Eastern Mountain Sports Traverse Tent

Priced: $399.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 5 reviews.
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Eastern Mountain Sports Traverse Tent - Brilliant design, minimal weight, and easy set-up...the new EMS Traverse has it all. From desert trips to winter encampments, this extremely versatile four-season backpacking tent is ready to take on any adventure you throw its way.
Winner of Backpacker magazine's Readers' Choice Award, January 2014.


  • Lightweight DAC aluminum poles with press fit connectors are made using DAC’s Green Anodizing process, which is safer for the environment than traditional anodizing and significantly reduces waste water by recycling water throughout the rinsing process

Lining and Layers:

  • Double-layer front door provides complete coverage when it’s cold out; zip one layer away for increased circulation in warmer weather


  • Tent canopy is made from durable nylon and mesh; four-season design provides total protection from the elements
  • Durable nylon rainfly has a 1500 mm polyurethane/silicone coating; tent floor has a 3000 mm polyurethane coating


  • Excellent ventilation at the front and back of the tent offer incredible air flow to minimize condensation and maximize comfort


  • Includes all necessary stakes for staking down the tent and the guylines

Weather and Wind:

  • All seams are sealed for added waterproofness
  • Glove-ready hardware allows for easy setup with winter gloves on; winter tool-compatible pitch features let you stake the tent out with snow stakes or ice axes


  • Three-point guy out system is easy to pitch and provides increased strength
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# Fly/Vestibule Poles:0
# Main Poles:4
Canopy Fabric:20D nylon/15D nylon mesh
Floor Area:32.6 sq. ft.
Floor Coating:3000 mm polyurethane
Floor Fabric:70D nylon
Length:7 ft. 8 in.
Max. Weight:6 lb. 14 oz.
Min. Weight:5 lb. 13 oz.
Packed Size:8 x 23 in.
Peak Height:45 in.
Pole Frame:Clips & Sleeves
Pole Material:Aluminum
Rainfly Coating:1500 mm polyurethane/silicone
Rainfly Fabric:40D nylon
Set-up is quick and easy:sleeves and plastic clips attach the tent body to the pole frame; color-coded webbing and buckles ensure everything is properly aligned
Tent Weight:4-6lbs
Vestibule Area:10 sq. ft.
Width:4 ft. 6 in.
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Eastern Mountain Sports Traverse Tent Reviews:


In the Goldilocks zone

My smaller tent is better for backpacking and my larger one better for camping for a week or more with my wife, but this one in the "Goldilocks zone" is just the right size for solo car camping and camping not too far from a boat. I can easily carry it in large tote bag that also contains air mattress, sleeping bag and pillow (I do like a bit of comfort!). My only gripe: front door of fly ties back in 3 sections (middle & sides) with peg-thru-loop fasteners that can be tricky to release (trying to fish pegs thru loops pulled tight) from the inside if you leave open when going to sleep and need to close quickly if it starts to rain during the night; I ended up doing with headlight and glasses on, a bit groggy from sleep, and got a bit wet. For me, a door in one piece that could be set horizontal with poles and string would be better and could even preclude the need to close if the rain is light and brief.
Brian at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 08/08/2013

Kept us dry!

Used the Traverse with an EMS guide on a winter Presi Traverse earlier this year -- liked it enough to buy it. Just got back from backpacking in Iceland, used it on the Laugavegur and loved it. Got heavy rain and spent nearly 24hrs in it and never had any water come in. And was big enough for my wife and I to not feel too cramped throughout.

Also, recommend picking up the footprint which doesn't come standard.
alex at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2013

Too Small for Tall Folks

Never used tent. Sets up easy and appears to be well made and sturdy. Unfortunately if you are more than 6 foot tall, the tent may be too short. If you're considering it, and close to 6' tall, I suggest unrolling the tent in the store and doing carpet test (lying next to it) before you purchase. Wish it was a little longer, as it could have been a great lightweight 4 season tent.
Doc Hollywood at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 10/10/2013


I take this tent everywhere, and can say it stands up well from back country to Mt. Washington. Easy to carry in a pack and compresses to such a small package you wont even know its there. Cant say enough about this tent!
danielson at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 10/10/2013

Fantastic Tent!

I have not gotten to take this tent as far as I would like to but I know when I do it will hold up under the hardest of conditions.
Jason at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2013