After using the Pamir tent for almost 2 years now, I was looking for an ultra lightweight 1 or 2 person tent so I could enjoy my treks more instead of feeling burdened with the heavy weight of the tent. After checking with almost every shop stocking trekking equipment and every online resource in India, I wasn’t able to find any tent which would weigh less than 3 kilos and still be sturdy enough to repulse the high winds and heavy rains of the Himalayas. I was left with no option but to look for such a tent from outside India.
This time however, I had gathered decent knowledge about tents over the last 2 years and began my research. Among the options I considered were The North Face Stormbreak 2, MSR Elixir 2, Black Diamond Mirage and Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2.1. After going through countless reviews of these tents, specifications, videos and recommendations, I decided to buy Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2.1.
At the time of writing this article, I have managed to use the tent for only 4-5 nights of camping but it was enough to make me fall in love with it! The trail weight of the tent is just 1.6 kilos and the fabric so soft and durable that it can even be folded in half once rolled and packed. The DAC featherlight poles feel almost weightless and yet robust at the same time. This tent is very comfortable for one person but with two, it will feel a little stuffy.
Another great thing about this tent is the 2 dry entry vestibules, one of which I use to store my backpack and the other to enter/exit the tent or to cook. Setting up or dismantling the tent is remarkably easy and takes less than 5 minutes. The fabric of the outer tent might feel really delicate but this tent has been known to stand against really strong winds and the onslaught of rain and snow.
I was lucky to find a discounted price of $220.00 on www.backcountry.com and then asked a friend who was travelling in the US at the time to bring it for me. Paying such a premium for a tent automatically makes me want to take utmost care of the tent. I never leave my tent pitched between 8 AM and 4 PM to shield it from UV damage and wouldn’t pack it without getting rid of any moisture.
Overall, I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and only hope that this tent will continue serving and protecting me from the high altitude weather elements that Himalayas has to offer!