Featherstone Granite UL 2P

By the river at “Uncle Johnny’s”

I bought the Featherstone Granite UL 2P Tent in April of 2019 and used it on 450 miles of the Appalachian Trail and a month in the Wind River Range in Wyoming. It was used on a full time basis for 4 months. The tent came with all the stakes, guy lines, foot print, poles, tent, rain-fly, cinch strap, and bags. I discarded most of the bags to save on weight, as well as guy lines and all but the essential stakes. I carried the tent in a roll on top of my pack. I would roll up the tent and lay it on top of the rain fly, place poles and stakes inside of their bag and on top of the tent/ rain-fly, and roll up. Then I would place that roll on top of the foot print and roll it up again and cinch down. (https://swanhikes.com/2020/05/07/how-i-roll-my-tent/) This way, I could have more room inside my pack and my tent would not get wet if it rained. If my tent was wet, because it rained over night, I didn’t have to put a wet tent inside my pack with my dry gear. Of course, I also had the rain cover that came with my pack to protect my whole kit. I like that the design is comparable to the Big Agnes 2 person tent and the MSR Hubba Hubba, though it is slightly heavier than both.

For a more ultralight set up, you could discard the inner tent and just take the poles, foot print, and rain-fly and camp like that. I have not used that method before, but people do it. You could also use Tyvek for the footprint to cut down on weight. I would definitely use a footprint of some kind, because the floor of the tent is not water-proof and I like to protect my floor from uncomfortable objects on the ground.

Three months into it’s use, the zippers started malfunctioning at the teeth. Also at 3 months, rain would soak the tent so much that I would have had to re-seal it, if I had not already had a new one waiting for me. With a price tag of $100 or less, I would highly recommend this tent. Due to the extreme nature of my hikes, I will only use tents that come with a warranty. The Featherstone Granite UL 2P Tent does not need a warranty at $100, but if hiking more than 500 miles, you will probably have to buy another one. If someone on a tight budget was looking for a good backpacking tent, I would tell them that this is the best bang for the buck. Happy Trails!

By the river at Harper’s Ferry

Tech Specs

Seasons: 3-Season
Sleeping Capacity: 2 Person
Floor Dimensions: 84 x 51 inches / 213 x 130 cm
Peak Height: 43 inches / 109 cm
Vestibule Area: 25.6 in / 65 cm
Pack Size: 16 x 4 in / 41 x 10 cm
Pack Weight: 6 lbs (2.72 kg)
Trail Weight: 5 lbs (2.27 kg)
Minimalist Setup Weight: 3.8 lbs (1.72 kg)

Materials

Rainfly: 75-denier Ripstop Polyester with 3000mm polyurethane hydrostatic rated coating
Floor: 210-denier Nylon with 3000mm polyurethane hydrostatic rated coating
Canopy: Noseeum Mesh
Poles: Single Hubbed Poles
Pole Type: 7001 Aluminum
Accessories: 12 Aluminum Stakes, Reflective Guy Lines, & Waterproof Footprint

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