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Amazing Shelter

From my expedition partner Sean Cronin on our recent trek on the Sierra High Route: (I was in the Easton Kilo 2-person which also rocks!)

I used the Easton Kilo 1P on a traverse of the Sierra High Route. I slept in this shelter for 17 days. During this time, I encountered wind, rain, snow, sleet, and hail in addition to abundant sunshine. For starters, the Kilo 1P endured the trip completely unscathed. The light weight (sub 2 pounds) made it a fantastic shelter for this particular trip where I had previously intended to bring just a bivy sack. The Kilo 1P allowed enough room for me to bring all of my backpacking supplies inside during inclement weather. The ability to sit-up inside was also greatly appreciated and made time spent inside much more pleasant, allowing me to read or write. I pitched the Kilo 1P each night with the rain fly regardless of precipitation to allow for retention of warmth as temperatures were below freezing every night. The fly gives complete coverage and also provides for an ample vestibule where one can easily fit a pack, boots, poles, etc. The shelter proved impervious to wetness. I was able to find a soft campsite each night thereby pitching the shelter using only stakes. This shelter is not freestanding, so more ingenuity is required if attempting to erect it on a rock slab for example. However the provided guylines give the user many options to use rocks, trees, etc for set up. The carbon poles are feather light and strong despite their narrow diameter. The stakes are amazingly light. A field repair kit is included although as mentioned above, I never needed it. I experienced icing on the clips attaching the rain fly some mornings that required hard pulling and a back and forth "sawing" action to remove when breaking down the shelter. This was a slight inconvenience for the secure attachment these clips provide in windy conditions. For lightweight backpacking, I can't imagine a better solo shelter. Easton knocked it out of the park with this one.

Easton sent me this tent for testing and photographing purposes.

Amazing Shelter
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Great review! I would love to do the Sierra High Route some day. I'll be putting this tent on my wish list.