Marmot Mercury Tent ($299): Ah, the domicile. The ol' hearth. The bucolic nookie-nest... Where to retire to, if the stars are all aligned? We think the Marmot Mercury Tent is ideal: It offers plenty of room for two (35 square feet), is lightweight (five pounds, four ounces), and provides superb weather protection. It has a big D-shaped front door for access and ventilation, plus a roomy vestibule for storing boots and packs. DAC Featherlite poles provide rock-like stability without adding ounces, and the poles have a "knee-bend" that creates more vertical interior walls and a roomier-feeling tent. And, like a lot of tents these days, the Mercury has two see-through windows in the fly. But they’re discreetly placed so passersby can’t easily see inside—which is probably a good thing.
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