majorhavoc wrote:The North Face Flint 2 is on closeout at REI.com for around $74, shipped.
That's a helluva deal for a lightweight (4 lb, 5 oz) freestanding 2 person backpacking tent with aluminum poles from a reputable manufacturer. The two-tone bamboo green color scheme, while not tacticool camo, presents a pretty low visual profile that would blend in well in most temperate environments. If you care about that sort of thing.
I did a cursory search for online reviews. No actual full blown independent gear reviews, but the conensus among the dozen or so consumer feedback type reviews is it gets good marks for waterproofness and quality of construction, no so much for usability of the "vestibule" and accomodations for users much more than 6 feet. Although those knocks are pretty typical for any tent of this size/weight.
Note that this tent has mesh inner walls and a simple 2 pole cross over design, so don't have any illusions about winter camping. It's strictly a 3 season tent.
Flint 2 to TheFishingMagician: "Buy me, TFM. Buy me! Your new sleeping bags miss their family!"
Thank you thank you thank you! I actually was about to pick this up off eBay for $139 at what I thought was a decent spend. Instead logged on and used a membership coupon I had laying around and paid $55 with $0 shipping! Great find!