Fresh out on newsstands, Backpacker’s Fall/Winter 2011 Gear Guide highlights the best gear for traveling in the cooler months. From packs and tents to ski touring set ups, there’s a great mix of gear and tips to get you started. Two of the eight tents highlighted in the Guide were NEMO. Here’s what they had to say: Alti Storm™ 3P “Unplanned but effective test: When one of our crew was camped beneath a tree in Yosemite last winter, a howling storm caused it to drop a heavy load of snow and even branches onto this three-person tent. The damage: nada. Credit the 75-denier polyester fly, which is just one ingredient in the tent’s all-around tough-on-the-elements performance. ‘Even in whipping 40 mph winds – and with no guy outs – the tent didn’t bend,’ our tester says. Stability is enhanced by full-length pole sleeves, which ensure even tension for the four DAC 9mm Featherlite poles. Thanks to a large, zippered vent, condensation remained low even when humidity spiked to 70% outside. The dual vestibules are 16 sq.ft. each, providing plenty of space for a trio’s gear, and carbon fiber corner struts enhance headroom. ‘I could easily sit at the front entrance in the rain and cook without hitting my head’ says our 6’1″ tester. Inside, the 53 sq.ft. interior – brightened by dual windows- proved plenty big. Bonus: Slip a headlamp into one of the corner Light Pockets, and it lights up the white canopy like a lantern.” Obi™ Elite 1P “Three easy steps to making the lightest double-wall tent possible: 1) use a single hubbed pole for 21 sq.ft. of floor space; 2) employ ultralight, 10-denier nylon for the fly; 3) tailor the fly at the front and back to use less material, and exaggerate the bathtub-style floor to compensate. And then make it 40 inches tall (at the peak) with a generous (9 sq.ft.) vestibule, and you have the three-season Obi Elite 1P. ‘This tent is so light and packs so small, I felt like I was forgetting something,’ says a tester who found his weekend kit suspiciously light for a late-winter trip in Arizona’s Superstition Mountains.” To read more of Backpacker’s 2011 Fall/Winter Gear Guide, grab one from your nearest newsstand.
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