Luxe Tempo 2 Man Tent – Heavy Rain No Leaking!

Luxe Tempo 2 Man Tent – Heavy Rain No Leaking!

Luxe Tempo Tent - 2 man, 3-4 season.
Luxe Tempo Tent – 2 man, 3-4 season.

In preparation for some increased camping activity in my life, I recently bought a new Luxe Tempo tent, 2 man size 3-4 season.

I already have a variety of other tents that of the four and six man size variety, but I wanted to get something smaller that would suite my needs for backpack camping.

There are a lot of great one man and two man tents out there on the market.  Some are obviously cheap and may not last long or be as sturdy as I want.  While others I came across were way far outside my spending comfort zone.

I looked for tents everywhere; Cabelas, REI, Sportsman’s Guide, Amazon, Walmart, Bass Pro…  I found what I was looking for on Amazon, and got a great price.

Luxe Tempo 2 Man Tent Review

I got this tent a few weeks ago and did a practice setup in my yard.  It’s always a good idea to do that before your first trip.  I’ve heard horror stories of people setting up tents out in the wild only to find out they are missing poles.

It took about eight minutes to setup the first time.  Two fiberglass poles slide through sleeves over the top of the tent to give it it’s form.  It comes with twelve aluminum stakes and four guy-lines.

I used this tent this past weekend on a camping trip I took to the Black River State Forest in Wisconsin.  It rained all weekend.  In fact it rained really hard with passing thunderstorms.  I didn’t setup up a fly over the tent for added cover.  The plan was to see what this Luxe Tempo tent could handle.

It help back the rain like a boss!  No water leakage whatsoever!

Here are the particulars:

  • 1 rain fly 210T polyester full coverage, waterproof rating of 3500mm, taped seems
  • Inner tent size: 4.6″ x 6.9″ x 3.6″
  • 2 doors, one on each side with roomy vestibules for packs, boots, etc…
  • Adjustable ceiling vents for added air flow and condensation release
  • 2 tent poles
  • 12 aluminum stakes
  • 4 guy-lines
  • 1 carry bag
  • Carry bag pack size: 7″ x 7″ x 17″
  • Weight, 5.5 lbs
  • READ MORE HERE AT AMAZON

My Luxe Tempo Tent – What I Liked!

I was looking for a tent that was fairly compact and could be used on long weekend hiking and camping excursions.  I could have bought a smaller tent, but I always liked to have a little extra room inside tents.

Shortly after I setup my tent, it started to rain and last three days!
Shortly after I setup my tent, it started to rain and last three days!

While this Luxe Tempo tent is rated as a 2 man tent size, I found it really more of a one man.  Sure, I could get my wife in there with me and we could probably sleep well enough, but there would be no space for a backpack or misc items.

When I used it over my rainy weekend I had plenty of room to move around, and store my large Alice Pack and other gear I wanted close.  I’m 6 foot 2 inches tall and flabby, and I had plenty of room.

The two doors make it really nice, as well as the vestibules on each side.  But one of the things I like most, and always look for in a tent, is a rain fly that has full coverage.  A lot of tents out there have only partial coverage rain flys.

If you are serious about camping and being able to weather some rain, then make sure you tent has a full coverage rain fly.  Also make sure it has a descent waterproof rating.  The Luxe Tempo 2 man tent has a rating of 3500mm.  You can of course buy some spray on waterproof sealant to bolster than.

I also like that fact that I can sit up in this tent.  Many 1 man tents you have to crawl in and out of.  That was another reason for wanting a 2 man tent, they are usually taller internally.  I was able to sit up and play solitaire without issue.

The carry bag measures 7″ x 7″ x 17″ but the tent actually rolls up smaller than that.  Even with the tent-poles and stakes wrapped up inside the bag with the tent and fly, there is a lot of extra room in the bag.  So the tent when packed is actually more like 5″ x 5″ x 15″.  Not a bad size, and at 5.5 lbs it a good weight for a 2 man tent.

It’s a great waterproof 2 man tent!

What I Didn’t’ Like

There wasn’t much with the Luxe Tempe 2 man tent that I didn’t like.  In fact I am surprised at how much I like it.  It’s my favorite tent I own.

My Luxe Tempo tent without its rain fly attached - before the weekend long downpour!
My Luxe Tempo tent without its rain fly attached – before the weekend long downpour!

