Model: Instinct Two-Person
Three-season campers can confidently extend their trips into shoulder season with this two-person tent: Small cross sections at the front and back deflected wind gusts (up to 30 mph) on a glacier in Greenland.
The 87-inch-long, 31-square-foot floor provided plenty of room for tall testers. Smaller testers reckoned they could fit a third person in a bind. Everyone loved the high, 40-inch peak height, which makes entering and exiting the single door easy, and the steep walls, which improve space at shoulder height (where you do most tasks) and make the tent feel roomier than its measurements suggest.
Sustained downpours in Canyonlands National Park didn’t penetrate the tent, nor did several inches of light snow in Colorado and British Columbia. However, wind-driven snow in Alaska mounded between the fly and canopy.
Sleeves and burly pole clips combine the best of speed and strength.
Cabela’s makes getting set up easy by including a mesh gear hammock and a burly, 70-denier nylon footprint.
$300; 5 lbs. 5 oz.; cabelas.com