BEST FOR: A roomy four-season abode.
THE TEST: The most resilient tent here, the Torrent was unfazed by a full gale on Vancouver Island’s west coast one night and six wet, heavy inches of coastal slop on another. Inside, a spacious floor plan and steep walls mean there’s plenty of room for two big dudes and lots of gear or a dog or two, while two voluminous vestibules take care of overflow. The one caveat: the full nylon walls kept gusts from sneaking in, but even with both vents open and the doors unzipped to expose the mesh, condensation was still a problem on humid nights.
THE VERDICT: If you’re heading high into the (snowy, windy) mountains, the weight penalty is worth it. 7.5 lbs