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High Route 1 FL - Prior Model Year

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Your one-shelter quiver is here, ready for the full range of 3-season conditions without weighing you down or cramping your space.

We designed the High Route Tent to the specifications of Andrew Skurka, a National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” and Sierra Designs ambassador, who wanted a single shelter that he could use on all of his solo trips. With its full-sided coverage, palatial interior, porch-able side doors, and removable bug nest, the High Route Tent excels in stormy, buggy, and/or hot and humid 3-season conditions, and can withstand moderate winter weather as well. Skurka found inspiration for this shelter from 11,000-foot campsites in the High Sierra, ravenous mosquitoes in Alaska, multi-day downpours in the Appalachians and Pacific Northwest, and below-timberline winter trips in the Rockies and Minnesota. At 2 lbs 5 oz for the fly and nest, the High Route is still acceptably light for milder conditions, especially for campers who need or want to spread out.

Key Features

  • Non-freestanding pyramid-inspired design, tight catenary cut ridgeline, and pole-reinforced vertical doors make it suitable for harsh 3-season and moderate winter weather.
  • Generous dimensions and steep wall angles create 36 square feet of highly usable interior space, in excess of many “ultralight” 2-person tents.
  • Both side doors can be guyed out in calm conditions to improve ventilation and increase usable space.
  • In stormier weather, 5-inch awning vents maintain ventilation. Doors can be opened from the top using two-way zippers, while remaining protected by the awning.
  • Tarp and bug nest can be used separately, like on winter trips or hot summer nights.
  • Vertical offset poles do not block the entrances or split up the sleeping area, unlike most other pyramid and A-frame style shelters.
  • Simple, intuitive, and fast pitch. The tarp should be set up first, which keeps the bug nest dry. Bug nest connects to the tarp with hook-and-ring system.


  • Number of Poles: N/A (Requires trekking poles or Accessory Pole Set, sold separately)
  • Fly Fabric: 20D Nylon Ripstop, Silicone/1500mm PE, FR
  • Floor Fabric: 30D Nylon Ripstop, WR/3000mm PE, FR
  • Body Fabric: 15D Nylon, No-See-Um Lightweight Mesh

Tech Specs

  • Minimum Weight: 2 lbs 5 oz / 1.05 kg
  • Packaged Weight: 2 lbs 12 oz / 1.25 kg
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Number of Gear Closets: Internal Storage
  • Gear Storage Area (Tarp Area - Nest Area): 17.3 ft2 / 1.61 m2
  • Interior Area (Tarp): 36 ft2 / 3.34 m2
  • Interior Area (Nest): 18.8 ft2 / 1.75 m2
  • Internal Peak Height (Tarp): 48 in / 122 cm
  • Internal Peak Height (Nest): 43 in / 109 cm
  • Awning Height: 38.5 in / 98 cm
  • Length (Tarp): 108 in / 274 cm
  • Length (Nest): 90 in / 229 cm
  • Width (Tarp): 48 in / 122 cm
  • Width (Nest): 30 in / 76 cm
Capacity: 1 Person
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    1. Great design but a little heavy

      I own several single person shelters, and I really like the versatility and protection the High Route offers. I have seen Sierra Designs are re-designing and shrinking the size, which will save some weight, but I purchased this one because I like the double entry, which I believe is worth it despite the weight penalty.

      I don't like either color, and would prefer something more subtle.

      The High Route serves great as a tarp to create some shade or use for privacy. With the inner net it's not claustrophobic at all. I particularly like the ability to porch the fly for air flow.

      I like the stuffability of the nylon fabric, however, as of 8/2018 the stuff sack is no longer as advertised in previous videos and is really awkward, opening along the long side of the sack. Maybe I will get used to it, but using an old standard stuff sack that is deeper feels much more secure.
      on Sep 11th 2018

    2. A little lighter would be perfect

      This thing is great. It packs down small and goes up really fast. It vents well and can be pitched close to the ground for snow and high winds. Lots of room when not using the nest. My only complaint is that it is a little heavy. It is very stable once you get the knack of setting it up. on Jun 25th 2018

