Eureka! Midori 3

A low-weight, low-cost two-person, freestanding tent
Midori 3
Price $179.00

Specs

Free Standing
Capacity 3
Number of Poles 2
Diameter of Poles (mm) 9.5
Floor Space (sq ft) 45.2

 

Length (inches) 88
Width (inches) 74
Interior Height (inches) 50
Vestibule Type standard
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 11.8
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 10.9
Weight 6 lbs, 8 oz

[freestanding ultralight]

Here’s a rare find: a two-person tent at this price and weight that still delivers freestanding, double-wall performance. It’s a bit small—no surprise—but the ounce-saving dimensions (best for sleeping, not lounging) worked just fine for our long-distance-hiking testers, who used the Imogene during a 400-mile Appalachian Trail trek through Maine and New Hampshire. The shelter held firm in roaring rainstorms that forced hikers in lesser tents to flee for the lean-to, and the weight-saving, 10-denier fabrics (20-denier for the floor) survived the journey intact.

The Imogene packs down small—the size of a 1-liter bottle—and setup is speedy, using one hubbed pole. There’s just one door (at the head end), which requires careful exits to avoid disturbing a companion. The 39-inch peak height allows even 6’4” campers to sit upright. But the length and width proved “cramped for two big guys,” reports one tester, who calls the 30 square feet “just big enough for sleeping.” And we wished for better ventilation in humid conditions, when condensation collected. $300; 2 lbs. 7 oz.; golite.com

The Midori tent is designed for the novice to intermediate camper looking for value and performance. This 2-pole aluminum dome side entry tent makes extensive use of mesh fabric to increase ventilation. Available in 2- and 3-person models, the Midori comes in a Lime Punch/Mineral Grey color and features 1800 mm coatings on the fly, wall and floor. The Midori 3 features 2 hooded vents in the fly and 4 interior pockets.