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Cotopaxi Techo 3

Most Organized

Brand: Cotopaxi

Model: Techo 3


Specs

Weight

5lbs. 8oz.

Our take It can be hard for groups to keep everything in its place in cavernous tents, but organization lovers rested easy in the Techo thanks to a whole bunch of storage options. Four interior mesh pockets, a gear loft, and an optional clear-plastic tablet sleeve ($9) positioned for movie watching ensure there’s a spot for all your toys. All those pockets line the guts of a stable tent that withstood thunderstorms with 30-mph winds, while a pair of pre-teens lounged around watching movies on an iPad. Two 10.5-square-foot vestibules provide more storage. The burly materials and extra storage add to the overall weight, but if you’re packing in an iPad, we suspect you don’t mind. On fast-and-light trips, leave the canopy at home and fastpack the fly and footprint for 4 lbs. 1 oz.

The details Mesh walls made for little condensation in rainy and humid North Carolina conditions, even with three people on board. The polyester fly held a taut pitch, and the 70-denier nylon floor proved so durable that our tester left his groundsheet at home. The 42.5-square-foot floor is close quarters for three adults, but the near-vertical walls make for ample elbowroom.

Trail cred “I’m an AT thru-hike ultralight snob of a backpacker, and I still chose to pack in the Techo for family trips since I knew the gear sleeves were a hit with the kids. Happy kids equals happy camping!” said our tester after at trip to Virginia’s Grayson Highlands State Park.