Editors' Choice 2010: NEMO Meta 2P Tent

If you use trekking poles, you should use this tent.

If you use trekking poles, you should use this tent. Eliminate tent poles, save weight. It’s a simple strategy, but mostly results in shelters that compromise stability or convenience—or both. Enter the Meta 2P—rock-solid, spacious, and easy to pitch.

“This is the sturdiest trekking-pole design I’ve seen,” declares one tester, who said it didn’t budge during gusty winds above treeline in Colorado’s Zirkel Wilderness. Credit a hybrid single-wall design that incorporates two hiking poles—one inside each vestibule—where the grips and tips are both anchored. Stakes tension the corners and vestibules. Living space is lavish by ultralight standards, with a whopping 36 square feet inside and two vestibules totaling 25 square feet of storage space.

That, combined with a 43-inch peak height, let testers sprawl out and sit up comfortably. And the Meta doesn’t suffer from condensation buildup, thanks to the huge mesh doors and four vents. And unlike with some shelters this light, the Meta’s durable fabrics don’t need TLC. After a week in Switzerland, one tester summed it up: “Where’s the sacrifice?” $350; 2 lbs. 15 oz.; nemoequipment.com