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Old 04-28-2008, 11:39 AM   #1
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Mountainsmith Altura Tent Review

The final installment of the Merc tent reviews.

I found the Mountainsmith Altura at Back Country on offer for about $40 IIRC. I couldn't pass up that kind of offer.

They are now back at their regular price of $70 http://www.backcountryoutlet.com/out...TS_bcs_MOU0099

Now, on with the review.

It's pretty small all packed up:



Regular pegs:



Aloominum (as you folks like to say) poles:



Inner tent is all mesh:





Not tiny but not big either:









Interior:



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Overall impression is pretty good. Not a ton of vents - but the inner is all mesh so that might be handy in the summer and/or where there is no chance of rain. I like the fact the tent clips to the poles instead of using sleeves. I also like the nice long zip - should make getting in and out pretty easy.

What I don't like is the lack vestibule but I guess you can't have everything with this kind of tent.

It's small, but then it's a one-man tent, what do you expect...

Not tried it yet but I plan on using this in a couple weeks on a long weekend. If I do, I'll report back.
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Old 05-02-2008, 08:18 AM   #2
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Back on sale at Steep and Cheap (backcountry.com) for $41
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:22 AM   #3
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great reporting

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I have one that I bought for a trip a couple months ago and never used. SOLD... if anyone wants it. Send me a PM.
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Update:

I was asked to provide a short update by an inmate so here goes...

I've only used it for about 3 nights in total and so far so good. One of those nights it rained quite hard and the tent seemed to be fine.

It is not free-standing and the only complaint I have (and it's not the fault of the tent) is that it really is small - there is no storage at all. Apart from that, it is what it is, a cheap tent that would be OK for a night or 2 or in an emergency.
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Just got off a 3 night CDT ride in September. Tent packs up small but there are others out there that pack so small or smaller and have much more interior space. It is a one man tent so that can be a drag. But my real issue is that it is kind of a pain to set up. Since it isn't free standing and comes with cheap poles it is hard to set up in established campgrounds with hardpacked ground.

But I will sat for the price it is hard to beat. I picked it up several years ago for $40 and had never used it until this past weekend.
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