Superb ultralight 3-season tent
This is my go-to backpacking tent because of its great function combined with its incredibly light weight and very compact size when packed. I've used it in the North Cascades in the early spring, and in the Central Cascades and Goat Rocks Wilderness in the summer.
FAST AND EASY TO PITCH. The tent comes with twelve high-quality stakes and great guy lines. The rest of the materials are high-quality, as is the workmanship. It is as fast and easy to pitch as any tent I've used.
EXTREMELY ROOMY--TRULY A TENT FOR TWO. The tent is wide, and it is so long that neither the head nor the foot of my zero degree winter bag touched or even came near the tent walls. The tent is so tall that I can sort of stand, bent over, to change pants. (I'm 5'9".)
GOOD VENTILATION, NO CONDENSATION PROBLEMS. There is a band of several inches of mesh in the tent walls on all three sides other than the door side. There is an integrated "eave" flap over this band in order to keep out rain. The mesh band is plenty high up enough off the ground to keep water from bouncing in during a rainstorm. By varying the distance of the side stakes from the tent wall, you can vary the amount of ventilation in the tent. I've had no condensation problems even in temperatures below freezing.
PITCHES DRY DURING FALLING RAIN. You can erect the tent during falling rain without having the interior become wet. Although during the pitching process you must crawl into the tent to place the rear pole (keep in mind that you can do so while leaving your feet and muddy boots outside), this tent is designed such that the interior is never exposed to falling raindrops while you are erecting the tent.
SOLID DOOR, NO VESTIBULE. Some reviewers complain about the fact that the door is solid fabric, but mesh would not work because it would allow rain to enter. Adding a second door of mesh would defeat the purpose of this tent--to be ultralight. This amazing tent has most of the luxuries and protections of a tent but weighs the same as some tarps. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
Near perfect backpacking tent
This tent is a dream for hiking in the humid Appalachians. It's basically a tarp with a bathtub floor, end flaps and ample full-length screens on both sides for air circulation and protection from bugs. My first set up was in 20mph winds with temps in the mid 30s (2 deg C). After staking out the floor, raising it with your trekking poles is actually easier than putting up a tarp. It went up first time without any problems and held tight through the night without flapping. Like a tarp, you need to ensure all your guylines are taut for best performance. You can put your front pole outside or inside the tent, but either way you'll need to scoot around it getting in and out. The back pole doesn't stand at the back of the tent, but is actually about 8 inches in from the end. That location probably helps with a sturdy stakedown and enables the makers to put a vent at the top rear. Unfortunately, that means the pole is in between your bag's feet and your partner's. But given the enormous room available inside for a 2-person tent, it's no big deal. Given all the screening, it doesn't offer much high wind protection, so I'd normally use this alone only in warm weather. You can extend your season for the tent by adding a windproof bivy sack, at which point you're warm and snug with both you and your gear inside out of the cold rain.
A couple of small beefs: 1) They really should show the back pole location in their pictures or layout diagram to avoid confusion; 2) for those counting ounces (or grams), my packed weight as delivered was 1 ounce (29 grams) more than the specs stated; and 3) the stuff bag it comes with is a 5 liter bag; it really needs an 8 liter bag for easy packing. I swapped out for an 8 liter bag and changed the stakes to triple edge with strings (my own preference), adding an additional 49 grams. Despite this, I'm still giving it 5 stars and looking forward to more trails.
My go-to summer tent
This tent is basically what I have been waiting for. The Scout has more floor space and height than any other two person backpacking tent I have ever researched or used. Those truths are amazing, but combine those with the fact that this tent weighs HALF as much as most other tents that are smaller, and you have a winning combo. Now consider the fact that this tent costs less than nearly every other two person tent on the market that can be considered ultralight, and this tent is flippin' mecca. I would like to dispell some myths about this tent regarding the setup. First of all, it is no more difficult to set this tent up with no trekking poles inside the tent or in the way of the tent's door than it is to set it up the way it is depicted on the website. I used one trekking pole in the front, and tried it diagonally on either side of the door, and it worked flawlessly. Second, the pole that should go in the rear of the tent can be set up on the outside of the tent with no problems whatsoever. Since I do the majority of my backpacking in glaciated country, I do not carry stakes. I use thin cordage and rocks to get a perfect pitch. The first night I used the tent, I stayed at Clyde Lake and the tent endured 30+mph winds very well. The tent did not lean or sag, and looked the same in the morning as it did the night before. Pitching is definitely more time consuming than a freestanding tent, but hey, it weighs 25 ounces (750mL of whiskey weighs more than this tent). I do not believe the profile of this tent would be conducive to holding snow. I have not seen any rain while using this tent. The material is thin, but not as thin as the Fly Creek Platinum, and that tent shows no signs of wear after two dozen nights. I am careful, but not paranoid.
