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Backpacker Magazine – March 2008
The North Face Vario 33
Two huge ceiling vents channel air through this tent, eliminating the condensation problems we typically find in similar single-wall/double-wall hybrids. It simply never steamed up, reports our tester, even during a soggy three-day trek in Colorado. Two broad mesh doors help move air and make entry easy: "Getting into this tent, I don't feel like I have to duck and march at the same time," said one 5'11" tester. The Vario pitches drum-tight, so hikers slept undisturbed by gusty winds, and zipping up the vents made this a warm refuge on chilly nights. Biggest complaints: Space is cramped–three-person occupancy is pinched–and the vestibules barely fit a trio's packs and boots. Fortunately, it's light enough to use for two. $339; 4 lbs. 12 oz.