At the Summer 2010 Outdoor Retailer Show, Easton Mountain Products introduced an innovative product that I think will likely be a favorite of serious backpackers.
Easton has developed a highly durable, yet ultra light tent called the Easton Kilo. Yes, it weighs under a “kilo”gram (910 grams to be exact; just over 2 pounds!) This is a 2-person tent that is more durable than other ultra light tents. How did they do it?
I got the details! Easton eliminated those heavy aluminum poles that are found in most tents, and developed the lightest tent pole to hit the market. They are called the “Carbon Ion poles”. Instead of heavy shock cord that is found on the inside of aluminum poles, Easton used a composite material and has a patent pending on the new AirLock connector system.
Because they were able to shave so much weight with the new pole system, they were able to use durable materials for the floor and the fly. The floor of the tent is made of 30D nylon, so your knees won’t get wet if you set up the tent on muddy or wet ground.
The patent pending locking system of the connectors in the carbon poles is quite impressive. Check out the picture below.
At the price of $399, this will be a tent for serious backpackers only. For now I’ll be taking along fewer snacks to cut down my pack weight!