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The Hi-Tec V-Lite 2 is a lightweight 2-person backpacking tent featuring simple one pole setup for 3 season use. A trekking pole can be substituted to cut down on weight. This single wall tent features two zippered mesh vents in the roof, a mesh vent at the feet, and a mesh door. There are also inner mesh storage pockets and a vestibule to store gear. It is seam sealed and coated for weather resistance.
Size: 5' W x 7'3" L x 46" H
Vestibule: 3' x 3'
Body Material: 190T Polyester, 800 mm
Floor Material: 190T Polyester, 1500 mm
Stakes: Steel x10
Pole: Steel x1
Weight: 3 lbs. 9 oz. (1.6 kg)
Min. Weight: 2 lbs. 13 oz. (1.3 kg)
In The Field:
The phrase, "You get what you pay for" is an understatement with the Hi-Tec V-Lite 2 backpacking tent. Its inexpensive price equates to poor quality, poor design, and poor function. The concept is great, but Hi-Tec was not able to deliver a usable tent with the V-Lite 2.
The V-Lite 2 setup is straightforward. The instructions clearly describe the process. After unrolling the tent, it gets staked down in six locations. Then four guylines get attached and staked out. Finally the included steel pole (or your own trekking pole) is put in place. There is enough room for two people, but their sleeping bags will touch the tent walls.
I setup the tent in my backyard the day before a light rainstorm came through. There were light winds, but the tent stayed put. The real test came after the rain started. About a quarter inch of rain fell overnight and into the next morning. Unfortunately the tent let in enough water to create several puddles. The largest was in the back of the tent where its design does not allow for a taught pitch. Instead, the tent fabric sags and water pools up on the outside of the fabric. Rain also pooled up to a lesser extent on the exterior sides (also not taught enough). The pooling water creates too much static pressure for the waterproof coating and water leaks in. Due to the amount of water inside, I suspect the seams may leak as well. Additional waterproof coatings and seam sealer may help, but the flawed design will ultimately lead to wet nights.
I am extremely disappointed in the Hi-Tec V-Lite 2 tent. I cannot recommend it to anyone. Its saggy design just begs rain to pool up and leak inside. If you plan to experience zero rain while backpacking this tent might work for you, but there are many better options. I recommend steering clear of this tent despite the attractive price tag. It's available from Big 5 Sporting Goods.