Durable Value: Marmot Traillight 2 Tent
Best Weatherproofing: Mountain Hardwear Archer 2 Tent
Best All-Around: First Ascent Stargazer 2 Tent
Four Field-Tested Two-Person Tents
Tent Poles Our top three performers use two different types of DAC aluminum poles. Pressfit poles (which Marmot uses) are the sturdiest and least expensive, with reinforced joints that “press” together, eliminating the need for glue or crimping. Featherlight NSL poles (First Ascent and Mountain Hardwear) shave weight by reducing overall aluminum thickness and expanding the diameter of the pole ends, which makes the ends (the most common stress point) 20 percent stronger than the main tube.
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