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双色球开奖红球定位图:四季帳(來自BACKPACKER的測評)

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四季帳(來自BACKPACKER的測評)

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四季帳
如果你無論夏天還是冬天都是個野營愛好者,你需要一個可以改變用途的庇護所。
By Dan Nelson, October 1, 2000 

我一直都夢想擁有一輛敞篷汽車。在酷熱的夏日夜晚,沒有什么比回到山頂讓新鮮空氣在你身邊翻滾更好的事情了,特別是知道如果有令人不快的天氣蜂擁而來它將只用一秒鐘使其后退。

我必須承認我現在不是在談論汽車。當然,我喜愛駕駛一輛經典的Mustang敞篷車,或者是一輛更好的'57 T-bird,但是這樣的一輛汽車對于我經常去的有車轍的森林道路來說是不實際的。不,我夢想的敞篷汽車是帳篷,那些適應所有季節的奇妙設計能夠對付我在12個月里遭遇到的所有任何情況,無論我是在愛達荷、俄勒岡還是華盛頓,也無論我是在高山、雨林和高地沙漠。

完美的帳篷能夠提供足夠的空氣流通使得在夏季三伏天也相當涼爽,而且能夠以一個穩定的帳桿結構緊緊固定帳篷,這樣即使在最糟的冬季乳白色天空也可以提供堅固、安全的庇護所。大部分的重要特征是都有相當大的有拉鏈控制的嵌板的網孔窗以調節或完全阻擋外面涼爽的微風,有一些有可以收起來的外帳方便夏季使用。完美的帳篷能夠應付除高海拔或者超輕型的探險以外的每一種旅行,它可以節約你的時間、金錢、存儲空間,否則你可能得有單獨的專用于夏季和冬季的庇護所。

幸運地是,帳篷制造者正在加班工作使我的夢想成真。正如在Backpacker裝備指南(2000年三月)上列出的50款可轉換的帳篷。問題是:這些產品的精華是不是符合真正的四季帳的要求?

為了找出這個問題的答案,我們提出了背包客對此的明確標準(看下面的列表),我們習慣于減少選擇到七個可轉換的兩人帳。五個進行艱苦旅行的裝備測試者整年出發,不管什么樣天氣或者道路情況,在從華盛頓貝克峰全面性大風雪時期的冰川到南俄勒岡Alvord沙漠被太陽烤焦的沙子每一個地方搭建帳篷。合計測試150個夜晚。來自華盛頓徒步協會的自愿徒步隊提交了附加的另外100個夜晚,提供了補充我們評價的洞察力。

實地試驗標準
? 為了四季、所有環境的使用而構筑
? 小于$350(廠商建議零售價)
? 依據廠商說明,小于7.5磅(3.405千克)
? 獨立式結構
? 至少三個全長帳桿以抵抗風雪的負擔
? 至少一個門廊以方便冬季存儲和烹飪

接下來的評論是以總性能為順序的。

Marmot Swallow
最后得分:4.3
如果你不很介意在你背上多加幾盎司的話,這款Swallow將在全年任何環境下保持你的干燥和舒適。 


無論我們把這款帳篷置于每一次測試,它被證實是有更多的準備。三桿設計提供了在強風中象巖石般堅固的力量,當天氣是潮濕和變溫暖時在頂篷豪華的網孔和外帳有效的通風孔能夠保持空氣的流通。帳篷的設計考慮到良好的高低通風,在雪天露營可以保持冷凝降到最低。
Bree特別喜愛其圓屋頂的多功能性,也注意到“在亞熱雨季因為其裸露的骨架,你能正確地搭建外帳”。這個特點的偏移關系到帳篷的重量。(根據Backpacker的測量)7磅15盎司,這款Swallow是這些帳篷里最重的,可是其外帳和帳桿就重3磅15盎司。
每個人都喜愛其寬敞的內部空間和大方的頭上空間。邁克注釋到“在緊急關頭,你們可以擠進去三個人?!逼渚匭位妝恢な凳嵌雜諼遙ㄎ沂撬脅饈哉呃鎰罡叩模┳愎懷?,并且也足夠寬,我、我的伙伴和我們黃色的拉布拉多獵狗可以很舒適地并排睡覺。
口袋和內部存儲套的過多被每個人控訴。保羅是唯一的反對者,他想要第二個門和前廳以獲得更多的儲藏和存取選擇。

