If you've set up a tent before, it's nothing new. Liked how the fly buckles to 4 corners, over the pole grommets. Also noticed the gap in fly coverage on both ends, hope the bucket floor seal mitigates that. If U had to set up in a downpour, just securing the 4 points would keep the fly off the tent.
Gear loft clips could be bigger, with rings rather than pressed flat loops...hard to open when huffing at 8400 ft. The tent is heavy, but it is built for a gale wind. Liked the multiple guy points on the fly in addition to the buckles securing it to the tent. Open clips sped setting up the tent.
Wish the tent fly had a sewn in pocket for the shorty pole that holds the flaps open on vestibules. The shorty rod moved a lot with in/out...could lead to a perforation in the fly with lots of use. Bent two aluminum stakes on first use, found trees limbs to tie some guy strings.
I'm an old gal with replaced hips. I don't carry 'heavy' stuff, I roll it. Look on Brolltools.com. Heads up Campmor..you should look into this device...its a real BACKSAVER! The 5 gallon bucket also makes a good pushoff/stability point for getting over the 5" lip getting out the door of the tent. The vents on the fly have rigid strips that hold the vent open, and just release the velcro to lay the holder strip flat and velcro the vents closed. With vents open temps 48f in am, 56F in tent (me & two small dogs).
Overall impression? Worth the money spent, will work to stay comfortable on short trips.
Great 2-person tent for all seasons
Setup was easy. I admit I set it up in the backyard first before packing into the Pharoah Wilderness Area in the Adirondacks. The fly looks complicated but the yellow patch on the fly mates with the yellow on the tent strap, so alignment is a snap even in the dark. The poles are simple to erect and there are ample stake loops to secure the tent and fly if the ground allows. If we encountered frozen or rocky ground rocks would have held all in place, although the fly is held fast to the 4 tent corners.
This is a roomy well-built 2-person tent and the 7lb weight is acceptable to be assured comfort for two adults plus plenty of room to keep gear out of the weather. The vestibules are nice but we didn't make use of that extra room for this 1st trip out. If I backpacked in alone I may have taken my one-man lighter tent.
Over night the wind blew a steady 30-40 mph off the pond shore that we camped along with higher gusts and spitting snow. My Mtn Pass 2XTE shook and rattled but withstood the onslaught while a friends tent was pushed flat a few times.
I look forward to using this tent for winter camping and feel it will be a great all-season backpacking and kayak camping tent for us. I'm pleased with this tent so far.
great tent for the price
I use this tent for camping and overnight 4wd trips. I needed a tent that would stand up to thunderstorms and heavy rain. It does just that with the heavy fly and full coverage. There is a lot of covered space outside the tent for gear storage. Its easy to set up with the 2 poles. The pole in the fly provides protection from rain when getting in and out of the tent. I think it would be a bit heavy to carry for backpacking trips. The only con I see is that the fly does not cover the last few inches of each tent corner. This may be a problem but I did experience almost 24 hours of rain and got no water in the tent. Fly corner clips are color coded which makes getting the fly on in the correct direction easy. the fly is definitely the most difficult part of the setup, but its a fairly easy one-person setup. Took me about 15 minutes to setup including fly and stakes (10).
After using the Eureka Backcountry for over 20 years, I had high standards and expectations for a new tent. I was not disappointed at all with this new tent. I had read others' reviews and was concerned about purchasing this tent. After getting the tent I immediately put it up and could not find the issues that others had found. People had said you couldn't close the vents, but actually you can and it's easy to close the vents. There's velcro to help it close. The tent cover is not bulky as one person had said. The vestibule is very nice. My fiance and I are not cramped in this tent at all. And the two doors are nice so that you don't have to climb over each other in the night to get out. I would recommend this tent to anyone. Very nice tent. I'm very pleased.
A great value for such a workhorse
I've owned the Mountain Pass 2XT for several years now and it has preformed extremely well in a variety of conditions. I have used this tent well into winter in Colorado's front range and high country (however,I did check to make sure snow was not in the forecast). The full fly, ample vestibule and multiple lash points make this a go to tent even in windy conditions. It is a very roomy tent and my son and I have enough room for ourselves and our photography gear. The head room is ample enough allow you sit up and get dressed easily.
My only complaint is that at nearly 8 pounds it's a very heavy tent. It is also fairly bulky as well.
This product appears well designed. I have only used it once so far on a four day trip but it stayed dry (it rained twice on the trip) and seemed very durable and weather resistant.
The only cons I have for this tent are that the tent stakes are the cheaply made ones(as I've noticed most tents have) and first time set-up was a bit more difficult than for the Eureka Timberline which I previously owned.
Although the true performance of a tent can't be made after only one trip, I would recommend this tent for most camping situations other than camping in winter or other extreme weather type conditions.
Great Tent For Extended Camping Trips
Went on a university research project in the pacific northwest mountains last fall and used this tent. Very sturdy, easy to setup and comfortable inside. Camped 6 days in the forest with wind, rain and cold weather. Used an air mattress with it. Tent was perfect! The rain fly is very strong and kept my wife and I dry and cosy inside. Other people had some issues with their tents but not us. 2XTE withstood everything nature throw at us at the time. I highly recommend this tent! We did not backpack because of science equipment. Very satisfied!
Great for camping from car - super air flow and sky viewing; netting is durable and not easily caught/torn in clothing or gear. Rain fly is excellent. Easy to set up, very roomy for two. Two entrances are fantastic & doors are at opposite corners prevent head-bumping. Color-code set-up for poles & rain fly makes quick work to set up camp. Would love this model in lighter weight with zippered flaps over every screen window so large, heavy rain flap is not necessary to carry on every trip. Bought this to replace no-longer-made REI tent.
Love this tent!
I bought this tent after borrowing a similar Eureka tent from a friend. I needed a tent that would not leak in rain and bought this because it has a full rain fly and aluminum poles. Just got back from 5 days of camping in moderately wet conditions and this tent worked well.
Easy to set up but would probably replace stakes in windy conditions as these are light weight. I find Eureka a good buy for a reasonable price.
The Redesigned Mountain Pass 2XTE Tent
I use the product in almost all seasons. It is very comfortable in cold conditions and in hot ones. Storage in vestibules is great. The new design does not allow you to close the roof vents, so in coldest weather needs to be modified (as I have) with flaps to limit the large roof vents. (This is my third Mountain Pass tent. Second was my favorite. This one comes in second.) New fly design is overengineered and bulky.