Comfortable living space, sturdy weather protection, low weight: We’ve seen other shelters hit this trifecta in recent years, but few do it as well as the Mira, which comes in under four pounds without sacrificing durability—or going over $400. The trick? By reducing support at the foot end—with no loss in stability as long as the reinforced end is angled into the wind—Exped designers eliminated 3.5 ounces of pole. That lets Exped use tough fabrics like 70-denier* nylon for the floor and 30-denier for the fly, which are heavier than average for this weight class.
And space is adequate: A 30-square-foot floor and 43-inch peak height let our six-footers pack up simultaneously without swatting each other. Seven-square-foot vestibules shelter packs and boots, while a dry-entry design prevents water from rolling off the fly and dripping inside through the door during stormy comings and goings.
The Mira kept our Washington testers cozy through an epic, only-in-the-Olympics deluge. And while the pole sleeves are a hair slower to set up than clips, the payoff is a taut and strong pitch. Testers called the Mira “heavy-storm protection in a lightweight package.” $379; 3 lbs. 14 oz.; exped.com
*DENIER A unit of measurement for the thickness (and therefore durability) of individual threads used in making cloth. Higher numbers denote heavier, more durable fabrics.
The classic Voyager design in ultra form
Over 50% lighter than the standard Voyager
Maximum stability for a minimum weight
Half-mesh inner door for better ventilation
composite Scandium alloy and carbon fibre poles
Weight 880g / 920g (min/max)
Pack Size 52cm x 13cm
Range Adventure Racing
Flysheet ULTRA fabric 10000mm
Floor ULTRA fabric 10000mm
Poles 7.55mm Scandium Alloy
Pegs 12 x Titanium 1g
Guylines 2 x Reflective with Clamcleats