Brooks-Range Tension 40 Tent Review

It’s one of the lightest three-person tents we've used, yet it has two doors and headroom.
Tension 40
Price $460.00

Specs

Ease of Setup 4 / 5
Weatherproofing 4 / 5
Ventilation 2.5 / 5
Living Space 3.5 / 5
Durability 3 / 5
Materials 15d Sil/PU Nylon FR R/S; Floor - 15dSil/PU Nylon FR R/S
Free Standing
Capacity 3
Number of Poles 0

 

Diameter of Poles (mm) 9
Floor Space (sq ft) 0.5
Length (inches) 94
Width (inches) 62
Interior Height (inches) 42
Vestibule Type standard
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 6.5
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 6.5
Weight 3 lbs

[ultralight]

Why we like it It’s one of the lightest three-person tents we've used, yet it has two doors and headroom.

Weight How does the Tension achieve rock-bottom weight without sacrificing performance? It’s not freestanding, which saves ounces but means good staking is required. Ultralight carbon poles and 15-denier siliconized nylon for the floor and walls further shave weight (treated with TLC, they proved durable through a season of use). And the 40-square-foot floor just fits three sleeping pads.

Protection Reinforced corner seams provide surprising structure when taut. Through fierce thunderstorms in New York’s Adirondacks, testers stayed dry and unruffled by 25-mph winds.

Livability
The smallish floor area notwithstanding, the Tension proved comfy, thanks to ample headroom (near-vertical walls and a 42-inch peak height let a trio of campers play cards comfortably). Four big mesh pockets keep fragile items off the floor.

Bummer
Despite all-mesh walls and two fly vents, condensation accumulated on dry, 40°F nights (gear stuffed into the two small, 6.6-square-foot vestibules inhibits airflow). $460; 3 lbs.; brooks-range.com