This post was prompted by an email from reader Jim that started with, Jim was deliberating between the purchase of a High Route and a more traditional pyramid-shaped shelter (“mid”), and he hoped that I would shed insight on the differences. While I have discussed them in multiple places, I have not yet written a dedicated […]
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I’m biased about the Sierra Designs High Route Tent 1FL: I drew its first sketches, field-tested extensively each prototype, and assured that the final version achieved my original objectives, which was to create a one-shelter quiver for all of my solo backpacking trips. In these pages, I’ve tried to create and compile information to help you determine if it’s truly the best shelter for you.
The double-wall HR1 excels in challenging 3-season conditions — when it’s stormy, hot and humid, and/or buggy — as well as moderate winter weather. But at 2 lbs 4 ounces (1.02 kg) for the fly and inner tent, it’s acceptably light for milder trips. Its components can be used interchangeably; for example, use only the fly with a groundsheet before or after the bug season; or use only the inner tent on dry and and warm summer nights.
The interior is palatial, with a footprint that is comparable to many ultralight 2-person tents. It measures 4′ x 9′ x 4′ (width x length x maximum peak height). In fact, it can reasonably sleep two when only the fly is used. Its ventilation is superb: it features two 6-inch peak awning vents and two porch-able side doors to increase airflow through the shelter.
It’s one true drawback is its weight: it’s a few ounces heavier than “ultralight” 1-person tents, and about twice as heavy as a tarp/bivy system or a single-wall shelter made of Dyneema Composite Fabric. But are those shelters worth the tradeoffs (e.g. less living space, less storm-resistance, less ventilation, less durability, or higher cost)? That’s for you to decide.
If you have questions about the HR1, leave a comment in the appropriate post, or contact me.
First off, the High Route Tent is back in stock, as of Friday. If we sell through this inventory, we have a bigger batch arriving in early-April. Next, Sierra Designs is clearing out their inventory in advance of new arrivals. The High Route Tent and Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack are among the few items that […]
Update (Feb 26): The High Route is currently back in stock. For about a month the Sierra Designs High Route Tent has been unavailable: The gearing-up season has already started, and I’ve received a few direct inquiries about when it will become available again, which means that probably a few more people are wondering the same. […]
Over at the Sierra Designs blog I just published a design history of the High Route Tent 1FL. From my initial primitive sketch, it took four major prototypes to get it right. If you are interested in shelter design or want to better understand how the High Route Tent came to be, have a read.
The backpacking shelters that I presented in this series — a modular tent, tarp & bivy, and hammock — are middle-of-the-road systems. They are not ultralight or excessively heavy, not cheap or prohibitively expensive, and not benchmark-setting or under-performers. This was intentional on my part. While they reflect what I personally use (in most cases, […]
What is a backpacking tent? I’ll define it as a full-sided, fixed-shaped, and holistically designed portable shelter that protects its occupants from precipitation, wind, groundwater, and insects. A few models do not fulfill this entire description, but it generally works. Tents grossly outsell tarps, hammocks, and bivy sacks. This is partly due to deeply embedded mindsets (“I […]
For a one-person backpacking shelter, the Sierra Designs High Route Tent 1FL is palatial. Its footprint is 36 square feet and its minimum peak height is 48 inches. In comparison, the two-person Big Agnes Copper Spur 2UL has a 38-square-foot footprint, with a maximum interior height of 42 inches. And the two-person MSR Carbon Reflex […]
Sierra Designs is having a 20% sitewide sale through Labor Day. And orders of $49+ qualify for free shipping. Valid only at www.SierraDesigns.com Use coupon NOFOMO at checkout Most notably, the High Route Tent 1FL is now $240. For what you get, I thought its $300 MSRP was competitive. It’s a lot of tent at $240, and […]
How can you maximize the performance of your Sierra Designs High Route Tent 1FL in high winds? 1. Find a good campsite. I will intentionally select an unprotected campsite in only a few situations. If: The conditions are warm and calm; A breeze will keep grounded a hungry hatch of bugs; and/or, I’m willing to compromise sleep quality for campsite aesthetics. Otherwise, whenever […]
Last month Dave Chenault and I used the Sierra Designs High Route Tent 1FL* while attempting the Glacier Divide Route, a rugged 125-mile traverse of Glacier National Park that is largely off-trail and above treeline. We experienced some of the exact conditions for which the HR1 was designed: on the first night we had marble-sized […]