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Easton Expedition 2 Review

Easton Expedition 2
Price:  $750 List
Pros:  Nice poles, can be found for cheap.
Cons:  Generally low performance.
Bottom line:  This is a pricey model that uses budget materials.
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Manufacturer:   Easton Mountain Products

Our Verdict

The Easton Expedition is No Longer Available as of 2017
The Easton Expedition 2 scores near the back of the pack in our ratings. It uses a sturdy pole design and provides a good amount of interior space, but the tent uses budget quality fabrics and, being new, its design has not yet had the benefit of refinement that comes with time.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Chris McNamara and Max Neale

Last Updated:
Tuesday
August 20, 2013

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Performance Comparison


This tent is available in two versions: one with aluminum poles and one with carbon poles. Our assessment and measurements are for the carbon version.

Ease of Setup


Average.

Weather Resistance


The pole design is solid and Easton goes to great lengths to advertise their poles with markings on the tent. Easton makes phenomenally good tent poles, no doubt about that, but the fabrics used on this tent are its main weakness. The flysheet, for example, is made from 75 denier polyester. No other company uses polyester in their top-tier flysheets because its not strong or durable for its weight. The material is a far cry from those used on Hilleberg, SlingFin and Crux tents.

Livability


The tent is about average for livability. Compare the specs in the table above to those of other tents.

Durability


Again, in the long-term we feel the fabrics will be no match for extreme conditions and prolonged use in wet climates. We haven't tested this claim but think the opinion is reasonable because it stems from our experience testing more than 70 tents of all types.

Weight/Packed Size


The Hilleberg Jannu is slightly smaller, way stronger, and weighs 2 lb. less. The Hilleberg Tarra is considerably larger and more comfortable, twice as strong, and weighs 1 lb. more.

Value


The tent retails for $750, which is a total ripoff, but can often be found for much less.
Chris McNamara and Max Neale

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Apr 14, 2015 - 02:01am
 
amtc · Backpacker · Sequim, Washington
I own a Easton tent (not this model) and it is an outstanding tent made with the same materials as the Easton Expedition. The review confuses me because the Easton tent is criticized for supposedly using inferior materials yet the North Face tent uses the same materials and is ranked 5th overall?


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