The key to success here: innovative fabrics. The 20- and 30-denier nylon is more tear-resistant than most (a high thread count boosts strength), enabling NEMO to shave weight with only one drawback: price.
The spacious, 43-square-foot floor and 42-inch peak height create sufficient space for three adults, reports our tester after sharing it with two others in Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness. Four pockets provide organization for all, and three packs easily fit inside the two 11-square-foot vestibules. Huge doors facilitate easy entry.
The all-mesh walls let moisture escape in most conditions, but there are no vents in the fly—so with three occupants on 34°F nights, condensation dampened our bags.
With poles that support all four corners as well as the crown, the Dagger proved stalwart in gusts up to 20 mph. Securing all guyouts made it sturdy in 35-mph wind.