Model: Horizon 2
Our take This affordable shelter strikes the right balance between weight, protection, and cost for intermediate backpackers looking to level up. To achieve the mix, the Horizon 2 uses a hybrid, double/single-wall construction: The 40-denier nylon fly is sewn into the tent above the door. This saves weight, and, combined with an all-in-one hubbed pole design, makes for a quick and easy setup. A pair of standard, 20-inch sleeping pads fit fine, width-wise, but the 28-square-foot floor space is at the low end of average. Those of us taller than 6 feet reported feeling cramped by the 84-inch length. The Horizon 2 handles light rain and breeze better than many similarly priced options, but it’s not the shelter for wicked weather: Testers reported the tent felt insecure in 20-mph winds during a rough night at Chapel Pond Pass in the Adirondacks. It gets stuffy inside on rainy nights with the door closed; our crew had to roll up the door to expose the sidewall mesh to manage condensation.
The details A single front door allows easy access to the 9-square-foot vestibule, but the space fills quickly. The door props open with trekking poles to make an awning.
Trail cred “I really like how easily it packs down—just smash the whole thing in its 12-by-15-inch sack at once. That integrated fly system simplifies the whole process,” said our tester after a dozen nights in the Adirondacks.