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Backpacker Magazine – November 2008

Little Big Houses: Three-Season, Double-Occupancy Shelters

At right around two pounds per person, these three-season, double-occupancy shelters do everything but weigh you down.

by: Kelly Bastone, Photos by Brooks Freehill

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Black Diamond Mirage
Black Diamond Mirage
Kelty Corrie 2
Kelty Corrie 2
The North Face Vario 23
The North Face Vario 23
Nemo Nano
Nemo Nano
Big Sky International Convertible 2P Shelter
Big Sky International Convertible 2P Shelter
Mountain Hardwear Helion 2
Mountain Hardwear Helion 2

Best All-Around | Storm Ready | Top Single-Wall | Big-Guy Favorite | Customizable | Lightest

Nemo Nano




How roomy is this tent? Some testers climbed inside and thought they'd received a three-person version by mistake. The Nano easily let one couple sprawl out with their 70-pound Lab. The single-wall hybrid pitches from the inside, meaning you climb in it to fit the two crossing poles into the corners and secure them with Velcro attachments. The atypical setup confers a unique benefit: In the rain, testers stayed dry–as did the interior–since they were inside while pitching it. (A downside: it's hard to avoid tracking mud and dirt inside.) The one door is huge–72 inches across–so entrances are contortion-free even when the wide vestibule is filled with packs and boots. The tight pitch withstood windy weather and steady downpours in the Pacific Northwest. But in a rainstorm, you can't unzip the vestibule door fully because water drips into the tent; the problem is that the doorway extends about six inches past the drip line. As with most single-walls, condensation was a problem in humid conditions. Reader service #104


  • Floor space 36 sq. ft.
  • Vestibules One (8 sq. ft.)
  • Weight 4 lbs.
  • Price $299
  • Info

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Clven Troy
Jan 27, 2009

hi to all of you... i am clven troy.. a local guide to the highest peak in the philippines.. MT.APO!!! if ever you want to come and experience the Majestic Mt.Apo this APRIL-MAY season climb, just contact me... take care!!!

Jan 26, 2009

Hi, Although i'm a gear nut i think that there are far lighter and better tent out there for the same or less money that where not included in this survey- also better versions- The North Face Spectru 23 is far superior and lighter than the Vario- Just a thought-

Being able to travel far and fast doesn't mean you have to sleep on the cold, damp earth. Weighing just over four pounds, the Spectrum 23's lightweight design allows outdoor enthusiasts to remain unencumbered by bulky equipment but retain the comfort of protection against harsh elements. Withstanding winds of 130.2 mph, you'll be blown away by how resilient this tent just is.

Features Wind-tunnel-tested for those on the move
DAC Featherlite™ NSL aluminum poles using reverse-combi technology
Two Nano-Knuckle™ swivels
Fusion pitch with ultralight MicroClip™
Fully seam sealed canopy
Fully taped ultralight floor
Freestanding design with pull-out vestibule
High-low venting with overhead vents and zip closure
Ultralight 1' pole sleeve
D-shaped door
Color-coded poles
Reflective guyline and zipper cording
Compression stuffsack included

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Jan 25, 2009

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