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Backpacker Magazine – November 2008
Our tester spent 18 days climbing, camping, and evaluating gear on America's highest, coldest peak. If his picks made it there, they can make it anywhere.
Hilleberg Nammatj3 GT
This tunnel-shaped tent has but one purpose: to get you through the worst weather with the least amount of fuss and weight. It's not freestanding, but pitches in a snap, thanks to an integrated design that lets you erect fly and canopy together (poles run through the fly). The siliconized nylon fly stayed bombproof taut, while the 10mm aluminum poles provided total stability in 50-mph gales. The tent didn't sag even when half-buried by drifts. For even more bunkerlike strength in hurricane winds, the pole sleeves are extra roomy to accommodate two poles each (polar explorers pack an extra set). The 36-square-foot interior is plenty big for two people and all of their puffy clothes, while the cavernous 30-square-foot vestibule holds everything else. Six-footers can sit up straight with the 42-inch interior height. Two large vents at each end provide excellent ventilation. Bottom line: It ain't cheap, but you won't care when the wind and snow are blowing. $695; 7 lbs. 4 oz. hilleberg.com. Reader service #113