Crazy Creek Products Crazy Crib LEX w/ Tarp

The perennial BACKPACKER favorite gets an upgrade with better ventilation.

Brand: Crazy Creek

Model: Crazy Crib LEX w/ Tarp

[editors ’ choice update]

It wasn’t broken, but REI fixed it anyway. This longtime favorite—winner of both Editors’ Choice and Editors’ Choice Gold Awards—gets an update that proves the best can always get better. The improvement: ventilation-boosting changes that increase the space between the tent and fly and add two additional fly vents (for a total of four). The modifications increase the tent’s overall weight by two ounces, but testers deem it a fair price to pay for superior airflow: On 25°F nights in Utah’s Canyonlands, some condensation collected beneath the fly, but the interior walls stayed dry.

Space and layout remain unchanged, meaning the Half Dome is just as livable as it’s ever been. A 40-inch peak height and steep walls create outstanding headroom (the brow pole actually pushes the fabric beyond vertical, which keeps water from dripping off the fly and through the open door). The 32-square-foot floor amply accommodates two six-footers, and setup (using one hubbed pole) is uncomplicated. Stability is excellent: Our testers slept soundly through canyon gusts that failed to create so much as a flap or a rattle in this freestanding dome. And although it’s not the lightest two-person model on the market, it continues to earn top marks for its performance-to-price ratio. $189; 5 lbs. 2 oz.;

Crazy Cribs are complete personal shelters that are great for backpacking, car camping, sea kayaking, trekking, beaches, backyards, rafting… wherever you want exceptionally comfortable off-the-ground sleeping

The Ideal Portable Hammocks
Convenient Top Entry
Simple To Set-Up
Resists Unsteady Rolling
Provides Off-Ground Gear Storage During The Day
1″ Wide Suspension Webbing For Excellent Weight Distribution
Double-Stitched Seams And Reinforced Corners For Durability
Can Be Used As A Ground Bivy
Fits Into A Small Stuff Sack
300 lb. Weight Capacity
The LEX features a fully enclosed, zippered mosquito netting-enhanced canopy with Easton 7075-T9 aluminum poles and an internal sleeve that accepts a sleeping pad for added comfort. Nylon jersey-mesh pole sleeves are positioned on the exterior for convenient set-up and easy zipper use. 70D coated ripstop nylon. 210D coated nylon bottom for extra durability. No-see-um netting. Two inside accessory pockets. Waterproof taped tarp seams. Includes guy lines, stakes and stuff sack.

Crib: 44″ x 98″ / 110 x 245 cm Tarp: 77″ x 104″ / 193 x 260 cm

Packed Weight: 70 oz / 1985 gr

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. We do not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy.

Trending on Backpacker