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OUR TAKE Ev­ery­body wants a lav­ish base­camp shel­ter in win­ter, but no­body wants to hump the ex­tra weight. The three-per­son Moki de­liv­ers ev­ery­thing you want and noth­ing you don’t. This re­designed, free­stand­ing shel­ter has am­ple room for a trio plus gear for less than 9 pounds. The trick? Nearly half the canopy is mesh, al­low­ing for the largest floor (50.6 square feet) in the test with no weight penalty. It sleeps a bit colder than con­ven­tional four-sea­son tents, but our tester didn’t mind. “It’s ac­tu­ally fun to hang out in this tent be­cause it feels like an open-air palace,” he said af­ter a suc­cess­ful sum­mit bid on 22,841-foot Aconcagua in Ar­gentina. Two doors and a sin­gle zip-off, 12-square-foot vestibule com­plete the pack­age.

THE DE­TAILS Five alu­minum poles cre­ate a taut pitch that with­stood 40-mph winds in Col­orado’s Roo­sevelt Na­tional For­est. Draw­back: “With chilly hands, it’s tough to force some of the fly-pole con­nec­tion points, which are a tight fit,” the tester says. “I couldn’t set this tent up on my own.” Two vents open from the in­side. “Temps dropped to the high teens at base­camp around 19,000 feet, and we barely saw any mois­ture,” said our tester af­ter two weeks on Aconcagua.

TRAIL CRED “Each of the stake points has a bit of stretch, so the tent doesn’t jos­tle when the wind blows,” our tester says. “In high winds, it’s the qui­etest tent I’ve ever slept in.” $850; 8 lbs. 11 oz.; nemoe­quip­

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