It’s not perfect, and — depending on your trip conditions, personal preferences, and recreation budget — it may not be the most appropriate shelter for you. Note: As with yesterday’s Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor article, this overlook of the High Route 1FL shelter is not a review. Mesh: 15D nylon ripstop and no-see-um mesh. $189.95. Not worth it. Set your trekking poles to 119 cm, and insert them tip up through the yellow loophole at the top of the tent corner facing you. The HR1 mk1 has a lot going for it. On a couple of occasions where the terrain was iffy and my stake and pole placement was sloppy I have woken up with silnylon draped over my face. And enough of the self-flagellation 🙂. They preserve its rectangular footprint, which makes for an easy pitch. Thankfully, the pitch is straightforward and easy to learn. Most people would probably not bother using them, I would and if I keep the shelter I will most likely sew my own. Joe Cruz sets out on El Camino del Diablo and beyond to test the Sierra Designs High Side 1, a relatively affordable one-person tent that claims to be lightweight, highly packable, and fully functional for backpacking and bikepacking alike. $359.95. Editor’s Note: According to his blog, Andrew Skurka chose not to renew his contract with Sierra Designs in January of 2018. This post contains affiliate links, which helps to support content on this website. Reviews; Related Gear; 40156819. If you prefer to have this discussion over email just let me know. Clad to hear you have some NC roots! I struggle to believe that, simply because of the advancements in fabrics since that time. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxMbtrAZYEMoTzY3T2ZEMlNSTEk. The ventilation was AWESOME on rainy nights. 1. Give your opinion. When the bugs are bad, they’ll be at least 12 inches from your ears, which is way better than the 1-2 inches in the bivy. If you can find a SD dealer, they should be able to special order you one. canoe), wearing similar clothing, using similar gear. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Packed weight: 1 pound 15 ounces Having said all this, it means nothing in a court of law. The guylines that you use for the tent body are the same guylines that you use for the tarp. First, the Sierra Designs Tentsegrity, which has similarly shaped sides, withstood 40 mph blasts in a wind tunnel test. There is enough room to put muddy boots inside, but to keep them away from potential backsplash you have to press them against the inner and potentially muddy it. I like the direction Sierra Designs is taking by looking at the business but more importantly the way people are using their gear. Then, connect the tent body to the ceiling of the tarp by connecting the buckles at the top of the yellow strings on the tent body. It doesn’t tension beautifully like the inner tent of a poled tent, but your photo suggests there is lots of slack in the pitch that shouldn’t be there. Kelty is another decent budget brand (or so I’ve read), but don’t expect quite the same level of quality. Connect loops on tent body to loops on tarp. Or at-least that was my first impression. To set up the tent body inside the tent, follow the instructions on how to set up the tarp. They create a dry entry and exit, i.e., when you open a door, nothing gets wet. I’m assuming because the vestibules are vertical you would have enough room to prop your pack upright outside the inner tent? My High Route arrived today, pitched in on the grass in the park, here are a few impressions, 1) Easy to pitch: if you can eyeball 45 and 90 degrees you can pitch this on ground that holds stakes well. 0.45 kg/m2. Inner pocket for the poles will be helpful to increase success with non-expert users. 1) Vertical sides result in complete elimination of vestibule space. Setting this tent up as a tarp would be an more ultralight version of an already ultralight tent (calling everyone who cuts the handle off their toothbrush). Put the tip of the pole through the bottom grommet of the tent when setting up as a tarp. Let me check myself, what I wrote was wrong. Now if you REALLY want to deter spammers from your blog you should make them solve problems like this, instead of the multiplication table stuff you have 🙂. Min. I did not find it troublesome, but if you do just leave the bottom attached to the fly, it pitches well that way. Other than the space and comfort, how does the SD High Route fair against a tarp/bivy setup in bad conditions? Only three current models are being carried forward — the Summer Moon, Clip Flashlight, and my High Route. Notify me when this product is back in stock. I can’t imagine that you will struggle to find suitable hammock spots, however. Even in the agricultural areas of the east, trees probably line the edges of fields and all of the waterways. Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL. If you decide to support another brand besides Sierra Designs, MLD would be a good choice.) the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3/4 beats it. Can you send me a photo of the guyline lengths for the inner, ideally next to a ruler? The Sierra Designs Lightning FL 2 person tent is a spacious, lightweight tent that’s exceptionally easy to pitch. Maybe we’ll reconsider. 1. I appreciate the honesty! Either SD is not following your spec or the spec was set incorrectly. 2) Can be pitched as a unit. They are the same. Space, storm resistance, condensation management, modularity, price? … Thanks. My writings on backpacking gear, supplies, and skills, and sometimes about running, hunting, and life events. Review of the updated Sierra Designs High Route FL 1 Tent https://sectionhiker.com/sierra-designs-high-route-fl-review/ You can scoot the fly left/right and fore/aft to consolidate some of this space, with a realistic max width of about 15 inches, enough width for a pack. But these are not ideal solutions. Instead, I’d just bring an emergency blanket (maybe two, for extra waterproofness) and put all of my gear on top of it. $299.95. Minimum weight: 1 pound, 12 ounces And forget cooking inside – It may be possible but I would not want to do it. The annoyances are mostly the same, some amplified: 1) The corner lines of the inner are still 12″ despite Andrew stating that the design called for 21″ to allow asymmetric placement of the inner. The giant footprint was not something to love either. Some might wish it were bigger, for a roomier living area and maybe even room for two. Thanks for your support! Are you considering the Sierra Designs High Route as your do-it-all shelter? https://andrewskurka.com/2018/preview-sierra-designs-high-route-tent-updated/. There seems to be two versions of this tent available on Amazon: the original and the FL. $299.95. Among conventional manufacturers (i.e. The High Route Tent is much better for more inclement conditions: moderate or heavy rain, wind, snow, or bugs. Simply start by staking out all four corners of the tent body. Set your trekking poles to 119 cm, and insert the poles, pole handle up, inside the corner of the tarp. I ignored tents like those 4 months ago when I was searching for a replacement for the SD Clip 3 CD because they were no better about setting up in the rain. Less different but better: Brand flip of Sierra Designs in 2018. 3) The horizontal section of the zippers on the inner doors should have been 20cm longer. I could not get the fly closer than 2 inches to the ground. And it ventilates well even if it’s raining outside. The full name was High Route FL1 Tent, I think. The ZPacks Hexamid weighs half as much as the High Route Tent. Set up as a tarp, a hiker would have ample space for themselves and their gear, unlike many one-person tents. The High Route Tent looks very nice as well. Designed as a versatile year-round hiking shelter, the High Route 2 Tarp is a ultralight shelter that utilizes trekking poles. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I did find the fabric more stretchy and sag prone than other tents I have owned. Hi. (I use a 5’6″ neoair). 3 Seasons. Watch this in-depth review to learn more! Read more June 1, 2016. Frankly, if I were doing a long-distance trip with relatively benign conditions like those encountered on the Pacific Crest or Continental Divide Trails (i.e., few storms, low humidity, bug-free nights, and dry campsites), I would find the potential weight-savings very attractive. I bought the Mk.1 shortly after release and returned within weeks because next to a Stratospire it felt less robust in high winds. Sierra Designs High Route Tarp Tent - 2 Person ON SALE 40154220. This looks like an interesting design. However in challenging weather it may be possible to position the tent so that one but not both doors are protected, particularly in shifting winds. REI’s tents routinely show up as being very good and an excellent value. Re the lengths on the inner tent corners: How long are your lengths? you can buy its products at REI), the High Route Tent is unique. Inner tent not a palace – the size of the inner is fine. I believe that a product review should be about a specific product and a not a comparison piece. It always amuses me to see those who will pay $700 per kilo to “save weight” whilst lugging around a small fortune on their gut 🙂. Spurred by your comment I did a quick check of tents on REI without considering rain friendly setup and (at $500!) If the same shelter were to be made today, it would definitely be lighter. Fly: 20D nylon ripstop silicone w 1200mm PeU Dimensions. The truth is that we didn’t know about the existence of either shelter until we had our second prototype in hand. Max. Overall, there is much greater variation among these tents than among, say, A-frame tarps or freestanding dome tents. The older version is $15 less. I mean, look how many