Gear Review: Brooks-Range Foray Tent

May 28, 2012  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , ,   |   1 Comment

Brooks-Range Foray
$425, 2 lbs. 10 oz. (tent, fly, poles)

This sub-three-pound, two-person tent defies preconceived notions of an ultralight tent: it has comfortable space, is strong and dry inside in rough weather, and versatile. I found the Foray especially perfect for backpacking with a kid who’s too young to carry much, if any, gear, because living space assumes a lower priority when your companion is a child, while having a lightweight, low-bulk tent makes a huge difference when you’re carrying most of the gear. Backpacking with my 10-year-old son for three nights in the Tetons and two nights in Idaho’s Sawtooths, I found the Foray’s 30 square feet of living quarters and 39-inch peak height adequate for him and me—or for two average-size or small adults, for that matter—and you can squeeze two mid-size packs into its six-square-foot vestibule.

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One Response to Gear Review: Brooks-Range Foray Tent

  1. Nitin   |  November 25, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Review by T. Craw for Rating: The tent arrived on sculdhee, and in time for us to set it up and get familiar with it before our Labor Day camping trip. Right out of the box the shock cord in one of the main tent poles was broken. Not a big issue, as it is easily fixed, just frustrating. After ordering a replacement shock cord on Amazon for $10, we had the pole usable. The tent is a nice size and was actually a downgrade from my 16X10 Coleman. The 12X10 size is perfect for my two queen sized mattresses. There was about 8 inches between the two and about 2 feet of space left at the foot of the beds. Plenty of room to store bags and such. This size is also more convenient than some of the larger tents, as it will fit on standard tent pads better. We had beautiful weather, so I can’t testify to how well this tent will hold up in rain. After setting this tent up in my yard, however, I used a waterproofing spray on it, just as an extra precaution. The tent fabric and pan do seem to be quite a bit thinner than other tents I have owned, so this may be a point of concern later down the road. I would recommend using a small tarp underneath the tent. Ventilation is awesome with the top, door, and window vents. It kept us from being stuffy, yet with all the windows and door closed it helps keep you quite cozy on those nights that it gets cooler. The rain fly hangs low, and obstructs the front doors. I did not care for that as you have to bend down to get in and out, but it isn’t a deal breaker. Also, the zippers are not well thought out, and can be frustrating when trying to get in or out of the tent in middle of the night. Unlike other tents I have owned, the door and screen zippers on the front entrance are separated, meaning you have to unzip both to get in or out.Even with the few issues I have with this tent, it is still a decent tent for the price.

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