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Mountain Hardwear Waypoint 2 ($250;

Nov 20, 2003
Outside Magazine

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Like many people, I'm interested in shaving pounds from my pack. But I don't want to sacrifice a lot while doing so. As a result, while I was keenly interested in the two-person Waypoint 2's light weight (three pounds, seven ounces) I was also a little skeptical about how well it would work. After all, the Waypoint is a single-wall tent that doesn't even try to use any super-exotic fabrics to vent moisture from its occupants' exhalations. Its silicon-coated fabric is totally waterproof, so the Waypoint relies on clever engineering and vent placement to ensure that moist air gets out before it condenses on the tent fabric.

And it works—fabulously well. I first used the Waypoint for a May climb of Mount Stuart in the central Washington Cascades. We camped in the snow, on a damp evening with occasional rain showers. Perfect conditions for a wet night in the tent, but in the morning we had just the lightest touch of condensation inside the tent. This past fall, the Waypoint was the tent I took for my weeklong bicycle trek through Montana. It set up quickly, packed down neatly, didn't weigh much, and best of all kept us dry during some truly thunderous downpours. In short, a great tent for about half the weight of most two-person, three-season models.

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