Review of Gossamer Gear “The Two” Tent

This review of The Two tent is based on three weeks of continuous use while hiking Benton MacKaye Trail in November.  Click Here for a summary of the Benton MacKaye Trail.  Click Here for the full list of specifications of this tent.
Pros:
– Packs small and is easily compressible.  We could shove it around other items rather than stack it on top of other items. It was almost like the tent wasn’t in my pack.  The stuff sack is quite large to allow for this kind of packing.
– The tent is really light.  At 29 oz, this is one of the lightest two person tents on the market.  I was worried that the material would let heavy rain penetrate, but during a heavy rain storm we were perfectly dry inside.  We used the bathtub floor without a ground sheet, and had no holes or tears.
– Affordable! At $389 this tent is not nearly as expensive as other ultra light tents.
– Sets up really easily and quickly.  Simply stake out the corners (we added additional elastic pullouts for the bathtub floor stake points- saving an additional 4 stakes) then extend poles to the max and stake out the vestibule sides.  Done!  Could easily be set up in less than 5 minutes if it were raining.
– Adjusting tension was really easy.  It was easy to adjust the tension on the doors while keeping the tension of the rest of the tent properly set.
– Tons of headroom and spacious.  We had no problem doing things at the same time with enough elbow space.  Other tents we have had to take turns moving around.  With The Two we could both sit up in the tent at the same time. If you know me this means a lot.  John tents to flail about through much of life.
– Gigantic vestibules.  In a light rain with no wind, I wouldn’t be surprised if you could leave both doors open.
-Large interior mesh pockets for storing things, and a nice clothes line for hanging things from inside the tent.
– Warm!  Despite its large size, this tent was warm– on cold nights, it was easily 5-10 degrees warmer inside the tent than outside.
– Reflective lines for the guy lines were really a nice touch.  we’ve gotten tents with no lines included and having reflective lines is really nice. The lines also came with plastic tension adjusters which made even the guy lines easy to adjust.  Really nice touch.
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Watching the sunset from inside The Two

Cons:
– This shelter is a single-walled shelter.  Condensation is a problem, and site selection is very important. Camping next to a stream on a cool night could result in a lot of condensation on the inside of your tent. Camping in an area with good air circulation like a ridge top is probably a better choice.
– John is 6’4″ (193 cm) and this tent was just barely the right size for him… which made it the wrong size for him when inside his sleeping bag on top of a sleeping pad while rolling around in his sleep.  When there was condensation in the tent, his sleeping bag would be waterlogged at the feet, even when he tried to put some gear between him and the tent.
– Proper ventilation was hard to achieve in the cold and humid conditions we were hiking in. In a low humidity environment like the American west, this should not be an issue.
– The loops used to fasten the door open are made out of the same material as the tent, which is thin, slippery and hard to feel for, especially with gloves on.  It would have been better if these were made of elastic instead.
– The spaciousness of the tent comes with some drawbacks.  The walls are large, and can easily act as sails when there is a lot of wind- even when they are guyed out.  The one wind storm we were in, the tent was flapping hard against our feet (even Christine couldn’t avoid the walls of the tent, at 5ft 5in).  We didn’t have the tent perfectly guyed in that situation, but sometimes that’s hard to achieve.
– The tent size also limits the number of campsites one could choose, however if you make sure at least the floor of the tent is on flat ground, you can improvise somewhat with how the rest of the tent fits in a campsite.
– The fabric used for the guy lines could be more durable. Probably my fault: One night I decided to guy out the head of the tent upwards rather than out to the side and the material for the guy-line connection tore.
– The mesh around the interior pockets also tore slightly.
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