Targeted to the ultralight, feature-loving backpackers seeking both performance and creature comforts in their equipment, the NEMO Dagger does not disappoint. Pulling the tent from the stuff sack, we were immediately impressed with the durable yet lightweight fabric, and the make-your-life-easier features just kept coming. While the interior width of 50" was smaller than many of the other tents we reviewed (the REI Half Dome 2 Plus measured a whopping 56" across) a longer-than-average length of 90" made up for it. Big doors and airy mesh paired with wind-blocking lower sidewalls made this tent an easy selection for an Editors' Choice Award. Our other Editors' Choice Award winner, the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL, costs $50 more than the Dagger but weighs 11 oz. less (and features 2 sq. ft. less of floor space). At 19" x 5" (Dagger) and 19.5" x 4" (Copper Spur), the two tents feature a nearly identical packed size.
Need more room? This tent is also available as the NEMO Dagger 3P, a 3-person tent with all the same features as the 2-person version we tested. With a floor area of 43 square feet compared to the 2P's 31, this $500 tent may be the perfect balance for backcountry travelers looking to shave weight without comfort.