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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.
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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. Munmile on Sep 26th 2017
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. Jon on Jul 21st 2017
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 ! Dave on May 30th 2017
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. Sam Dunn on May 1st 2017
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: https://youtu.be/ygfI497Ah50 HikingNerd on Jan 18th 2017
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. Seth on Jan 3rd 2017
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. PeterB on Nov 27th 2016
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. Unknown on Sep 22nd 2016
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? Pathfinder on Sep 12th 2016
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. Steve Durgo on Sep 11th 2016