聯系方式:Marmot Mountain, Ltd., (707) 544-4590; www.marmot.com


Sierra Designs Omega CD
最后得分:4.3
以其防彈設計和寬敞的內部,這款帳篷是一個阻擋邊遠地區暴風雪的理想避難所。近門處通風嵌板的集中使得它最適合寒冷的環境。

這款Omega CD值得夸耀的是對于兩個人來說非常大的睡眠空間,而且有許多空間留給裝備,還可以加上一、兩條狗。甚至更好的是,額外的空間都是有用的,這是由于其陡峭的、繃緊的內墻和45英寸(約合1.14米)的峰高。
保羅稱贊其三桿結構的圓屋頂易于設置,說“它就象一本給孩子準備的有跳起立體圖片的書?太容易了?!閉飪鈁逝窶肧ierra Designs的標準回形鉤固定帳桿,在所有帳桿連接處都有一個加鎖的回形針以增加穩定性。微風、雨水和雪能平穩地滑過其錐形、繃緊的帳篷,推動我們全體一致同意這款帳篷幾乎是不受天氣影響的。我們中的一對夫婦注意到沉重的濕雪往往正好聚集在通過臺門上方,雖然當我們從前廳里向上猛擊一拳,雪很容易就跌落。
雖然這款帳篷似乎適合在任何季節抵擋暴風雪,但我們中有少數人對它在炎熱、潮濕環境下的有效性持保留意見。Omega在門附近有幾個通風嵌板,但是在帳篷的底部沒有網孔。約翰在Cascade 丘陵地帶的悶熱夜晚使用這款帳篷后,他特別注意到其交叉通風選擇的缺乏。
Omega不但顯示了網孔而且顯示了尼龍門嵌板;遮蔽網孔的尼龍布拉上拉鏈可以阻擋寒冷的微風。但是邁克不喜歡厚尼龍布是在網孔的外面這個情況?!叭綣露認陸滴蟻胍乇照逝?,我不得不在關閉尼龍布之前拉開拉鏈移開網狀織物?!?
我們另一個挑剔的是其前庭。是一個有單獨的門、中等大小的前庭,當擺滿裝備的時候這款Omega的入口通道可能會變得擁擠。

聯系方式:Sierra Designs, (800) 635-0461; www.sierradesigns.com


Mountain Hardwear Muir Trail
最后得分:3.9
如果你不需要寬敞的住處,但是要求不管任何季節的天氣都可以獲得最大可能的?;?,這款Muir Trail正合需要。

 

對于其完美的強壯性和穩定性,全體人員都一致同意,這款Muir Trail是難以擊敗的?!罷飧穌逝窬悶鴟?、雨、雪和它們的聯合襲擊,” Bree說。約翰,他挑選了這款作為他鐘愛的帳篷,說這款Muir Trail低的末端是為了防風而設計的,這樣帳篷將不會移動。四根帳桿的結構朝著腳部方向急劇變細,形成了一個楔形物可以劈開最強硬的大風,這使得它在高海拔營地和其它多風的地方成為最出色的表演者??煽康撓醒菇旱慕臃旌鴕桓齠鍆飪淼耐庹釋瓿梢桓齙諞渙韉姆婪纈甑陌?。
這種使得Muir Trail在暴風雪中表現得如此穩定的設計是侵犯了居住面積的。約翰報告說“這款Muir Trail對于一個象我這樣的家伙(5尺8寸)是可以接受的,但是兩個更大的家伙擠在這里也許是段難以忍受的時光?!痹諞淮未┰交⒍俑珊緣腗ethow河谷期間他自己使用了這款帳篷之后,六英尺高的保羅同意道:“其隧道形狀僅僅提供了睡眠空間,而沒有生活空間?!本臀葉?,我擠在里面度過幾個下雨的夜晚,發現如果我的帳篷伙伴躺著的時候,在帳篷的前端我能夠舒服地坐起來。
其特定的短小的空間,冷凝始終是我所擔心的一件事,直到我實際上睡在這個帳篷里。這款Muir Trail靠幾個高處的通風孔和其它靠近地平面的通風孔提供了卓越的空氣流通;涼爽的空氣沿著地面流動,濕熱的空氣會從屋頂溜走。

