|Size||for 1 person|
|Sport||Camping & Hiking|
|Brand||River Country Products|
|Manufacturer||River Country Products|
|Item Model Number||601844905010|
|Product Dimensions||20.32 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm|
River Country Products Trekker Tent 2, Trekking Pole Tent, Ultralight Backpacking Tent
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- Super fast and easy set up! Great for hiking, camping, or adding to your survival bag, this compact tent will fit into your backpack without filling it up.
- Great one-person and gear tent or two-person tent without gear.
- Trekking poles are NOT included (they are included in the Trekker Tent 2 Combo pack also on Amazon @ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BNQXKDN ), this tent is intended for use with your own trekking poles, but can be used with almost any stick that is over 42 inches tall.
- At over 7 feet long, over 5 feet wide, and 42 inches tall, this tent offers more room inside than almost any other ultralight tent.
- The Trekker Tent 2 weighs just 2lbs 12oz. Tent comes with stakes and carry bag.
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At 2 lb 12 oz, the Trekker Tent 2 is one of the lightest backpacking tents on the market. At 7 feet long, 62 inches wide, and 42 inches tall, it also has more room than any tent in the ultralight category. Roomy for one but comfortable for two. It's a great 3-season tent. It's compact, so it can fit easily in your backpack or bug-out bag and comes with 8 ultra-light aluminum stakes and a carrying bag. Trekking Poles are not included. Important Note: This tent is intended for use with trekking poles, but no poles are included. However, if you forget your poles, it works fine with most any stick longer than 42 inches or can be tied between two trees. The total weight is 2 lbs 12 oz with a carrying bag and aluminum stakes. With no poles to string through the tent, it is super fast and simple to set up. Just stake down the corners and put in the trekking poles and it can be set up in as quickly as 1 minute.
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The quality of the tent otherwise is good and the bottom is definitely waterproof. Plenty of room inside for a long mat and sleeping bag, I'm 183cm and 90kg and I can just sit up inside and could fit me twice across the floor, or me and my gear comfortably.
When I purchased I didn't realise it was a hiking pole tent, but love that now. It really was so easy to setup with my cheap Decathlon hiking poles!
Only other issue I found was there is no ventilation... next time I might go for version 2 which has bottom vents butbis a little more expensive. It can feel a little stuffy inside this version when you can't keep the door cover open due to rain.
Overall 4 stars.
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A lot of people talk about condensation, but that is a skill thing not a tent thing.this and any tent always need a tarp over for the most comfort. The dew point is always right at the fabric so condensation always happens. Properly using a tarp over this tent will eliminate the condensation, and this tent can be used in colder weather. I used a eureka solo and almost froze because it allowed too much air through right at ground level.
The size is nice, much bigger than a standard pup tent. I can sit up in the tent and change comfortably. I am 6’2 and weigh 235 right now. Two people my size would be crowded but I would be fine taking my daughter and our gear into the tent but she’s about 5’ now, so gear would go at her feet. It has a whole 6” at my head and feet laying down.
The whole package packs down to a football sized package. The stakes are steel and I will replace with aluminum. The package is about two pounds. All seams in any tent need to be seam sealed, this is no exception, the stitching is great but every tent must be seam sealed always. I would never trust even the most expensive tent for that. I recommend setting the tent up and attaching the guy ropes so you don’t have to do that in the rain the first time you use it. I am an experienced camper and this tent took me about ten minutes including tying all guy ropes so I’m thinking a couple minutes will do. If you have set up a meshbtent then had to go back and throw the rain fly over it and secure it down separately you will only have to erect this tent for a water proof space you can throw your gear in and then pitch the tarp over for your front porch. I give this two thumbs up, it should last years with the right care.
GREAT JOB. Just add a light weight 10 x 12 rain fly like Noah's TARP.
TARP and Tent are lighter than ENO Hammock with ATLAS Straps.
A friend of mine has a 2 person big Agnes copper spur UL2. That is a great tent but is basically the same weight, 8x the cost, and this tent is slightly larger including the vestibule of the copper spur. So the value is amazing in that respect.
There are some nice touches:
- guilines are easy to spot in the dark. No tripping when you get up in the middle of the night.
- the standard shape of the zipper openings (2D triangle)on make them less likely to snag compared to some tents
- the stuff sack is oversized which means you can throw it in there real quick without taking the time to fold it perfectly
- the entry flaps have Velcro to keep them closed in windy conditions
- the tarp bathtub bottom is really thick and light tarpoline material - not cheap tarp at all!
