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Yes, it requires some use and thoughts to use a single wall strange looking peace of cheese as a tent outdoors. (For example it is standard not to fully cover the mesh panels on the sides. Instead allow maximum airflow.)
But its worth it! Every penny. Great room, superior access to the tent, a room in front of the tent. I have used this even in winter on snow for a weekend and felt super light and protected (as long as you dont mix wind and powder at the same time).
Can highly recommend it.
Unknown on May 30th 2017
I have used this tent for about 7 nights of wilderness camping so far. I like it a lot. I needed a really light one person tent, in which I could sit up. There is more headroom in the Tensegrity 1 than most one-person tents, and it really wide, since the tent is wider at top than bottom. The feel is quite spacious, either sitting or lying down looking up. I got the non-seam-sealed Elite because it is more robust and lighter. Seam sealing takes up some of that weight saving, but is not hard to do well (dilute your sealant--see internet) I experienced one significant rainstorm with the tent. I spent it sitting in a camp chair under the awning at the front of the tent. This was feature that did not figure in my choice, but which is really attractive. It does require a second set of poles. I used my hiking buddy's; his one-person tent does not use them. I could use branches, or carry a set of poles, but the idea was to minimize weight. The two person version of the tent, when used for two who have poles, would be great, and at only a few ounces (and nearly $100) more, I wonder if I should have gone with it (but the point was, I keep reminding myself, to minimize weight). Overall, the tent is well constructed, fairly easy to pitch (if you can get pegs in), well ventilated and airy. Not the best choice if you want to your tent to help keep you warm, since it needs to be open to ventilate. Advantages of this tent: light weight One can see out even when repelling rain The front awning, if pitched with second set of poles, improves the view, and provides a rain or sun shade in camp. Suggested revisions make the cords reflective, to make them easier to avoid, or the stakes easier to find Increase the length of the "gear closet" door in front of tent Kirk on Sep 20th 2015