Love this tent
I have had this tent for about six months and have used it in temps from 35ºF to 110ºF. It has held up to being strapped to my motorcycle in all kinds of crazy ways, set up in sand, rocks, dirt, over sticks, under trees dropping all kinds of gunk and bugs... still looks brand new.
Plenty of room for me and my gear if I want to stow it all inside. A little cozier for me and my sweetie and our gear but that means two sets of helmets, jackets, pants, gloves, bags, and then there is the usual stuff of clothing and kitchen. Our boots and shoes stay perfectly fine under the vestibule.
There aren't enough stakes to get everything poked down but I have only used them on the vestibules anyway. They are the easy-to-bend stakes so you might want to invest in something sturdier. Even in some seriously windy conditions, the tent hasn't moved once we put all our junk inside.
I have not experienced any condensation issues but I did silicone spray the entire tent when I got it. It sets up in minutes, packs up in a few more minutes, and I am so grateful to tent makers for giving us stuff sacks that don't require a machine to roll the tent into a toothpick for it to fit back in. The bag has plenty of room for a footprint but I would recommend getting the one specifically designed for the Apex 2XT or using a larger tarp. I got one that claimed to fit it but it turned out to be a rectangle so my vestibule area is still on bare ground.
The tent gets pretty hot inside but when it's 106 with no breeze, I guess you have to expect that, right? It is an awesome tent. I don't know how it would hold up to severe winter conditions but it's taken everything I've thrown at it admirably.
I am an Assistant Scout Master for my sons Boy Scout troop. I have had this tent for 2 years now. It has enough room for me and my gear. My son and I have both slept in the tent together and it's not bad, but no gear in the tent with us. 2 grown men will have to be good friends. I have had this little tent in winds of 40-50 mph, rain storms and have not had any problems. I did spray the tent with dry camp and seam sealed the rain fly when I first bought it mainly due to recommendations from other reviews. I bought this tent after I read many reviews on tents. I have camped in this tent about 30 nights over the past 2 years mainly in bad weather. Since the scouts camp year around in all weather we seam to always pick wet and windy weather. The tent is not much more then 3 sided screen tent one wall has a small vent. If it is warm weather put you head at the end that has the full screen wall, if cold weather put your head towards the small vent. Cold air will blow down your sleeping bag if you sleep with your head by the full screen wall. lol…
Zipper on rain fly will snag on flap.
Over all it's a great tent for the money. I have recommended this tent to others.
So easy to set up! I haven't had a new tent in 20 years so it was an absolute treat to find two poles, a few clips, and DONE! My only mistake was not getting the footprint for it (taking care of that!!!) because it's so much easier than jockeying an extra tarp.
The tent is so easy to put up and light that when I figured out I had it pointing the wrong way, I picked it up from the center crossed poles and spun it around without any trouble at all. Stayed totally dry inside - no moisture buildup - even though it got down to a super-chilly 34ºF that night. I only wished I had a sleeping bag that would have handled the cold as well as the tent did! (Taking care of that, too!)
Can't go wrong with this tent. Packs small and light, easy to tie down on my little TW200 and roll. The tent packed down smaller than my sleeping pad - ha! Everyone in my group thought it was really cool how the fly angles out to make a vestibule. My boots could stay outside and protected which is really nice after 12-14 hours in MX boots not to have to smell them in your tent. ;-)
Get it! You'll love it!
Great Weekend Tent
I really love this tent. Easy set up and plenty of room. It's turning out to be one the best tents I've ever had for two people. I use it exclusively for my wife and I when we go on weekend trips. Set up consists of a few clips, two tent poles, and about 2 minutes. We're both about 5'10", and there is plenty of room for the two of us. Adding in packs/gear can get a little crowded.
I will say it's on the heavy side for me. I like extended hiking stays, and this tent is over 6 pounds. If you have the luxury of splitting the weight with another person it's fine, but there are a lot of other tents that are lighter.
Overall I'd say this tent is great. It doesn't leak, holds up to wind well, plenty of space, and extremely well priced. On the downside, the cheap price is in exchange for weight, so if you're doing any long distance hiking, find something lighter.
Great tent- Especially for the money!
This is a great little tent! Just took it out on a three day trip and it performed great! It was very windy but it held up well. It is easy to put together and to take down. All zippers worked well; no issue with them snagging on the tent fabric. The vestibules are awesome! I love being able to have my gear close by and keep it out of the rain or keep dew off my pack. I even liked the burnt orange color. I was afraid it was going to be like the gold color used in the 1970s, the kind of gold that makes you go "yuck"! But it is a nice, warm color. For the money this is a great tent. I would be willing to pay a little more if it came with aluminum poles instead of the fiberglass. It was all the other positive comments about this tent on this Campmor website that really sold me on it. The comments are very helpful.
Excellent Tent for Scouting
I bought two of these tents in 2011 based on recommendations from the Scout community in my area. One tent was for me, the other for my son. Both have been through three years of backpacking, hiking, summer camp and pretty much "tent hell". Our first campout was accented by a severe Florida thunderstorm complete with hail, high winds and driving rain for about 2 hours. The tents stayed dry, upright and worked well. They have survived numerous other storms since. My only fabrication issue is the seam on my fly leaks during heavy rain. Fixed with seam sealer.
My only design issue is the vestibule door design. have to be a gymnast to close the zipper. Other than that great tent.
Have been very pleased with it. Am looking to buy a third one for my 2nd son now entering scouts.
Although I didn't purchase this tent from Campmor (I found it essentially unused on [@]), I'm a frequent Campmor shopper and wanted to add my $0.02 to the reviews for this item.The Apex 2 XT is a excellent design for an inexpensive two-person backpacking tent. Perhaps just a tad heavy for a long hike, this tent is an excellent bargain, nonetheless. The way the rain fly and vestibules work together is simply brilliant. The inside of the tent is fairly large for a small two-person tent. My twelve year-old son and I are able to get some gear inside as well as stash quite a bit under the vestibules on either side of the tent.Dual exits mean that no one has to climb over anyone to get up in the middle of the night or early in the morning.What an absolutely brilliant low-cost tent!
Purchased this tent 1991 when my firts son started Scouts. Used it once a month for the nest 6 years. Never leaked, I've had wind flex the tent till if laid on me, and it popped right back up, sleep on 6 in of snow and it has never let me down. It is the tent the kids want when we family camped and they were too big the sleet with Mom & Dad. It has set in storage for the last coupe of years. My youngest sons college rock climbing club is going to Red Rock Canon in Nevada over Christmas break and this is the tent he wants to take. Still looks great after 13 year and maybe a hundred nights out. For the price you can not find a better tent.
Great little tent!
I took this tent on a couple of backpack trips and it performed perfectly. I did not have any problems or issues with it. But we were not in any adverse weather conditions such as high wind, hard rain, or snow. But I think the tent is perfect for the casual backpacker or car camper. It is plenty big enough for two adults. I really like being able to store my gear in the vestibule next to me where I can easily access it. The only change I would make to this tent is to make the poles out of aluminum instead of fiberglass. It would be a little more expensive but would probably last longer. But overall I am very satisfied with this tent!
We have used the Apex 2XT tent on both backpacking trips and cross-country car camping trips for at least 11 years. While it weighs a little more than some backpacking tents, it does not leak even in a heavy continuous downpour, has been comfortable at temperatures ranging into the low 20's, and has withstood wind up to 40-50 mph gusts without collapse. We have had to replace shock cords once over this period, but that was an easy task. Zippers and nylon are still in perfect condition after numerous trips. Dry it well before storage and it will return the favor with many years of use.