Our take At less than 5 pounds, this four-season double-wall is a windproof fortress that weighs a fraction as much as comparable two-person shelters.
The details Condensation stays under control thanks to a small tunnel at the head of the tent. This fabric tube draws in cooler air from the vestibule. Use the drawcord to seal it shut on dry nights.
Strength “It’s like a tent skeleton,” says one Colorado tester of Slingfin’s WebTruss system. This framework of fabric sleeves cradles the tent poles and spreads wind loads over a larger area. The result? A super-strong structure. But if you don’t need all that stability, leave the WebTruss at home, use the included twist clips to connect the canopy to the polls, and save 5 ounces.
Livability The 40-inch ceiling is better than most tents in its class, although the 28-square-foot floor is snug for two. A pair of 5-square-foot vestibules offers limited storage space, but the tunnel entrance adds to the total. Similar to an elephant’s trunk, this 5-cubic-foot nylon tube pulls double duty as a zipperless door and a third storage area. “Not only does this cut out failure points, but fewer zippers make it a lot quieter,” our Colorado tester says.
Trail cred A 30-denier nylon fly and 15-denier nylon body kept testers happy in blowing snow in Colorado’s Roosevelt National Forest. True to its name, the WindSaber handled 60-mph gales with ease. “The gusts were so strong that they started to pull the stakes out of the ground, but the tent handled it like a spring breeze,” one tester says.