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The updated Sierra Designs High Route will be smaller and 10 oz lighter than the original.

Preview: Sierra Designs High Route 2.0 || Smaller, but now just 27 oz for fly + inner

The Sierra Designs High Route 1FL was launched in fall 2016, and a second-generation will arrive in spring 2019. Its name will not change (i.e. not High Route 2.0 or High Route II), and the existing design will be phased out. MSRP remains $300. Most notably, the updated High Route is smaller than the original. Instead of being […]

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The BD Distance Tent is new for spring 2019, and the first BD tent that uses trekking poles for support. It's full sided, fully enclosed, and weighs about 1.5 pounds.

Preview: Black Diamond Distant Tent || Got ventilation?

Nearly all backpacking shelters from cottage manufacturers use trekking poles for support, e.g. MLD SoloMid, TarpTent Notch, and ZPacks Duplex. The explanation is simple: This saves weight over geometries that require dedicated pole sets, e.g. Big Agnes Copper Spur, REI Quarter Dome. Some of the weight must be given back to achieve a minimum of […]

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In spring 2018 Big Agnes will release five shelters made of Dyneema Composite Fabric, making it the first wholesaler to offer DCF tents and the only source for semi-freestanding DCF models.

Preview: Big Agnes Carbon Tents || Dyneema for the (rich) masses

Originally published July 30. Revised November 10. My coverage of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2018 begins with Big Agnes, which revealed new editions of three existing tent geometries: Fly Creek 1 Carbon ($800, 1 lb) and Fly Creek 2 Carbon ($850, 1 lb 2 oz) Tiger Wall 2 Carbon ($1000, 1 lb 9 oz)and Tiger […]

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The porch-able awning greatly improves ventilation (and therefore condensation resistance) and increases usable space. The side entry is much more convenient for entry and exit.

Review: Sierra Designs High Side Tent || Light & packable, but small

The most interesting new shelter from Sierra Designs in its spring 2018 lineup is the High Side. I previewed it in my summer Outdoor Retailer coverage, and recently used it on two 5-day/4-night backpacking trips in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park in the Sierra-Nevada. Testing conditions were varied. We camped in forest, at treeline, and in […]

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Notice the aggressive, nearly vertical doorway pole, which helps to increase interior volume.

Preview: Sierra Designs 2018 tents || High Side, Studio, Sweet Suite & Meteor

My coverage of Outdoor Retailer starts at the Sierra Designs booth (naturally, since they’re paying for me to be here). For 2018 SD has largely revamped its shelter line-up. Only three current models are being carried forward — the Summer Moon, Clip Flashlight, and my High Route. The remainder will be discontinued and closed out. […]

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