Most tents this affordable can’t be trusted to handle real weather—but the Midori earned our respect in stormy Tasmania. “The taut pitch kept the fabric from flapping,” reports one tester who slept contentedly through 25-mph gusts and rain showers that raked breezy Cape Pillar, on the Tasman Peninsula. With the low price and high protection, we expected the Midori to be either cramped or heavy. But it’s neither (comfort specs: a 33-square-foot floor and 45-inch peak height). The ounce-saving trick? There’s just one side door, so plan to draw straws for inside position.
But that’s the sole tradeoff with this livable, freestanding dome. All-mesh walls and a vent on the fly eliminated condensation even in humid conditions. An 8-inch strut pole props up the perimeter of the broad, 10-square-foot vestibule to make it more voluminous than most. Two crossing poles make setup quick and simple, and 75-denier polyester fabrics require no TLC. And although the back-wall occupant has to climb over his partner to reach the door, budget-minded testers deemed that a “small inconvenience for reliable shelter at this price.” $140; 4 lbs. 7 oz.; eurekatent.com
Redesigned for Spring 2012.