• Aaron Farley

    That’s a great idea! The hybrid concept has to make setup faster and pack weight lighter! Win-win. How do you feel about that ball-connectors on the ends of the poles and the slide connectors that hold the tent to the frame under high winds? Do you think the tent walls are going to deflect enough to keep it from putting enough stress on the clips to pull them?

    • SoleAdventure

      Great question, Aaron! The hardware is solid and locks into place convincingly. SD partnered with DAC to develop the connectors, and they tested them thoroughly in wind tunnels. Here’s some video of the tent under load: http://player.vimeo.com/video/96622644. I hope I don’t have to test this rig in high winds, but if my upcoming elk hunt is anything like last year, it’ll get quite the test.

      • Aaron Farley

        wow – enough said. Thanks!

  • Aznealz

    Interesting design solution and in-depth review Mark. It looks like the ‘bathtub’ floor does not continue around the entire perimeter of the base. Is this the case or am I just not seeing the details? Thanks.

    • SoleAdventure

      Essentially, yes, there is full coverage. Either there’s a raised floor (bathtub) in the double-wall areas, or you have complete ceiling-to-floor coverage in the single-wall areas. Jump to around 7:00 in the video and you can probably see what I’m talking about.

  • Oregon Extreme

    I am really liking the ideas behind this tent. I am looking to purchase a tent for an upcoming backcountry hunt, but wanted to get your post CO hunt review (nice bull btw). Have you posted it yet? or am I just not seeing it? Thanks! Also, I am a little concerned about the lack of wind protection because of the vestibules not completely touching the ground and also the foot area remaining open. Was this an issue for you?

    • SoleAdventure

      I don’t have the full review put together yet. We didn’t have a ton of wind on our trip, and thus far I have set it up in somewhat sheltered/protected areas, so I can’t comment as to it’s performance in high winds. But I don’t think the vestibule configuration would be a major problem in windy conditions. Overall the tent performed quite well. There was some condensation at the single-walled foot end, but nothing that concerned me personally. Any other specific questions?

      • Oregon Extreme

        Btw- Did you guys both sleep in this tent? I bought one on sale at REI cyber monday sale for a good deal. I have only set it up in the living room (without stakes or guylines), and it seems like it would be too small for 2, 6’4 250 lb guys.

  • Dave

    May I ask why the choice for free-standing tent when many backcountry hunters seem to opt for 7′ x 9′ tarp, or a floorless pyramid?

    Just curious. I am considering the DST Tarp from Seek Outside next year. :)

  • skinewmexico

    I had a hybrid tent from EMS about 15 years ago. They work well. This thing is pretty heavy compared to a lot of tents from cottage companies.

  • Jonathan Urquidi

    I know its been 2 years since this review, however I recently stumbled into your site and podcast love it btw. Anyway you and cam hanes inspired me to get out and hunt more. So when I began to acquire equipment i found the non ul version for a deal to good to pass up. question is how would this tent work in late season hunts mid oct to nov? I feel its great for early season but not sure about late season. Hasnt been to cold in socal to test and find out.
    Thanks and love the pod cast!!

    • SoleAdventure

      This isn’t designed to be a four-season tent or engineered to withstand snow loads. You could certainly use it during oct/nov in some locations and conditions, but if you’re going to be in the high country or have a solid chance of significant snowfall, I’d look for something that’s designed to handle those conditions.

      Thanks, Mark