EXPED tents can be set up in many different ways for optimal comfort in changing conditions. But one specific environmental condition, known as CAVU in aviation circles, might be our favorite. CAVU stands for "ceiling and visibility unlimited" and many of our tents have a set-up mode that takes full advantage it. We call it Optimist Mode™, and it allows views of the stars while keeping crawly things and insects out. 

In 1997, EXPED introduced an entirely new tent design to the world - the ridge-tunnel. It combines the generous space and low weight of tunnel tents with the stability and free-standing properties of geodesic tents. 

The Venus III DLX Plus is a unique exoskeleton basecamp tent with a huge, pole supported vestibule. 

Here's a look at the complete Exped tent line-up for 2016. From the high alpine to the heat of the desert...

Generally when I think of big storms what comes to mind is swirling heavy snow, dark clouds and wind. Maybe it's the fact that I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and climb a lot in Alaska, but precipitation and moisture are an important part of a big storm in my mind's eye. 

Here are a couple independent product reviews by The Wandering La Vignes. 

New For 2015: Tents and Tarps

There is often nothing better than star gazing through your tent on a summer night or falling asleep to the patter of rain drops on the fly.

We were out using the Polaris recently and this reminded us of just how very good this tent is. 

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