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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. My new go to tent for anything but perfect conditions

      Ok first of all, I have a lot of tents in my basement. Over recent years I have dialed that down to basically two that I really use - a tarp and a mid. After using the HR 1 FL tent ON the Wind River High Route early this month I am definitely adjusting that selection to include the HR 1 FL (in place of the mid). Here's why:
      - its as easy to set up (a rectangle with 4 stake outs, two trekking poles and some adjustments with the guylines to firm it all up).
      - the space is awesome - much more and much more useable vs a mid (no more tent in the face and hurting back from crouching unless you sat in the absolute middle - I am 5' 10")
      - the flexibility of two simple doors both of which can be staked out for airflow and access. This was especially helpful when the wind changed above tree line at 12,000 feet. But with them both open you almost have the open air conditions you have with a tarp.
      - it's a bit heavier than the mid I use (and this is the only Con), but the weight isn't a huge penalty and if I am expecting less than ideal conditions that could have me in a shelter for hours, I would much rather carry a few extra ounces that gave me a workable shelter while I wait things out.
      Anyone interested in buying a couple used mids?
      on Sep 12th 2016

    2. Skuka nailed it!!

      When you have logged as many wilderness miles as Andrew Skurka, you are qualified to innovate and design a light, strong, and versatile backcountry shelter. Easy to set up on 2 trekking poles provides light but strong structure. Watch the instructional video, by Skurka. He is the master of guyIing lines and airflow. If you get the concept, you will love the product. on Sep 11th 2016

    3. Purchased as a gift; extremely light wt, compact, and color matched reciepents college colors.

      Won't be able to give a full review, because purchased as a gift. on Aug 16th 2016

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