聯系方式:Mountain Hardwear, (800) 953-8375; www.mountainhardwear.com


Dana Design Arja
最后得分:3.8
這款Arja提供了你將經受任何暴風雨所需要的全部強壯性和穩定性。其無遮蓋的網孔使得內部會有少許微風,在夏天這非常棒,在冬天就很寒冷了。

 

當在愛達荷州Sawtooth山脈滑雪時,保羅和一個相當大塊頭的家伙分享了這款Arja,發現這是一款耐用的、能抵御風暴的庇護所,對于兩個人來說有充足的空間,這是一個超過其它一些帳篷的極大的優勢:“搖擺的第二個家”保羅表現得很熱情,他可不愿意在午夜從同帳篷的人身上爬過去或者有別人從他身上爬過去。我們都喜歡其額外的異于平常的存儲空間。
這款Arja的三桿改良型圓屋頂形狀是很容易地被迅速架起的,雖然有少數測試者注意到其帳桿對于套管來說太長了?!拔蟻氚顏矢舜┤肟芻肥?,因為太緊密所以有一些困難,”約翰說。但是一旦帳篷被支起,那些緊密的機件對于你是個有利條件,將得到一個繃緊的、不會松弛的庇護所。保羅在Arja里經受住了幾場大的冬季暴風雪,注意到它能夠很容易地散落降雪。其外帳在撥散雨水方面也格外優秀,雖然這是唯一一款接縫沒有壓膠的帳篷。
帶著Arja在寒冷天氣外出旅行之后,邁克對于在這款帳篷內部缺乏覆蓋大量網孔的嵌板覺得很遺憾。應該承認,這種結構有效地保證了空氣的流通,但是,他說,“我認為這是一款三季帳,因為它沒有辦法阻擋冷風通過網孔涌進來?!繃硪環矯?,我發現通過關閉所有外帳通風孔并且踢起靠近外帳底部迎風側的雪,這款帳篷可以被弄得很溫暖舒適。
約翰表達了一個最后的但不是普遍的要求:內部更多的裝備口袋。

聯系方式:Dana Design, (888) 357-3262; www.danadesign.com


Kelty Cyclone Convertible
最后得分:3.5
一旦你了解了它的單方向帳桿套的懸掛方式,這款Kelty Cyclone Convertible是結合了強壯性和穩定性,并且廣闊、舒適的。

 

園屋頂形狀的Cyclone是一個強壯的、穩定的庇護所,能夠在中等強度的風中保持它的外形。像繃緊的鼓一樣的外帳能夠容易地撥散雨水和雪。在門和天花板上有網孔嵌板,對于交叉通風有充足的條件,其外帳部件可以密封通風孔以調節空氣流通??沓ǖ哪誆?、大方的前庭空間和雙重門處處顯現出亮點。
在設置的容易性上意見出現了分歧,主要是因為其與眾不同的帳桿套的安排。這款Cyclone的套管在一端是被縫合上的,并且三根帳桿的每一個在一端都有一個橡皮“子彈”。保羅在親身體驗了這個系統后立刻喜歡上了它。Bree報告說“這是一款我在華盛頓奧林匹亞半島猛烈的傾盆大雨中不必介意架設問題的帳篷。大約在幾分鐘內,你就有一個干燥的庇護所可以鉆進去了?!本諶位蛘呤塹謁拇未罱ㄕ逝?,邁克和我基本上意見一致,雖然我們稍后發現在潮濕的時候橡膠“子彈”會鉤住管套,這時候就不象那些沒有橡膠“子彈”的帳桿那么容易地滑動收回。
我們對于“飛機駕駛員”也是喜憂參半,“飛機駕駛員”是Kelty用來稱呼錨定外帳與每一根帳桿和帳篷主體的小部件。這個飛機駕駛員是由一個在外帳外面的橡皮補丁和一個厚的塑膠回形針組成。橡皮補丁直接定位于帳桿套管上面。你只需擠壓帳桿周圍的補丁,然后向下滑動在補丁上的回形針鉤住下面的帳桿就可以了。這個把外帳扣住帳桿的鎖,真是個好主意,但是保持回形針附著在外帳上的彈性繩是用一小條尼龍縫上的,在測試期間有三個回形針被扯掉了。
同樣,一些維持外帳展開的塑膠桿也是被縫進帳篷邊緣,其中的一根在測試的初期階段就突然折斷了。在塞滿填充物的袋子里仔細地包裝外帳,這個問題或許能被避免。