    3. Good experience on first use

      This is a specialized tent that requires firm ground for staking out properly. It is by no means a tent for sandy areas where a taut pitch is difficult to achieve. Getting the hang of keeping the angle of the corner stakes at 45 deg and the shell at right angles at all the corners takes a bit of practice. The inner body clips in place easily. I thought it sagged a little more then necessary
      even though i tensioned it as much as i dared. The headlamp lantern was a usable and handy feature. One thing I found disappointing was the alignment of the inner body zipper with the outer shell door zipper. Because there are snaps locks attached to the inside of outer shell to localize the trekking pole on the zipper axis, you have to push the inner vertical body leftward to get both hands on the pole snap to lock them. I just hate having to put any side force on a tensioned zippered area for longevity sake. Otherwise, the tent held up well in a all day snowstorm and shed snow and kept it's shape remarkably well.
      on Sep 26th 2017

    4. First Report

      Long-time tarp and mid-user here, reporting after a first week of use in the Catalonian Pyrenees. Only used outer fly, no experience with inner. Really really pleased. This shelter is becoming my new preferred choice for multi-day trips.

      Extremely easy, fast set-up. Even with years of using a mid, I could never set it up this fast, especially not on uneven terrain. The rectangular footprint of the High Route makes set up incredibly fast and easy, and siting for the sleeping area much more precise.

      Excellent condensation control with cross-flow venting through multiple door configurations. I was really impressed. Compared to my experience using a mid in the same conditions/area, the High Route did way better.

      Easy to pitch low enough to the ground to cut out wind completely from the inner living space when desired. Huge inner living space, plenty of head room, no wall-touching worries for most users.

      Withstood massive, violent afternoon/evening thunderstorms at altitude: high winds (no wind speed check available), heavy rain, and large hailstones (thumbnail size, pelting the fly over an incredibly long two-hour period).

      Color scheme: off-white ceiling panels let in maximum light, while the deep orange-red side panels are reassuringly cheery and, at least in the ochre-hued Pyrenees, don't look brutally out of place.

      The only thing that I regret, like others, is the fabric choice. I'd much rather have either a 30D two sides silicone coated nylon ("silnylon") that would pack smaller and have greater longevity compared to PU-coated, seam-taped nylon, or else have a dyneema composite fabric (aka "cuben") that would be half the weight.
      on Jul 21st 2017

    5. Awesome tent

      Bought this tent recommendation from Andrew & he was right ! I've been through three backpacking trips where tents around me got blown down and I stayed in their snug as a bug slept through the storms with confidence that this tent would hold up to anything and it has ! on May 30th 2017

    6. Everything I hoped for!

      Just finished a week-long backpack in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. First time I got to try this tent, and it was everything I hoped for! Conditions were windy, and it took me a couple of tries to pitch with the desired tautness, but once mastered, it was smooth sailing. Especially like the roominess of this lightweight tent, and will be using it often. on May 1st 2017

    7. Simplicity in design, effectiveness of use

      Having been an early adopter and tester of the High Route tent, I can say that it has met my high expectations and has become the new standard against which all other tents will be compared. At this price, Sierra Designs has brought an expert-level shelter to the masses. For a full in-depth review, please see my video here: on Jan 18th 2017

    8. Great Tent Avoid Cold Weather.

      Love this tent. Light weight, easy to set up and great design for optimal head room. Not great when temps aren't above freezing. First winter trip and the fly rips down the zipper seam and across at the buckle with absolutely no force. Tent stakes like to snap in half when its cold as well. Biggest disappointment was the warranty department never got back to me. Easy 5 stars if things got worked out. on Jan 3rd 2017

    9. Great Versatile Tent

      I have been wanting a trekking pole tent after years of camping with tent pole style tents. The HR1 is great one and does not compromise anything. I took it out for a 3 day backpacking trip along the Pine Mtn trail in Georgia for a test drive. The setup is actually easier and just as quick as the usual tents. Can't beat the interior space with the vertical walls and off center pole positions. I also liked the versatility of the tent in that you can use the two parts by themselves or combined based on the conditions. Highly recommend it. on Nov 27th 2016

    10. More than room than most solo tents

      After fearing for my life in a tiny solo tent that almost collapsed in a storm, I was on the market for a study solo that had more room. When I first set up the Route 1, the living area looked really small, but that was deceptive. Once I climbed in, I realized how much room there was above me as well as beside. Also plenty of storage area outside the mesh but safely under the canopy. Big storm my first night out, but the tent was like a rock. Do your homework, but easy to set up. Two doors, two vestibule is something you won't find much in a tent this size. A great value. on Sep 22nd 2016

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