Three easy steps to making the lightest double-wall tent possible: 1) Use a single hubbed pole for 21 square feet of floor space; 2) Employ ultralight, 10-denier nylon for the fly; 3) Tailor the fly at the front and back to use less material, and exaggerate the bathtub-style floor to compensate. And then make it 40 inches tall (at the peak) with a generous (9 square feet) vestibule, and you have the three-season Obi 1 Elite. “This tent is so light and packs so small, I felt like I was forgetting something,” says a tester who found his weekend kit suspiciously light for a late-winter trip in Arizona’s Superstition Mountains.
But when winds howled to 20 mph and rain poured in Utah’s High Uintas, the fully-guyed Obi 1 let in a little moisture. Why? The fly sits high off the ground, which is good for ventilation, but items in the vestibule are subject to splashing.