The CrossBow is back in stock and shipping now!
Despite its weather worthiness, the CrossBow's minimum weight can get as low as 3lb 15.6oz by switching the WebTruss out for the included DAC twist clips (4lb 2oz minimum weight with the WebTruss), and weighs only 5lb 2oz all-in, including enough stakes and guylines for all the external guy points.
With a breathable nylon canopy and numerous venting options, the CrossBow Four-Season protects its occupants against spindrift and dust while keeping condensation to a minimum. The CrossBow Four-Season is perfect for backcountry ski tours, alpine climbing, and river trips of all varieties. Because of the dust-proof canopy fabric and excellent wind resistance, the CrossBow Four-Season also makes a fantastic tent for desert camping.
Want a breezier experience in warmer weather that still provides bug protection and ample strength? The updated CrossBow Mesh Body accessory swaps out your ripstop inner tent for an airy mesh one that's still compatible with both the WebTruss or DAC twist clips, making your CrossBow a true year-round quiver killer.
Thanks to the WebTruss, the CrossBow pitches easily in high winds. Unlike pole sleeves, which can lead to pole breakage during the pitching process in windy conditions, the WebTruss allows you to fully set up and tension the pole structure before clipping the tent body to the poles. This system provides much more strength for the weight than traditional clip-style tents. With internal guyline compatibility and our OutRigger attachment, the CrossBow can be further strengthened against harsh winds or snow loading using the included guylines and your own trekking poles.
The CrossBow can be used with a footprint, which can also be used to set up the CrossBow without the tent body for an ultralight fly-only pitch.
- Roomy, strong 2P tent for pretty much anything
- Breathable ripstop body blocks wind, spindrift, dust, and sand
- Eight internal pockets for endless organizational potential
- Through vents on fly and tent body facilitate airflow
- Tent body through vent has separate mesh and ripstop layers for buggy conditions
- Kickstand vents on vestibule doors provide unrestricted cross-breeze for condensation management
- Compatible with the CrossBow Mesh Body accessory for warm weather use
- WebTruss adds strength and makes high-wind setup a breeze
- WebTruss can be switched out with included DAC twist clips for ~3oz weight savings
- Double dry entry
- OutRigger attachment uses your trekking poles to strengthen tent under high winds and heavy snow loads
- Pre-installed internal guylines
- Mesh door vents allow venting even when it's buggy
- Spacious vestibules offer plenty of gear storage
- Toggles connect fly to poles at guy points for stability
- Internal ceiling o-rings for gear hanging
|Minimum Weight (with WebTruss)||4lb 3oz (1.94kg)|
|Minimum Weight (with DAC Twist Clips)||3lb 15.6oz (1.84kg)|
|Packaged Weight||5lb 2oz (2.38kg)|
|Floor Area||32sq ft (2.97sq m)|
|Vestibule Area||11sq ft x 2 (1sq m x 2)|
|14" x 6" (36cm x 15cm)|
|Pole Package Length||17.25" (43.82cm)|
|Floor Dimensions||92" x 50" (234cm x 127cm)|
|Tent Body Volume||58.6cu ft (1.66cu m)|
|Vestibule Volume||50cu ft (1.42cu m)|
|Number of poles||3|
Number of doors
|Tent Body Fabric||
15D Nylon Ripstop DWR
|Floor Fabric||20D Nylon Ripstop SIL/PE 1800mm|
|Fly Fabric||20D Nylon Ripstop Sil/Sil 1500mm|
|20D Nylon Ripstop PE 1800mm|
|Poles||3 DAC PL 10.65mm|
I was the first reviewer in 2018.
I have both the crossbow 4 season and mesh body of the original Crossbow, not the 2021 version. I love the tent. It has been in snow storms, high winds with 40 mph gusts, summer heatwaves, hails storms and everything else we get in the High Sierra. The tent has never failed me! We have always remained warm and dry.
Here are some nifty things that I discovered after using the tent:
The fly doors are designed so that you can enter and exit the tent or just open the doors to throw stuff in, protected and dry during rain storms. At first I thought, (when all was dry and calm,) “How annoying and in my way this fly is when staked.” … Until my first storm with that tent. “AHHH, That is why the fly is staked like that! Complete access without ANY rain getting into the tent!!” Now, when it is fair, I release the fly doors from their stakes and just secure them open and out of my way.
When you have light, polite rain, (coming down vertically without wind,) you can keep the fly doors open completely to let in air and stay totally dry.
The hang loops inside are great! I have hung wet gloves, towels, parkas and more from them and they were dry by morning.
Since 2018, this tent is used about 30 days a year or more in all seasons except the dead of winter. I keep it hung open in my closet during storage. The fly has seen LOTS of UV and, indeed, it is beginning to sag and the seem tape is peeling. I thought, at the end of this season, to send it back to SlingFin for maintenance care, after all, the forecast for my last trip was totally fair weather. HAH! We got PELTED with heavy rain and hailstones the size of marbles for 14 hours!! All that with an old fly sheet and we were warm and dry!!
LOVE THIS TENT!
The service at SlingFin is wonderful. They are patient, helpful and always pick up their phones. My fly sheet and ground cloth (the ground cloth has shown almost no wear and neither have the tent bodies but I sent it back for a new DWR and retaping.) are on their way to them for maintenance and, I would guess, another 5 years of great service.
Hi Aura! This brought us so much joy! Thanks for the kind words and thanks for using the heck out of your tent!
In many storms in this tent- heavy snow, extreme wind and relentless rain. Pros can breathe in this tent, good air flow in winter- keeps condensation low, good vestibule to keep gear dry. Weight to strength is pretty good for long hikes. Cons- fabric of fly is super loud in wind such that it disrupts sleep. Poles bend significantly in aggressive wind. Even with tie outs and internal guy lines- wind can bend the poles. Rec different fly fabric and consideration of poles. Will buy more tents from this company however.
I got the updated 2021 version of the Crossbow 2. I got this tent because I'm tired of taking tents out of storage and smelling the unmistakable stench of polyurethane (PU) waterproof coatings that are peeling off due to hydrolysis. I religiously dried out my tents before I put them away, but it happens regardless. The polyethylene waterproofing on this tent is MUCH less susceptible to hydrolysis, which means it won't rot out nearly as fast (if ever). I just took it on a winter camping hot spring trip, and I absolutely love it. I particularly love the web truss, which makes a taut pitch easy. Rather than repeat all the great things about this tent, I will suggest some usage notes. 1. A footprint is not necessary for camping on snow. Otherwise, I highly recommend investing in the companion footprint, because the floor fabric is relatively thin compared to heavier classic winter tents. The companion footprint has grommet holes for the tent poles which keep it tight and secure under the tent body. 2. Invest in some liner gloves, because you will need dexterity to properly attach the fly to the poles. That said, once you attach the fly, it's not going anywhere, and the attachment method combined with guy lines adds tons of stability against wind and snow loads.
Got this tent last year and finally had a chance to take it on a snow camp in the Cascades and I was surprised at how warm the inside of the tent was. it held heat very well. We were camped on six feet of snow depth on a clear night with temps in the 20's. We had the door mesh partly unzipped for ventilation and did not build up moisture on the inside which I could never do with my last 4 season tent. I really like the design, fabric, strength and weight of this tent. Looking forward to more winter hikes with it.
This is a well thought out tent. I have used the 4-season version on both St Elias and Denali. The tent held up great in the wind and kept us dry. Excellent craftsmanship as well.
They are pricey but you get what you pay for!