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Little Big Houses: Three-Season, Double-Occupancy Shelters

At right around two pounds per person, these three-season, double-occupancy shelters do everything but weigh you down.

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Kelty Corrie 2

"During the Northwest’s wettest spring in memory, this tent was a dry refuge," reported one tester. The double-wall Corrie’s taut, aerodynamic pitch easily shed wind, rain, frost, hail, and snow. After one practice round to orient the hubbed-pole configuration, testers found the setup quick and simple, even in blustery conditions. Despite the ultralight weight, the tent’s fabrics proved tough and abrasion-resistant on the rough basalt coulees of eastern Washington. Mesh panels kept condensation from accumulating on nights below 35°F, a somewhat unusual feat for low-slung ultralight shelters. The biggest compromise is space: The floor is simply too tight for two large hikers. The narrow vestibule over the single, front-access door is also too snug: Two packs fit when stacked, but they block the exit and leave no room for cooking. That said, for iffy conditions and shoulder-season trips, testers said they’d happily sacrifice a few creature comforts for this tent’s bomber weatherproofing and low weight. Reader service #102

  • Floor space 27 sq. ft.
  • Vestibules One (11 sq. ft.)
  • Weight 4 lbs. 1 oz.
  • Price $280
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