However, if I had to knit-pick, I would say that it would be a nice bonus if it came with a tent footprint.

My larger tents have heavy floors in them and really don’t need footprints.  This tent has the poly rip stop floor that is typical of all small backpacker sized tents.  Nothing good or bad about that, it’s just a fact that small tents like this don’t have super thick floors.

A good foot print for this tent is basic 5″ x 7″ size.  They are pretty cheap to buy and pack small.  I did buy a footprint when I bought this tent.  I actually roll it up with the tent when I pack it away, so it’s always there when I set up.

Again, it not coming with a footprint is not a big deal.  Tents normally don’t.  So I can’t really even say this is a criticism.  It’s more just wishful thinking.

Luxe Tempo 2 Man Tent – Final Thoughts

This new tent is going to fit my needs wonderfully.  I have a couple canoe trips planned next year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, as well as a handful of smaller weekend excursions with just my backpack.  This 2 man Luxe Tempo tent is exactly what I was looking for.

I am glad I had a chance to give it a good initial test run under heavy rain conditions.  That goes a long way to ease the mind.  Usually when heavy rain is coming I will suspend an additional rain fly over my tent for some extra added protection.  I will still be doing that with this tent as well.  Just more piece of mind.  But it’s good to know it held it’s own under nasty conditions!

Do I recommend this Luxe Tempo 2 man tent?  I most certainly do.

If you want to read more of the manufacturers details and even buy this tent, click on the link below.

Thanks for reading!

TD

 

6 thoughts on “Luxe Tempo 2 Man Tent – Heavy Rain No Leaking!

  1. I am impressed that you like this tent so much for the price. My brother bought a Mountain Smith this summer for around that price and it was good overall, but lacked a lot of basic qualities. I like that you bought a footprint for your tent. I keep thinking I need to do this but have not done it yet as I have a Alps Mountaineering tent. Thanks for the positive review!

    1. Hi Austin,

      Thanks for the comment.  I used to buy expensive tents, but after checking out some of the more affordable ones at a few local retailers I really didn’t see much of a difference in design.  Sure, there are some really crappy tents out there, but I researched this new tent purchase hard, and liked what I saw about the Luxe Tempo.  I was pleasantly surprised by it, and thrilled that it performed so well under the nasty conditions I was in.  It did what it was supposed to do.  Kept me dry and my gear dry.

      I’ll be taking it along on a Boundary Waters trip next year.

      TD

  2. Ahhhhh! I am so excited to have found this! I gave up on camping years ago because of the leaking tent problem! I’m not a tarp person. Setting up a tent in the wilderness (rather than setting up multi-day camping at a camp ground) has been my style but I have had so many wet mornings that I retired. Thanks for reviewing this product. I’ll be sure to check it out!

    1. Hi Randene,

      Thanks for reading.  Condensation has not been a problem for me with this tent either.  The inside bug mesh is big, and fresh air travels under the rain fly well enough to wisk away night time breathing air (moisture).

      I’ve used this tent four or five time now, it sets up fast, has held up great, and has worked fantastic for me when its rained.  I am planning on using it on a few BWCA trips this next year.  Packs light, takes up little space in my pack, and is large enough for me and my gear that I don’t hang when in bear country.

      TD

  3. I know what you mean about the size of the tent. We are looking to replace our old tent which is considered a 6 man tent. I would not want to have 6 people in my tent that is for sure. We fit 4 people, our dog and some gear in the 6 man tent just fine. We are actually looking for a smaller tent currently, as the kids usually want to sleep in their own tent now. So that leaves the wife and I in one and the kids in one. I am also a big believer in the a rain fly that covers the whole tent. I see a lot of tents with a “rain fly” that just sits on top. Anyway, I like your review. I wanted to see what you have to say about this model. I may need something a bit bigger though. Do they make a 4 man tent?

    1. Hi,

      Yep, they do.  Here is the link:  https://tdalloutdoors.com/luxe

      It is the same tent by Luxe Tempo, just made larger and made for 4 people, or in my opinion two adults and some gear!

      I have had my 2 man Luxe Tempo out a few more times and have really being loving it.  Light and compact, sets up fast, and I really like to two top air vents that do wonders to ventilate the tent and keep moisture and condensation down on the inside.

      TD

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