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Mountain Equipment Co-op Volt 2

“We’ll see how this goes!” I said to fellow campers as I attempted to set up the Mountain Equipment Co- Op Volt 2 ($309 CA; mec.ca) for the first time ever, in the pitch dark, with a dying headlamp. Within three to four minutes, the tent ready to move into—much faster than my peers’ shelters, mind you. This tent was perfect for car camping, yet light (4 lbs., 6 oz.) and packable for backcountry adventures like my twoweek stint in the Cascades of Washington. For the hot and dry eastern side of the range, it had large doors on either side, with a fully open option or a nice screen for bug protection. For the soppy western side, double-wall construction, vents in the fly, and those large screened doors meant no morning condensation buildup. The large doors also provided super-easy in and out, without disturbing a sleeping tentmate. —Julie Ellison


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