I bought my Rainbow Tarptent at least 4 years ago and I absolutely love this tent! 10 out of 10! It really was everything I wanted it to be! I got into ultralight backpacking about 4 years ago and did a lot of research and well as talking with fellow backpackers to see what features they liked about their gear as well as reading reviews online! The Rainbow version of this is great for one person and a dog or snug for two people and very cozy for two people and a very cuddly lab puppy! The floor has about 2″ sides so I don’t have to worry about rain coming in. There is pretty good airflow and there are extra features with the doors where you can allow for good airflow even when it’s raining. The set up is super easy with just one tent pole down the middle and then you either stake it down or you can just use your hiking poles.
I am only 5’5″ so my hiking poles really aren’t long enough to make the tent how I like it to be nice and firm on all the corners in case there is a storm. Since I don’t want the extra weight of the stakes I have tried just using my hiking poles but I wasn’t overly thrilled with the result because I didn’t have any more length with my hiking poles. So I think someone who is taller could make this feature work better. Now I just bring the four lightweight stakes that came with the tent and that works pretty well. In addition, there are four additional places to stake the floor out but I only do that when there will be rain. I wish I would have purchased four additional light weight stakes. Right now I just use the cheap ones I bought at REI or just go without.
I also purchased the liner option for this tent so I can use it as a three season tent. That liner really works like a charm, even though it doesn’t look like much! It also has a very low profile so it doesn’t get in the way and adds barley any weight.
The last thing I love about this tent is that I can easily pack it into the bag. I hate when I have to cram a tent, pillow, sleeping bag or pad into a super small bag that was supposedly designed for the item but it’s so hard to get in there that I am sweating by the time I am done with the packing! It is so delightful to not have to deal with that when I use my Rainbow tent!
Here is the link to check out the specs!