The downside to these tents is that the combined canopy and fly is completely waterproof. Formerly, single-wall tents used fabrics that resembled the waterproof-breathable materials used in jackets, a factor that tended to make them wildly expensivemost single-walls went for well over $500 until the new generation of lower-tech ones hit the market. The trade-off is that these new tents may force you to battle condensation, particularly in cool, still conditions. But, these tents are designed to help keep that to a minimum through ample venting, and they seem to do a pretty good job. But, you can also get a double-wall tent in this price and weight range. REI's Coupe sleeps two, weighs only three pounds, 13 ounces, and costs $169 (www.rei.com). It's a new tent and looks like a real winner for REI.
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