x-pole tents with a top spreader bar are out there. I have not hiked the West Coast Trails, but I have enough experience in the Pacific Northwest and in southeast Alaska to extrapolate its performance. The tarp is bottomless, but provides a ton of space for a UL tent—nearly 30 square feet. Well done Andrew! If your pole is as little as 1″ off vertical along the short side, the pole has a tendency to slip out of the pocket, even when secured with the velcro. The High Route’s fly is 48” x 108” x 48” (W x L x H) and protects 36 square feet of floor space, enough for one big person, one person trapped in their shelter by weather, one person plus a dog or a lot of gear, or two people snug. If you only a short pad, it offers some foot insulation, too. I would guess it would cut the fly weight in at least half? ground sheet or bivy sack. I was perfectly happy to carry an extra measly pound for that comfort and feel that mk. If you want to save weight by using two trekking poles to support the shelter, the diagonal positioning is pretty obvious. It is roomy and has well-designed extra features like the zipper buckles and the “Night Glow”. I will drive out to the desert tomorrow to try it out. MSRP: $299.95 And here In general it’s pretty rare to see a truly unique or revolutionary product, i.e. How do you shave 12 ounces off an already light tent? I am replying to your blog so that your answers can benefit others too. You’ve never seen (or pitched) a shelter like this one before. And like any A-frame tarp or pup tent, such as the Big Agnes Scout, the HR1’s ridgeline must be tensioned at both ends, using stakes or natural anchors. During the month of May I went on a monthlong road trip from Oregon to Colorado, venturing through Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Arches National Park. To do that I needed to keep the pole length to around 120cm and use the guy lines to provide tension. The tent has two options for awnings, which allow ventilation. It falls into the “ultralight/ultra-small” category: it weighs just 1 lb 15 oz for the fly, body, and pole set; but it offers only 24.9 square feet of protected space (17.2-sq ft interior, 7.7-sq ft vestibule) and a 32-inch peak height. Do you think there’d be enough space in the inner tent to keep your pack inside? you can buy its products at REI), the High Route Tent is unique. And, second, the smaller footprint leaves 17.25 square feet of utility space for cooking dinner, and for storing wet gear and dirty shoes. Good job on taking the design copying accusations head on. I’m not a lawyer so I don’t know how this kind of thing works. It is also worth noting than even most “free-standing” shelters require at least a couple of stakes to tension the vestibules/entry areas. So perhaps it’s not meant for the weekend warrior who gets out a few times a year and picks and chooses the weather, but someone who is prepared to carry a little extra for weathertightness and durability over many weeks of use. Well done on the design. At 22 ounces for the fly and 14 ounces for the inner tent (2 lbs 4 oz total, or 1020 grams), the High Route Tent FL1 (HR1) is notably heavier than one-person ultralight shelters like the ZPacks Hexamid Solo or a Mountain Laurel Designs Cuben Grace Tarp + Superlight Bivy, which both spec at less than 16 ounces (450 grams). Learn to research conditions, select gear, plan meals, make maps, and more. it created a new category of products, or relegated everything else obsolete. Current Stock: 54. $279.95. I think it’s always poor form to not credit someone who is doing something well. 4) Spacious – I am 6’1″ and found the inner of sufficient height and length. Doing a necro-bump of an old thread here, but with the HR Mk.1 on the way to end-of-life I thought I would post a few thoughts from my second go-round with this tent without contaminating Andrew’s post on the Mk.2 tent. Put the tip of the pole through the grommet at the bottom webbing of the tarp (near the zipper) and adjust the tension lock. Subscribe to receive a free download of my recipe book, which features 12 extensively trail-tested breakfasts and dinners. I would need a year or two of hard use and in varied conditions to give a thorough review. No, definitely not. Some of us are not entirely flexible and that would have made ingress/egress helluva lot more pleasant in the morning. I am writing just some initial impressions after a weekend of use. And they allow for excellent ventilation even when it’s raining (when humidity is usually highest), without sacrificing any of its 36 square feet of protected space. 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. 2. Once the fly is pitched, the inner tent can be placed inside. The inner tent is purposely not a palace. Decrease Quantity: Quantity Increase Quantity: Free Shipping on All Orders Your Ultralight Packable Palace . 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