Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Tent: 4-Person 4-Season
Unless you're Reinhold Messner, the Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Four-Person Four-Season Tent is tougher than you. It's definitely been to more places than you, and spent more nights outside in the most rugged weather on the planet. To rub it in even more, you should know it was only born in 1995. That's getting old for a tent, but luckily Mountain Hardwear makes 'em new every year, and they just keep getting better. The new features on this iteration include an updated bathtub-style floor, burly DirectConnect guy-out points and pole clips, mesh doors with a zip-away nylon cover, and snow flaps along the bottom of the vestibule to keep drafts and spindrift from creeping into your shelter. If that all sounds pretty sweet, it's because it is, but that's just a sampling of the delicious buffet of rugged features found on the Trango. You'd expect an alpine basecamp-style tent to be able to stand up to high winds and heavy snow, and the Trango doesn't disappoint. It uses four DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum poles to pitch up as solidly as you could ever want, and even has a fifth pole that supports the vestibule, giving you tons of weatherproof space for gear-storing and booting up. The poles, tent body, and fly clip together at every guy-out point to create a bombproof shelter that won't get rattled to bits during an all-time storm, and all the seams are fully taped to lock out moisture--in fact, the Trango's been through a rain room test in which it was subjected to 1200in of rain in 24 hours, just to make sure it would stay dry. Good luck finding a storm that bad. There are plenty of options to make the Trango cozy when you're trapped inside waiting out the storm, too, like several small windows in the fly, mesh storage pockets, and a separately-sold gear loft. You can even take the fly out on the trail with just the footprint (sold here) for a shelter that weighs in at just 8. 5lbs. Just make sure you save a spot for Reinhold--he doesn't like sleeping outside.
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Winter Tents Checklist
||Quality? Thankfully, most
four-season tents are high-quality. You can't go wrong getting a
tent by The North Face, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear or Black Diamond.
||Don't Get Too Big! Due
to the bulk of winter camping gear, many people get "too large" of
a tent. Unless you truly have use for a large tent (due to having
more people), it's better to match the tent's size to the number
||Smaller Tents Stay Warmer. A
smaller tent will stay warmer with the same people in it. Thus, a
tent designed for four people (but which has only two people in it),
will not be as warm as a two-person tent with two people in it. Yes,
it's common sense, but many people forget about it.
||Convertible Tents? There
are a few four-season winter tents that are known as "convertible
tents," working for both three season and four-season uses. These
tents are alright for late fall/early spring use where there exists
a high probability of winter weather. However, convertible tents
are NOT ideal for either intense winter camping OR normal three-season
||If You Camp in Both Winter And Summer. Instead
of getting a convertible tent, it's best to get one dedicated tent
for three-season use and another for dedicated four-season use. It's
not necessarily anymore expensive, either.
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