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We use this tent in the Bob Marshal wilderness area. The tent easier to set up than I was led to believe and ventilates very well. The nights tend to be cold in the mountains with frequent rain, but with the excellent ventilation we get very little condensation. The tent is roomy and very easy to get in and out of. Unknown on Jun 13th 2017
I've had it for over a year now. Spent 10 days in the Lincoln National Forest where it rained everyday and hailed hard twice. I had 10 inches of hail built up at the corners of the tent where it shed off and piled up, but I stayed dry inside.
Yesterday I returned from a weeklong trip in the Snowmass Wilderness where we were hit with 30+ mph winds at 32º and it held like a champ.
It can get condensation, but I've not had it dripping down on me. Condensation doesn't bother me. I just give it a wipe-down before packing up for the next spot and I'm good. And the venting really does help minimize it - more often than not there isn't any condensation.
It's probably not for everyone, but if you like feeling more apart of your surroundings it's excellent.
And oh yea, setup is seriously fast. I can have it up in less than 2 minutes. The rest of the guys I led on the last trip were seriously impressed. Josh Motlong on Sep 10th 2016
I have enjoyed the Tensegrity tent in rainy, windy, warm and cold conditions. I searched for ages before I chose this true compromise of weight and comfort. I have found tents with less weight but they were always too small or uncomfortable.
What I enjoyed most was sitting straight up, looking around with dropped side doors, even in pouring rain. Also cool was being able to cook underneath the gear closet panel with the backpacks dry.
I have also tried the open awning setup but this was not very stable in wind and rain.
There is one downside which is already mentioned. There is no droplets catching mesh or innertent above your head as in many other (heavier) tents. Tiny droplets of condensed water have fallen in my face due to big raindrops on the outside. This can be overcome by wiping the ceiling before you go to sleep and probably each time you wake up.
There is another downside, there are a couple of panels which are big and flat, so a bit flappy in the wind.
I understand that those downsides come from the beautiful, roomy, light, protective, futuristic and airy design. I am happy with this light hearted tent, and luckily so does my wife ;-)
Matthieu (from Europe) on Jun 28th 2016
I love the design of this tent. I had a couple of really great trips and loved how light weight it was. I'm giving this tent 2 stars because of the condensation that builds on the inside. I had a horrible camping experience last weekend when it was raining. the condensation on the inside would fall anytime raindrops would hit the outside of the tent. The weather was supposed to be rainy all weekend and we were pretty wet halfway through the night so we decided to pack it up and get out. I don't believe the tent was leaking but that the condensation built up so much on the inside ceiling of the tent that it had no where to go but on us. I was very bummed as this was my wife's first time backpacking with me and now I'm worried it might be the last. I no longer trust this tent in the rain and I live in western North Carolina where it rains constantly. I'm so sad I have to get to get rid of this tent. I've never loved a tent design more. This would be a perfect tent for drier climates. Jameson on Oct 26th 2015
I really like the design concept of this tent: very roomy / airy feel; great ventilation; good visibility; optional set-ups; easy access; easy set-up; and relatively light weight. Very unique design. The only reason I didn't give this tent a 5-star rating is because of the difficulty I had in getting a taut ridge line. Granted, I can use the extra lines to pull out directly to the side, but that requires another line to trip over, stakes to carry, etc. I was wondering if it might not be better to use a line (thin webbing?) that can go out at a direct 45 degree angle from ridge pole peak. Then anchor the front flap to this with a line; this allows the flap to extend further out, without adding more weight. Difficult to describe my concept, but there would be a gap between the corner guy line/web and the front flap. I know this would impact the alternate setups - but, I am imagining ways to handle this as well, but can't put them into words in this short review. Anyway, keep working this concept - it's a good tent! Lee on Aug 23rd 2015