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Gear Guide 2009: Black Diamond Oasis Tent Review

Not even the strongest winds can faze the roomy Black Diamond Oasis.
Black_Diamond_OasisBlack Diamond Oasis (Seth Hughes).

Top Ultralight
We love tall tents for the easy living, but the tradeoff is usually more weight or less stability in wind. No such tradeoffs here. The Oasis matches a 45-inch peak height with an aerodynamic shape: “Strong winds didn’t even rattle it,” said a tester in the North Cascades. And the weight-saving design, which places two doors at one end with a huge, shared vestibule (fits three stacked packs), keeps the load under six pounds.

The hubbed-pole pitch is a snap, and the durable materials and construction showed no weakness after weeks of use. Main concern: The 42-square-foot floor feels tight with three campers. But because of the low weight, it’s a great choice for castlelike comfort for two or occasional use for three. $330; 5 lbs. 11 oz. Blackdiamond.com

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