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Gear Guide 2012: More Tester Picks – Four-person Tents

These four-person tents offer outstanding space-to-weight ratios and high performances in foul-weather.

Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL4

“It’s rock-solid stable for such a spacious tent,” says our Colorado tester, who also reports zero condensation even with four bodies inside. Roomy, 13.5-square-foot vestibules provide adequate storage, and 30-mph gusts caused only slight flapping. $500; 6 lbs. 2 oz.; bigagnes.com

Sierra Designs Lightning HT 4

Outstanding space-to-weight-to-price ratio earned it’s predecessor a 2009 Editors’ Choice Award, and this freestanding dome gets better for 2012 with a new pole configuration that yields more headroom. “Floor space—57.5 square feet—is comfortable for two couples, and luxurious for adults with kids,” reports our tester, who praised its rain-and-wind performance after stormy nights in Rocky Mountain National Park. $460; 6 lbs. 15 oz.; sierradesigns.com

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