light, spacious, and certainly strong enough
This is my most recent go-to for UL backpacking. I had a two-man Big Agnes for years, and after adding a second dog to my family it was time to go a little bigger. I'm very impressed by the livability of this tent despite how light weight it is, and I find no fault with the hoop tent design. As many out there may know, tunnel tents have long been a go-to choice for four-season conditions, and while I've never had this tent out in the snow (and wouldn't recommend it), I haven't had any issues in the wind. Of course, in windy places it is vital to use as many guylines as possible. The way you pitch a tent always has as much to do with it's performance in the wind as its design or structural integrity. I have seen very strong tents blown down as a result of poor pitch or inadequate guyouts.All that said, I do have one small complaint. I have grown accustomed to having interior pockets on either side of my doors. The pockets in the HT3 are along the sides of the tent, and thus are more difficult to access from your vestibule. Because I use this tent primarily for backpacking, though, I don't have many accessories to keep in those pockets, and at this point I've gotten used to their locations. For such a minor thing, I didn't feel it warranted the loss of a star. SD has always been know for solid tent designs, and I'm happy to see these guys continuing the tradition.
not a strong tent
I loved this tent for the three nights i had with it. It was beautiful, spacious, and I thought I would have it forever. The two vestibules provided lots of outside storage. However... our love was short lived, along with my love of hoop frame tents... wind came on the fourthday and flattened this tent like a cookie, steaks bent and one broke and tore into rainlfy. I beleive it is the hoop frame structure that makes this tent vulnerable to wind? After returning to awesome customer service at BackCountry.com, I purchased the Big Agnes copper spur 3, hopefully it works out better. For good weather camping I'm sure Lightning HT 3 would rock.
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