SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2012

Gear Guide 2012: Exped Gemini III Tent

Ample cooking and storage space along with a durable construction make this tent a champ in handling foul-weather.

by: Kelly Bastone

Exped Gemini III (Michael Clark)
Exped Gemini III (Michael Clark)

More Tents
Find one-, two-, three-, or four-person tents
[foul-weather champ]

“It’s one of the sturdiest freestanding tents I’ve ever used,” raves our veteran tester, reporting that the three-season Gemini withstood near-40-mph gusts in Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness and barely shuddered—even without full guyouts. That’s because its four equal-length poles cross at both ends and plug into connectors above the doors to create a winter-strength geometry, as well as a drip line that keeps water from rolling inside the open door.

Two 11-square-foot vestibules provide ample cooking and storage space, making the Gemini a convenient foul-weather refuge. Two huge, teardrop-shaped doors unzip almost completely to make access easier-than-average. Ventilation is excellent, thanks to broad swaths of mesh and two fly vents. And durable fabrics withstood careless treatment from a 68-pound yellow Lab.

The 86-inch length let two six-footers sleep comfortably with the dog at their feet, and the wall-spreading pole structure (together with a soaring, 45-inch ceiling) creates excellent headroom. But it’s tight for three (the 63-inch width barely accommodates three pads), and setup requires muscling the poles into connectors above the doors. $499; 5 lbs. 9 oz.; exped.com

gear finder



Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Gear
Ruined jacket in dryer
Posted On: Sep 01, 2014
Submitted By: SWest
Trailhead Register
Stick is fine
Posted On: Sep 01, 2014
Submitted By: eyebp


Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions