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Backpacker Magazine – March 2008

March 2008 Tents Review: Two-Person Tents

by: The Backpacker Editors, Photos by Sethhughes.com

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Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3
Sierra Designs Anu 2
Sierra Designs Anu 2
Six Moons Designs Lunar Duo
Six Moons Designs Lunar Duo
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
Black Diamond Mirage
Black Diamond Mirage
EMS Eclipse 2
EMS Eclipse 2
GoLite Utopia 2+
GoLite Utopia 2+
Kelty Corrie 2
Kelty Corrie 2
Marmot Aura 2P
Marmot Aura 2P
MontBell Crescent 2
MontBell Crescent 2
Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2.1
Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2.1
MSR Twang
MSR Twang
NEMO Losi
NEMO Losi
NEMO Morpho AR
NEMO Morpho AR
REI Quarter Dome 2 TT
REI Quarter Dome 2 TT

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.

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 *FP
A combination of low weight and solid performance makes this tent a perennial favorite among our testers with minimalist tendencies. Exhibit A: When a massive thunderstorm pounded the Seedhouse with pea-sized hail and steady rain in Colorado's Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, the shelter remained stable and condensation-free. Exhibit B: The next night, with clear skies, our testers removed the fly and enjoyed stellar Milky Way views through the all-mesh canopy. Caveat: Big guys won't be happy with the compact living space. There's only one door, the floor is narrow, and the tent's tallest point (38 inches) is at the front end, so partners have to sit shoulder to shoulder. Two packs fit inside the single vestibule as long as they're stacked. $320; 2 lbs. 14 oz.

Black Diamond Mirage FP
Big blow coming? Point this aerodynamic tent's knife-blade profile into the wind, and let the gale pass over–and around–you. The dual-hub pole system is both stable and fast to pitch. The freestanding Mirage 2 also got a perfect score for ventilation, thanks to an all-mesh canopy and a fly vent at the foot of the tent. Interior space is merely adequate; sleeping pads overlap slightly at the narrow end and the height of the tent peaks out at just 37 inches. Likewise, the single vestibule–with a unique wraparound design that's big enough for a pack and boots–is sufficient, but not generous. $280; 3 lbs. 15 oz.

Bargain!
EMS Eclipse 2
This freestanding single-wall weighs less than 5 pounds and costs less than $200, yet its lavish elbowroom and taut, weather-shedding pitch make it suitable for light winter use (it easily withstood a late-autumn storm in Idaho). Burly clips are easy to operate even with bulky gloves. The ceiling peaks out at a generous 47 inches, which makes tent-bound days more bearable, and the 28-square-foot vestibule easily swallows piles of cold-weather gear. Condensation is a minor issue, which is common with single-walls, and a tester broke the small plastic hub holding the two poles together when he opened them in the wrong direction. Both are minor complaints given the overall great value. $189; 4 lbs. 14 oz

GoLite Utopia 2+ *
Is it a tarp? A tent? Who cares–this floorless hybrid works. For less than 3 pounds, its 45-inch ceiling and spacious floor plan accommodate two people and lots of gear, or even a couple and a child. Equally impressive: Its taut pitch and rounded profile shed wind and rain with ease. After using the Utopia for four nights on the Continental Divide Trail, our tester was amazed by its quick and easy setup, which requires two poles and eight stakes. The perimeter hugs the ground tightly enough to protect against rain spatter and most bugs; you can add a bathtub-style floor ($45, 1 lb.) for extra protection. Despite two wall vents, we experienced some condensation on humid nights. $275; 2 lbs. 10 oz.


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Kathmandu Pokhra Tour is an exclusive tour package specially designed for all level travelers. Kathmandu Pokhara Tour package is effortless tour alternative for Nepal visitors. This tour package vacation the historically significant and ethnically rich capital (Kathmandu) of Nepal and the most stunning city of world by the nature, Pokhara. Mountain museum and world peace stupa are another charming of Pokhara tour. Package tour to Kathmandu Pokhara is design to discover highlighted areas of Kathmandu and Pokhara valley. Nepal is the country which is socially and geographically different thatís why we powerfully recommend you discover Nepal once in life time. It is hard to explore all Nepal in one Nepal tours trip in this way we design this trip to show you the highlights of Nepal especially in Kathmandu, Pokhara. Trekking to Annapurna base camp, Ghorepani, Jomsom, Mustang, Annapurna panorama, is area of starts from this city and escapade outdoor sports like paragliding, ultralight flights, boating, mountain biking, rafting begin from here. Kathmandu is city of temples, monasteries. After arrival in Nepal, Kathmandu Pokhara tour begin with sightseeing around Kathmandu valley with Kathmandu Dharbar Squire, Patan Dharbar Squire, Pashupatinath Temple, Money Temple, Boudhanath Stupa then we fly or drive to Pokhara. During this tour you will visit historical places, temples and deferential area of Kathmandu and fly or drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is believe as the paradise on earth. Attractive mountains from Pokhara city in the north side, clean, wide lakes close to hotel, green forest, welcoming, warm locals make your vacation more significant, some foreigner are adventure trekking in Annapurna.

e
Jun 02, 2008

RE: Joseph,
The review is on the new quarter dome from rei, and not last years half dome, is this still the case?

Joseph Quam
May 12, 2008

It's pretty clear why the Hilleberg tents aren't mentioned: they cost a bloody fortune! The chaps here have listed good tents at reasonable prices. These are tents within most people's price range.

Joseph Quam,
Blacksburg, VA

Carol
May 10, 2008

rei half dome tent reviews on their website mention there are zipper pockets in which to stuff the unzipped teardrop doors out of the way. Most people overlooked these pockets until rei pointed them out. Bottom line, the bummer isn't.

chris Brazukas
May 04, 2008

Hilliberg are also in my opinion the best tents out there. I have experienced many mountain storms in my Nallo and have never been compromised by the elements. They are designed and hand made in sweden with attention to detail and performance, rather than being mass produced in Asia by companies who simply manufacture to someone's specifications.

R Plankers
Apr 20, 2008

I find it amazing that in my opinion the best tent out there doesn't even get a mention. In all my years I've never had a tent that could compete with the Hilliberg line. I've used the Nallo to the Kiatum to the new Soulo tent and have found them to be without equal. I have used them from beach hiking to kayaking trips in the northwest to camping in the summit crater of Mount Rainier and in every occasion the quality and old world craftsmanship goes without question. When conditions call for my tent to be a life saver they are my go to choice period.

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