BEST FOR: Ultralight missions, couples, very good friends.
THE TEST: When other three-season shelters collapsed in a freak snowstorm, the Skyledge stood tall. Thank the DAC Featherlight poles and a robust construction of sewn and taped seams throughout. But the cost of durability and lower weight is elbow room. Yes, there are two doors, two vestibules, and enough headroom to sit up, but one tester gave this frank warning: “There’s only enough space for two adults if you’re willing to be intimate.” Not expecting bugs or storms, or just going fast and light? Leave the body in the garage and just take the stand-alone fly.
THE VERDICT: Light, versatile, and surprisingly sturdy. 3.8 lbs