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SIERRA DESIGNS METEOR LITE 2

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$370

Packed weight: 3 lb. 15 oz. Floor space: 29.8 sq. ft. Peak height: 3 ft. 5 in. Doors: 2

The thoughtful­ly designed, weatherpro­of Meteor Lite nearly nabbed the best overall backpackin­g tent title in our test. Sierra Designs departs from the norm for a subfour-pound tent by sticking with a rectangula­r—not tapered—shape. Combined with the vertical walls, this made the tent feel roomy. We also appreciate­d the stuff sack, which has a generously large adjustable opening in the middle instead of at one end. The advantage was clear when we didn’t have to perfectly fold up the tent parts to get them to fit. While it was a nice feature in our backyard test, it’s one that will be even more handy if you’re rushing to break camp so you can get back on the trail. Our biggest issue was the relative lack of storage space—just two regular-size pockets, one positioned to the left of each door. There are tents on the market that are lighter and come with more bells and whistles, but this Meteor offers comfort and durability where it counts.

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