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I guess to start, I don't have enough experience with companies that make outdoor gear to know what companies make quality products and who makes junk. Mind you to, this is also only going to be a secondary tent that's quick and easy to set up when we're traveling.


I saw this on REI's site and thought it seemed like a pretty good deal, i think about $133 after discount and before taxes.

REI - ALPS Mountaineering Edge 4 Tent

The Edge appears to be a renamed Lynx model from ALPS. Spec’s match almost to a “T” to what REI has. The few reviews I found on it seem to be favorable.


ALPS Mountaineering - Lynx 4


Amazon - ALPS Mountaineering - Lynx 4

Thanks in advance!
 

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I've got that exact tent and it's been great. I've had it for probably 3 years now. It's not tough as nails, but it's held up well. I think I've only got one little hole in the bottom from camping on the rocks at Rausch. I put a hole in the screen last weekend at jeepbeach trying to get a cot out. It comes with a nice rainfly and open top. You get a little overhang with the rainfly which I like to hang a small hanging lantern on, makes it easier to find the tent at the end of the night. It's worked well for all of my trips. big enough for my gf and I, and our dog and all our crap for a weekend long trip. any other specific questions?
 

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That's good to know.

I'd assume with only a 2 pole design it's pretty quick easy to set up? One of the main reasons I'm looking for a 2nd tent. I've got the Columbia Cougar Flats tent. Great tent, spacious, but not the most ideal especially for say just an overnight stay.

How has it been in less than stellar weather? Kept out water and so on. Good ventilation? If I end up getting this, I'll be using it out west, in UT, AZ and in CO so it'll be getting used in varying environments.

Over all though, you'd give it a thumbs up? Any complaints or anything else you think I should know?
 

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The two side windows are completely open, and you can open a rear window up almost as much. the top of it also has a vented area. The front door only opens up about half. If you leave the rainfly off, you'll get great ventilation. the rainfly covers about 95% of those side windows, so once its on, you lose a lot of that. I've had it in rain and snow and its been good. there was probably about 2-3" of snow that fell overnight and it held up well, didnt cave and stayed dry. I haven't had any torrential downpours to deal with, but light rain has been kept out by the rain fly. No severe wind experience either. It goes up very quickly, even in the dark. The tent snaps on to the poles, so you dont have to worry about threading them through anything. Overall, I'm very happy with it for what I paid from the REI Outlet online. The reviews on there were very good, which is why I ended up buying that one. A lot of people said it held up better than much more expensive top brand tents. I think I remember reading about someone who had it in severe wind conditions and it did better than their other tent that they paid 4x for.
 

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Thanks for the input. :beer:

I pulled the trigger tonight. :grinpimp:
 
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