When you’re heading out in the beautiful tropics, the last thing you want is to be restricted and constrained by a stuffy shelter. If falling asleep to the twinkle of the southern skies sounds blissful to you– then the Oztrail Backpacker tent will give you spectacular view and protection from insects.
On balmy nights, you can leave the fly off and use the inner on its own as the No-See-Um mesh will keep out biting insects that thrive in warm conditions. Or if there’s a cooler breeze blowing, you can chuck the fly on for more shelter. The single north-south pole design makes set up easy – even if you’re attempting it on your own. If you do get caught in a shower, the fly of the Razorback has a high waterhead rating and heat taped seams to keep you nice and dry. You can keep some of your gear out of your sleeping space, by tucking it under the vestibule for easy storage.
Even with two people, you can get in and out without disturbing your tent mate, thanks to the vestibule T-door and large O door on the side. With plenty of room for one, or a cosy two – the Backpacker is an ultra-lightweight tent that gives the perfect amount of shelter for sultry nights out under the stars.
I bought the previous version from Snowys on sale - looks exactly the same except a lime/ forest green colour. Good size for one with gear (I'm 6 foot) with the pointed end giving extra leg room. Copes well in windy conditions if pointed into wind and well pegged out. When weather is good it is great to have the whole side open for plenty of fresh air. Alloy pole and pegs very lightweight. All in all great value!
Hi, i noticed this is a season 3 tent and pretty much perfectly matches my requirements for a March Tasi Overland trek, but is it able to withstand a big alpine storm with heavy rain and strong winds? Is there another tent i shd consider with about the same specs that would be better suited to alpine conditions? Thanks
Good question, and not one with a straight forward answer unfortunately. We don't (currently) sell any alpine specific tents, these are generally quite expensive and can be heavier than a regular 3 season tent on account of extra pole structure that can handle constant extreme conditions.
For the Overland track, a 3 season tent is a good choice, they are a little lighter, more comfortable in warm environments, and with a little consideration will keep you safe and dry in extreme rain and wind. The main limitation is that they will not handle heavy amounts of snow, should you encounter this then you may need to wake up occasionally during the night to clear the snow from the top of your tent so it does not collapse.
The Oztrail backpacker is a newer tent to our range, so simply based on the history and previous customer feedback, there are a few other options would recommend. The Zempire range is great value and their Atmos tent will be a good choice for heavy winds.
Another choice would be the Zempire Zeus which is sturdy and very liveable, and if you have the money, any of the MSR tents will be more than suitable. I hope this information helps, feel free to call if you would like to discuss in further detail - 1300 914 007.
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