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Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011: Mountain Equipment Co-op TGV2 Tent

No other double-wall tent we tested offers so much protection for so little money and bulk.
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No other double-wall tent we tested offers so much protection for so little money and bulk. It’s bomber in driving rains, and “BB-size graupel pinged off the 75-denier fly like it was a trampoline,” says one tester. And the three-pole structure barely sagged when it got piled with six inches of snow during a winter trip in Colorado’s Indian Peaks. Fully guyed out, the TGV held fast against sustained winds upward of 35 mph. And the tent is cheery in gloomy weather: “The alternating orange and white panels on the fly (not pictured) gave the interior a beach-ball vibe,” says a tester.

The 30-square-foot interior is tight for two (fits campers up to 6’2”), but it warms up quickly. The single, 9.7-square-foot vestibule is similarly pinched; a climbing duo had to secure their packs outside. This makes it best for tight spaces or shorter, less gear-intensive trips. All testers loved the rigid vent/window, which props open like the hood scoop on a Mustang to enhance ventilation; but on windless nights, testers reported waking up frosted.

Bonus: Packed and compressed, it takes up little more space than a growler.

$250

5 lbs 14 oz

www.mec.ca

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