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Members Only Stephenson 2C Tent Review - Part 2
by Ryan Jordan, Mike Martin, and Roger Caffin
A performance review of the Stephenson 2C - the smallest and lightest "climber's" version from the ultralight line of tents from the Stephenson family of New Hampshire. Read More...
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Members Only Lil' Bugout Shelter Review
by David Chenault
An uncommon design transforms the Lil' Bugout into a weather fortress. And it has plenty of space to keep you cozy as you weather the storms. Read More...
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Members Only Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Shelter Review
by Will Rietveld
With room for sleeping and gear storage as well as a durable construction that can handle a range of weather conditions, the HMG UltaMid is an ideal shelter for lightweight backcountry travel. Read More...
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Members Only Stephenson 2C Tent Review - Part 1
by Ryan Jordan, Mike Martin, and Roger Caffin
A preview of the Stephenson 2C - the smallest and lightest "climber's" version from the ultralight line of tents from the Stephenson family of New Hampshire. Read More...
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Members Only Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Part 4a: Gear Reviews
by Will Rietveld
Adapting SUL for mountain conditions, where frequent weather extremes necessitate more capable gear. Read More...
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Members Only Integral Designs Traverse 2 Review
by Roger Caffin
Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Mini Reviews Read More...
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Members Only Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 2 Review
by Brad Groves
Mainstream manufacturers are catching on, and competition in the ~2lb tent range is fierce. The SuperMegaUL2 is a brilliant addition to this growing field. Read More...
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Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent Review
by Brad Groves
At 5 ounces less than its predecessor, is the new Fly Creek worth the extra price? Read More...
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Brooks-Range Foray 2P Tent Review
by Brad Groves
With its polka-dots and odd shape, can this unique 3-season shelter be taken seriously? Read More...
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Members Only Solo-Plus Tent Round-Up
by Chris Wallace
A look at five lightweight shelters with extra space for your partner, gear, or four-legged companion. Read More...
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Vango Tempest 200 Review
by Roger Caffin
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Hilleberg Nallo 2 Review
by Roger Caffin
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MSR Dragontail Review
by Roger Caffin
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Macpac Olympus Review
by Roger Caffin
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Exped Aries Mesh Review
by Roger Caffin
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Stephensons Warmlite 2R Review
by Roger Caffin
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Wilderness Equipment First Arrow Review
by Roger Caffin
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Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review
by Ryan Jordan
Simplicity and strength in an all-season shelter. Read More...
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Nemo Obi Elite 1P Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
Nemo becomes a serious player in the ultralight tent category. The Obi Elite 1P is a cutting edge one-person double-wall tent that matches the weight and roominess of many single-wall tents. Read More...
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Seek Outside VersaShelter 6-Person Tipi
by Damien Tougas
This single-wall, three/four-season, tipi-style shelter is the largest tipi in the VersaShelter line. A significant amount of the weight savings comes from the use of an all carbon fiber pole. Read More...
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Nemo Pentalite Review
by Damien Tougas
A versatile shelter with a unique design, the Pentalite manages to bring something new to the realm of pyramid tent design: a large floorspace and optional full bug protection without a full-height inner bug net. The size, weight savings, and flexibility of this design make it a good candidate for a group backpacking, car camping, or base camp use. So far, so good, right? Read More...
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MSR Twin Brothers Shelter Review
by Damien Tougas
On paper, the palatial space and bare-essentials engineering of this tent make it appear like a dream come true for ultralight group travel. How does it actually perform in the real world? Read More...
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Hilleberg Nallo 4 GT Review
by Damien Tougas
Capable of handling all four seasons as either a single-wall floorless shelter or a fully bug-proof double-wall tent, the Nallo 4 GT can easily be tailored to meet a wide variety of environmental conditions. Is it the right tent for your family backpacking outings? Read More...
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Vango Helium Superlite 200 Tent Review
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
A sub-40 ounce, two-person, double-wall, hybrid tunnel tent that sheds wind and rain with ease? Read More...
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Hennessy Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock Review
by Brad Groves
Can a lighter, easier hammock hang convert this avowed tent user? Read More...
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Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
Terra Nova maintains their reputation with the latest “lightest double-wall shelter in the world,” weighing just over 1 pound. This one has a Cuben Fiber canopy and floor. Read More...
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Big Sky International Evolution 2P Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
Creation vs Evolution: one of the thorniest questions ever and one I prefer to stay away from most of the time. But Bob Molen’s latest creation is the ever-evolving Evolution 2P, and one I feel comfortable tackling. It is almost divine... Read More...
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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo Ultralight Modular Shelter System Review
by Will Rietveld
These Cuben Fiber shelter systems are among the lightest out there, consisting of a tarp, mesh insert, and front beak and providing five useful shelter options! Read More...
