Getting it right: Four prototype designs of the High Route Tent

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.

My primitive sketch of Generation 1.0. With this as a guide, Casey and I strung it up (literally, using string) in the office, before requesting the first prototype from our Asian partner factory.

Posted in on January 30, 2017


  1. Brad on February 7, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Are there any tweaks to the High Route for 2017?

    • Andrew Skurka on February 7, 2017 at 3:03 pm


  2. Jon on October 11, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Hi Andrew, will there be any tweaks for the High Route in 2018?

    • Andrew Skurka on October 11, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      No changes. For what it is, we’re all very happy with it.

  3. Marie on October 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Not even a High Route Elite model in 2018?

    • Andrew Skurka on October 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      No, not even an Elite edition. That doesn’t offer much value: it’d remain waterproof longer, but it’d be more expensive, not seam-taped, and probably no lighter (after accounting for the seam-sealing that you will have to do). Meanwhile, from a production standpoint, SD is on the hook for 2x the inventory (and cash).

  4. Greg M on September 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    I have finally decided to try out a 2018 High Route because I really like the design, but I hesitated for quite some time, solely because of the red color. The muted tones of the experimental versions looked much better! Why does SD use such bright gaudy looking colors?!!

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