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Bergans of Norway Compact Light 4-Man

A tent that is ideal for regions that see plenty of rain and wintry weather year-round.

Brand: Bergans of Norway

Model: Compact Light 4-Man


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All the tents reviewed here stand up to unruly three-season storms, but few deliver the rough-weather comforts of the Compact Light, which is ideal for regions that see plenty of rain and wintry weather year-round. Because the tent body stays clipped to the fly, this non-freestanding hoop design pitches fast and preserves a dry interior during rainy setups. Loops inside the tent make stringing clotheslines easy, and two pockets (by the door) keep doodads organized during weather delays.

The huge, 28.4-square-foot vestibule holds a trio’s wet gear, and its side-zip entry keeps those items from cluttering access to the single, large front door. The steep walls and high ceiling (41 inches) create a roomy feel, and the 34.4-square-foot floor and 90-inch length let testers of all sizes spread out in comfort. And when storms struck, the Compact Light “never rippled in wind that flattened other nearby tents,” one tester declared after howling storms hit Utah’s Green River. Ventilation is outstanding in breezy conditions, and even damp, chilly nights produced scant condensation. But the integrated fly makes it too warm for hot-weather use, and sand sticks to the siliconized nylon. $549; 7 lbs. 1 oz.; bergans.com

Spacious and stable – Light to pitch – large front tent with side and front openings – High middle bow frame giving extra roof height where it is needed most – Equipment pockets and drying line – Large ventilator at both ends – Outer tent in light, siliconised rip-stop/polyester fabric – 3 pcs. light and strong aluminium poles which stand stable in strong winds – 8 guy rope attachment points and 12 peg points for stable assembly – Tent compression bag in super-light fabric.

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