Published on May 27th, 2012 | by Kira0
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.