Hi all,

Does anyone have any experience with these two companies? The Yanes Sentinel 2 and the Alps Mountaineering gradient 2 or 3 are the tents that I am most interested in (on sale). I have tried to compare the two spec sheets but I really don't know enough to know how to compare materials or anything like that.

About me and my plans:
5'11", 220 lbs, athletic build in good general shape from sports and distance running, cycling and swimming.
Most common trips would be some canoe trips, some backpacking overnight or weekend trips. I am very inexperienced with anything beyond car camping. I would most often be travelling with my Gf (5'7" 130lbs) for the backpacking. I we are in Central/Northern Ontario (Sudbury just in case anyone happens to recognize it) and would likely be doing some of the trips in Algonquin Park and Manitoulin.

I am not very interested in tarps or UL tents. Budget is capped around 250cad. Would be willing to ante up a bit more if it was a great deal (I.e. High end tent on really good sale).


I will copy and paste some of the manufacturing info from each tent below.


The Sentinel 2 is an ultra compact and light weight two person tent. The fast and easy set-up, ultra light fabric and alloy poles make this a hikers favorite.

Seamsealed full length polyester fly, with many tie down points
Multiple aeration vents
2 large doors

DIMENSIONS : 85″ x 50″ x 44″ (216cm x 127cm x 112cm)
FLOOR : OXFORD POLYESTER 150 Denier, 2,000 mm.
WEIGHT : 5.3 lbs (2.4 kgs)

"Gradient 2 Features

Free Standing Pole System with 7000 Series Aluminum Poles
Easy Assembly with Pole Clips that Quickly Snap Over Tent Poles and "No Snag" Mesh Sleeves
75D 185T Polyester Fly Resists UV Damage and Stays Taut
Factory Sealed Fly and Floor Seams Give Best Weather Protection
75D 185T Poly Taffeta Floor with 3000mm Coating
Extra Large #8 Zippers on Doors and Vestibules
No See-Um Mesh Walls Walls Allow for Excellent Ventilation
Vertical Walls and Center Height Maximize Interior Space for an Extremely Roomy Feel
Weatherproof Fly Buckles on for Maximum Adjustability and Protection
Large Door Allows Entry and Exit
Large Front Vestibule for Gear Storage and Extra Weather Protection
"Back Porch" Vestibule Allows for Extra Gear Storage on Back Side of Tent with Easy Access from Inside Tent
Includes 7075 Aluminum Stakes, Guy Ropes and Mesh Storage Pocket

Base Size: 4'4 x 7'6
Center Height: 3'8
Vestibule Depth: 33"
Tent Area: 32 sq. ft.
Vestibule Area: 19 sq. ft.
Tent & Fly Weight: 5 lbs. 2 oz.
Total Weight: 5 lbs. 9 oz.
Packed Size 7.5" x 18"
Pole Diameter: 8.5 mm"

Gradient 3 specs (won't include the above features a second time)


Base Size: 5'10 x 7'6
Center Height: 4'
Vestibule Depth: 36"
Tent Area: 44 sq. ft.
Vestibule Area: 25 sq. ft.
Tent & Fly Weight: 6 lbs. 7 oz.
Total Weight: 6 lbs. 11 oz.
Packed Size 8" x 21"
Pole Diameter: 9.5 m"