Summary: I treat this tent like it's my little baby. I brag about it to people (who brags about tents??). I love it dearly, and use it whenever I can. If there's no tenting excursion in the near future I'll pitch it in the back yard, or the living room... just because. It's the perfect 3 season tent. I never had any bug problems that people complained of. Although the first few times I used it was in the bug-less desert, so that might be why.
Summary: Really a 4 person tent, holds up reasonably well in the wind. Only issue was a ripped stuff sack which received a quick patch job of duct tape and glue. Kinda-ok in snow, but if you're in the snow you probably want a smaller and warmer tent (mountain hardwear spire 2 is awesome).
Summary: I had great Customer Service from BD when I had a minor issue when I first got the tent. Now having gotten the tent out numerous times, I love this tent. Enough space for me, the wife, 18 month old daughter and the dog. The dog is an 85 pound lab. Setups quick and easy enough. It is a good design and allows for good ventilation. I look forward to many years in this tent. Great job Black Diamond!!!
Summary: I've really only used this for family camping in the Midwest. If I'm going into the back country a bivy or tarp work fine for me. This tent is great for the humid weather we have in the Midwest. You can roll up the rain fly on both sides so that you can stay cool in the summers, but you can roll down the rain fly quick if a storm rolls in. I you need the luxury of a tent while you are backpacking this tent is roomy and light weight.
"epic. magical. dope. these words express my love for the vista. totally badass tent!"
5 June 2009
Summary: this tent rules, set up in less than 5 minutes, weighs virtually nothing between 2 packs and still isn't an issue when carrying alone. the fly and tent pack up in a jiff if you're on the move quick and the hub pole system works surprisingly well, make sure you keep an eye on the poles they tend to wanna get to work faster than you want 'em to, so they'll start pulling together so just keep at eye on 'em.
Summary: We bought this tent late last fall. We set it up once in the living room just to size it up. Then this spring we set it up in the back yard to air it out and get it ready for the season. Well after taking it down we found the stuff sack had ripped. I cannot say that it was not ripped when we bought the tent, nor can I say that we may not have done it in the limited time we have used the tent.
"Lightweight, waterproof, quick an easy to set up."
8 April 2009
Summary: On my last hiking trip we were running for the rain trying to find a camping spot quick. This thing performed flawlessly. We had maybe 5 minutes to set up, and that's exactly how fast the tent popped up. Probably less. The tent is extremely easy to set up with the fastening clips. There were slight condensation problems, but nothing out of the ordinary. Kind of wish it came with air fresheners though, cause boy were my friend's feet smelly...
Summary: To say the least...this tent rocked! Just got back from a 5 dayer in Southern Illinois (Illinois isn't all corn you know...). Then tent was perfect for what we were looking for. Minimal condensation build-up even with 3 heavy breathers in 45 degree nights. VERY spacious while still lightweight. Only con...small vestibules. However, we were still able to keep all our gear inside the vestibules, just with a little stacking.
Summary: Took this tent backpacking on the River to River Trail in Southern Illinois for 5 days. It stayed dry in the rain and fit three people and two dogs easily. All our gear fit in the two vestibules, and it was really convenient to have the two doors into the tent.