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GREAT GEAR by s tephen regenold


Gimme Shelter Stake out the perfect tent so you can rest easy.


THE FORMULA IS SIMPLE: A swath of nylon, some poles, a zipper, and several stakes. But the job of a tent—to act as a solid shelter, impermeable to storms, and keep you warm, safe, com- fortable, and dry outside for days on end—is no small task.


From the campground to the


backcountry, a tent serves as an out- doorsman’s refuge from the wilds outside. Zip yourself inside and you can eat, rest, collect, and sleep well after a hard day on the trail. If you’re tempted to skimp on one


item of gear, don’t make it the tent. Leaky seams and clammy quarters can wreck a weekend getaway. These selections, from backpacking models to a top-end expedition tent, will do the job—rain, shine, snow, and all ele- ments in between. ¿


STEPHEN REGENOLD writes “The Gear Junkie,” a syndicated newspaper column on outdoors equipment. He’s also the founder and editor of gearjunkie.com.


NEMO MORPHO 2P $429.95, NEMOEQUIPMENT.COM Weight: 5 pounds, 1 ounce. Pump it up. A column of air—not poles— props up the Morpho 2P, a flagship shelter from the company that invented “AirSupported” technology in 2003. An included pump inflates a stout pillar arched to hold the tent high. NEMO touts it as “stronger than conventional tent poles.” The result promises a space- age shelter that’s lightweight, strong, and roomy enough for two campers and a load of gear inside.


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