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

Stability and comfortability are staples for these three-person tents.

Cabela’s XPG Ultralight 3

This bargain dome sheltered three 6’5” campers from raging storms near Utah’s Cedar Breaks; the wild weather didn’t penetrate or budge the sturdy, two-pole design. Trade-offs: Sloping walls trim headroom, and vestibules are shallow (gear stored there blocked the exits). $190; 5 lbs. 8 oz.;

Marmot Boreas 3P

“Like sleeping beneath a ceiling fan,” one tester says of this freestanding, two-door dome. Two large vents at the head and foot of the fly enhance airflow, and an all-mesh canopy—separated from the fly by a gap of several inches—promotes excellent air movement. Headroom is generous, the length accommodates 6’4” campers, and the taut pitch repels 30-mph winds—but vestibules are too shallow for a trio’s gear. $389; 5 lbs.;

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