Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 Tent

Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 Tent

This spring, backpacking will get got a whole lot more scenic thanks to Mountain Hardwear’s new Optic 2.5 Tent ($240). This trail-friendly shelter boasts enough space for two people—and all the gear that typically crowds out most two-person tents, or any half-size trail companions like a toddler or a dog. The two large doors sit adjacent to each other, creating a near 180-degree view from inside. Find expected details like color-coded pitching guides, internal pockets, spacious vestibules, and a rain fly that rolls up to take full advantage of the panoramic opening. It weighs in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces, quite a bit heavier than many three-person backpacking tents on the market. But for the sheer views of it all, it could become a great go-to weekend shelter. —Nathan Borchelt

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