Model: Hornet Elite 2P
The race to cut weight from shelters never seems to stop, and the Hornet Elite is one of the lightest full-featured offerings we’ve tested. At less than a pound per person, this double-wall, semi-freestanding tent still has double doors and vestibules, and its 27.3-square-foot floor is enough for two campers to sleep comfortably. There are concessions, though: “A crossbar at the peak improves head room, but I could only fully sit up right in the middle of the tent,” one 5’9” tester says, citing the sloping walls. The vestis are also too small to cook in. Still, the Hornet Elite brushed off 40-mph winds in Nova Scotia’s Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, and our tester reports that there was no significant condensation on a rainy, 35°F night. Pitch is simple, with a standard hubbed-pole design in addition to the top crossbar.