When I first started riding, I got the cheapest there was for everything... And after the first year I had to buy new stuff! Now I really look at quality, not the price tag, and most of the items I own last for a long time. There are cheaper tents out there for sure, but usually it is because the material was cheaper to begin with. The guys who made this tent really put a lot of thought into it and the special features, lightness, etc. So it is a top notch tent that won't be damaged after a summer or two of camping.