[editors ’ choice update]
It wasn’t broken, but REI fixed it anyway. This longtime favorite—winner of both Editors’ Choice and Editors’ Choice Gold Awards—gets an update that proves the best can always get better. The improvement: ventilation-boosting changes that increase the space between the tent and fly and add two additional fly vents (for a total of four). The modifications increase the tent’s overall weight by two ounces, but testers deem it a fair price to pay for superior airflow: On 25°F nights in Utah’s Canyonlands, some condensation collected beneath the fly, but the interior walls stayed dry.
Space and layout remain unchanged, meaning the Half Dome is just as livable as it’s ever been. A 40-inch peak height and steep walls create outstanding headroom (the brow pole actually pushes the fabric beyond vertical, which keeps water from dripping off the fly and through the open door). The 32-square-foot floor amply accommodates two six-footers, and setup (using one hubbed pole) is uncomplicated. Stability is excellent: Our testers slept soundly through canyon gusts that failed to create so much as a flap or a rattle in this freestanding dome. And although it’s not the lightest two-person model on the market, it continues to earn top marks for its performance-to-price ratio. $189; 5 lbs. 2 oz.; rei.com
Crazy Cribs are complete personal shelters that are great for backpacking, car camping, sea kayaking, trekking, beaches, backyards, rafting... wherever you want exceptionally comfortable off-the-ground sleeping. Combine a Crazy Crib with a Crazy Tarp for a great camping combo.
The Ideal Portable Hammocks
Convenient Top Entry
Simple To Set-Up
Resists Unsteady Rolling
Provides Off-Ground Gear Storage During The Day
1" Wide Suspension Webbing For Excellent Weight Distribution
Double-Stitched Seams And Reinforced Corners For Durability
Can Be Used As A Ground Bivy
Fits Into A Small Stuff Sack
300 lb. Weight Capacity
Our basic crib is made from durable 70D coated nylon. Crazy Tarp, made from 70D coated ripstop with waterproof taped seams, provides protection against rain and snow. Includes a stuff sack.
Crib: 44" x 94" / 110 x 235 cm
Packed Weight: 23 oz / 644 gr