Thursday, June 20, 2024

Tents: Compare

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extremely lightweight; quick/easy to set up; offers great stability and protection in inclement weather; spacious interior and vestibule; Kerlon 1200 fabric is extremely durable (4-5x stronger than most so-called "expedition grade" tent materials)
exceptionally lightweight 2-person tent; stable, "bombproof" design that performs extremely well even in severe weather conditions; features improved ventilation system compared to other tents in the Quasar series
expensive; not freestanding; some issues with condensation inside the tent
very expensive; inner first pitching could be problematic in wet conditions
4-season (but not designed for use in extreme weather or above the tree line)
Ideal Activities
Varies by region/country
Limited lifetime warranty
Interior and/or Vestibule Space
It has an 18.3 ft² sleeping room and an 8.6 ft² vestibule.
It has a 32 ft² sleeping room and two 10.8 ft² vestibules.
Interior Height (max.)
3' 5"
3 lbs and 8 oz
6 lbs and 5 oz
Design Type
Stake down, tunnel style tent
Freestanding, geodesic style tent
Single 9 mm DAC Featherlite NSL pole (small fiberglass rods in the bottom corners of the outer tent provide extra height around your head when lying down)
Four 8.84 mm DAC Featherlite poles
Tent Body Materials
Highly breathable fabric that has a durable, water-repellent finish.
Nylon rip-stop with 7000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Rainfly Material
Kerlon 1200 (nylon fabric that has three coatings of silicone on both the inner and outer surface)
SilNylon rip-stop with 6000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Floor Material/Design
Kerlon 1200 (one-piece bathtub style design)
Nylon rip-stop with 7000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating (one-piece bathtub style design)
Mesh Material
No-see-um mesh
Unknown Mesh
The tent has a mesh panel on the door, a triangular mesh window on the opposite wall and two opposing vents on the other walls. All are fully adjustable and make it easy to regulate internal moisture and temperature.
Features mesh doors that allow for adjusting ventilation when necessary.
1 door
2 doors (protected by vestibules)
Packed Dimensions
22.83" x 6.69" dia.
21.26" x 7.09" dia.
Tent has one 8.6 ft² vestibule and also features an interior storage pocket.
In addition to the two 10.8 ft² vestibules in the front and rear of the tent, it is also designed with interior storage pockets.
Set Up
With its single-pole tunnel design and linked inner and outer tents, a solo traveler can easily pitch the Akto in 2-3 minutes. It comes with 10 stakes total but only requires 4 stakes for each of the guylines to pitch it. You can use the other 6 stakes if you want additional stability.
It does not have a fast pitch option, but it can be easily set up in about 15 minutes since it has color-coded poles and continuous pole sleeves on the four poles. The inner tent must be pitched first, and then the flysheet and enhanced guy line system with titanium pegs help secure it to the ground.
This is an updated version of the popular tent and features a redesigned inner tent that is lighter and better ventilated.
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