HILLEBERG KAITUM 4

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OUR TAKE Not even 60-mph winds on Canada’s Prince Ed­ward Is­land could shake this four-per­son fortress. While ini­tially in­tim­i­dat­ing, eight guy­lines make for a taut pitch; the tent held strong even when the wind shifted overnight to broad­side it. The Kaitum’s poles are strong, and han­dled 20 inches of snow ac­cu­mu­la­tion with­out a break or bend. Tip: If you’re ex­pect­ing epic snow loads, snag an ex­tra set of poles ($129) to bol­ster the ones in­cluded with the tent.

THE DE­TAILS The two over­size vestibules (17 square feet each) are a max­i­mal­ist’s dream. Four testers fit eight pairs of hik­ing and ski boots and mul­ti­ple duf­fels in one vestibule while des­ig­nat­ing the other for en­try and exit. Hilleberg uses a light-yet-burly (and ex­pen­sive) 30-de­nier rip­stop sil­ny­lon called Ker­lon 1200, and the sil­i­cone-coated walls eas­ily shed a thick layer of ice after an evening of -20°F temps. While the 51.7-square-foot floor and 43-inch peak height are spa­cious, slop­ing walls mean you can’t move around com­fort­ably un­less you’re in the mid­dle.

TRAIL CRED “Ven­ti­la­tion was op­ti­mal when we left each vestibule’s vent wide open,” says our Canadian crew. “And the guy­lines made sure the vents stayed propped up even in bad weather.” $1,025; 7 lbs. 4 oz.; us.hilleberg.com

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