Traveler's Gear Box: Hilleberg's Anjan 2 GT

With its low profile, the Anjan 2 GT from Hilleberg shed the winds that blew up on the ridge above Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. Kurt Repanshek photo.

One of the lighter tents in its category, the Anjan 2 GT from Hilleberg offers backpackers a sturdy, three-season domicile with nice convertibility as well as space to bring your gear in out of the elements.

With its low, slendor profile, this two-person tent can squeeze into spots some broader tents might not be able to, and copes better with windy conditions. Weighing two ounces less than 5 pounds, the tent's double-wall construction provides good ventilation; once you insert the tent's poles into their respective sleeves, the rainfly is pulled up and away from the tent to enhance airflow that will help wick away moisture. In dry conditions, you can also roll the fly up from over the rear of the tent to provide even more ventilation.

The extended vestibule (offering 26 square feet) is great for keeping your gear out of the elements, and the ability to roll up the outer door between the sleeping area and the vestibule improves ventilation. Too, you can detach the inner tent from the outer rainfly, something that not only allows for lighter trips if you only take the fly, but also helps when the weather is wet. By detaching the inner tent and packing it away first in wet conditions, you can keep it dry. When you reach your next campsite, erect the rainfly first, then attach the inner tent while shielding it from the elements.

Because the inner tent separates from the fly, if you know it's not going to rain during your trek you can either leave the fly home and simply use the inner tent, or leave it home and use the fly; either way you'll reduce the weight on your back.

But the tent might not be for everyone. The price, at $655, is on the high end of the category and might scare some off. Its tunnel design also offers just one way in and out of the tent, not a significant drawback, but something to keep in mind.

The low profile means any guy lines you attach will stretch quite a bit from your tent, creating potential tripping hazards. The pole sleeves and the shock-corded poles can pose another bugaboo when you're taking down the tent, as you need to be careful not to pull too quickly on the poles and risk having them pull apart in the sleeves.

As with any tent, you should set the Anjan 2 GT up in your yard before you head down the trail to familiarize yourself with the guy lines and adjustments that can be made to enhance stability in the wind and provide some greater protection from the elements if a storm is coming from a particular direction.