Exped LLC Pegasus

The next best thing to a hut
Pegasus
Price $1099.00

Specs

Free Standing
Capacity 4
Number of Poles 5
Diameter of Poles (mm) 9.6
Floor Space (sq ft) 43
Layout other

 

Length (inches) 90
Width (inches) 67
Nonstandard Shape
Interior Height (inches) 53
Vestibule Type standard
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 10
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 8
Weight 13 lbs, 8 oz

[expedition basecamp]

Get the next best thing to a hut, says a tester who lived in the Pegasus with three others for a month-long research project in Alaska. The four-person refuge is spacious and strong, withstanding 18 inches of snow in a single storm and 40-mph gusts on the Kuldrow Glacier in Denali National Park. Even in nasty weather, the five-pole exoskeleton design (poles slide into sleeves on the 40-denier polyurethane-coated fly) pitched easily while protecting the tent body from the elements.

A full, 11-inch-wide snow skirt kept spindrift out. The rear vestibule is only large enough for a few pairs of boots, but the 19.3-square-foot front one is palatial. “We cooked and stored food with ample space to get in and out,” says our tester. Four 6-footers slept comfortably on the 43-square-foot floor, and five vents kept condensation to a minimum while blocking blowing snow. Finding a downside was hard (even the vent props can be used as repair sleeves to fix broken poles), but the 30-denier nylon near the door zip developed a small hole after a month of nights. Plus, you could buy a lot of hut nights for the price. $1,099; 13 lbs. 4 oz.; exped.com

Expedition base camp tent for all conditions. Rapid set-up, exoskeleton design (poles in fly). Fly can be used alone without inner tent. Includes snow flaps.