聯系方式:Kelty, (800) 423-2320; www.kelty.com


REI Convert Mountain 2
最后得分:3
對于身高6英尺(1.83米)以下的人們,這款Convert Mountain 2在適度的天氣時會做得很好。

 

這款REI Convert Mountain 2的空間利用和獨特的設計思想贏得了我們的贊揚。但是測試者感覺其設計思路沒有被充分地貫徹。例如,邁克注意到,“在外帳的一個屋頂通風孔的設想似乎是非常好的,它應該允許任何停留在帳篷內的濕熱空氣從最高點排出?!輩恍業厥?,這款Convert Mountain的通風孔沒能達到預期的效果?!巴ǚ緲妝匭氡環胖迷諞桓齠蓋偷奈恢貌拍芑竦米鈑行У耐鈣?,”邁克說。保羅和我對于這款帳篷也有一些微詞。這款Convert Mountain的外帳為了防水在接縫處是被壓膠的,但是在主門拉鏈周圍的接縫沒有被壓膠,正如邁克評論的,“這是外帳最應該密封的地方,它是直接對著帳篷中央的上方?!蔽私餼穌飧鑫侍?,我用了一個完整的密封管修補了拉鏈周圍的接縫,并且加了個罩以覆蓋拉練的上部。
邁克、約翰和Bree認為這款Convert Mountain的生存空間是寬敞和舒適的,然而保羅和我卻因為其短的長度和狹窄的寬度覺得很不舒服。我們也注意到了其低的、隧道式的前庭,這要求露營者得用手和膝蓋爬進去。
良好的通風選擇(門上的網孔延伸到地面)、天花板上大量的網孔嵌板,這款帳篷的通風非常好。這使得其在夏季和相鄰季節非常舒適,但是我擔心其在冬季的使用?;瘓浠八?,雪堆積在帳篷接近通風孔的頂部和自支持的前庭頸部,在厚重的積雪重壓之下導致帳篷下垂、前庭幾乎倒塌。在Pacific Crest Trail一場春季暴風雪期間我得多次去帳篷外面去清理積雪以保持帳篷豎立和穩定。

聯系方式:REI, (800) 426-4840; www.rei.com


The North Face Harrier
最后得分:2.6
在普通的環境下,這款Harrier對于身高在6英尺以下且不介意潮濕的徒步旅行者來說是一個舒適的庇護所。

 

每個人都同意這款Harrier的搭建是非常迅速和容易的。原因呢?這款帳篷是一個由兩個交叉的帳桿支撐的基本長方形,第三根帳桿延伸通過帳篷的狹窄部分以支撐寬大的外帳,非常簡單。雙門和兩個前庭使每個人滿意。對于其前庭短小的尺寸也有一些擔心,約翰認為其對于背包、靴子和多種混合裝備的存儲是不夠格的。
不過因為弄濕了大部分測試者,這款Harrier丟了很多分。Bree說當她在華盛頓Norse山的荒野時,“在基底的所有四個角都有水滲漏,并且在外帳也有幾個點下漏?!痹己埠吐蹩碩甲⒁獾皆諢捉臃熘芪в興?,甚至有壓膠涂層的也是如此。接縫是被用斜紋帶包了起來,意圖用一個被縫在接縫周圍的編織帶來幫助防止磨損。那個編織帶使得在接縫里的密封膠層難以工作。
邁克指出其外帳沒有伸展超過帳墻的邊緣。雨水從外帳直接流到帳篷的下緣,在基底平面有一條被縫合的接縫,雨水立刻沿著這條路通過。更糟糕的是,當風加大了在外帳邊緣下的雨水,帳墻就被浸濕了,同樣地在內部靠著帳墻的任何東西也被雨水刷過。作為好的一方面,這款Harrier通風充分并且能有效地防風。
全體人員一致的意見是其可居住面積對于兩個人來說是不夠的。其矩形的地面被證實對于兩個人想要舒適地睡眠來說太狹窄了,對于任何一個身高超過6英尺的人想睡覺而不碰兩面的墻就太短了。帳墻以一個淺的角度向內傾斜,減少了其靠近帳墻空間的有效利用性。當我睡覺的時候尼龍是如此接近我的臉,冷凝的形成是不可避免的。用不了多長時間我就被滴到我眼皮上的水(我自己的呼吸冷凝的)弄醒了。

