This is an average size single wall tent. It's larger than the ultralight bivy tents (Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2, Black Diamond Firstlight) but not quite as large as the Mountain Hardwear EV 2. It's a great size.
The super solid pole design makes this tent rock solid. The two awning style vents catch more wind that tents without them, but they are arguably a worthwhile feature.
The Jake's Corner corner reinforcements increase strength considerably. These are removable short sections of pole that clip into the inside of the tent. See the video at the bottom of this page for more info.
The Convert's main drawback, when it comes to strength, is its vestibule. This pitches easily from the outside with pole clips but its tie-out mechanism is not as strong as the Nemo Tenshi's removable vestibule. We prefer the Tenshi's vestibule because it the added strength and also because it has two vents on each side that make cooking easier and probably safer.
Our testing shows that three-layer waterproof breathable fabrics are generally more durable than two-layer PU coated fabrics, such as is found on the Convert.
Ease of Setup
We LOVE LOVE LOVE how the Convert pitches!
Seriously, this tent is the only single wall model we've tested that pitches from the outside. Just insert the poles through ports on the front and cinch them down tight. This gives the tent the same drum tight pitch as other single wall models with the poles entirely in the tent, just a lot fast and easier. We wish all single wall tents had a setup like this.
The vestibule goes on reasonably quickly with a few snaps and the pull of a zipper.
The tent weighs 5 lb. 5 oz. without the vestibule and 6 lb. 12 oz. with the vestibule (and vestibule pole). The amounts are nearly identical to the weight of the Nemo Tenshi. The Convert is definitely not ultralight. Rather, it is an expedition style single wall tent.
We give the Convert a score of 3 in this category because its removable corner poles and vestibule greatly increase versatility. This is the maximum score possible in this category. The increased adaptability makes the tent more versatile and a better value.
The tent has good features, but not fantastic features. We much prefer the pocket design on the Nemo Tenshi because it is more supportive and can hold more. We also prefer the Tenshi's ventilation system and anchor clip in system. But on the other hand, the Convert's external entry pole design is marvelous. Ditto with the Jake's Corners. The Convert gets an 8 out of 10 here.
High altitude alpine climbing and mountaineering.
The Convert is a great tent and it can often be found for prices much lower than the Nemo Tenshi. Great value.