Model: Apollo 3P
Why we like it At only 11 ounces per person, this is the lightest three-person shelter we tested this season.
LivabilityWith a peak height of 58 inches and a 56.6-square-foot floor, the Apollo can accommodate three people (sans packs), or it’s a palace for two plus gear. The pyramidal shape calls for creative sleeping arrangements: “We all had to sleep against the walls. No one wanted to be the guy who kicked over the center pole,” says our New York tester.
Durability Floorless tents have fewer high-wear areas. The 15-denier nylon walls suffered no damage during our testers’ thru-hike of the 133-mile Northville-Placid Trail.
Setup This one-pole, single-wall shelter is a cinch to assemble, but finnicky to get taut. Note: The tent has a huge, pentagon-shaped footprint that’s 90 inches at its widest and 108 inches at its longest. Plan sites accordingly.
Packability It compresses to the size of a cantaloupe, or if you want it to pack even smaller, ditch the 9-ounce pole and tie the pyramid under a tree. Bonus: It’s light enough to bring as a basecamp kitchen or hangout shelter.