BEST FOR: Drier climes. THE TEST: Single-wall tents like the Phoenix are fantastically light and can be pitched without exposing the interior to precipitation. The downside: condensation can be heavy. To solve that, the North Face crafted the tent body from a proprietary breathable fabric and gave it a pair of large mesh doors to increase airflow. It works—pretty well. Our testers stayed bone dry on cool New Mexico nights but encountered a bit of clamminess on the walls during a misty Oregon coastal camping trip and considerable wetness in the vestibule, which is cut from standard polyurethane-coated nylon. THE VERDICT: In the right conditions—say, three-season camping in the Rockies—the single-wall payoff is huge. 4.8 lbs
To reduce flammability, most tent flies have a chemical coating, which makes them less breathable and more likely to tear. The Phoenix's DryWall fabric is inherently fire resistant, so it should have a longer life.