NEMO Equipment, Inc. Hunker 2P

A tent that is ideal for regions that see plenty of rain and wintry weather year-round.
Price $129.95

Specs

Free Standing
Capacity 2
Pole Material not applicable
Floor Space (sq ft) 24
Layout other

 

Length (inches) 80
Width (inches) 80
Nonstandard Shape
Interior Height (inches) 36
Vestibule Type none
Weight 8 oz

[foul-weather refuge]

All the tents reviewed here stand up to unruly three-season storms, but few deliver the rough-weather comforts of the Compact Light, which is ideal for regions that see plenty of rain and wintry weather year-round. Because the tent body stays clipped to the fly, this non-freestanding hoop design pitches fast and preserves a dry interior during rainy setups. Loops inside the tent make stringing clotheslines easy, and two pockets (by the door) keep doodads organized during weather delays.

The huge, 28.4-square-foot vestibule holds a trio’s wet gear, and its side-zip entry keeps those items from cluttering access to the single, large front door. The steep walls and high ceiling (41 inches) create a roomy feel, and the 34.4-square-foot floor and 90-inch length let testers of all sizes spread out in comfort. And when storms struck, the Compact Light “never rippled in wind that flattened other nearby tents,” one tester declared after howling storms hit Utah’s Green River. Ventilation is outstanding in breezy conditions, and even damp, chilly nights produced scant condensation. But the integrated fly makes it too warm for hot-weather use, and sand sticks to the siliconized nylon. $549; 7 lbs. 1 oz.; bergans.com

The paltry weight and minimal pack size makes the Hunker™ 2P perfect for a day hike where unexpected weather can roll in, or you can add it to your backpacking pack and pitch it as an open air shelter, gear shed or shade space. Versatile, packable and easy to set up as a pyramid or lean to, you can also connect Hunker™ to your primary tent to extend the usable square footage.