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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.

Best All-Around | Storm Ready | Top Single-Wall | Big-Guy Favorite | Customizable | Lightest

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Nemo Nano

 

 

 

How roomy is this tent? Some testers climbed inside and thought they’d received a three-person version by mistake. The Nano easily let one couple sprawl out with their 70-pound Lab. The single-wall hybrid pitches from the inside, meaning you climb in it to fit the two crossing poles into the corners and secure them with Velcro attachments. The atypical setup confers a unique benefit: In the rain, testers stayed dry–as did the interior–since they were inside while pitching it. (A downside: it’s hard to avoid tracking mud and dirt inside.) The one door is huge–72 inches across–so entrances are contortion-free even when the wide vestibule is filled with packs and boots. The tight pitch withstood windy weather and steady downpours in the Pacific Northwest. But in a rainstorm, you can’t unzip the vestibule door fully because water drips into the tent; the problem is that the doorway extends about six inches past the drip line. As with most single-walls, condensation was a problem in humid conditions. Reader service #104

 

  • Floor space 36 sq. ft.
  • Vestibules One (8 sq. ft.)
  • Weight 4 lbs.
  • Price $299
  • Info nemoequipment.com
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