Buying Guide
By Austin Parker
on 5.8.14

Expedition Tents

Tents for people who like summits.

Heimplanet Cave

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Best Luxury Expedition Tent: None of Heimplanet’s tents come with poles. That may seem strange, but the inflatable, geometric support system actually proves more stable than many pole layouts. Rather than multiple layers of mesh, rainfly and poles, the entire three-layer system of inner tent, weather guard and supports is integrated, so you can just unpack and pump it up. Both layers feature best-in-class waterproofing and breathability, so you’ll stay comfortable wherever you decide to bed down.

Big Agnes String Ridge 2

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Best Mountaineering Tent: Colorado-based Big Agnes is synonymous with serious above-treeline pursuits, and, featuring burly Cordura fabrics, the new String Ridge tent is perfectly at home getting buried in blizzard conditions. The fully seam-sealed fly and bath-tub floor are complemented by a silicone and polyurethane waterproof treatment. The fly and tent body have extra vents at key places for ventilation, ensuring the String Ridge is viable for year-round use.

The North Face Bastion 4

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Best Tent for Extreme Weather: You’re mostly likely to find the new Bastion 4 in its natural habitat: 17,000 feet up Denali or other remote high altitude camps around the world. With fabric, poles and stake lines tested to -60 degrees Fahrenheit (we don’t recommend trying to recreate that), it’s built to withstand Mother Nature’s very worst. Oversized pole guides and guy lines are glove friendly so you don’t have worry about frostbite when getting camp up and running in a blizzard. This isn’t your average weekend warrior tent, and is probably overkill for most campers.

Editor’s Pick

The one tent that’ll get it all done.

Nemo Losi 3P

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If you need one do-it-all tent, the Losi 3-person tent from Nemo as near to perfection as you’ll get. For 2014, a new set of accessories (gear caddies and a protective footprint) come standard. Ball-and-socket poles and feet aid in easy set-up; as an added bonus, you can set up just the fly and footprint, making a convenient sunshade. At almost six pounds, it isn’t a featherweight, but the roll-up stuff sack makes it easy to divide the weight among a few friends for extended trips. The best part? Nemo’s machine washablePawprint ($50) snaps in on top of the floor, protecting it from muddy boots or wet dogs.

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