I bought this tent as a replacement tent to take on an upcoming multi-week section hike of the Appalachian Trail. While pack sniffers usually scoff at using anything from Walmart or made by Coleman, after reading the reviews on it from multiple sources I decided why not try it. It fits my limited budget and fits just within my basic specs as far as wants and needs. After a few test setup and take downs over the past week, I set up "camp" in my backyard (after being cautious and waterproofing it all up. I hope to do a test in the rain as soon as it decides to rain here ;-) .).
This tent exceeds my expectations. It is easy setup, can be used freestanding, no hassles, light enough and an overall great value for Walmarts $70 pricetag. I didn't experience any condensation in it. I had several types of bugs and insects trying to get in but the mesh is fine enough that their efforts were unsuccessful. I only wished there was a way to close the back vent up without having to get out of the tent, but unless it's downpouring out, not a huge deal. Just a minor inconvenience. As with any tent with a primarily mesh construction, take it easy on the mesh as a precaution against holes.
I am 5' 2" and had plenty of room to bring my Z-Lite pad, sleeping bag and pack in. I intend on using it as a solo instead of a 2-person. While it will fit 2 people, it would be a tighter squeeze than I like. When packed up, it fits in my pack perfectly. The poles did not come with a sleeve for easy carrying, so I made one out of a ripstop material with a drawstring to strap to my pack.
For backpacking, I would recommend the Outdoor Products 5'x7' backpackers tarp that is in the camping section of your local Walmart (I have not seen it online here yet), or the old hiker standby of a piece of tyvek as a ground cloth. The backpackers tarp isn't bad at all for $10. It definitely did it's job last night in protecting the bottom of my tent.
I would definitely, without a doubt, recommend this tent as a spring/summer tent. Having not tested it in the fall, I can't speak for that yet. But I bet with the proper layering and sleeping bag, it's possible for use as a good 3 season tent.
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