Comfort II tent review

 

Piedra Negra, basecamp for climbing Fitz Roy, Patagonia.

Piedra Negra, basecamp for climbing Fitz Roy, Patagonia.

Red Fox’s Comfort-II is a bombproof tent built to last for years of adventure. From base-camp in southern Patagonia to car camping in Indian Creek, this tent is now my go-to 3-season shelter. After bailing off an alpine big-wall in a snow storm, I spent 20 hours hunkered down in this well-constructed refuge with two other soggy but high-spirited climbers in an alpine downpour. During that episode we were all grateful for the dryness of our down sleeping bags and the integrity of our shelter amidst the wind and rain. I’m 6’3” and I found it tight but totally manageable to share this space with two other people. The Comfort has an ergonomic interior space while maintaining a low profile design that doesn’t have the ‘sail’ effect that some other tent profiles seem to have in heavy wind. It’s easy to set up by one person, with clips that attach to the poles and allow it to take shape quickly. The Comfort-II also comes with four guy-line loops and cord that anchor it down when the weather turns bad.

Without the rain-fly on, the tent walls are white and translucent, which I thought provided a little bit more privacy while not sacrificing any breathability. I also used the Comfort-II while car camping in Indian Creek, Utah. My truck bed is equipped with a pretty nice sleeping area that I built just for this purpose, but I still found myself setting up this tent regardless because it was more spacious and comfortable. When all zipped up, it’s contents stayed clean and free of the fine grain sand that seems to collect everywhere in the desert. This was such a luxury, as I spent my days climbing sandy cracks and doing trail work on the steep approaches to the nearby walls.

Dimensions for the Comfort tent. (click to enlarge)

Dimensions for the Comfort tent.
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The tent doors flap from side to side and can be tucked in a built in pouch. While this makes it slightly inconvenient to get in and out with the rain fly on, it ultimately keeps the interior cleaner than other tents that have a ‘draw-bridge’ style door which tends to bring dirt in when you zip it up.

I would recommend the Comfort-II to anyone that is looking for a tent that can withstand the test of time and be used in a broad range of environments. Its design and durable material make it a reliable tent for years of excitement. While the Comfort-II is not the best option for going ultra-light or for winter expedition camping, but is a great choice for everything in between.

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