Frederick Reimers

Easton Kilo 3

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...

NEMO Espri LE 3

We liked it best as a spacious two-person tent—three was a squeeze.

Sierra Designs Zia

The doors and vestibules are smallish, but the weight and price are right for such a rough-and-tumble tent.

The North Face Phoenix

Outside reviews the best gear in the Summer 2012 Buyer’s Guide, including The North Face Phoenix tent.

Stoic Arx XL

Great balance of weight, livability, and cost.

REI Igneo

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...

Marmot Cloudbreak

Provides the tailoring of a high-end down bag—snug hood, plush draft tubes around the face, ergonomic footbox—in a moderately priced synthetic.

Stoic Somnus 15

A luxurious, incredibly light bag at a great price.

Sierra Designs Pyro Maniac 15/30

If your budget doesn’t allow for both summer-weight and three-season bags, this is a great way to split the difference.

L.L. Bean Katahdin

One tester noted, “You don’t have to spend a million bucks for a good night’s sleep.”