At 2 pounds, 10 ounces trail weight for the three-season version, the Big Sky International Montana 2P can claim the title of world's lightest two-person double-wall tent. If you're willing to fork out an additional $260 for a spinnaker fly and carbon fiber poles, you can reduce the trail weight down to an incredible 2 pounds, 4 ounces. Likewise, at 3 pounds, 15 ounces for the four-season version, it's also the lightest two-person double-wall four-season tent to be found anywhere. To minimize weight, the Montana is a completely different design from other Big Sky tents; it has an end entry and vestibule on the front and a less usable vestibule on the rear. Extreme lightweight is very nice, but how user-friendly is Big Sky's newest tent design, and how well does it perform? And how does it compare with other lightweight double-wall tents from Big Sky and Terra Nova?

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  • Introduction
  • Specifications: Year/Manufacturer/Model, Style, Fabrics, Poles and Stakes, Floor Dimensions, Packed Size, Total Weight, Trail Weight, Protected Area, Protected Area/Trail Weight Ratio, MSRP, Options
  • Performance
  • Assessment
  • What's Good
  • What's Not So Good
  • What's Unique
  • Recommendations for Improvement

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