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Rarely, a piece of gear totally surpasses even our wildest expectations, as the Sierra Designs Lightning XT 4 did on a 2008 staff trip to Wales. We pitched this four-person ultralight atop an exposed plateau in torrential rain and 40-mph winds, and proceeded to jam seven shivering bodies inside for drinking and card games. It was a trip-saver. $450; 6 lbs. 13 oz.; sierradesigns.com.