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Time-Tested Gear: Tents

A-frames, domes, party tents–we've tested them all.
november 2011 tents TNF VE-25 445x260The North Face VE-25 (Courtesy Photo)

Expert Wisdom
1. Stop condensation. Create a low vent to let cool air in (the bottom of a door) and a high one (a ceiling vent or the top edge of an opposing door) to let warm air out.
2. Learn the tautline hitch. It’s the best knot for guying  a tent as tight as a drum. backpacker.com/tautline.
3. Store it right. It’s fine to pack a wet tent on the trail, but dry it thoroughly before storing to prevent mold and mildew buildup.

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