Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent
Price: $270 and up
Any schlub can grab a 60-dollar tent and call it a day (and some of them certainly work fine for the weekend warriors out there), but if you’re looking to buy someone gear they’ll actually use, keep in mind shelter is one of the three basic essentials to human survival (along with water and food).
The Copper Spurt HV UL Backpacking Tent from Big Agnes comes in one-, two-, three-, and four-person formats, and features a full-coverage, waterproof, PV-treated rainfly for complete weather protection, 18 square feet of covered gear storage to keep your boots and other clothing dry (without cluttering the tent), taped seams, and floors rated to 1200mm water proofing. It also has a four-way, high-volume hub design that provides both increased strength and useable interior space, Big Agnes’proprietary rip-stop ultra-strength nylon in the shell, and a DAC Featherlite pole system that creates ultra-steep walls for maximum comfort inside.
If that all sounds like a foreign language to you, it’s okay -- it’s the king of tents. Shut up and buy it.