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Backpacker Magazine – October 2008
The latest word from our testers. This month, we test the Marmot Cauldro jacket, Gregory Z65 pack, Exped Andromeda, tents, Danner Formation boots, and more.
Does your camping season ramp up just as others' are winding down? This winter-ready tunnel tent delivers expedition-grade shelter for two or even three gear-laden adults. On shoulder-season trips in Utah and Colorado, our testers praised the Andromeda's weather protection, garage-size vestibule (30 square feet), and fast-pitch convenience (rainfly and inner tent go up together). "There's only one door, but we had plenty of room to keep all of our packs, boots, and climbing gear dry–and cook as well," one tester reported. There's ample length for six-footers to stretch out, and enough headroom (39 inches) for most users to sit cross-legged in the center. Above timberline on Capitol Peak, the tent easily shed 40-mph wind gusts, freezing rain, and wet snow buildup. Ventilation is excellent, even in high humidity, thanks to huge wind scoops at each end. It's no featherweight, but comes fully outfitted, right down to pre-rigged guylines with attached stuff bags for deadman anchors (the tent is not freestanding). Bonus: Pitch it fly-only and save three pounds. $430; 35 sq. ft.; 7 lbs. 9 oz.; outdoorresearch .com. Reader Service #116