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Backpacker Magazine – October 2009
True to product description, this tent gives you more for the money.
Before testing the Microlight 2, we figured L.L.Bean's catalog was full of typos. The listed weight was clearly too low for a tent under $200. And a floor eight feet long? Not a chance. Um, actually, yes, said our testers, a couple of six-footers who slept comfortably during five days on the Colorado Trail. "We even had extra floor space to store gear." At just over two pounds per person, this double-wall tent has an amazing space-to-weight-to-price ratio.
The fly is made of silnylon, but four vents kept the all-mesh canopy condensation-free in all conditions–even during a muggy night of summer rain in Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest. Setup is easy, though the tent requires 12 stakes for a taut pitch. And early wear, the downfall of most budget gear, was not an issue. Our only real complaint: The single vestibule is barely large enough for two pairs of boots.
Floor space 28 sq. ft.
Vestibule 1 (5 sq. ft.)
Weight 4 lbs. 6 oz.
We've seen T-shirts that cost more than Coleman's Xponent Cadence 2, which kept a 6'2'' tester and his dog dry during days of drizzle in Pennsylvania's Ohiopyle State Park. Watch for early wear, though. $60; 4 lbs. 13 oz.; coleman.com.