Making a good tent requires compromise. In line with the old business adage “Good, fast, cheap: pick two,” tent designers generally aspire to two properties from their own list: light, roomy, and...
We liked it best as a spacious two-person tent—three was a squeeze.
The doors and vestibules are smallish, but the weight and price are right for such a rough-and-tumble tent.
Outside reviews the best gear in the Summer 2012 Buyer’s Guide, including The North Face Phoenix tent.
Perfect for multisport base camping—and Burning Man.
A great update to the mountaineering-expedition category.
Great balance of weight, livability, and cost.
Sleeping bags keep getting lighter thanks to thinner fabrics and ever finer and fluffier grades of down. Which is a good thing, except when it isn’t. A couple of the bags we tested didn’t make the...
Provides the tailoring of a high-end down bag—snug hood, plush draft tubes around the face, ergonomic footbox—in a moderately priced synthetic.
A luxurious, incredibly light bag at a great price.
The space-blanket effect works, but some testers disliked the way it felt
If your budget doesn’t allow for both summer-weight and three-season bags, this is a great way to split the difference.
Light is right.
One tester noted, “You don’t have to spend a million bucks for a good night’s sleep.”
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