Does a good job
I used the tube tent on Jan 22nd, 2011 on our Boy Scout troop winter survival campout at Stoneman Lake, AZ. The temperature was below freezing and the wind was howling in the trees. I strung a cord between two pine trees with a timber hitch on one end and a trucker's hitch on the other. I used a prussic knot with a cow hitch with a piece of wood to pull and hold the top tight. I used cord on each corner of the bottom using a sheet bend on the tent and a bowline to use on the stakes. I faced one side of the tent into the wind. I placed an AMK space blanket inside the tent. During the night I did not notice the wind coming into the tent. The tent material held up to the wind. The wind was strong enough to push the side of the tent. I was using a Thermarest and a sleeping bag. The cord is no good. It broke when I was tying a trucker's hitch. I replaced it with some nylon cord. The other problem was the material tore on the top when I backed out of the tent. However, it did not keep ripping even in the strong wind. Some duct tape would have fixed it.
Great for Summer Backpacking
I have used Tube Tents for CA Summer camping since I was a Kid. Especially when I am minimalist camping. It's lite weight and easy to put up between two trees or using two hiking poles. They are easy to repair with a little Scotch tape. As an adult, I would not sleep two because I like a lot of headroom. When it rains, I put a trash bag over the bottom of my sleeping bag just in case my feet stick out during the night. I have also used a tube over a hammock, both as a tarp and as a sock. I have never closed the ends, so I have never experienced moisture problems. And I have never used a tube for cold weather camping. Stick to Summer camping and you will be happy with a tube as light weight alternative to carrying a bulky heavy tent.
Worked for me
I used one of these back in the day hiking to Tualume Meadows during the late summer. Most nights I slept under the stars, but a couple nights we had some light rain. It was easy to set up with the rope and some rocks at the corners to spread it out. I clipped the foot end shut and left the head end open (to avoid condensation) with my rain poncho draped to keep rain from blowing in. No problemo!
I'm sorry but trying to use one of these in a cold weather situation with an inadequate bag is *not* an equipment failure.
mountain biking in the monsoons
I have been an avid mountain biker in arizona for 15 years. Having been caught in a monsoon in the past I knew that I wanted something that I could use in a pinch if this ever happened to me again.
Through my own failings and quick moving storms, this shelter has helped me to pull through 2 heavy rains. Creativity is a must with this shelter. It does not stop all of the rain but in comparison to complete exposure there is no doubt that this lightweight, easily packed little gem is essential in my mountain bike gear all summer.
I decided to try this tube tent as i would use a normal tent. After two nights I am better off with a REAL tent. The tube tent should be used for Emergencies Only! Condensation builds up quick if both ends are closed and the smallest wind will knock the drops on you. I also would not recommend spending an entire night in the rain as it is difficult to keep water out of it. As I said above use for Emergencies Only! Other than that it is great keeping you dry in a small rain shower.
Wow! Great product!
Wow! Really, I'm impressed. Last summer, we were camping and got hit by a hard storm. Our main tent was soaked, and this guy was a life saver! It did a good job keeping us dry, especially on the ground. The only thing I could say against it is to check the wind direction and make sure you're "tent" won't turn into a wind tunnel. Nice product as a back-up tent, definitely not a main tent. Pretty flimsy, but as I said a great survival shelter. 5/5
when you have been in freezing rain, cold, and have had no more than 3 hours of sleep in the past 48 hours (dont ask) this is a godsend its very light in its case and dosent take valuable space in my gear, its easly spotted for emergencies. keeps the wind away from you and its GIANT there is tons of room. the string that comes with it i would take out and replace with a stronger one because it comes unraveled quite easily.
Good for emergencies
Although extremely limited in their utility, tube tents are valuable additions to emergency kits. They set up quickly and easily when you're cold and wet. They allow you to get out of the weather, providing just enough shelter to help you through an awful night, especially when combined with a space blanket and chemical hand warmer. They're cheap and small enough to fit in most emergency kits.
The Standard for Emergency Shelter
Standard issue in the Search and Rescue Community. Keep in mind, this is an "emergency" shelter. Many creative ways to pitch, even without trees to tie off to. Think of it as a bivy tent. Combined with an emergency biv bag 2.0 and a space blanket and you will make through the night. Use natural materials to insulate underneath and to create wind blocks.
It was just what I needed.
If your only going to be out a night or two its great for that , for longer outdoor use I might not use but great for a small camping trip.