The T10 is a tough two-pole tunnel tent designed for four-season use. It has excellent headroom at the front and a good-sized porch. The inner tent has plenty of room for one. Rather than hoops the poles form arches, which Lightwave says offer better wind resistance and shed rain and snow more easily as there is a ridgeline and steeper walls. There are also six guylines to aid stability. I’ve found the design is very wind resistant, one of the best of the tested tents. However the long unsupported sides of the tent do move in and out in strong winds, though this doesn’t threaten the stability.
There’s a cover over the top of the flysheet door zip so the top of the latter can be left open for ventilation plus a half-mesh inner door. However there’s no through-ventilation from the back of the tent so condensation can easily build up. Separation between the inner and outer is good though so keeping the moisture away from your gear isn’t difficult.
Unusually the Trek pitches inner first, which can be done quickly (as it needs to be in rain) and the flysheet then thrown over. The pegs are excellent, the best provided with any of the test tents. I haven’t seen Y-twist ones before. They look like a thick corkscrew and hold really well.
The Trek isn’t that light but it should last well and the cost is low for such a high quality tent.
First published: May 2013