聯系方式:The North Face, (800) 719-6678; www.thenorthface.com


與測試者相識

Bree 巴頓
荒地救火隊員,急診醫士
身高:5英尺5英寸(約合1米65)
測試范圍:南部Cascades
喜愛的帳篷:Marmot
偏愛:能夠坐起和四處移動的空間,一個或兩個窗口,寬大的前庭

保羅 克利夫蘭
江河向導,戶外作家
身高:6英尺(約合1米83)
測試范圍:太平洋西北部
喜愛的帳篷:Dana Design
偏愛:兩門帳篷,大的前庭和房間方便進入

約翰 Kemple
雷尼爾山國家公園的志愿護林員
身高:5英尺8英寸
測試范圍:加利福尼亞,華盛頓
喜愛的帳篷:Mountain Hardwear
偏愛:重量輕、耐用;愿意犧牲一些空間以節約重量

丹 A. 納爾遜
戶外作家
身高:6英尺2英寸
測試范圍:愛達荷州;Cascades, Olympics, WalLOWAs
喜愛的帳篷:Sierra Designs
偏愛:能夠做起和躺下的空間,對于我、我的狗和我的徒步旅行搭檔來說足夠的空間

邁克 Torok
航空宇宙工程師,志愿道路維護隊領隊
身高:5英尺7英寸
測試范圍:北部Cascades,Glacier Peak
喜愛的帳篷:Marmot
偏愛:重量輕,有對于兩個人來說不會感覺擠的空間


原文如下:

Tents For All Seasons
If you're a fan of both summer and winter camping, you need a convertible shelter.
By Dan Nelson, October 1, 2000

Photo by Dan A. Nelson

Marmot Swallow
I've always dreamed of owning a convertible. There's nothing better on a sweltering summer night than rolling back the top to let fresh air billow in around you-especially knowing it'll take only a second to put it back up if nasty weather rolls in.
I must confess that I'm not talking about cars. Sure, I'd love to drive a classic Mustang convertible, or better yet a '57 T-bird, but such a car isn't practical for the rutted forest roads I frequent. No, the convertibles that fill my dreams are tents, those all-season wonders designed to handle any and all conditions I encounter during 12 months of travel in the mountains, rainforests, and high deserts of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
The perfect convertible offers enough ventilation to be comfortably cool during the dog days of summer, but also battens down tightly around a stable pole structure to provide strong, safe shelter in the worst winter whiteout. Most feature sizable mesh windows with zip-over panels for regulating-or completely shutting out-cool breezes, and some have rainflies that roll back easily for summer use. The ideal convertible handles every type of trip, short of high-altitude or ultralight adventures, which saves you the time, money, and storage space you might otherwise devote to separate summer and winter shelters.
Fortunately, tent makers are working overtime to make my dream come true. No less than 50 convertible tents are listed in the Backpacker Gear Guide (March 2000). The question was: Would the cream of this crop pass muster as true all-season shelters?
To find out, we came up with backpacker-specific criteria (see list below), which we used to pare down the selection to seven convertible two-person tents. Five hard-traveling gear testers who hit the trails year-round, regardless of weather or trail conditions, pitched the tents on everything from the glaciers of Washington's Mt. Baker during full-blown blizzards to the sun-scorched sands of the Alvord Desert in southern Oregon. Total nights of testing: 150. Volunteer trail crews from the Washington Trails Association put in another 100-plus nights, offering insights to supplement our evaluations.
Field Test Criteria
? Built for all-season, all-conditions use
? Less than $350 (manufacturer's suggested retail price)
? Less than 7.5 pounds, according to the manufacturer
? Freestanding
? At least three full-length poles for wind and snow loading
? At least one vestibule for winter storage and cooking
The reviews follow in the order of overall performance.
Marmot Swallow
Final
Grade
4.3
If you don't mind a few extra ounces on your back, the Swallow will keep you dry and comfortable all year long, in any conditions.

