Brand: Easton Mountain Products
Model: Kilo 3P
We don’t know why this three-pound tent is called the Kilo. No matter. Here’s the math that counts: one pound per person for a three-person shelter. And unlike some ultralights, which employ futzy trekking-pole setups or wispy fabrics, this three-season dome achieves its low weight by using innovative carbon-fiber poles with connectors that use short monofilament tethers rather than one long piece of elastic cord. Ergo, best-in-weight-class stability.
Pitching the Kilo takes two minutes, and even without guying, it withstood 30-mph gusts in the Sierra. Headroom is adequate, with a 40-inch peak height that lets campers play cards without crouching, but the 43-square-foot floor was a snug fit for three thru-hikers on the John Muir Trail.
Downsides: The 4.5-square-foot vestibule shelters little more than three pairs of boots. Condensation dampened testers’ bags with just two campers inside, and in rainy conditions, the fly sagged onto the mesh, further compromising airflow. (Update: Easton says Velcro attachment loops have been added to the inside of the fly to improve stability and reduce sag. We didn’t test the new version.) $499; 3 lbs.; eastonmountainproducts.comTaking it to the next level, the KILO 3P offers a best in class space-to-weight that will have you and your tent-mates playing cards in comfort. Innovative geometry and a continuous spine give the three-pole design exceptional stability. The Easton-exclusive Carbon ION frame makes this 3lb shelter possible. Protection from the elements at only one pound per person.
Kilo uses the most advanced materials and technologies. The all-new Carbon ION poles are made from high-modulus composites and feature revolutionary AirLock Connector. Patent-pending AirLock maximizes the performance of carbon poles and eliminates the need for heavier, full-length shock cord. Get the lightweight advantage without sacrificing performance and protection with ultra-light Kilo.