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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Easton Torrent 2P Tent

Many two-person tents fill up fast with gear and humans, leaving scant move-around space. Not so with the Torrent 2P.

by: Casey Lyons

Easton Torrent 2P Tent
Easton Torrent 2P Tent

Easton Torrent 2P
Many two-person tents fill up fast with gear and humans, leaving scant move-around space. Not so with the Torrent 2. Its 35-square-foot floor area provides plenty of elbowroom—even for our 6’7” tester, a friend, and two full racks of winter mountaineering gear. “The extra room makes it ideal for winter trips when extended darkness means many hours in camp,” says one tester. Best part? The Torrent also features two 10.7-square-foot vestibules for gear storage and cooking on either side. The four-pole design includes two corner-to-corner ridgepoles and two Y-shaped poles, which make the walls steeper and increase headroom (41 inches) while adding enough strength-bolstering pole crossings to keep the dome steady in wind—even though the tent uses setup-friendly clips rather than pole sleeves. Got a few months? This spring, Easton is switching to its fiberglass-composite Syclone* poles, which add strength and durability for the same weight but cost $50 less. Downside: Those bomber fabrics don’t compress well. When packed, the Torrent is fire-hydrant-size. $449; 7 lbs. 8 oz.;

These aeroe-space, woven, carbon-fiber poles are 80 percent stronger than aluminum poles of the same diameter. 

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