This versatile, two-person shelter handles high-altitude summers and winters with equal aplomb. The lightweight, freestanding dome pitches with two crossing poles that feed through sleeves for a sub-two-minute setup. For summer objectives, our tester carried just the tent body, which pairs waterproof, PU-coated fabric on the head and foot ends with breathable, DWR-treated polyester on the sidewalls; for winter use, she attached the optional 10-ounce fly, which adds big-storm protection. Thirty-mph winds on Wyoming’s Crystal Butte couldn’t nudge it.
The internal vestibule works with either configuration: Peeling back the tent floor exposes four square feet of ground for stashing muddy boots. “Compared to most mountaineering tents, it’s wonderfully roomy,” she reports: The 32-square-foot floor and 40-inch ceiling let six-footers sleep and sit up comfortably. Ventilation is better than most single-walls, thanks to mesh vents that eliminate condensation in most conditions (the walls dampened during prolonged rain). The steep walls shed snow, and the small footprint lets it squeeze onto narrow ledges. Gripes: The door is small, and doesn’t extend to the ground (it opens above a 6-inch fabric panel that routinely tripped our tester). $450; 2 lbs. 10 oz.; snowpeak.com
Made in the USA, Frontier blend the look of a classic outfitter's tent with NEMO innovation. Compared to conventional square pyramid designs, Frontier offers a near rectangular sleeping area and roomy triangular vestibule. The single pole design and unique pentagonal shape make setup easy. The clever pole port in the floor allows the monopole to pass directly to the ground, preventing abrasion of the floor fabric. It's also possible to use trekking poles lashed together or a paddle to support Frontier. And unique volumizing side vents guy out the tent to increase interior volume.