Strings of lights line the canopy’s seams at the head of the tent: Flip the switch and the lights come on, just like at home. “We loved the romantic ambiance during our honeymoon in Rocky Mountain National Park,” reports one newlywed. Lights run on three AAA batteries or any USB-equipped battery pack and add negligible weight—which is why we gave the innovation our Editors’ Choice Award.
Thanks to all-mesh walls and two fly vents, the interior stayed condensation-free on 28°F nights in the Sierras. And it feels roomier than you’d expect, given the smallish 27-square-foot floor. Credit the near-vertical walls, a 40-inch peak height, and broader dimensions at the head than the foot. Gear stows tidily in the two 9-square-foot vestibules.
Two days of hard rain in Colorado’s San Luis Valley couldn’t penetrate the Rattlesnake, thanks to its taut pitch and protective drip line (unzipping the vestibule doesn’t divert water through the opened door onto the tent floor).