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OUR TAKE At less than 7 pounds, this two-per­son, double-walled shel­ter is at the lighter end of its class but still has room for liv­abil­ity. A 33-square­foot floor kept our 6’5” tester and his buddy comfy dur­ing a three-day ski tour of New Zealand’s Craigieburn Range, and a mas­sive, 15.5-square-foot side vestibule swal­lows two packs with plenty of room to spare for a cook sta­tion. Trade­off: At 5.5 square feet, the sec­ond vestibule is too small for en­try and exit. We liked it for stor­ing ex­tra gear—but that means you have to crawl over your tent­mate to use the larger door.

THE DE­TAILS A third cross pole pro­vided sta­bil­ity when strong winds buf­feted the tent in New Zealand’s South­ern Alps, and near-ver­ti­cal walls end in a 43-inch peak height, pleas­ing our tallest testers. Wa­ter­proof­ing is also top-shelf: One tester pitched the tent dur­ing a three-day rain­storm and not a drop got in from above or be­low.

TRAIL CRED “We loved the snow flaps—fab­ric that ex­tends all the way down to the ground from the bot­tom of the vestibule,” said one tester after eight nights above tree­line in New Zealand. “They kept us cozy in­side dur­ing a day of heavy snows and gust­ing wind.” $800; 6 lbs. 8 oz.,

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