I bought a Mountain Hardware Lightpath 3 (3 season) tent last year...so this is my second season. It is very easy to put up...can use just the footprint and fly for lightweight camping...or full tent for regular camping. Tent is mostly netting so very good ventilation...vestibule has two openings for entry...and large enough to store packs, boots, etc. It does not let rain enter when vestibule is open with dripping water.....very good design. I especially like the poles and clip design.
It has been through snow, freezing rain, heavy thunderstorms, 95*+ heat with high humidity, and even winds in excess of 40mph last year on camping trip to Carolina Beach in September where 3 inches of rain fell in 8 hours. Swapped out supplied stakes with 12" metal sand stakes...dug down with hands to hard pack...drove in stakes...attached guy lines...covered with sand....she never budged. While others were blowing over, coming out of sand and filling with rain.....my entry into the tent was dry and comfortable even in those winds.
Outstanding tent for the price...well made.
1- easy to set up
2- light weight
3- solid in high winds, heavy rain, etc
4- durable construction
5- room vestibule for gear and gear pockets in tent
1- 3 person but would have to be very intimate to sleep three...hahaha...great for 2 persons with gear kept inside
2- low ceiling height...wife complains about dressing laying down or sitting up
I have contemplated RTT....but for me is not best solution for these reasons:
1- I spend more time camping in single location and using as base camp than picking up and moving each morning...so ground tent fits this role better for me.
2- I dont have ability to lift off vehicle onto high storage or keep in garage due to size limitations...already full of canoe, motorcycle, wifes car, and other toys.
3- Dont want to remove it to put a canoe or kayak up on rack or to build up a way to level them out with the tent left in place
Great products...and perfect for some...but for my use a ground tent and a rack mounted awning are more than sufficient. Good luck on your search.
ara 4 person tent. perfect for the girlfriend and me. it has slept 3 before, but 4 would be a stretch. i got it on clearance at target 5 or so years ago, and has served me very very well. it does turn into a 'sand globe' if the wind is blowing at pismo!
will probably upgrade to an 8 person tent soon. again coleman. they are inexpensive and good enough for my needs. as much as i camp, it is still only a hand full of times a year.
We've got a favorite ground tent for when we're camping out of the FJC, and an RTT on the trailer when we have that along. Overall I like both of them. I think many people comtemplating a RTT purchase are thinking there will be a big savings in set-up/tear down time. My experience is the RTT is a little quicker, but it's not a night and day difference.
I still have this tent tucked away in a closet.
I forget the brand, but it was OK for car camping and backpacking.
The picture is up at Mt. Rainier where I hiked in about 4 miles or so to one of their backpack camps.
I also have an REI NiteLite one person backpacking tent that was much easier to carry than the one above, but no pics online of it.
It's light enough i don't mind carrying it backpacking, and tough enough i haven't destroyed it yet. It's really nice to have your backpack covered by the fly when you're backpacking in bad weather. I only use my tent for sleeping, i have a 10x10 pavilion that goes with my truck, it's great for hanging out between the truck and the tent.
16' x 9.5' Ozark Trail family tent, sleeps 7 and has room for 2 queen size air mattresses. Have my AC Boot installed on this tent and it works great. Slept comfy with a sleeping bag over me last week camping in Key Largo, FL for 3 days. It was HOT......outside the tent. Inside was about 70 degrees during the night.
Tent cost me $80 at walmart and has served us well.