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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2014
This three-season dome saves weight and money. Bonus: Organizers will love it.
Why we like it : This three-season dome saves weight and money. Bonus: Organizers will love it.
Protection : Sustained rain and lashing 30-mph wind in Colorado’s Park Range barely rattled this freestanding shelter.
Ventilation : “The best airflow I’ve ever seen,” raves one veteran tester, praising the mesh walls, vestibule vents, and the 1- to 2.25-inch air buffer between canopy and fly. No condensation accumulated during drizzly nights in Wyoming’s Hoback Canyon.
Livability : Three sleeping pads fit with just inches to spare, but sufficient headroom and vestibule space mitigate the cramped floor. Credit the 42-inch peak height and near-vertical walls, as well as a gear closet for each occupant. Both side doors have 6.7-square-foot vestibules, and another area on the end (accessed via a zipper in the tent wall) provides a third covered space. Bonus: Getting in and out requires no gymnastics.
Fave feature : A mesh pocket runs around the entire perimeter, setting a new bar for organization.
$379; 3 lbs. 12 oz.; rei.com