Brand: Snow Peak
Model: Lago 2
This versatile, two-person shelter handles high-altitude summers and winters with equal aplomb. The lightweight, freestanding dome pitches with two crossing poles that feed through sleeves for a sub-two-minute setup. For summer objectives, our tester carried just the tent body, which pairs waterproof, PU-coated fabric on the head and foot ends with breathable, DWR-treated polyester on the sidewalls; for winter use, she attached the optional 10-ounce fly, which adds big-storm protection. Thirty-mph winds on Wyoming’s Crystal Butte couldn’t nudge it.
The internal vestibule works with either configuration: Peeling back the tent floor exposes four square feet of ground for stashing muddy boots. “Compared to most mountaineering tents, it’s wonderfully roomy,” she reports: The 32-square-foot floor and 40-inch ceiling let six-footers sleep and sit up comfortably. Ventilation is better than most single-walls, thanks to mesh vents that eliminate condensation in most conditions (the walls dampened during prolonged rain). The steep walls shed snow, and the small footprint lets it squeeze onto narrow ledges. Gripes: The door is small, and doesn’t extend to the ground (it opens above a 6-inch fabric panel that routinely tripped our tester). $450; 2 lbs. 10 oz.; snowpeak.com
The Lago 2 is our newest tent designed for Mountaineering. We’ve been able to trim weight by using a thinner wall material where the rain fly covers the walls and using rain-fly material on the front of the tent to eliminate the covering of the rain-fly to save weight.
The Lago is exceptionally unique because it’s manufactured at our factory in Japan. Currently the majority of the tent brands in the world are manufacturing their tents in about 2 to 3 factories. We’ve chosen to use our own expertise in tent manufacturing and bring the manufacturing closer to our HQ in Japan. We are quite excited about this to make a very unique product in our home country.