Brand: Mountain Hardwear
Model: Trango 4
Everest basecamp always serves up a buffet of wind, sleet, and snow, and the Trango 4’s five-pole design handled it all and came back for seconds. Testers praised the stability and security they felt while inside. “It’s tough, durable, and bombproof,” said our tester, a guide with Satori Adventures and Expeditions.
The 65-square-foot floor offers plenty of space, even serving as a community tent for a team of eight. “There was enough room to sit up inside the tent and change clothes,” our man said.
Open the large roof vent, and condensation is a non-issue—even when four bodies fill the tent.
Our testers’ favorite feature: two big vestibules. The front, 24-square-foot one stored two large duffles and two medium backpacks, while still allowing space to come and go. The rear, 8.8-square-foot vestibule is plenty big to serve as a bad-weather kitchen.
It’s intuitive, but it takes time to open and close the gated pole clips. Cold-weather bonus: You can do it in mittens.
$800; 11 lbs. 15 oz.; mountainhardwear.com