- tarp bottom means no need for a footprint
- there's an extra strip of material for tying the folded tent before putting it into the stuff sack - that keeps it from expanding too much
A lot of ultralight tents and tarps these days are made of various expensive nylons, silicon coated nylons, cuben fiber, and other high tech materials. Because they are leveraging trekking poles, there's no fancy aluminum pole system and the material is a relatively normal and thicker+durable polyester, which is super waterproof and what most standard tarps are made of. That is the perfect trade off for a backpacker like myself, who already uses trekking poles, and is just not gonna pay $400 for a tent I use a couple times a year.
Full disclosure: I did reinforce the seams with Coleman's seam sealer prior to the trip.
Original Review: Great little tent. Incredibly light to carry and quick to deploy. It's surprisingly roomy inside and easily fit myself and my gear with enough room to change outfits without fighting the walls of the tent. Would most definitely recommend.
Setup was a breeze! And breakdown and stowing it back in the provided storage bag was just as easy. Stakes are metal and relatively heavy, so I plan to replace them with aluminum or composite stakes to save some weight. If you're looking for a no frills 2-man or 1-man + gear tent, I don't see how you can go wrong.
I just got back from a 3-day trip in the Colorado "Flat Tops" wildnerness. We went 6/7-6/9/19, with overnight lows 37F the first night and 26F the second. Snow melt was very high/active so the second night was 100% humidity as we were camped a little over 100' from a raging torrent (100' min is a USFS/Flat Tops camping requirement).
I love this tent! It has three features that make it really versatile for a backpacking trip. First, it's a 2-person (comfortably) tent for the weight of a 1-person. That means you can easily keep all your gear inside if you're hiking alone. I found it was best to lay along the centerline with my gear on both sides. You have the most headroom that way. This tent was JUST tall enough for me to sit comfortably without bending over (I'm 6' even). I've read comments about condensation issues, but I didn't have this problem even with the very humid second night.
It also has some neat little features, like two internal fabric loops, one at each end. When I backpack I carry a SlimK hanging LED light (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KFC893M/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1) which seems like a luxury but with lithium batteries is only 2.1oz. This gives me a perfect place to hang a light and it lights the whole tent, which is a much better experience than a headlamp or hand-held flashlight for reading, organizing gear, etc. (I have a LuminTop LED flashlight in my EDC as a second source of "flashlight" style light.
Pitching is easy with hiking poles, but to be honest I also really like setting it up on a ridgeline. I usually camp where trees are available, and the ridgeline gives you just a bit more height with less fussing.
My favorite feature is the bathtub-style tarp bottom. We had rain one night and I didn't even bother to trench around the tent like I usually would. It's just not necessary. That makes it much easier to "leave no trace".
Another nice feature of the tarp floor is that because it's waterproof, you can fold and pack the tent without letting it dry out. The way you fold it, the tarp only ever touches itself on the "wet/dirty" side.
Five things I would love to see in a "3.0" future version:
1. The end vents have no way that I saw to close them. If you want them open great, stake them out. If you want them closed, they kind of just hang there and a stiff wind (which we had) flaps them around a bit. You get air leakage that way. A small tab of velcro would probably be enough to hold them closed. (I plan to add this to mine.)
2. The "door" is two layers: a mosquito net and an outer nylon fabric door. The way it's set up is like 90% but the outer door zips vertically down the middle, but not horizontally across the bottom. Only the mosquito netting zips across. This leaves gaps that attract insects if you have any kind of light inside. Even if you didn't want the weight of a zipper, another velcro tab or two here would be nice to hold the outer door closed better.
3. To hold the doors open there's a small cloth loop/toggle system on the left and right angled "edges" of the roof. It works fine, but the toggle is shared between two separate loops, one for the door and one for the mesh. Using the mesh every time isn't really an option since the door doesn't fully zip across, but it leaves you fussing with things depending on the order you rolled each layer up (which loop is on the "inside" or "outside" of the toggle holder). The toggles are bigger than they need to be - I've love to see a smaller toggle but two on each side, one for each layer.
4. I'd LOVE a tiny window in the far end. Even a little "porthole" style panel would be nice. The only direction you can see out of this tent is the front door. This is meant to be an ultralight tent - I'm not asking for a big window panel with zippers. But even a tiny (1-3") flap would be great!
5. A recent update changed the stakes to ultralight aluminum ones. They worked great for me. But why not change the tie-out cords to zing-it or similar to match? There are six guy-out lines with traditional plastic adjusters. I'd happily pay a few bucks more to save an ounce of lines...
