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High Route 1 FL

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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
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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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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