Easton Mountain Products’ Kilo Series of Ultra Light tents has won numerous awards in the United States, including Outside Magazine’s 2012 Gear of the Year for the 3 Person version. Allowing you to “Go Farther” according to the Easton tagline, the three versions, 1P, 2P and 3P are all essentially built with the same materials. All three tents use a lightweight Nylon, including a No-See-Um mesh for the canopy, 20D PU-coated and waterproofed fly and a 30D PU-coated and more heavily waterproofed flooring. The tent poles are all lightweight Easton Carbon ION with their patent-pending Airlock Connectors. The stakes are also a lightweight, high-strength aluminium.
The real difference between the tents is essentially size. The packed weight of the 1P weighs less than a kilogram. And because of the materials, the 3P is still only an amazing 1.6 kg.
In Australia and New Zealand, Easton Mountain Products has begun selling the Kilo Series tents through Mountain Designs, who has extended their range to now include the ultra light category. Mountain Designs was founded back in 1975 in Brisbane by rock climbing legend Rick White, the first Australian to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in the US. The company today is a vertically-integrated Outdoor Industry retailer with around 40 stores across Australia and another 10 in New Zealand. Mountain Designs offers a range of outdoor apparel, footwear, packs, sleeping bags, tents and accessories under both its own brand, as well as from some leading names including Columbia, Keen, Zamberlan, Source, and Mammut.
At our affiliate, The GearCaster, we’ve been reviewing Easton Mountain Products gear for several years now, including not only their tents, but trekking poles and snowshoes, as well. We’ve always found Easton gear to be well-made and durable.
The Easton Kilo Series of tents retails at Mountain Designs online shop for A$499.95, A$549.95 and A$659.95 for the 1P, 2P and 3P respectively. All Easton products are also available through Easton’s Australian Distributor, The Outdoor Type.