Photo by Dan A. Nelson

Marmot Swallow
The Swallow proved more than ready for every test we threw at it. The three-pole design provided rock-solid strength in strong winds, while the expansive mesh in the canopy and effective vents in the rainfly kept air circulating when the weather was damp and warm. The tent's design allows for good high-low venting, which kept condensation to a minimum while snow camping.
Bree was especially fond of this dome's versatility, noting that "for bare-bones shelter in the hot-and-rainy season, you can just pitch the fly." This feature offset concerns about the tent's weight. At 7 pounds 15 ounces (on Backpacker's scales), the Swallow was the heaviest of the lot, though the fly and poles alone weigh just 3 pounds 15 ounces.
Everyone loved the roomy interior space and generous headroom. Mike noted that "in a pinch, you could squeeze in three people." The rectangular floor proved long enough for me (the tallest of the testers) and wide enough for me, my partner, and our yellow Lab to sleep side-by-side-by-side comfortably.
The plethora of pockets and inside storage sleeves appealed to everyone. Paul was the only dissenter, wanting a second door and vestibule for more storage and access options.
Contact: Marmot Mountain, Ltd., (707) 544-4590; www.marmot.com.
Sierra Designs Omega CD
Final
Grade
4.3
With its bombproof design and roomy interior, this tent is an ideal refuge from backcountry storms. The concentration of venting panels near the door makes it best suited to cooler conditions.

Photo by Alan L. Bauer

Sierra Designs Omega CD
The Omega CD boasts great sleeping space for two, with plenty of room left over for gear, plus a dog or two. Even better, the extra space is all usable, thanks to steep, tight walls and a peak height of 45 inches.
Paul applauded the ease of setup of this three-pole dome, saying it's "like a pop-up book for kids?it's that easy." The tent utilizes Sierra Designs's standard clip-hook feature for attaching poles, with a locking clip at all pole junctions to add stability. Air, rain, and snow slipped smoothly over the tapered, taut tent, moving the group to agree unanimously that this tent was nearly impervious to weather. A couple of us noted that heavy wet snow tended to collect just above the vestibule door, though when we "punched" upward from inside the vestibule, the snow fell off easily.
While the tent seemed fit to withstand storms in any season, a few of us had reservations about its usefulness in hot, humid conditions. The Omega has several venting panels near the door, but no mesh at the foot of the tent. John in particular noted the lack of cross-venting options after using it on a hot, sultry night in the Cascade foothills.
The Omega sports both mesh and solid nylon door panels; the nylon panels zip closed over the mesh to shut out chilly breezes. But Mike didn't like the fact that the solid panel was outside of the mesh. "If the temperature dropped and I wanted to close the tent, I had to unzip and move the mesh before I could close the nylon panel."
The only other nit we picked was with the vestibule. With a single door and moderate-size vestibule, the Omega's entryway can get crowded when loaded with gear.
Contact: Sierra Designs, (800) 635-0461; www.sierradesigns.com.
Mountain Hardwear Muir Trail
Final
Grade
3.9
If you don't need spacious accommodations, but demand the utmost protection from the elements regardless of the season, the Muir Trail fits the bill.

Photo by Alan L. Bauer

Mountain Hardwear Muir Trail
The crew agreed that for pure strength and stability, the Muir Trail is hard to beat. "This tent stood up to wind, rain, snow, and various combinations of all three," Bree said. John, who picked this as his favorite tent, said that with the low end of the Muir Trail set into the wind, the tent wouldn't budge. The four-pole structure tapers sharply toward the feet, creating a wedge that splits the strongest gale and makes it the best performer for high alpine campsites and other gusty places. Secure seam-taping and an extra-wide rainfly complete the stellar weatherproofing package.
The design, which is what makes the Muir Trail so stable in storms, cuts into the living space, however. John reported that "the Muir Trail is acceptable to a guy like me (5'8"), but two larger guys may have a tough time fitting into this one." Six-footer Paul concurred after using the tent by himself during an excursion through the dry Methow Valley in Washington: "The tunnel shape offers only sleeping space, and no living' space." For my part, I spent a few rainy nights huddled inside, and found that I could sit up comfortably at the head of the tent only if my tentmate was lying down.
Given the smallish space, condensation was one of my concerns?until I actually slept in the tent. The Muir Trail offers excellent ventilation with several high vents and others near ground level; cool air flowed in along the ground, and hot, humid air escaped through the roof.
Contact: Mountain Hardwear, (800) 953-8375; www.mountainhardwear.com.
Dana Design Arja
Final
Grade
3.8
The Arja offers all the strength and stability you'll need to weather any storm. The uncovered mesh inside makes it a bit breezy within-great in summer, chilly in winter.

