Ca­bela’s Orion 2 LIV­ABIL­ITY

$120; 5 lbs. 8 oz.; ca­

Backpacker - - Fıeld Test -

3.0 This tent has a split per­son­al­ity. A large, 35-square­foot f loor and 42-inch peak height make it plenty roomy. “We rode out a storm while play­ing cards, and the two of us—plus our dog—had enough space that we didn’t go stir crazy,” said one tester af­ter a nasty bout of weather near Sil­ver­ton, Colorado. But that’s the in­side. A sin­gle side door and one of the tini­est vestibules we tested (7.6 square feet) had our testers strug­gling to exit the tent while climb­ing over their gear.


4.4 Our testers eas­ily rode out a storm on Colorado’s 10,276-foot Cameron Pass. “The slop­ing walls and crossed pole struc­ture made for a sturdy pitch in high winds, and the tent never sagged even though we got pelted with 2 inches of hail,” one says. Thanks to two fly vents and a mesh canopy, the Orion ven­ti­lates well: There was only mi­nor con­den­sa­tion af­ter a snowy night with two peo­ple and a dog jammed in­side.


3.0 You get two small stor­age pock­ets (one on each side) and an av­er­age gear loft, but that’s it. Min­i­mal­ist de­sign is the trade­off at this rock-bot­tom price.


2.9 The Orion’s 40-de­nier no-see-um mesh be­gan to pill af­ter just nine nights of camp­ing. “The pilling di­min­ished the mesh’s see-through qual­ity, which is a bum­mer when it makes up so much of the tent body,” re­ports our Colorado team.


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