If you’re looking for the perfect balance between trail weight, price and great build quality check out the Big Agnes Pioneer 2 Tent. The Pioneer 2 was sent out to me to review by Sierra Trading Post. Check out their store for some awesome deals on outdoor gear. http://www.sierratradingpost.com/
Also, check out their YouTube channel for tons of helpful tips. http://www.youtube.com/user/SierraTradingPost/videos
There’s no vestibule on this tent. So if you’re like me and gotta have a place to cook in the rain or to store wet gear check out my DIY tent Vestibule from a Poncho/Tarp video here http://youtu.be/7O7_WBDhfAE
With a trail weight of about 3 lbs and a cost of $180 to $200 it’s affordable and lightweight. You’ll have plenty of interior space to move around inside, if your sheltering from the rain, with the 34 sq. ft. of floor space and peak height of 43 inches. This tent is very similar the Big Agnes Scout UL2 but with a few differences. The Pioneer is about 1 pound heavier but cost about $80 to $100 less than its ultralight cousin.
This tent can be pitched in less than 3 minutes with a minimum of 6 stakes and 2 trekking poles but requires 12 to 13 stakes to pitch it properly. Make sure you use the rubber boots for the tips of your trekking poles when inserting them into the reinforced pockets to prevent damaging the tent. You can pitch this tent several different ways as I show in this video but you can also use the loops at the top of the 2 peaks to tie the tent off to a tree or to a ridgeline. Sticks could also be used in place of the trekking poles if your poles were lost or damaged.
Pros of the Tent:
I love how easily this tent can be pitched in the rain, keeping the inside dry.
With the 12 stake out points this tent is very stable in inclement weather.
With the huge panels of no see um mesh the tent has excellent ventilation with minimum condensation which is usually a problem in most single wall tents.
I did get a little rain as well and stayed very dry.
The built quality is excellent as every seam is stitched strong and seam taped.
Because the top of the tent is a very light beige color I was able to see in the tent very well at night with partial moon light.
There is plenty of storage space to be had and the tent includes 2 gear pouches and a large gear loft can be purchased separately from Big Agnes and hung in the back of the tent to carry larger items. They even make one specifically for watching your movies on a tablet.
Cons of the Tent:
The 12 or 13 stake out points/guy outs can be excessive and leave you with a lot of guy lines to trip over. Some people have complained about the weight of the extra tent stakes as well.
The zippers seemed to snag very easily every time I tried to open or close the door. This can be easily avoided by holding the storm flaps up while unzipping. But it’s a pain.
My only other con is that there is no vestibule to cook under in the rain or place wet/muddy boots and gear. I address this in my next video by making a DIY tent Vestibule from my Sea To Summit nylon Poncho tarp. Check out that video for a quick, easy and lightweight vestibule idea. http://youtu.be/7O7_WBDhfAE
The Full Tent Specs:
• Seasons: 3
• Capacity: 2
• Packed weight: 3 lb. 11 oz.
• Pack size: 8×16″
• Peak height: 43″
• Floor dimensions: 54×90″
• Floor area: 34 sq.ft.
• Tent floor material: 75 denier polyester taffeta
• Number of doors: 1
• Rain fly material: 75 denier polyester taffeta
• Stakes: Aluminum
• Stuff sack: Yes
• Footprint included: Yes
• Recommended use: Mountaineering,Backpacking
• Made in China
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