Photo by Alan L. Bauer

Dana Design Arja
While skiing in Idaho's Sawtooth Range, Paul shared the Arja with an even bigger guy and found it to be a durable, stormproof shelter with ample room for two and a huge advantage over some of the other tents: "The second door rocks!" enthused Paul, who prefers not to clamber over his tentmates in the middle of the night?or have them scramble over him. We all liked the extra, out-of-the-way storage space.
The Arja's three-pole modified dome shape sets up quickly and easily, though a few testers noted that the poles are almost too long for the sleeves. "I had some difficulties getting the poles into their grommets because of the tight fit," John said. But once the tent is up, that tightness works to your advantage, producing a taut, sagproof shelter. Paul weathered several big winter storms in the Arja and noted it shed snow effortlessly. The fly also sheds water exceptionally well, though this was the only tent lacking factory-taped seams.
After cold-weather outings with the Arja, Mike lamented the lack of solid panels to cover the plentiful mesh inside the tent. Granted, the configuration keeps air circulating effectively, but, he said, "I'd consider this a three-season tent, since there's no way to stop cold breezes from rushing through the mesh." On the other hand, I found that by closing down all the vents in the fly and kicking snow up against the windward edge of the fly bottom, the tent could be made snug and warm.
John voiced one final but common request: more gear pockets inside.
Contact: Dana Design, (888) 357-3262; www.danadesign.com.
Kelty Cyclone Convertible
Final
Grade
3.5
The Kelty Cyclone Convertible combines strength and stability with roominess and comfort?once you get the hang of the one-way pole sleeves.

Photo by Alan L. Bauer

Kelty Cyclone Convertible
The dome-shaped Cyclone is a strong, stable shelter that held its shape in moderately heavy winds. The drum-tight fly shed water and snow easily. With mesh panels on both doors and in the ceiling, there's ample opportunity for cross-venting, and the fly features sealable vents to regulate air flow. A roomy interior, generous vestibule space, and double doors round out the highlights.
Opinions diverged on ease of setup, mainly because of the unusual pole-sleeve arrangement. The Cyclone sleeves are sewn shut on one end, and each of the three poles has a rubber "bullet" on one end. Paul, who has had experience with this system, liked it immediately. Bree reported that "this is one tent I don't mind setting up in torrential downpours on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. In a matter of minutes, you have a dry shelter to dive into." By the third or fourth pitching, Mike and I basically agreed, though we later found that the rubber bullets catch in the sleeves when wet and don't slide back out as easily as nonbulleted poles.
We also had mixed feelings about the "Flyboy," Kelty's name for the gadget that anchors the fly to each of the poles and tent body. The Flyboy consists of a rubber patch on the outside of the fly and a thick plastic clip. The rubber patches are located directly over the tent pole sleeves. You merely squeeze the patch around the pole and slip the clip down over the patch, catching the pole underneath. This locks the fly to the pole. Great idea, but the elastic cord that keeps the clip attached to the fly is sewn to a tiny sliver of nylon fabric, and three clips tore off during testing.
Also, small plastic rods are sewn into the lips of the vents on the fly to prop them open. One of the rods snapped during the early stages of testing. This problem probably can be avoided by carefully packing the fly in the stuff sack.
Contact: Kelty, (800) 423-2320; www.kelty.com.
REI Convert Mountain 2
Final
Grade
3
For folks under 6 feet tall, the Convert Mountain 2 works well in moderate weather.

