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Lightweight and sturdy are no longer mutually exclusive.

The ultralight Easton Mountain Products Kilo Tent offers flyweight three-season performance without skimping on details or durability. Plenty of headroom and shoulder space keep you and your tentmate comfy during downtime or inclement weather, and the big front door ensures you won't have to climb over each other to answer nature's call at night.
  • Ultralight, freestanding construction designed for three-season use
  • No-see-um mesh canopy provides panoramic views while circulating air and keeping out critters
  • Waterproof fly fabric prevents wet weather from ruining your expedition
  • Carbon poles reduce weight and improve durability
  • Color-coded poles and hooks ensure easy setup, even in low-light conditions
  • Double-wall waterproof construction features taped seams to seal out storms
  • Can be pitched using just the rain fly and footprint (sold separately) for ultra-minimalist trips
  • V-shaped aluminum stakes

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5 5

have been using this tent 3 seasons now

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think I've had this tent for 3 years now. Have used it on countless trips, heavy rain, even snow. It has always held up well. If it's staked well it's very stable.
Granted, the fly does sag to the mesh at times, but I don't know of many tents that don't have this issue.
A two pound tent is bound to have a few compromises.
Would be nice to have more room around your feet, but again it's all about the weight.

3 5

Bad Design

Bought this tent in November, used it once and had to return it. Even though it's listed as 2 person tent I intended on using it as a 1 person tent, but was still disappointed. Three problems with design:
1) The rainfly, if tightened, is pressing on the mesh and the main pole is pushed to one side.
2) Even with the tail ends tightly staked out on both sides of the tent the middle bottom section is still loose and can't be staked out.
3) Because the main poll steeply ends at the tail end of the tent, my toes were touching the rear wall. (I'm 5'9")

Overall, the materials used are good, the poles and stakes are great, but the design of the tent is poor.

Partially set up in Living room

Partially set up in Living room

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I'll start by saying I was a little "pre-emptive" on buying this tent, I bought it a few months ago to prepare for my backpacking adventures. Turns out its $41 cheaper now. So I should of waited, since I only set it up in my living room and packed it my backpack to get comfortable with my trail weight.

Aside of this, Set up was a breeze, takes a few moments. Just lay it out, then assemble the poles and slide them in. The fly was a little tricky, but after the first try its natural and snug. I haven't slept in this tent yet, but I will be SOON. So I will be sure to post a thorough review when I amply put it through the wringer.

So far my favorite feature is the Carbon Poles, extremely lightweight and very rigid/durable.

3 5

Quality tent, bad design.

  • Gender: Male

I ordered this tent for my AT thru-hike as it is insanely lightweight. The tent itself seems to be made fairly durable. The poles are insanely lightweight and I thought the technology behind them was solid. However, there is a major design flaw in how the fly attaches to the tent.I woke up with a lot of condensation which leaked in and got my down bag pretty wet by morning. The rain fly ends up sticking right to the side mesh even after staking it out. After a lot of deliberation, I can't see a solution to the condensation issue. It's just a poor design. I really wanted to like this tent because it's so light but ended up going with the Nemo Obi 1p instead. Much, much happier. Point being, it's worth sacrificing a few ounces for a tent that can handle the elements.

