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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009
This top ultralight stood up to fierce winds in Alaska, and is a snap to set up.
Most double-wall tents in this rarified weight class flirt with durability or weatherproofing issues. Not the Vapor Light. Plus, it's not fussy to set up, like many ultralights, and it pitched drum-tight even without guying. "It held up well in 20-mph winds and even a couple of inches of snow in Alaska," reported one tester. The ultralight fabrics showed no wear after a summer of use. The Vapor Light's only concession is space, which is tight but sufficient for sub-six-footers. The 25-square-foot floor narrows at the foot, so sleeping pads overlap slightly, but that's mitigated by ample headroom that allows two people to sit up.
The single vestibule is similarly diminutive, sheltering two small packs. But if the tent fits, as they say, you'll like it in camp and love it in your pack. $329; 3 lbs. 4 oz. Sierradesigns.com