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Big Sky International Mirage 1P Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
Two-pound free-standing single-wall solo tent with lots of interior usable space, good ventilation, good wind and storm protection, and it sets up in one minute! Read More...
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Vaude Power Lizard UL Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
The Power Lizard lays claim to the lightest two-person double-wall tent in the world, but does that make it the best one? Read More...
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Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
The Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 has the lowest trail weight of all the company’s two-person double-wall tents at 3.44 pounds (1.56 kg). An interesting pole design adds room to make it more livable inside. Will the Vapor Light be one we want to share, or will it turn out to be Vapor Ware? Read More...
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Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
The Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 uses a radical pole design to make a roomy two-person tent, but does condensation leave us all wet? Read More...
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Performance Appraisal of the Tarptent Moment
by Chris Murphy
A quality, lightweight shelter that's easy to assemble, but does a condensation issue leave us all wet? Read More...
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Nemo Espri 2P Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
While not the lightest of tents, this shelter can handle such a wide range of multi-tasking to make it worth a closer look. Read More...
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Integral Designs Wedge eVENT Bivy REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A three-pound solo shelter made of almost-magically breathable eVENT fabric and designed for alpine climbing, it can handle wild weather, but is it comfortable to live with? Read More...
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MSR Hubba Hubba HP Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
With new fabrics, a strong design and plenty of pitching options, the HP is quite attractive. Will this relatively lightweight double-wall abode have us exclaiming with enthusiasm or will we hurry on to the next cutie? Read More...
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REI Quarter Dome T2 Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
There's a lot of bang for the buck in this roomy, lightweight, double-wall tent! Read More...
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Tarptent Scarp 2 Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
Although the Scarp 2 incorporates several weight-saving and space-making design elements to create a friendly, roomy, well ventilated, and stable tent for two campers, these benefits do not come without compromise. Read More...
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Terra Nova Laser Photon Elite Tent (2008 Model) Review
by Will Rietveld
With a trail weight of just 1 pound 11 ounces, it's the Guinness World Record holder for the lightest double-wall tent commercially available, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. Read More...
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MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
MSR utilizes lightweight fabrics, carbon fiber poles, and elegant design to achieve a sub-three-pound double-wall tent for two. Read More...
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Big Sky International Montana 2P Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
At 2 pounds, 10 ounces, the Montana is the lightest two-person double-wall tent available, but extreme lightness comes with a few tradeoffs. Read More...
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Tarptent Sublite Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
Tarptent's newest, lightest solo tent is innovative and available in breathable Tyvek and traditional silnylon versions. At 18.5 ounces, the Tyvek Sublite is the lightest breathable fabric tent available. Read More...
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AntiGravityGear O2 Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
This new single wall tent provides convenience and ventilation, plus loads of room for one person and gear and can accommodate two people when needed. Read More...
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MontBell Crescent 2 Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
Two-person single wall tent with a twist: one side is double wall, so the fly can be rolled up in good weather for extra views and ventilation. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Refuge/Refuge X Tent Review
by Doug Johnson
At 25.2 ounces for the Refuge and 15.8 ounces for the "world's lightest two-man" Refuge X, Six Moon Designs now has two of the lightest floored single-wall shelters on the market (and the only floored tent made of Cuben Fiber). Were the design compromises and added expense worth the weight savings? Read More...
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Big Sky International Convertible 2P Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A unique feature of the Convertible it that a third pole can be added to "convert" it from a three-season tent to a "WinterLite" four-season tent. At 3.5 pounds for a complete two-person double-wall tent, the Convertible in three season mode is 2.6 ounces heavier than Big Sky's award-winning Evolution 2P, but new design elements make it more stable and versatile. Read More...
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AntiGravityGear TarpTent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
With over 38 square feet of floor area, this single person tent has the highest area to weight ratio in its class (single wall shelter with floor), but it has a few flaws. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightest bug-proof one-person shelter on the market. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Score another winner for SMD – the Lunar Duo is a well-designed, roomy, lightweight, well-ventilated single-wall tent for two people. Read More...
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Black Diamond Guiding Light Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Extremely versatile and lightweight four-season, four-person, single-wall, free-standing, breathable fabric tent. Read More...
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Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug Pyramid Tent REVIEW
by Jay Ham
The Mega Light is a solid, well designed pyramid tent, but the weight-conscious should leave the bug liner behind. Read More...
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Grand Shelters Icebox Igloo Building Tool REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The Icebox does the igloo engineering for you, but you still have a steep learning curve. Once you master the technique, you may discover a new and fun wintertime activity. Read More...
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Fibraplex Fibrapole 292 Carbon Fiber Tent Poles REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Fibraplex carbon fiber tent poles can save ounces of tent weight - are they durable enough? Read More...

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