Mobile Homes

MSR Superfusion, Sierra Designs Nomad 4, and Marmot Racer X

Aug 1, 2002
Outside Magazine

On those warm, buggy nights, turn the two-person, four-season, 42-square-foot MSR SUPERFUSION ($400) into a screened-in porch by zipping open the door panel and three floor-to-ceiling panels on the canopy to uncover gigantic swaths of netting. When the clouds darken, zip everything tight and attach the fly—gusts we clocked at 41 mph during our field test rolled right off. Inside, a tan polyester fly bathes the space in a pleasant neutral light. But be sure to pitch this ten-pound tent before the raindrops arrive: It took me eight minutes and change to assemble. (800-531-9531,

At 13 pounds, 15 ounces, the SIERRA DESIGNS NOMAD 4 ($349) is an admitted heavyweight for a family backpacking jaunt. On the other hand, its 56 square feet will comfortably sleep two adults and two kids, deftly serving both family trekking and car-camping needs (sofa and TV not included). (And check out the five feet, six inches of headroom.) Its cunning fly rolls up to expose the canopy's large screen panels to the breeze, and unrolls and secures in seconds under stormy conditions, where, thanks to its three large aluminum poles, you'll feel secure in the sturdiest tent of its size we've ever seen. (800-635-0461,
If the The Price Is Right put the MARMOT RACER X ($199) up for bid, every contestant would guess way over retail. You get a two-person, three-season tent; a full door with a seven-square-foot vestibule; and a generous 34.5 square feet of floor space. All this in a six-pound, eight-ounce package that takes one person three minutes and five seconds to deploy from stuffsack to fully staked (after a little practice). There's only one significant trade-off: A lone horizontal band of screen mesh along the top allows decent ventilation when the fly is off, but not enough when it's on. (707-544-4590,

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