Photo by Alan L. Bauer

REI Convert Mountain 2
The REI Convert Mountain 2 earned praise for its use of space and unique design ideas. But testers felt the ideas weren't carried through fully. For instance, Mike noted, "The concept of a roof vent in the fly seemed really good. It should let any moist heat trapped in the tent escape at the highest point." Unfortunately, the Convert Mountain's vent didn't live up to expectations. "The vent needs to be placed at a steeper location to breathe most effectively," Mike said. Paul and I also had leakage around the vent. The Convert Mountain's rainfly is factory seam-taped for waterproofness, but the seam around the main door zipper is not taped, and as Mike commented, "This is the most important seal on the fly; it's directly over the center of the tent." To solve the problem, I worked nearly a full tube of seam sealer into the seams around the zipper and the hood that covers the top of the zipper.
Mike, John, and Bree rated the living space of the Convert Mountain as roomy and comfortable, yet Paul and I felt constrained by the short length and narrow width. We also noted the low, tunnel-shaped vestibule, which requires campers to get down on their hands and knees to crawl inside.
With good ventilation options (mesh on the doors extended to the floors), and with vast panels of mesh on the ceiling, the tent vents well. That makes it comfortable for summer and the shoulder seasons, but I had concerns about winter use. Namely, snow accumulated on the top of the tent near the vent and across the neck of the self- supported vestibule, causing the tent to sag and the vestibule almost to collapse under heavy snow. Only by making multiple trips out of the tent to clear the snow could I keep it upright and stable during a spring storm on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Contact: REI, (800) 426-4840; www.rei.com.
The North Face Harrier
Final
Grade
2.6
In moderate conditions, the Harrier is a comfortable shelter for hikers shorter than 6 feet who don't mind getting damp.

Photo by Alan L. Bauer

The North Face Harrier
Everyone agreed that the Harrier pitched quickly and easily. The reason? The tent is a basic rectangle supported by two crossed poles, with a third stretching across the narrow dimension of the tent to support the large rainfly. Simple. The twin doors and two vestibules pleased everyone. There was some concern about the smallish size of the vestibules, which John thought inadequate for storage of packs, boots, and assorted gear.
The Harrier lost points, though, by getting most testers wet. Bree said that while she was in Washington's Norse Peak Wilderness, "water leaked in at all four corners of the floor and seeped down through a few spots on the fly." John and Mike both noticed water oozing in around floor seams, even after a coating of seam sealer. The seams are bias-taped, meaning a fabric ribbon is sewn around the seam to help prevent fraying. That fabric tape made it difficult to work sealant into the seam.
Mike pointed out that the fly doesn't extend past the edge of the tent wall. Rather, rain runs off the fly directly onto the lower edge of the tent, and with a stitched seam at ground level, water worked its way through in no time. Further, when wind blew rain up under the skirt of the fly, the tent walls became soaked, as did anything inside that brushed against them. On the good side, the Harrier vented adequately and slipped wind effectively.
The general consensus was that the living space is inadequate for two people. The rectangular floor proved too narrow for two to sleep comfortably and too short for anyone over 6 feet to sleep without touching both walls. The walls slope inward at a shallow angle, reducing the usefulness of the space near the walls. With nylon so close to my face as I slept, condensation buildup was inevitable. It wasn't long before I awoke to water (condensed from my own breath) dripping onto my eyelids.
Contact: The North Face, (800) 719-6678; www.thenorthface.com.
Meet The Testers
Bree Barton
Wildlands firefighter, EMT
Height: 5'5"
Stomping grounds: southern Cascades
Favorite tent: Marmot
Preferences: room to sit up and move around, a window or two, and large vestibules
Paul Cleveland
River guide, outdoor writer
Height: 6'
Stomping grounds: Pacific Northwest
Favorite tent: Dana Design
Preferences: tents with two doors, big vestibules, and room to move inside
John Kemple
Volunteer backcountry ranger at Mt. Rainier National Park
Height: 5'8"
Stomping grounds: California, Washington
Favorite tent: Mountain Hardwear
Preferences: light weight and durability; will trade some space to save weight
Dan A. Nelson
Outdoor writer
Height: 6'2"
Stomping grounds: Idaho; Cascades, Olympics, Wallowas
Favorite tent: Sierra Designs
Preferences: room to sit up, room to lie down, and enough space for me, my dog, and my hiking partner
Mike Torok
Aerospace engineer, volunteer trail maintenance crew leader
Height: 5'7"
Stomping grounds: North Cascades, Glacier Peak
Favorite tent: Marmot
Preferences: light weight with room for two without feeling cramped

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