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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Brooks Range Propel 2D Tent

The Propel 2D includes 5 poles and the shelter only weighs 3 pounds.

by: Casey Lyons

Brooks Range Propel 2D Tent Fullerton
Brooks Range Propel 2D Tent Fullerton

Brooks-Range Propel 2D
Your style: Fast-and-light winter peakbagging. Your logistical nightmare: Iffy weather that could keep you on the mountain longer than you want. Your solution: The Propel 2D. Even with the five included poles (one ridge pole and four side poles), this shelter weighs just over 3 pounds. And you can drop a pound by pitching the single-wall, 15-denier silnylon body with an avalanche probe and four ski poles. But space is pinched: After mountaineering in Montana’s Gallatin National Forest, our tester called its 28-square-foot interior “tight for two, spacious for one.” The A-frame pitches taut, and in our wind-tunnel tests (below), the front cut through wind like a hot knife through butter. But more than other tents, the flat side panels bowed once the wind struck them; pay attention to the direction of the wind when pitching. Highlight: dual doors. “They enable a quick exit regardless of wind direction,” says a tester. Lowlight: condensation. $500; 3 lbs. 6 oz.; brooks-range.com



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