Gearing Up:Shelter to Go

Roughing it in four-star accommodations.

Field & Stream Online Editors

** 1) MSR Zoid 1.5**
If you're the kind of hunter or angler who likes to go far and go solo but finds most one-person shelters too confining, this superlight tent is the answer. Brand new for 2003, it sports dual vestibules and large side-entry doors. Unlike many microtents, it has a rectangular floor, so your feet aren't wedged into a funnel. And it weighs less than a good-size jackrabbit. About $190. 800-531-9531; www.msrcorp.com

** 2)Kelty Mantra 7**
When a renowned gear maker crosses a cabin wall tent with a backpacker's geodesic dome, you get a high-tech seven-person tent. At 116 square feet of floor space, you could almost practice your roll cast inside. With two huge doors and noiseless zipper pulls, you won't wake companions when you cut out early for that faraway deer stand. A mesh ceiling and sidewall vents suck out condensation. About $450. 800-423-2320; www.kelty.com

** 3)Eureka Equinox 6**
Designed to fit six people, this tent makes a spacious shelter for a gear-laden foursome of hunters or anglers. What sets it apart are nearly vertical walls for plenty of walk-around space and enough clearance for a 61/2-footer to stand up in. A round profile shrugs off the wind-perfect for lakeside base camps. It's easily light enough for backpacking if you divvy up the tent, fly, and poles. About $520. 800-572-8822; www.eurekatent.com

** 4)Marmot Swallow 3P**
Why pick this three-person tent over every other top-shelf model? Four reasons: gargantuan double doors with an escape hatch in back; 25 square feet of storage vestibules; new-design rain-fly vents and convertible door panels that zip out to bare mesh; bomb-proof construction. All three poles are identical, so it's a snap to set up in the dark. The tent comes with an attached burrito-style stuff sack. About $400. 707-544-4590; www.marmot.com