Big Sky International Evolution 2P XC
A four-person, double-walled tent that's supremely packable.
Brand: Big Sky International
Model: Evolution 2P XC
With a carry weight and compressed size that are comparable to many two-person tents, this double-wall shelter is supremely packable—perfect for high-mileage ultralighters or hero parents with monster loads. “Stuffed, it’s barely bigger than a fireplace log,” says one tester.
While it’s the smallest of the tents tested, the 51-square-foot floor and 49-inch peak height still allow four adults to sit up without pressing against the walls. The space-to-weight ratio is made possible by ultralight materials, like 30-denier siliconized ripstop nylon, and an innovative design: One long pole arches over the tent’s midsection, while two carbon-fiber struts on each corner square off the perimeter to improve interior space. Setup is straightforward, but it’s not quite fuss-free; you’ll need solid staking ground and a couple rounds of guyline-tensioning to achieve a taut pitch.
On bug-free trips, use only the fly and save 22 ounces. Ventilation is adequate, but condensation accumulated in breeze-free weather. Testers in Colorado’s Book Cliffs found it a dry refuge during prolonged rain, and 25-mph winds caused only moderate flapping. For stronger winds or snow, an optional cross pole ($18) strengthens the structure. Tradeoffs: Tall testers (over 6’) felt pinched by the 86” x 86” floor, and the two tiny vestibules don’t adequately hold four packs.
> Floor 51 square feet
> Weight 3 lbs. 14 oz.
> Price $375
> Info tarptent.comThe “XC” is for Xtra Comfort… longer and wider interior… sized for people up to 7ft 6in tall. Available with AL or DuraLite(TM) ultra light composite poles. Available in different colors, fabrics, stakes, etc.