MSR Twin Brothers

If low weight is your prime tent priority, put this shelter at the top of your shopping list.
Twin Brothers
Price $449.95

Specs

Shape A-frame
Free Standing
Capacity 4
Number of Poles 2
Diameter of Poles (mm) 16
Floor Space (sq ft) 96

 

Layout rectangular
Length (inches) 168
Width (inches) 90
Interior Height (inches) 68
Vestibule Type none
Weight 4 lbs, 14 oz

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If low weight is your prime tent priority, put this shelter at the top of your shopping list. It’s barely more than four pounds, but makes no compromises in terms of protection. When 30-mph winds in Colorado’s Park Range blasted the Skyledge with rain, this freestanding dome barely shuddered—and kept the interior dry during soggy entrances (the fly’s drip line prevents water from funneling inside the open doors).

This year’s model has key updates: Designers relocated the Jake’s Foot attachment from the tent body to the footprint, enabling campers to pitch the fly first, keeping the canopy dry in rain. A transparent fly porthole brightens the interior. And ventilation is good: On nights in the 30s in Tasmania’s Walls of Jerusalem National Park, condensation collected only inside the fly. The floor’s 70-denier fabric acts like armor against sharp pebbles, while the fly’s 20-denier nylon trims weight in less abrasion-prone areas. But size before you buy: While headroom is good with a 45-inch peak height, floor space is tight for three adults (three sleeping pads barely fit across the narrow floor). $550; 4 lbs. 2 oz.; mountainhardwear.com

Big brother to the Twin Sisters, this livable shelter provides all-weather protection for up to six people and pitches easily with included poles. Features include: 96 square feet of coverage, 68 inches (173 cm) of peak height with vents, a large door, snow flaps and proprietary DuraShield™ coatings that seal out the elements. An optional, removable floor is sold separately ($59.95).

Livable Volume: 6824 L / 241 cu. ft.