Sometimes the worst trips make for the best testing. Case in point: Our tester planned three days of ski touring in the Canadian Rockies, but ended up socked in the entire time. Just him (6’), his friend (5’8”), two 0°F sleeping bags, and lots of livability testing. “We logged long consecutive hours in this tent,” he says, “and I never felt that we were extremely cramped.” The 35.5-square-foot area isn’t extravagant for two, but the steep walls and 39.9-inch maximum height (sitting up is no problem) make it seem even larger.
The duo put the two vestibules to good use, digging out a snow shelf and designating the smaller rear vestibule for cooking, while using the larger (12.9-square-foot) front vestibule to keep all their gear under wraps. Snow flaps at both ends kept blowing snow from sneaking inside. The color-coded pitch proved simple and fast, and our tester raved about the lightweight Easton carbon poles, which use monofilament connectors rather than cold-sensitive elastic cord. Two long top vents, which are adjustable from the warmth of your sleeping bag, proved adequate to keep condensation from building up, even after many, many hours of accumulated breath. $725; $575 (aluminum poles); 8 lbs. 6 oz.; eastonmountainproducts.com
Designed to be a lightweight, storm-proof shelter, Expedition 2P delivers high performance with a long list of features so you stay comfortable and protected. Large snow-flaps protect the entry, internal pockets and loops keep gear organized, and oversized vents with full internal access offer climate control without leaving your sleeping bag. With the optional Easton Carbon or aluminum tent pole system the Expedition 2P gives the high altitude explorer options in any conditions.
Aluminum pole option:
8 lbs. 1 oz.
Specialized multi-layer carbon with an EXO Shield to resist abrasion, the Carbon FX is the go to pole for the lightweight advantage in the most extreme conditions & features the revolutionary AirLock Connector. Patent-pending AirLock maximizes the performance of carbon poles and eliminates the need for heavier, full-length shock cord. Get the lightweight advantage without sacrificing performance and protection.
Advanced Easton 7075 aluminum is the standard for expedition shelters experiencing extreme conditions.