Bass Pro Shops Hiker/Biker I Tent
I bought this tent for backpacking. While out on the trail it rained and water leaked in from everywhere. It wasn't easy to get in or out of. After the first use the it broke and I couldn't fix it. I returned it and got my money back. Would not recommend to any one.
December 3, 2013
What you see is what you get
There are a lot of ticks, mosquitos, no-see-ums, etc. on Cumberland Island where I often go fishing/camping. There is no water and the backcountry campsite I use is a four mile hike so I have to carry water in my backpack as well as the other gear I need. So weight is an issue. This tent is light, it keeps the bugs off me at night and condensation while an issue is not deal breaker as the climate in the fall/winter/early spring there does not cause a lot of condensation. I do not expect this tent to be rain proof and it is not. I suspend my poncho over the tent if it looks like rain. I bought this on sale three years ago for $19.95, would not pay a dime more for it. As it is part of my enjoyment of the tent is based on how cheap it was, the other part of the enjoyment is how light it is and how little room it takes up in my backpack. Suggestion if you buy it - run a clothes line from about 6 ft up a nearby tree to the loop at the top of the front of the tent that is used to secure the front guy rope. I use a bungee cord to keep this connection tight. In this manner you eliminate the need to maneuver around the guy rope when getting in and out of the tent. Caveat - looking at the picture of this tent it looks like the front as been redesigned, that may be an improvement however I wonder if they eliminated the side vent which my tent has along with a circular front entrance. If they eliminated that side vent when they redesigned the front then there would be only the front screen for ventilation and that would mean no ventilation and that would make the condensation issue a massive problem any time of year.
November 8, 2013
Made my kid cry.
Looks good and the price is right for my 8 year old's first tent. That's where anything good comes to a grinding halt.
One word: condensation. With the vestibule flap down to protect from rain, there is literally about 4 square inches of ventilation. Cool rain + warm interior + no air movement = wet. Not damp, folks. Wet.
My boy came out of the tent every morning with his hair plastered to his head and any clothes left out got wet through, even leaving the flap open. The screen at the rear of the tent is not adequate for cross ventilation.
There is a note indicating condensation may occur. But the level at which it continued every night seems to defeat the purpose of having a shelter.
On the last day of a 4 night trip, my boy got out of the tent, trying to hold back tears while exclaiming that he would never, ever sleep in that tent again.
August 23, 2013
So my two cents:
I bought this tent for a backpacking trip. I haven't been backpacking in too many years to admit and only purchased this because the reports from the lake said LOTS of mosquitoes.
I read some of the reviews and yes the first time I set it up (on the backyard lawn) the poles where difficult to seat into the pockets. I collapsed the poles, inserted the ends into the pockets then forced the poles into the ferrules.
Second time was not an issue, as the tent had stretched enough.
I do think I’ll use a ground tarp for my trip and have a rain fly handy if needed.
My overall opinion is this is an awesome buy for the weight and cost and if you’re a hardcore backpacker you’d be looking for something else anyway.
When I’m done I’ll throw it in my kayak for overnight Yak trips.
May 16, 2013