Foliage is starting to green up and the weather is just a bit warmer today than it was yesterday.
Yes, spring-summer camping season is just around the corner. And if you need a new tent to take it on, check out these new products from Mountain Hardwear, MEC and MSR:
MEC Tarn 3 — $269
This three-season tent is one of MEC’s bestsellers. Featuring a three-pole design (offering lots of headroom and stability), this tent is improved with cam cleat tensioners that enable quick, secure tightening of guy lines. It has a pull-out vestibule and can be set up with the fly or without as a bug shelter (or for stargazing) thanks to the mesh sidewalls — which allow condensation to escape in cold weather and keeps you cool when it’s hot. Clip-attached poles aid in fast setup. Weighs 3.4 kg.
Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 1 — $350
This is Mountain Hardware’s lightest, most packable one-person tent. Designed for backcountry travellers who value speed and minimalism, this tent is only 807 grams yet offers guaranteed watertight construction via a fully taped fly. The dry-entry vestibule is useful for storing gear. Mesh pockets inside hold your personal items in place; 30D Rip Stop, 2000mm Ether Type floor is tough and durable. Add in lightweight poles and a freestanding design and you’ve got yourself a seriously useful backcountry single-sleeper.
MSR Hubba Hubba Tent — $329
One of MSR’s most popular freestanding two-man tents, the Hubba Hubba is lightweight at only 1.8 kg, features a freestanding easy-pitch hub-and-pole system that “sets up in a flash” yet is strong enough to withstand alpine winds and spring storms. It also has two vestibules and two full-size doors for convenience and storage. It can even be used as a double-wall tent for full protection or in two freestanding tarp-shelter modes when used with optional footprint (sold separately).