Vaude Campo Eco

Ample cooking and storage space along with a durable construction make this tent a champ in handling foul-weather.
Campo Eco
Price $279.95

Specs

Free Standing
Capacity 3
Number of Poles 2
Diameter of Poles (mm) 11
Floor Space (sq ft) 38

 

Length (inches) 85
Width (inches) 65
Interior Height (inches) 42
Vestibule Type standard
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 10.6
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 10.6
Weight 7 lbs, 15 oz

[foul-weather champ]

“It’s one of the sturdiest freestanding tents I’ve ever used,” raves our veteran tester, reporting that the three-season Gemini withstood near-40-mph gusts in Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness and barely shuddered—even without full guyouts. That’s because its four equal-length poles cross at both ends and plug into connectors above the doors to create a winter-strength geometry, as well as a drip line that keeps water from rolling inside the open door.

Two 11-square-foot vestibules provide ample cooking and storage space, making the Gemini a convenient foul-weather refuge. Two huge, teardrop-shaped doors unzip almost completely to make access easier-than-average. Ventilation is excellent, thanks to broad swaths of mesh and two fly vents. And durable fabrics withstood careless treatment from a 68-pound yellow Lab.

The 86-inch length let two six-footers sleep comfortably with the dog at their feet, and the wall-spreading pole structure (together with a soaring, 45-inch ceiling) creates excellent headroom. But it’s tight for three (the 63-inch width barely accommodates three pads), and setup requires muscling the poles into connectors above the doors. $499; 5 lbs. 9 oz.; exped.comFly is made from 100% recycled polyester.