Posted by Jeff Keenan on October 16, 2002:
|Make and Model:||TNF Canyonlands|
|Review:||I paid $100 for an unused tent off eBay, it lists at $180. The pros: it's lightweight; it feels like a tent, not a bivy; the all mesh body offers great ventilation (especially in hot, humid climes like Houston - I don't know how it would fare in colder areas); it comes with TNF's v-stakes, which are light but strong; it's easy to pitch; there is decent (if you're 6 ft. or shorter) head room to sit right in the middle of the tent; the polyester fly won't sag like nylon; it's a pleasant color; and the reflective zipper pulls rock on dark nights. |
The cons: it packs about the same size as a two-man; the vestibule is very small - you'll get boots in there but plan on leaving your pack outside; it's not freestanding; the door opens down (which means even when rolled up it can be stepped on); it doesn't come with a separate pole bag; the guy lines are built in and are at a set length; I wouldn't recommend it for anyone over 6 feet tall. Any taller and you'll be touching the tent walls. It's wide enough to sleep on your back comfortably.
I can only recommend the tent if you live in a warmer part of the country and can get it on sale. Next time I think I'll suck it up weight-wise (5 lbs.) and go for a slightly heavier solo (Eureka Mountain Pass 1XT - great vestibules!) or a small two-man tent.