Exped Gemini IV

By pairing four expedition-worthy poles with three-season fabric, the four-person Gemini tent delivers rock-solid stability for an attractive weight.
Gemini IV Tent
Price $649.00

Specs

Ease of Setup 1
Weatherproofing 1
Ventilation 1
Living Space 1
Capacity 1
Number of Poles 0
Diameter of Poles (mm) 1

 

Floor Space (sq ft) 0.5
Length (inches) 0.5
Width (inches) 0.5
Interior Height (inches) 0.5
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 0.5
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 0.5
Weight 8 lbs, 8 oz

Protection

It’s sturdier than most three-season domes thanks to four identical-length poles that attach to the canopy via fabric sleeves. The Gemini proved unflappable in 25-mph winds in Banff National Park. “Through a total cloudburst lasting several hours, we stayed dry, as did everything stored in the two 11-square-foot vestibules,” one tester reports. Light-but-strong fabrics keep weight low.

Livability

Testers raved about the spacious, 57-square-foot floor, which fit five sleepers (three teens and their parents). The 45-inch peak height let everyone sit up fully, and broad, teardrop-shaped doors facilitate easy exits. Six pockets (two overhead and one each in the corners) provide ample storage. And ventilation is excellent thanks to generous swaths of mesh and two fly vents. “We experienced zero condensation, even in 40°F temperatures and pouring rain,” one tester says.

Durability

The 70-denier floor let testers forgo a groundcloth, and extra-fat, 12mm poles (9mm to 11mm is typical for three-season shelters) stand up to howling winds.