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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Gear Guide 2009: MontBell Crescent 1 Tent Review

Perfect for stargazers, the MontBell Crescent offers 180-degree views of the night sky.

by: Kelly Bastone

MontBell Crescent 1 (Seth Hughes).
MontBell Crescent 1 (Seth Hughes).

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Get the best of indoor/outdoor sleeping: Just roll back the rainfly to reveal the mesh canopy–and a 180-degree sky view. The Crescent achieves the feat–along with incredibly low weight–by employing single-wall construction at the foot and double-wall at the head. It's not freestanding, but pitches fast with one pole and seven stakes, and proved "rock-solid during a gusty storm that dropped four inches of snow," said a tester who used it in Idaho's Sawtooths. Sub-six-footers found its length adequate and headroom excellent when they were sitting up, since the peak's high point is at the tent's midsection. While prone, however, testers said the sloping walls felt close. Downsides: On calm nights, condensation collected at the head and foot, and the tiny "vestibule" over the door only shelters a pair of boots. $229; 2 lbs. 1 oz.Montbell.com

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puschmannn
Oct 26, 2011

oh, and itīs the 27th of oktober, not the 26th as the posting-date shows... where is this homepage from...? greetings :)

puschmannn
Oct 26, 2011

agreed^^

Jerry Behrens
Jun 05, 2009

I have read all the reviews in the 09 digest.
My vote for a one-man tent is still the Hilleberg AKTO. It is the ONLY one that goes up without getting the interior wet if it is raining! I have other mesh top tents that have given me the undesirable experience of having to crawl into the tent with my rain gear on (yeah, it is dripping wet!) and in my fumbling around the rain also soaked the tent floor because it came in thru the mesh that is so wonderful for star gazing. Attempting to hold the fly over the mesh while it is raining and blowing requires more arms and hands than the human body possesses.
YES, the AKTO is expensive, but it is bomb proof, light, and tough!
Have you spent any time in one???

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