Brooks-Range Rocket Tent S2
Design: four-season, high-mountain, assault tent
Ease of Setup: Easy!
Weight: 1 lb 6 oz.
Price Paid: n/a
In September 2009, I had the opportunity to take a prototype of the Rocket Tent on an attempted traverse of a yet to be skied section of the Andes in Chile. The traverse was unsuccessful, but it wasn't because of the tent.
This tent is truly revolutionary. It is light, strong, and comfortable. Carry a four-season shelter, but not carrying additional poles is awesome. Using an avalanche probe, and ski poles makes for an incredibly strong structure. While the fabric is not breathable, the design of the tent allows for good air movement, and it was surprisingly dry inside.
This tent is certainly not designed for the weekend-the-lake camping trip. It is a high-mountain-moving-fast-going-far kind of tent.
The prototype was a little rough around the edges, but the primary features were fantastic. Now, I have a production model, and all of the rough edges have been smoothed out. It is now coming up on September 2010, and I will again be testing and reviewing the tent for a month of ski mountaineering in the Andes.
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The Rocket Tent S2 is the same as the A2 with the addition of an integrated rescue sled included in the floor of the tent.
Designed by Dick Jackson, one of the most accomplished mountain guides in the US, the Rocket Tent brings a minimalist mind-set to winter tents. That mind-set starts with the poles: why carry tent poles when ski poles and an avalanche probe are already along? The Rocket uses those items as poles to pull off the astonishing weight of one pound six ounces! Additionally, the Rocket uses incredibly strong and lightweight CT³ fabric developed by Cubic Tech, its aerodynamic shape and its guyout system to make this tent rock solid in the worst conditions. It's all you need and not one gram more.
Rocket Tent S2 features:
1 door, 1 vestibule, 2-person tent
3 zippered vents
Crazy-strong and light CT³b fabric
Sidewall tie-through holes for staying anchored while sleeping
Metalized color minimizes heat loss in winter, heat gain in summer
Floor footprint available