Light, compact, and brawny enough for alpine storms, the Anjan is a killer choice for weight-conscious trios (or space-greedy duos) who don’t flee tough conditions. The non-freestanding tunnel tent withstood three inches of wet snow in Roosevelt National Forest thanks to a low, aerodynamic shape and four guyout points (each anchored at two points on the fly). The 14-sq.-ft. vestibule holds plenty of gear while still allowing room for scooting in and out. Bummers: The price is steep (partly due to Hilleberg’s ultradurable, ultralight Kerlon fabric), and venting is limited if weather prevents you from pitching it with the vestibule doors rolled back.
Harsh-weather campers looking to save weight without giving up space or stability
> Rachel Zurer (other tester: Jonathan Dorn)
> Duration March to April
> Locales/conditions UT, AZ, CO; 20℉ to 60℉; snow, rain, gusts up to 20 mph
> “Width and headroom is tight, but length is luxe. I’m 6’6” and had ample room at my feet for storage.”
> Weight 3 lbs. 15 oz.
> Price $598
> Sizes 36.6 square feet
The most basic shelter solution: lightweight, simple, and adaptable. Can be pitched with trekking poles, oars, sticks, etc. XP version is made with heavy duty polyester tent fabric.