I absolutely love this tent and have taken it on many adventures in the last 18 months. Its classified as a two person tent, however I find its more a generous one person size that allows you to bring your gear inside without wanting more room. That being said I’m not the smallest guy either so I guess that point may be subjective.
The tent is easy to set up with a hub pole design making it clear where the pole attach to the feet. With the pole locked into the jakes feet, its simply a matter of clipping the mesh inner to the poles and staking the inner to the ground. Initially I got lost a couple of time attaching the fly, however I found that by clipping the snap buckles before stretching the fly over I could be guaranteed I had it the right way up.
Being 6ft or 183cm I have found other tents will wet the end of my sleeping bag. I haven’t had this problem with the Hornet. The Vestibule areas are not huge and I could imagine with two occupants it would be a bit cramped especially if you needed to wait out the weather.
I have used this tent in a variety of conditions from heavy rain and light snow on the overland track to gale forced winds at Freycinet. The wind seems to be its main enemy as the single ridge pole doesn’t offer much stability if it gets up and required me moving sites not long after I had set up. That be said, the site I chose was right in the path of the wind at cooks beach as I wanted ocean and star views. After moving to a better selected site I experienced no issues.
The tent comes in at 1.08Kg and packs down smaller than a standard Nalgene bottle when you stuff it separately to the poles. The stuff sack is divided into two sections however the fly and body will fit into the lower section on its own; I cut the other section of the stuff sack off to shave a few more grams.
The light weight, spaciousness and ease of set up has made this tent my go to item for all trips except winter conditions. If you are looking for a 3 season tent I would recommend you check this one out.
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