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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.

Nitro Joe with a mid tent made of DCF. It was September so he left the matching inner tent at home.

If cost were no object: My go-to backpacking shelter systems, gone ultralight

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, […]

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One of my three go-to shelter systems: the Sierra Designs High Route Tent, which has a full-sided 22-oz fly and interchangeable 14-oz inner tent.

Gear List || One-shelter quiver: Modular double-wall backpacking tent

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 […]

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To use the High Route as a 2-person shelter, leave the inner tent at home. Instead, use a bivy sack (as Amanda has), a ground sheet, and/or headnet.

Two snug: Can the High Route Tent 1FL be used as a 2-person shelter?

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 […]

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Tighten the webbing grommet to its max. To remove leftover slack from the door panel, extend the trekking pole.

Wind advisory: Tips for using the High Route Tent in high winds

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 […]

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For extra wind-resistance, use the tie-out above each side door. Add reinforcement by tensioning it off a stick or ski.

Performance assessment: High Route Tent 1FL meets Glacier National Park

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 […]

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