Tool for tent comparisons - useable space


Aug 18, 2015
Stumbled onto a tool for comparing tent interior "useable space" (how much area there is in sitting and sleeping positions (3' and 1' from ground)). Might supplement reviews of actual use. Only addresses space, not quality, weather worthiness, outer footprint, etc... But may be useful vs just using measurements of max peak height, length and width since those don't account for tent shape.

I've been thinking about replacing my SMD Skyscape Trekker (original version). Good tent except the single wall part doesn't handle snow that well (low angle) and needs to be staked out to pull the foot higher or my sleeping bag can get wet. Not always possible. Good headroom sitting up. Great price/weight ratio, sturdy in high wind, durable. Outside footprint is reasonable but not as compact as some so fitting a tight space and having proper tension is challenging with rocks and roots.

In playing with the recommend feature, I didn't see better options. The X-mid 1p has less sleeping room, bigger sitting area (that means larger outside footprint). Essentially same price and weight. Not sure why the the X-mid 1p Pro has extra room, but $600 is a pricey. The One has had mixed reviews. Not a fan of single wall - need at least netting.

Like everything else in gear it's a set of compromises as to what works best for your "typical" conditions.
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