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An inflatable expedition style tent.

Live in the lap of Mongolian luxury.

Yes, it's possible to abandon the stakes, poles, and fly. Tuck into these alternatives next time you need some shut-eye outdoors.

Can I use my three-season tent in the snow? Or should I cough up the money for a four-season model?

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 sturdy. Other trade-offs include the convenience of two doors and vestibules for the weight of the extra zippers and fly fabric.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including the Nemo Isopod 100 tent.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Black Diamond Skylight tent.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Sierra Lightning HT 3 tent.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Big Agnes Copper Spur 4 tent.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Nemo Alti Storm 2 tent.

What's the best tent for backpacking with my 75-pound dog who likes his space? Kelly Boulder, Colorado