Twice a year, outdoor gear companies descend on Salt Lake City with their most innovative offerings. At the Winter Show, we get to try out new helmet cameras, winter coats, and, of course, the latest shred-worthy skis. In the summer, however, we get to bask in the Utah sun on bikes, paddleboards, and trails and try out the newest backpacks, shells, and tents. We pored over the wares from hundreds of exhibitors, found our favorite items, and narrowed our list down to 12 things we want to take home right now.
Sierra Designs' Tensegrity Tent
Weighing less than two pounds with a 17-square-foot interior, the Tensegrity Tent redefines the space/weight relationship in tents. The tension pulls it off by using guy lines, trekking poles, and an awning-style vestibule for gear storage to maximize space and shelter. It also has 360-degree ventilation — even during a rainstorm — and extremely durable Elite Fabric with a 9 pound tear strength, setting the standard for high-end backcountry tents.