Black Diamond Firstlight tent.
While ultralight tent designers are going bonkers with wimpy fabrics, carbon poles, and $1,000-plus prices, this shelter keeps things sane. Its waterproof-breathable, single-wall design is both lightweight (3.5 pounds) and spacious, so there's enough headroom for you to sit upright rereading 'Into Thin Air' while you wait out a storm in the Kootenays. It's simple to set up, and its steep walls shed rain and snow. [$360; blackdiamondequipment.com]