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Published on May 27th, 2012 | by Kira


Mountainsmith: Quick, Easy, Durable, and Inexpensive!

I have been camp­ing since I was a lit­tle girl. My fa­ther is the out­doors type and would of­ten drag the rest of us to weird rocks or holes in the ground in the mid­dle of nowhere. For many of these unique lo­ca­tions, the on­ly op­tion was to camp. This ear­ly ex­po­sure helped me a lot when I trav­eled across Aus­tralia car­ry­ing all my be­long­ings (and a tent). I had to cook my din­ners on an open fire. It al­so made a huge dif­fer­ence when my fa­ther and I de­cid­ed to hike for sev­en days in Guatemala to seek an­cient Mayan ru­ins. To say the least, I have al­so be­come an out­doors per­son, and of­ten have the itch to sleep un­der the stars.

This is why I am ex­cit­ed to re­view the Moun­tain­smith Gene­see 4 Per­son Tent (in lo­tus blue). While I am out on my out­door quests I want the last thing I wor­ry about to be where I am sleep­ing. I want a tent that is so sim­ple to put up that I can do it in the dark, if I have to. The Gene­see might not be quite that sim­ple, but it is pret­ty close. The smart­ly col­ored-cod­ed poles help speed up and sim­pli­fy the pro­cess, af­ter all. Along with easy, it’s pret­ty quick to get up. You can have it ful­ly ready to be slept in (in­clud­ing fly and guy­outs) in un­der 10 min­utes.

The next most im­por­tant part of a tent is how big it is. For starters, this tent weights about 6lbs, which means it is a lit­tle heavy- but doable- to take back­pack­ing, es­pe­cial­ly if its weight is be­ing di­vid­ed be­tween a few peo­ple. No mat­ter the num­ber of peo­ple, it is to­tal­ly per­fect for car camp­ing. At 56 sq feet for the main floor space, the Gene­see is rat­ed to be a 4-per­son tent, which al­ways re­al­ly means 2-per­son with a lot of space, 3-per­son with less space, or 4 small peo­ple who are very com­fort­able with each oth­er. I per­son­al­ly like this tent for my camp­ing part­ner, all our junk, and my­self. To help with stor­ing all that camp­ing gear the Gene­see comes with a gear loft and in­te­ri­or mesh stor­age pock­ets.

OK, what is prob­a­bly re­al­ly the most im­por­tant part of a tent is how well it holds up to the el­e­ments. With all the rain New York has been hav­ing I want­ed to see how well the tent would hold up to our tem­pes­tu­ous weath­er- so, I set it up on my roof. Oth­er than be­ing a to­tal­ly awe­some hang­out place, it al­so kept me dry. I would rec­om­mend a lit­tle bit of seal­er around the air vent on the fly, since I did no­tice a lit­tle bit of wa­ter on the in­side of the fly af­ter my ex­cur­sion.

When it isn’t rain­ing, it is nice to let a lit­tle bit of air in. I know I do not like to smell my dirty camp­ing part­ner if I can avoid it. The Gene­see has great ven­ti­la­tion with 2 mesh sides, two doors, and even the fly has ven­ti­la­tion win­dows.

I should note that this tent is on­ly rat­ed for three-sea­son flex­i­bil­i­ty. I per­son­al­ly avoid camp­ing in the win­ter any­way, but for you crazy peo­ple who like to freeze, I would sug­gest us­ing a dif­fer­ent tent those months. As for dura­bil­i­ty, all the stitch­ing, zip­pers and floor seem to be pret­ty sol­id. The big shock­er here is that this tent is on­ly $149, about two-thirds of the price for some com­pa­ra­ble tents from a few oth­er brands! I sug­gest grab­bing it be­fore Moun­tain­smith re­al­izes how much they can be charg­ing for it.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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