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Backpacker Magazine – March 2008

March 2008 Tents Review: Mountaineering Tents

by: The Backpacker Editors

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NEMO Moki, Setthughes.com
NEMO Moki, Setthughes.com
Marmot Alpinist 2P, Setthughes.com
Marmot Alpinist 2P, Setthughes.com
Sierra Designs Stretch Tiros 2, Setthughes.com
Sierra Designs Stretch Tiros 2, Setthughes.com
Hilleberg Allak, Setthughes.com
Hilleberg Allak, Setthughes.com
Mountain Hardwear EV2, Setthughes.com
Mountain Hardwear EV2, Setthughes.com
Exped Polaris, Setthughes.com
Exped Polaris, Setthughes.com

Greener Poles (*): Standard anodizing processes use hazardous acids. DAC Featherlite NSL poles are made with an eco-friendly anodizing process.
Dye-free fabric (*): White, dye-free tent canopies both brighten interiors and minimize pollutants during manufacturing.
Fly-only fastpitch (FP): In mild, bug-free conditions, you can pitch these tents with just the rainfly and poles, cutting down on bulk and weight.

Best Buy
Sierra Designs Stretch Tiros 2 *FP
This legendary tent was introduced in 1991, and the basic design has not changed in 17 years. For good reason. With four poles that cross at both the top and on the sides, the two-person Tiros has proven itself against gale-force beatings. The strength and features–large doors at both ends and two vestibules–make this double-wall classic ideal for expedition abuse. Jake's Corners–short two-part poles that buttress the main pole structure–increase strength in heinous high-altitude winds, but leave them behind (save weight and hassle) unless you expect extreme weather. With 38 square feet of living space and a 45-inch ceiling, two climbers have more than enough room to stretch out during extended stays–especially with extra gear stowed in the vestibules. Heavy snow loads and condensation are no problem, but there's a price for the protection: This is the heaviest tent here. $479; 8 lbs. 13 oz.

Best All-Around
NEMO Moki
Consider this your modern yurt: spacious, portable shelter for any weather, year-round. It accommodates three people (not two, like the other four-season tents here), handles the worst winter storms, and provides enough ventilation for summer use. The single-wall tent has huge doors at both ends, a spacious, zip-off vestibule (that can double as a hallway connecting to another Moki), and two enormous V-shaped windows. With a 43-square-foot floor and a 48-inch ceiling, the Moki is capacious and, with openings on four sides, hyperventilated–you'll never get condensation. Through two plastic ceiling windows and one in the vestibule door, testers could see stars and oncoming storms. Setup starts with two external poles on clips, which then makes it easy to insert the two internal poles. The pitch is so stable that four testers played cards right through a blasting storm. $695; 7 lbs. 8 oz. (without vestibule)


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niles
Mar 26, 2013

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Ravi
Jul 02, 2010

I bought this "expedition tent" Alpinst 2P to keep us warm and dry. It failed on both those requirements. It was quick & easy to set up under wet conditions. Last month in June, I went camping on the Temperance river in the North Shore, Minnesota. The tent sides got everything wet even after using waterproof ground sheet as the sides at the bottom leaks.

We were freezing all night even with Thermarest mats and down bags. We finally slept after first sunlight as we had stayed awake all night.

No more Marmot tents for me! I am really surprised at the poor quality of this tent after spending 500 dollars and I trusted the market name of Marmot.

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