Brand: NEMO Equipment, Inc.
[alpine weight saver]
Problem: Single-wall tents shave ounces, but usually collect condensation. Solution: The Mojo’s effective single/double-wall hybrid construction, which combines mesh walls at the tent’s head end (protected by a partial fly) and single-wall technology at the foot. The result looks like something Batman would deploy, and it foiled moisture buildup in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
In challenging 8°F temperatures, frost accumulated only on the foot of our tester’s bag. The freestanding Mojo pitches lightning-fast, thanks to one hubbed pole that clips to the tent’s exterior. The stout geometry and taut pitch make it a bombshelter in strong winds; 35-mph assaults along the Colorado Trail didn’t budge it. And although there’s just one door, its large dimensions (opening to a 38-inch peak height) make for easy coming and going.
A pair of 6’1” testers deemed its 27 square feet and 84-inch length adequate for fast-and-light types; that means sleeping space is tight, and their feet brushed the tent walls. Weight-saving fabrics proved plenty durable over a 20-day thru-hike. Caveat: Storage space isn’t the Mojo’s strong suit—the seven-square-foot vestibule is too small for more than one pack. $400; 2 lbs. 11 oz.; sierradesigns.com
Winner of Backpacker’s Best All-Around Mountaineering tent in 2008, Moki has become a trusted shelter for the most demanding expeditions. When we say four season, we mean it. Our ambassadors take Moki to the Himalayas, and we use it for surf trips on the coast. With half of Moki’s single-wall exterior convertible to mesh, you have the flexibility and comfort you need in any climate. With an optional,additional vestibule for extra gear and the ability to link together, Moki is the perfect base camp for all of your adventures.