) all we can go on is the specs and catalog descriptions when available.

Based on my research and this table, my impression is that the Walrus Hurricane Hole may be the best match. It also has the advantage of being a very versatile tent, with many configuration options. I've seen very positive reviews of the Hole in other publications. You can also take a look at it online at www.walrusgear.com.

I hope this answers your question, or at least gives you some ideas of where to look.

Steve Mann, "tent guy"



Four Season Tents <8 lbs and <$500


Manufacturer Tent Weight Poles # Vests Vest Sq Ft Doors Price Notes
Climb High Wild Country Mistral 6,5 3 1 14 1? $285 Convertible, no mention of tent on web site
Dana (Garuda) Kaja 5,6 3 1 9 1 $529  
Dana (Garuda) Kusala 4,13 2 1 7 1 $529  
Eureka Scorpion 2XT 7,13 4 2 11/11 2 $330  
Ferrino H L 2 4,3 2 1 17 2? $418  
Kelty Windfoil 2 7,12 3 0 0 1 $300  
Moss Superfly II 3,0 1 0 0 N/A $259 Single Wall
Mountain Hardwear Trango Assault 7,6 4 + 1 1 10.5 1 $395  
Quest Preying Mantis 4S 7,9 4 + 1 1 17 2 $349  
Sierra Designs Tiros Assault CD 6,13 4 1 8 1 $375  
Stevenson's Warmlite 2R 2,12 2 2 7/1 N/A $499  
Stevenson's Warmlite 2X 2,5 2 2 7/1 N/A $460 Single Wall
The North Face Assault 6,2 2 + 1 1 7 1 $600 Single Wall
VauDe Sirius 7,0 3? 2 "Large" 2 $349 Single Wall
VauDe Galaxy 6,2 2 + 1 2 14/14 2 $159  
VauDe Galaxy Ultra 4,14 2 + 1 2 14/14 2 $339  
Walrus Windshear XV 6,5 3 1 11 1 $239  
Walrus Hurricane Hole 7,5 3 1 + 1 9 + ? 2 $318  


Here are the web site address for the tent manufacturers in the list that have web sites:

Walrus -- http://www.walrusgear.com
VauDe -- http://www.vaude.com
Moss -- http://www.mosstents.com
Climb High -- http://www.climbhigh.com
Mountain Hardwear -- http://www.mountainhardwear.com
Eureka! -- http://www.jwa.com


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