1 5

Flawed

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought this tent with high hopes, but the tent never even made out into the backcountry. I set it up at home, and was so disturbed with what I saw I returned it immediately. The ridge pole will bend and warp with just the slightest force. When I clipped the inner tent body to the pole it warped the ridge pole in such a way that it would bend down to the clips, and then rise up in between the adjoining clips. I understand that may be hard to understand, but imagine the ridge pole looked like a roller coaster bending up and down. When the fly was attached it would cause the ridge pole to collapse if tightened more than just snug. After about twenty minutes of adjusting the pitch I finally got the tent to look half way decent, but it would only take a slight adjustment to send the whole thing into disarray. I can't imagine this tent even being able to handle the slightest storm. Also, I'm 5'9", and when laying in the tent without a sleeping pad my head was against the mash door and my feet were about 1" from the rear wall. If I was on a sleeping pad I would imagine my feet would be in contact with the rear wall, and if there were two people in the tent both people's feet would cause the fly to bulge out. This tent was made well, but I feel the design has much to be modified. I found many poor reviews of this tent online, but purchased it anyways. In my opinion the reviews were spot on, and I should have listened to them. I have owned many tents from MSR, Mountain Hardwear, Sierra Designs, Exped, Black Diamond, and The North Face. These tents range from ultralight tents to mountaineering bomb shelters, and this tent was by far the most unstable, and poorly designed of the bunch. I know there are some reviews on this website that speak highly of this tent, I'm not sure what saw, but I'm shocked they even brought this tent to market.

2 5

Great 1 person tent

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Bought this at another online retailer and returned it after setting it up in my house. This is a great minimalist 1 person tent but lets be serious Easton, not even close to being 2 person. The sides are too steep of an angel (two people will sleep with there bags pressed against the sides, not good in a rain storm at all). It can fit 2 people in an emergence but otherwise would become a quick annoyance unless the person you are hiking with is someone you want to get very close to. Even then the limited room might make the "companionship" pretty short. Awesome tent for what it is, a 1 person tent.

4 5

Initial reactions

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is my initial assessment of the tent. I just pitched it in my house, and have not taken it out yet. Review will be updated with field experience (if I don't return it).

I bought the Kilo 2p with the intention of replacing our 6+ lbs, 2-person dome my wife and I have been using for backpacking in the last two years. The Kilo 2p, of course, is significantly lighter, and the construction and materials are solid. The entire tent comes in a neat, thin package. The 2 poles are indeed no thicker than a pencil. The segments do lock tight without a problem. The tent is partially free standing, but should be guyed tight to achieve maximum interior space otherwise the mid to tail of the tent collapse inward. The fly is a very tight fit to the body, meaning that there is not a large space between the mesh and the fly. My first time setting it up, I ran into a little trouble trying to attach the fly to the ends of the spine pole because of the tightness.

Lengthwise, I am 6'2, 180 lbs, and have no problem sleeping in it with a little room to spare a both ends. The listed length is spot-on. Now, the biggest problem with this tent is that the mesh slopes at an severe angle to the sides, I cannot sit upright in it without my head touching the mesh. The listed interior height is 35 in., but usable probably around 32 because of the sloping walls to the sides. It will be a significant problem if you have two people trying to get dressed inside. This problem is acerbated by the severe sagging of the mesh walls around the mid section of the tent. In my opinion there should be two additional guy-out points on each side of the mid-section of the body to keep it tight. But even that won't help the maximum height issue.
I understand a tent this light will not be a palace, but the height issue made me consider returning it, especially the tent is intended for 2 person use in my case.

5 5

Amazing design for 1 or 2 person!

I have used this a couple of times with 1 and 2 people inside and it is a perfect, simple design. Made purely for sleep quarters with no extra bells and whistles. As long as you follow the steps provided with the tent for set up its an extremely taught wind shedding shape, I haven't been in heavy rain yet so no comment as of now. It's light enough to be a one person tent with room for gear, for two person you will have to bring a waterproof cover for your bag to sit outside, vestibule is big enough only for shoes if you plan to hop out in the night for bathroom breaks. Anything else shoved in the vestibule would have to be moved to get out. Overall materials and craftsmanship quality is superb, highly recommended especially at this price!!

