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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2011

Gear Review: Easton Kilo Tent

This three-season tent saves weight with new pole technology.

by: Kelly Bastone

Easton Kilo Tent (BP Photo Department)
Easton Kilo Tent (BP Photo Department)

[all-purpose ultralight]
Toss your tarp. For just one pound per person, the Kilo keeps bugs out and withstands windblown rain. And this three-season tent saves weight with new pole technology, so designers didn’t have to skimp on key features (for example, the coating of polyurethane on the floor, like the Turret’s, is four times thicker than most ultralights). Here’s how the poles save ounces: Instead of shock cord running through all segments, the carbon poles use connectors made of an aluminum/carbon composite and a short monofilament tether to hold sections in sequence.

Without the long internal bungee used by most tent poles, the Kilo is almost two-thirds lighter, and separators between the carbon segments prevent edge abrasion (which can be a problem with carbon-fiber poles). The Kilo is not freestanding, but it pitches fast: Stake out the four corners, erect the two crossing poles, and plug in the additional three stakes. Space is adequate, not luxurious: The 26-square-foot floor is a squeeze for campers taller than 5’10” (the ceiling slopes sharply at the foot, so the 91-inch length suggests more room than is realistic).

Width increases to 56 inches at the shoulders, so “we didn’t feel pinched because we had plenty of space near our heads,” one tester reports. And it stood firm during a night of raking 25-mph wind on Utah’s Meeks Mesa. Tradeoffs? The Kilo has just one tiny door; the six-square-foot vestibule proved too small to store packs; and the saggy interior fabric made working the door zipper a two-handed affair. $399; 2 lbs.

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May 24, 2012

This is a great tent. I see that the new model has a larger vestibule. The puzzling thing : with the ability to pre-curve the poles into any shape, why didn't Easton find a way to make the foot end of the tent at least 12" tall? Then it would be the perfect tent.

Jan 04, 2012

Have found condensation to be no better or worse than other tents. Dependent on temperature and humidity of course. Also... regarding the above review, I found that once you fine tune pole placement and and fly tension there was no sag at all of the interior fabric.

Philip Morris
Dec 10, 2011

Can you comment on condensation in this tent with 2 people?


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