I would buy this product again.
Did a treck at Philmont Scout Ranch in June 2013, It rained hard the first night out, then a 60 MPH wind came up, and had no problems with the rain or wind. Was easy to set up, and had no problems with using a piece of Tyvek for the ground cloth. Set it up from 8K to 11K feet, in all kinds of soil. Had no problems with bugs, but the fly zipper, like most zippers you have to take your time opening and closing. I would recommend taking this tent on any hiking or back packing trip. It is going back to Philmont again in Aug. with the group from my troop. Of the five tents we had in my group, it was the lightest by far. Had no problems stuffing it into the sack that came with it, or by folding it as it came. I stuff most of my tent rather than fold. No problems with the poles, but did use rubber covers over the tips to protect the tent. used the front pole both inside and out of the tent, no problems either way. I would recommend this tent to anyone who wants a light, quick to set up tent. I had no problems the one night it rained.
Just did the JMT with the new Scout UL Tent and I must say this is close to perfection for a lightweight fully enclosed tent.
This tent has great interior space. I am 6'3" and enjoy the space and keeping all my gear inside for quick retrieval.
Just a couple of quirks but manageable..condensation on some mornings was very,very wet,just be careful. The door zipper does get stuck a lot but after a while you know it may happen and take your time.
The pole issues of getting in and out or stretching and moving in the tent > great reviews on the way you can improvise, it works great with the pole sideways or guide line hooked to a tree, etc., improvise and you will not have a issue.
I did get rid of four of the tent stakes ( a little to light) and replaced them with better anchors on the mains.
Miss not looking out on great starry nights but no matter what I do...I always have to go in the middle of the night and will get to see the stars anyway :)
Pic.. Garnet Lake..Range of Light
Great Tent and Design, Thank You BA
Good value backpacking tent
Took this tent on a 3 night trip with my brother. I am tall and he is horizontally large. We had plenty of room for ourselves while lying down, with just enough room left over for our boots/misc stuff at our feet.
The entry is a bit awkward to get in and out of, I put a plastic drop cloth on the outside of the door to give us a place to place our hands/knees while climbing out which ended up working really well.
It was very rainy on our trip and we stayed dry. The tent did collect condensation, but it was not much and didn't get us wet unless we slapped the tent roof. there was not enough room for us to sit up comfortably to play cards while it was raining.
My tent was above the listed weight even without including the stakes. Still very light. If you hike with poles it is hard to beat the weight/price ratio with any other production tent. Would highly recommend if you can live with the small door and little head room.
I love my Scout! I spent about 15 nights out in my Scout in 2013, looking to increase that in 2014. Overall it performed extremely well. Super light, packs up super small, and super easy to pitch. Very roomy. Lack of vestibule wasn't a bother, but then again I didn't have any torrential nights over the course of the season. To save even more weight, I upgraded to MSR mini-groundhog stakes, and Z-line for all the guys. So far so good.
The only gripe would be condensation - I found on cold nights especially, I would get a lot of condensation inside the tent. I think if I packed a packtowel or something it'd probably be OK, but in truth that probably has to count against the overall weight of the tent.
Either way, a very good tent. Nostalgia factor back to the boy scouts for sure. And overall very roomy tent for the weight. Highly recommend.
Used it for two Weeks Straight - great!
I took a group of Scouts to Philmont in NM for two weeks in June 2013. The tent performed flawlessly. High wind, rain and bugs were kept at bay. Only one night did I have some condensation and that was my fault for not adjusting the guy lines by the front entrance. The tent is light and packs in the bags provided well. I had the footprint and would recommend this as the fabric is thin.
The zipper did catch on the fabric, but i have found that this is tru for most BA tents. The use of hiking poles as the tent poles was a great way to reduce trek weight. Standard stakes worked great.
I had this at various elevations from 7200 to 12,400 feet. Highest elevation at which I pitched the tent was about 8'100 feet.
Excellent tent for a large man
First and foremost I am 6'4" tall and 250 lbs. I need a tent that I can fit in without touching the ends. This tent suits my needs perfectly. It really takes no longer to setup as a freestanding tent. Then again I 45 years old and grew up using this style of tent in Boy Scouts.
This might not be the right tent for everyone but for anyone my size I would highly recommend it.