5 5

Great three season tent

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I replaced my original Easton Kilo with the new upgraded version and the improvements were fantastic. Contrary to Backcountry.com's claim that this is a freestanding tent it is not. I find it easier to pitch by first installing the color coded poles (improvement over old model) and THEN staking it out. When placing the fly one must be careful to hook the velcro fasteners (two on each side of the cross pole and two on the long pole. It does take a little practice to get the pitch correct otherwise the long pole "warps" and causes the interior to sag. I found it best to attach the front end of the fly, then the back end and then snug the rest. I would recommend that Easton add at least one more velcro attachment to the long pole and also add two more stakeout loops for the mesh body of the tent. Although this is rated as a two person tent I can't imagine two people in here even with the larger vestibule (improvement over original model).
I spent five nights in near zero temperatures and some strong winds and the tent weathered all of that with no real problems. I did note that the interior mesh part of the tent sagged a tiny bit but I attributed that to the 8 degree temps it was exposed to - what doesn't shrink in those kind of temps and this is rated as a three season tent not a four season. The fly was coated with frost on two of those nights but every other tent in my group of backpackers had the same problem so I don't see venting as a particular problem right now. All in all I give this a five star rating and only suggest two minor improvements

Great three season tent
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Most reviewers seem to talk about using the kilo in terms of a single person tent. How is it with two people? Anyone use this way?

Foot room looks pretty minimal.

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Foot room looks pretty minimal.

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Is that a question? The foot of the tent stakes out to 43", which is plenty for two people. It's also 92" long - almost 2' longer than a standard sleeping pad - so the foot of your bag won't be anywhere near the tent.

If you're the type of camper that needs 25"-wide Exped MegaMat (which would not fit side by side in this tent), you're not the target buyer for the Kilo anyway. Take a look at the Kelty Grand Mesa - plenty of room everywhere and great reviews.

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You missed my point. Unlike most tents, the ceiling tapers to zero (no foot pole/hoop) so part of the foot end is useless. Most tents of 92" length have steep sidewalls so your feet don't rub up against the wall.

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I own the Easton Kilo 2P and can attest to the fact that there is plenty of footroom for my Marmot Plasma long sleeping bag with plenty of room left over. I can't conceive of a use for that space. I have another tent, a Hilleberg Atko which I dearly love but it tapers down to less than a foot on both ends. The result with that tent and many others that have copied the Atko design is confined space on BOTH ends which results in you breathing right on the tent material. Having the "sit up" space on one end rather than in the middle seems to make more sense too. I can sit up, crawl out of my sleeping bag, dress, turn around, stick my feet in the vestibule and boot up. The end tapered down also greatly improves the Kilo's ability to deal with wind. It doesn't seem to flap as much when pitched with the low end into the wind. I've found very few flaws with this tent. It is MUCH improved over the original Kilo.

Easton Kilo 2P Spin Video

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Here's a spin video of the 2012 Easton Kilo 2P tent.

Easton AirLock Connectors

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Developed at Easton, this patent-pending pole linkage system is 59% lighter than traditional aluminum inserts with bulky shock-cord. Airlock uses a short tether between each section and poles snap together to increase strength at every connection point.

Kilo 2P

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Rich Packer with Easton Mountain Products talking about the 2012 Kilo 2P tent.

5 5

Best lightweight tent on the market!

The Kilo 2P shelter is the best shelter I have ever used. The shelter is extremely lightweight, sets up easily and holds up to the elements really well. I recently had the pleasure of using the shelter on a nearly 200 mile trek on the Sierra High Route, a rugged cross-country journey through the heart of the Sierra Nevada high country. As a professional photographer I always need a little extra room to keep my gear out of the elements. This usually means having to carry a larger and heavier shelter to shield my gear from Mother Nature. While the Kilo 2P shelter is certainly larger than a one-person shelter, it is so feather light it makes bringing it along for a big expedition a no-brainer. In addition, we experienced a variety of harsh weather conditions on our trip. High winds, rain, hail and snow were all no match for the Kilo 2P. I was dry the entire time. The shelter also sets up quickly which was really helpful in regards to a couple storms that caught us off guard. Easton did a fantastic job designing this shelter and I would recommend it to anyone.

Easton sent me this tent for testing and photographing purposes.

Best lightweight tent on the market!