|Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price||$210.00|
I'm a very satisfied customer who purchased a Wilderness Technology Denali 2 tent. I own several tents of different sizes and for various types of usage. The Denali 2, in its size category and use purpose I found it to be well designed and a good value at $150.00 I also purchased its specific ground tarp, sold separately and worth the money and has been also useful for other purposes.
The pros of the Denali 2
The tents compression style carry bag is a clever design and the tent assembly is very simple. Its aluminum support poles socket together cleanly and the pin type ends that go into the corner strap grommets along with the rain fly and ground tarp is a smart feature. The fabrics used are of quality and I like the color tones used which would blend into most outdoor environments. They also kept their brand logo subdued on this tent, which is also a preference of mine. The next big plus of this tent is its rain fly design, with the two entry sides having two types of vestibule openings. In my use of this tent, that feature has come in very handy. Also, both doors and their large diameters, make getting in and out of this tent easy, along with the smooth flow of their zippers. The ventilation set up of the Denali 2 works well I've found in my use of this tent. It has dual vents on the top of the tents rain fly with the option to open or close. It also has lower ventilation screening on the lower adjacent sides. Inside the tent you have four storage pockets sewn flat, on both sides of each door. Their is also an optional to put up, upper storage mesh pocket.
The cons of the Denali 2, well, not many.
Its size keeps the weight down, but its internal length is a little snug for me, but not bad. My Denali 2 has an internal space size of 78” X 49”, with an inside 43” height. I'm six foot, and on your normal gear sleeping surface I found that my toes would touch the sloping sides, along with my head brushing the side when I sat up. This was slightly annoying to me so I sewed in a couple loops on either side, outside just above its lower vent points. Putting on a couple guide lines there to slightly pull out the fabric on either side was enough to fix the problem for me.
Another plus I discovered with the Denali 2 is that its size fits on a queen size mattress. By accident in a situation where I lost home heating in winter for a period of time, I found another use for this tent. It can fit on your bed at home. With the tents normal venting set up, and just one person inside, I measured it being 11 to 12 degrees warmer inside the tent than the internal bedroom. The tent kept me from getting respiratory freeze while still having the comfort of a regular bed mattress underneath. A lesson learned for me is that if you do any basic prepping for emergency situations, I'd include a tent in the Denali 2 size category. A tent can be useful for beyond camping. / I also camp with family at formal car-side camp sites using a big walk-in tent, and one freezing night, the Denali 2 came in handy. In my big tent, I set the Denali 2 on my sleeping cot and it kept me from getting ill from the unexpected cold.
All in all, I'm very happy with the Denali 2 tent and have two of them.