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During a long backpack in the Grand Canyon last year we were hit with a high wind storm event. Classic free standing tents were flattened right on top of their occupants pounding them like a drum between gusts. A good nights sleep was hard to come by. Some of my friends were grumpy come morning. Why does lightweight mean that you compromise storm worthiness?
Hyperlite Mountain Gear has been making lightweight minimalist storm worthy shelters for years mainly used by experts comfortable with tarp or pyramid shelter systems that lack floors and other creature comforts. I'm pretty thrilled to see Hyperlite launch a new tent called Dirigo for mainstream backpackers who insist on bomber weather-ability first, but want something much lighter than tents you find in REI. Better yet, it has a built in bathtub floor, bug netting, and other comforts found on heavier products providing peace of mind from the mice, snakes and scorpions that roam around at night. At 28 ounces it sleeps two.
This is one of my favorite photos with my Dirigo tent while testing last year. When the weather was spitting mad, I was always comfortable inside keeping the big camera dry. It was so confidence inspiring. It packs small and gives me a lightweight boost during those hard exits to the canyon rim that are not optional. Bravo Hyperlite!