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Outdoor Retailer: Optic 2.5 tent from Mountain Hardwear

Optic 2.5 tent from Mountain Hardwear

I have long joked about the number system for tents. Poking fun at how the 4-person tent should really be 2.5 to 3.5 people. Well, Mountain Hardwear has heeded my unsolicited advice and is going with the half person indicator in the Spring 2014 release of the Optic 2.5 ($240) tent. Except in this case, I think the .5 indicates room for extra gear or a dog. A cute little diagram card used at the Outdoor Retailer showed two prone people and a curled up dog at their feet. While I'm making fun of this fact the real story of the tent is the adjacent double doors, providing a slightly-distracted panoramic view while nestled in the cozy confines of the shelter. Very cool. http://www.mountainhardwear.com/

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The Salt Lake Tribune is providing a look at some of the gear shown at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Because the show is closed to the public, we thought we would share a peak with the public about gear coming to the outdoors world. Items will be featured on the Tribune's Hiking Utah and Fishing Utah blogs. An Outdoor Retailer package also ran in the Tribune.



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