Mountain Hardwear Drifter 4 DP Tent
A big 3 man tent
I will be using this all next week, but have only set it up in my yard so far. It is heavier than anticipated; no problem, I'd never backpack with it. Sets up quite easily and appears to be well made. The footprint and the loft are nice touches. Tons of space for 3, but I would not want to try to cram 4 persons into it, not unless 2 were children. Excellent head room, big enough vestibules.
I was disappointed that it came with half the stakes that should be used to properly pitch this tent. They provide guys for each of the 4 poles midway up but only have lines and stakes for 2. The sides if the fly between the vestibules touch the tent sides and should have a tab on them so they can be staked further out - but they don't. I called Mtn Hdwe and the fellow agreed with me, but said it wouldn't leak the way it is. But it might condense (my fear, not his). He cautioned me not to sew a tab on it there; otherwise I'd invalidate the warranty. So I will tie in a ping pong ball there and stake it out properly with additional stakes robbed from another tent and additional guy lines.
I expect this tent will be quite warm for one with such a large amount of mosquito netting, due to lack of ventilation between the fly and tent sides. As it arrived, it should keep one dry but you'd better hope there is no significant wind.
August 1, 2013