Here’s a rare find: a two-person tent at this price and weight that still delivers freestanding, double-wall performance. It’s a bit small—no surprise—but the ounce-saving dimensions (best for sleeping, not lounging) worked just fine for our long-distance-hiking testers, who used the Imogene during a 400-mile Appalachian Trail trek through Maine and New Hampshire. The shelter held firm in roaring rainstorms that forced hikers in lesser tents to flee for the lean-to, and the weight-saving, 10-denier fabrics (20-denier for the floor) survived the journey intact.
The Imogene packs down small—the size of a 1-liter bottle—and setup is speedy, using one hubbed pole. There’s just one door (at the head end), which requires careful exits to avoid disturbing a companion. The 39-inch peak height allows even 6’4” campers to sit upright. But the length and width proved “cramped for two big guys,” reports one tester, who calls the 30 square feet “just big enough for sleeping.” And we wished for better ventilation in humid conditions, when condensation collected. $300; 2 lbs. 7 oz.; golite.com
Peregrine Radama 3 person backpacking tent. Easy set up, free standing design. Two doors and two vestibules. Features: DAC Pressfit aluminum poles DAC Jake's Foot Gear Loft Theater for iPad® Fast Flight floor protector for ultralight travel (sold separately) YKK zippers with reflective cord zipper pulls Line-Loc® reflective guy line adjusters Peak Vents for circulation Sheppard Hook tent pegs two large doors 2 spacious vestibules Full coverage rain fly with swept design for ground ventilation, strength and stability
Sleeps: 3 people
Total Weight: 6 lbs 13 oz
Minimum Weight: 4lbs 2oz (poles, floor protector, fly)
Size: 89" x 78.5" x 47"
Poles: 2 DAC Pressfit 7001 8.5mm Aluminum
Wall, Fly & Floor: 75D 190T polyester PU2000mm
Mesh: 40D Polyester
Windows: 4 mesh windows
Storage: 4 pockets, 4 gear loft loops, Gear Loft Theater
Fast Flight Floor Protector: 89"x78"x47" and 11.5oz
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