Field Notes: Testers attempted to set this tent up in the dark and in a downpour. The next morning in daylight, we realized we were over complicating a setup: a single pole interior pole and exterior guy lines.
Pros: Although it’s named a shelter, you can easily pack this along as a lightweight backpacking tent. It’s customizable in its use depending on your needs. Take only the fly, pole and stakes for a simple shelter for three, or bring the whole setup include in the mesh nest for full tent for three. The whole set weights under five pounds, so split between three on the trail makes for nearly negligible weight.
Cons: The design of the Pyramid Shelter leaves no room for vestibules, so any gear you want out of the elements has to share the floor space with you.
Favorite Feature: Single-pole design is incredibly simple. Just extend the telescoping pole until the tent is taught.
Tester Quote: “This is a new design for me, and I love it. After we had some light to set it up, it was really easy. I have concern about sleeping next to the only pole that is holding it up, but it seems sturdy enough. Lightweight and spacious, I would definitely take this tent camping or backpacking.”
Key Attribute: Versatility
Bottom Line: The weight and space provided with the Pyramid 3 make it a great choice for backpacking tent, especially with how easy it is to setup.
Best For: Light and fast backpacking with the weight and pieces spread amongst three campers
- Seasons: 4
- Capacity: 3
- Area: 55 sq ft
- Max Height: 5' 5"
- Weight: 1lb, 12oz - 4lbs, 13.5oz
- Fly: 15 denier ripstop nylon, silicone coated outside, PU coated inside with taped seams
- Floor: 70 denier nylon, PU coated inside with taped seams
- Mesh: 20 denier no-see-um polyester