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Chrysalis UL Tent

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This tent is a very lightweight tent and great option for people seeking a cheap lightweight tent for their expeditions. The REI Chrysalis is a very minimalist tent and does not offer much from but is still comfortable to sleep in I love the REI Chrysalis. This tent is ultralight and almost comparable to Big Agnes tents that are almost double or triple its price. Weighing in at only 3 lb it is a great option for all backpackers. There is not much interior space but you can make it work and feel… Full review

Igneo Sleeping Bag

rated 4.5 of 5 stars So far so good. This bag has held up and kept me warm for a year, even when camping in shoulder seasons in Alaska and the Sierra. I carry it on all kinds of backpacking trips and I have no issues with it. I like the packed size and weight. It fits me well (5'7" broadish shoulders). It's warm but not sweaty. Zipper has been reliable. I was shopping Western Mountaineering and Feathered Friends, ready to drop the big money, when a friend who worked at REI showed me this one and told me when it was… Full review

Arete ASL 2 Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars Nice tent for the weight, but a little on the thin side. The fabric is just OK and not as durable as high end tents... however the weight is saved. Overall worth the money. Lightweight, pretty durable, good quality, and REI one-year warranty. The cheap stakes (not enough) and guy ropes are a joke. I replaced them immediately. Using the vestibule entrance with two people is a pain because it's small. Nice that it has plenty of room inside for two and the packed size and weight are worth the money. Full review

Quarter Dome 2

rated 4 of 5 stars It's a tent. Light to pack. Two people fit, but tight. Use with a footprint unless you want holes in the floor. Full review


rated 3 of 5 stars This bivy works as an emergency shelter, but is not a good option for backpackers and climbers planning on spending the night in it. I've used this bivy 25 times on an icefield expedition with clear skies, fog, and rain without any additional shelter above me (I chose to sleep outside the tents). The upper waterproof/breathable material is waterproof, but not very breathable. If you sleep with it zipped up, be prepared for significant condensation even on a clear night with minimal humidity. Unzipping… Full review

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