This versatile, two-person shelter handles high-altitude summers and winters with equal aplomb. The lightweight, freestanding dome pitches with two crossing poles that feed through sleeves for a sub-two-minute setup. For summer objectives, our tester carried just the tent body, which pairs waterproof, PU-coated fabric on the head and foot ends with breathable, DWR-treated polyester on the sidewalls; for winter use, she attached the optional 10-ounce fly, which adds big-storm protection. Thirty-mph winds on Wyoming’s Crystal Butte couldn’t nudge it.
The internal vestibule works with either configuration: Peeling back the tent floor exposes four square feet of ground for stashing muddy boots. “Compared to most mountaineering tents, it’s wonderfully roomy,” she reports: The 32-square-foot floor and 40-inch ceiling let six-footers sleep and sit up comfortably. Ventilation is better than most single-walls, thanks to mesh vents that eliminate condensation in most conditions (the walls dampened during prolonged rain). The steep walls shed snow, and the small footprint lets it squeeze onto narrow ledges. Gripes: The door is small, and doesn’t extend to the ground (it opens above a 6-inch fabric panel that routinely tripped our tester). $450; 2 lbs. 10 oz.; snowpeak.com
Fireside chats have never been so easy when camping. Gobi COG (Cot or Ground) fits on most standard sized cots using webbing anchors for universal attachment and can also be used on the ground as a stand alone shelter. Cot users can kick back in the great outdoors with portable protected seating, a comfortable supported sleeping surface, and the very best in low impact camping gear. The tent features a unique fly design which creates eaves. This added protection from rain allows a dry entry/exit and adjustable venting from inside the tent. An optional cotskirt attaches to the edges of the cot for protected vestibule space underneath to store gear and tuck away your boots at night. Gobi COG features extra rugged fabrics in subdued tan colors for inconspicuous outdoor adventures.