How this thing is only $50 is beyond me. I would easily put it against a higher-end $300 product, any day. I'm 100% happy with it, my comments above are just "future suggestions" not complaints. It was a great trip and I'm taking it out again with me in 2 weeks!
It is lighter, bigger (in width, height, and head room), and packs smaller. 2 people could easily sleep in it as it is actually bigger than most 2 person hiking tents (but they would need to keep their gear outside). It is a quick set up and quick pack up as it is basically rectangular and so folds and rolls easily. It is constructed of a heavy material, which is good since it does not use a rain fly (but easily could).
The material is thick enough that it could be a 4 season tent. The wind resistance and ability to stand up to snow would depend on how well you can stake it out. If the ground is such that the stakes will hold it is rock solid. If you can't stake it, due to ground too hard or soft, then that would be a problem. If you can guy it to two trees than it will be rock solid. I've used it in cold weather and the lack of "ventilation" (read: draft) at the ground level is great. You could leave the front flaps open (and the screening zipped to avoid insects) and open the back vents and it would get that desired draft in the summer.
I did get some condensation inside but it was minimal and I did not have the back vents guyed open. I will next time. One suggestion to the manufacturer would be to use the small plastic pieces that others use to hold vents open instead of guy lines. This would be more convenient and also allow users to open and close the vents from inside the tent. As others have suggested, a regular light weight rain fly tarp would easily be placed over the tent to reduce dew and also to increase the rain resistance, which I don't think is a problem, so I personally do not plan to do. Adding a light weight rain fly would still leave this tent smaller, lighter, and cheaper than most hiking 1 person tents and the bag is big enough that it would all still fit.
The open end of the tent has a screen that zippers shut. There are external flaps that zipper and Velcro shut vertically, but not across the ground. One comment on set up: It become obvious once inside the tent that if you place that pole perfectly upright and/ or close the flap inside of the pole that if it rains and the wind blows in that direction that it will likely billow into the tent and let water in. This can easily be addressed by moving the base of the pole out 2-3 inches and closing he flap outside of the pole. Another suggestion to the manufacturer would be to make those flaps slightly bigger and able to be configured into a small vestibule. This would make that front end more rain resistant and also provide a place for dirty boots outside of the tent.
After a few minutes all was well again, until I discovered that there were no guy lines on the side tabs used to bevel the Ridge line between poles. Another trip inside to get some nylon cording and then the tent was up and ready. Subsequent setups went smoothly. The tent has a nice amount of room. The overall quality is still good for the money despite the little quality mistake with the grommet tab. Be sure to apply the water resistant coating as indicated by the manufacturer. This helps a lot with condensation from outside tent seeping through fabric. Being a single wall tent you may still experience some condensation inside from your breath and or humidity during rainy weather so be sure to stake out vent guylines and position tent with breeze through door for optimum air flow. I see that more recent shipments of this tent come with lighter and more effective aluminum stakes, this is a good upgrade and takes the tent down to well under 3 pounds. The cost of this product and it's comparable roominess make it a good choice for anyone needing an affordable backpacking tent. The most impressive features are how quickly I was able to set it up (the second time) and how it amazingly and quickly folded up to it's original size and fit easily in it's bag, with all netting and guy lines safely in the interior of the bundle.. For a single person this tent has ample room for pack and other items inside with sleeping pad/ bag set up with space remaining between bag and side of tent. I was actually able to set bag on a partial diagonal for a roomy feel on both sides of me with the pack more toward one end of tent. The other tents offered in a similar size and weight cost perhaps a couple hundred dollars more so this tent is a bargain. Just returned from using this tent for a long weekend. I would recommend taking a small 2foot x 2foot square of plastic to place at entrance of tent, to place your hand or knee on when entering and exiting tent. Edited to add::: I turned my trekking poles upside down and put the point through the metal grommet ring on the tab at the end of Ridgeline. I am unsure why others need cordage to connect the poles to tent. The condensation improved greatly after applying the water proof spray. The newer version of this tent has ventilation built into the sides which likely nearly eliminates the condensation. I might buy it for summer next year, but for fall and winter trips, I am glad for this more cozy design. I took a hexagonal tarp set along for a trip with expected t-shirt and put it over and overlapping this tent to create a living room for cooking aid such. Worked great by running two separate Ridge lines and eliminated the pole at front door. The overlap of the tarp point a few inches above tent Ridge eliminated moisture altogether and kept big rain drops and tree debris from making such loud noise against tent during the night. The bathtub floor performed well because I had already caulked the little corner hole other reviewers had mentioned.