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Gear Reviews: Tent

Base Camp 6

Manufacturer: REI


Reviewed by: Elizabeth Donald

A car camping trip with three adults meant my usual backpacking tent simply wouldn't suffice. We rented this tent from REI, and were pleasantly surprised. Setup was in the dark without a trial run, and we were able to figure it out with only one or two missteps. The next day, our group was shellacked by a freak storm. The tent next to ours was destroyed; its fiberglass poles splintered and ripped through it like it was paper. We had a moment of panic when we realized we had staked the rainfly wrong, and quickly fixed it. After that, the tent held like it was made of concrete. Everyone else was bailing out their tents or repairing busted poles; our tent was unmarked, without a drop of water inside. We immediately fell in love with this tent, and the others in our group came over to drool on it as well. It was dubbed the Taj MaTent. The inside was large enough for all three of us and our gear, with a significant vestibule as well. It was high enough for a six-foot-one man to stand up without hunching. At 20 lbs fully packed, it is far too heavy for backpacking unless one person in your group only carries the tent. (That's possible, with REI's backpack-style tent bags.) But it's a terrific tent! As we will be doing more car-camping trips in the future, buying this tent is definitely in our plans.
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