We've had our 10x14 Paha Que 'Perry Mesa' model for over three years now
and absolutely love it. We'll buy this brand again if/when we have to
Camped 20+ times for 1 -2 weeks in all sorts of weather -- 106 degrees
down to high 30's's, in both dry and torrential rain conditions, high
winds (50+ mph gusts) and dead calm, in Okla., Texas, Arkansas,
Missouri, New Mexico and Colorado. Everything else posted here is
true about their ability to withstand weather.
Short history: First tent was improperly sewn which allowed balooning
of rain water at window bottoms on first outing, and of course leaked.
They had just started with a new mfr in China and this was from the
first production run. Customer service at Paha Que was fantastic,
even tho we'd purchased from CampMor ($5 shipping) and not direct from
them. Got us a new tent that initially had only two tiny wet spots
that haven't leaked since applying seam sealer. And we have been
through some very rough thunderstorms.
One word of caution if you're getting one with a screened room
adjoining the sleeping area. Insects, arachnida, raccoons, squirrels,
possums and even skunks can and will enter the screened area (our
"kitchen") due to the open floor. We chose this model so cooking
wouldn't cause problems with grease and food on the floor, and don't
regret it. Just bear in mind that you have to keep all food except
canned goods locked up at night if you're in an area with wildlife
accustomed to campers and people food.
Setup is extremely easy for 2 people and we've never exchanged any
cross words while setting up -- true marital camping bliss. Just
watch their short video on their web site to see how. We use two
sheets of heavy plastic underneath the sleeping area to help protect
the floor from sharp rocks.
The open screened top is awesome for star gazing on clear dry nights.
We did have to apply a small screen patch when hot grease popped and
burned a hole on the large screen in the "kitchen", but is hardly
Zippers all work very well after lots of heavy use. Shell material is
All poles have held up well, including shock cording. We did buy
extra awning poles so we could have all three awnings up
simultaneously. We've also bought hi-visibility yellow guy ropes
since we're often moving around outside after dark.
In summary, we're very happy with this tent and wouldn't hesitate to
recommend it to anyone who will be camping enough to justify the
higher cost for buying a high quality tent. If you have any questions
please feel free to email and ask, since I don't regularly monitor