Hiking Tech: Uber-Lightweight Tents

Hiking is a gloriously simple activity, but that doesn't mean that there isn't room for improvement. These five products, including waterproof cell phones and rescue-ready drones, could make you look at backpacking in a different light.

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For years, tents and other backpacking essentials have been evolving to become lighter and lighter. The next step might just be high tech fibers that pack down very small without sacrificing comfort. Sierra Designs’ new Mojo UFO is about as light a tent as the company can currently make while keeping it fully enclosed, says Sierra Designs Public Relations Manager Scott Kaier.

The alien-looking Mojo UFO, with its Cuben Fiber shell and carbon-fiber tent poles, weighs in at 1 pound, 11 ounces and sleeps two people. It’s also fairly roomy, with an interior that measures more than 26 square feet—not to mention an $1,800 price tag.

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