Mountain Hardwear Trango 4

Roomy, strong, and sturdy—it’s everything we want in a foul-weather home away from home.
Price $800.00

Specs

Ease of Setup 1 / 5
Weatherproofing 1 / 5
Ventilation 1 / 5
Living Space 1 / 5
Free Standing
Capacity 4
Number of Poles 5

 

Diameter of Poles (mm) 1
Floor Space (sq ft) 50
Length (inches) 0.5
Width (inches) 0.5
Interior Height (inches) 0.5
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 24
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 8.5
Weight 11 lbs, 15 oz

Bomber
Everest basecamp always serves up a buffet of wind, sleet, and snow, and the Trango 4’s five-pole design handled it all and came back for seconds. Testers praised the stability and security they felt while inside. “It’s tough, durable, and bombproof,” said our tester, a guide with Satori Adventures and Expeditions.

Livability
The 65-square-foot floor offers plenty of space, even serving as a community tent for a team of eight. “There was enough room to sit up inside the tent and change clothes,” our man said.

Condensation
Open the large roof vent, and condensation is a non-issue—even when four bodies fill the tent.

Vestibules
Our testers’ favorite feature: two big vestibules. The front, 24-square-foot one stored two large duffles and two medium backpacks, while still allowing space to come and go. The rear, 8.8-square-foot vestibule is plenty big to serve as a bad-weather kitchen.

Pitch
It’s intuitive, but it takes time to open and close the gated pole clips. Cold-weather bonus: You can do it in mittens.

$800; 11 lbs. 15 oz.; mountainhardwear.com