So we're clear: the crew at Active Junky didn't review all these tents themselves. They curated their choices and commentary based on the feedback from their readership and observations of end users.
The latest tent technology of 2012 offers new and improved designs for campers and backpackers of every kind. Whether it’s a family affair in 100-degree weather or a solo excursion to the most excruciating alpine climate known to man, this season’s gear won’t disappoint. Browse our list to discover the best tent for your needs. The Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1 Al Tent
This is the perfect lightweight tent for solo trips. You and all your gear will fit comfortably with it’s unique “porch” storage, and you can count on staying warm and dry no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. Its durability is incredible considering it weighs only 3 lbs., and it’s super easy to transport and set up. The mesh sides and built in fly vents provide for optimum ventilation while giving the option to keep them open or zipped up depending on the elements. Take the Mystique 1 on your trip, and you won’t even know it’s in your pack until you need it.
The Marmot Firefly 2PWith a spacious floor and high ceiling, this 2-person double-dome is ideal for taller campers. Storage is a breeze with the built in wall organizer and gear loft, and there’s even room for your dog to sleep too. Its light-reflective fabric allows for outside visibility at any time of day, in any condition, and the 360 degree window design allows you to enjoy the view from any position inside the tent. When the full-coverage rainfly isn’t necessary, stargazing is recommended on clear nights with its mesh ceiling, and the mesh walls keep you cool and comfortable even on the hottest summer day. The custom footprint allows for set up just about anywhere, keeping mud, puddles, and sharp rocks absent for the entirety of your stay.
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