PYRAMID Trekking Pole Tents - Lightweight 1 Person Backpacking Tents
STATION13 Pyramid Tent - The IMP
& GeerTop PYRAMID Tent
Both tents are available with either Aluminium Pegs or our Superlite 5g Titanium Classic Shepherd's Crook pegs.
Our STATION13 IMP pyramid tent comes in moss green only.
The GeerTop pyramid tent comes in iron blue. See photos.
Both of these tents are realistically one person, UK summer, 2/3 season tents. These tents are fully detailed below.
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Lightweight Backpacking Tent - STATION13 Pyramid Tent - IMP
- Flysheet: 210T PU-coated ripstop polyester with taped Seams + UV protection - HH 4000mm
- Inner tent: Fine polyester no-see-um bug mesh
- Bathtub floor: 190T PU-coated polyester - HH 4000mm
- 17 x Aluminium Candy Cane pegs, V-section pegs or Superlite 5g titanium tent pegs + 5 x guylines
- Internal height at apex: 100cm
- Weight: 1.65kgs/1.54kg/1.48kgs
- Pack Size: 40cm x 15cm
- Colour: Moss Green
IMPORTANT: This tent requires a walking/trekking pole to erect (not included). See our website page for suitable trekking poles HERE: Trekking Poles
Note: The 183cm x 57cm Z-pad shown in the photos of the tent is not included, but is for illustration purposes only.
The IMP is our new pyramid tent, designed for lightweight camping and backpacking, and with aluminium candy cane tent pegs weighs in at just 1.65kg.
Now, the first thing to note about the IMP is that (like the GeerTop PYRAMID tent) it does not come with any poles and is designed to be erected with a single walking/trekking pole (see our our website page for suitable trekking poles).
With a full bug mesh inner, our IMP is really better suited as a UK summer, 2/3 season tent, but of course this depends on just how the individual wants to use it.
Weighing in at slightly more than the GeerTop Pyramid tent, the IMP however does have a slightly larger internal space (110cm x 240cm), so can accommodate slightly taller people. Knowing that anyone over 5'10" may find the GeerTop Pyramid tent a little on the short side, we designed our IMP in an attempt to accommodate people up to around 6'2".
The polyester flysheet of our IMP is a slightly heavier material than the nylon flysheet fabric of the GeerTop Pyramid, but polyester has the bonus of not suffering the sagging that nylon does when wet, so the tent tends to maintain its shape much better in inclement weather. We really do like polyester flysheets particularly for this reason and feel that the very slight weight penalty is a price worth paying.
The IMP employs a flysheet of 210T PU-coated ripstop polyester with fully taped seams and a hydrostatic head of 4000mm. The sewn-in bathtub floor employs a slightly thicker, more durable 190T PU-coated polyester also with a hydrostatic head of 4000mm. As with all of our tents the seams are tape-sealed to prevent water ingress through the stitching. Unlike the iron blue of the GeerTop PYRAMID tent, the moss green flysheet of the IMP also blends in better to the environment for stealth or wild camping.
Initially we were thinking of creating a tarp-type shelter, but eventually our design morphed into this pyramid tent. I guess because we are not really tarp people (sorry tarp people), and because we felt we needed protection from the biting midges, mozzies and other little critters, we added the full mesh inner.
However, this tent is quite versatile in that it can be used with just the inner tent for very hot weather camping, and likewise it can be used with just the flysheet alone (tarp-like) if required to drastically reduce the weight.
As opposed to the GeerTop PYRAMID, the IMP has just one side opening entrance, but along with greater internal floor space it also has a fairly decent size vestibule area for some gear storage. The flysheet at the front of the tent can be fully opened up if desired - see photos.
The IMP is available with either 17 Aluminium Candy Cane tent pegs (15g each), 17 of our Aluminium V-Section tent pegs (10g each) or 17 of our Superlite Titanium Classic Shepherd's Crook tent pegs (5g each).
The weight breaks down in the following way:
Outer flysheet: 665 grams
Inner tent: 643 grams
17 x Aluminium tent pegs and 5 x guylines: 321 grams
Total with the carry bags: 1.65kgs
Note: With our Aluminium V-Section Tent Pegs the total weight is 1.54kg, while with our Superlite 5g Titanium Classic Shepherd's Crook Tent Pegs the total weight comes down to 1.48kgs.
Ultralight Backpacking Tent - GeerTop PYRAMID Tent
We supply this tent either with the very nice V-section aluminium tent pegs or our own Superlite titanium hook tent pegs. The aluminium V-pegs weigh 10 grams each, as opposed to the titanium tent pegs which weigh just 5 grams each. Hence, as this tent comes with 16 tent pegs, the titanium tent peg option provides an additional weight-saving of 80 grams, bringing the total weight down to just 1.16 kg (2.55lbs).
This one person PYRAMID tent features an inner tent and a flysheet, but unlike most small tents this ultralight tent does not come with tent poles. Instead, this tent is specifically designed for use with your walking/trekking poles.
Please note: This is GeerTop's more recent, updated version of the PYRAMID tent which features two doors (as opposed to previously just one), waterproof self-sealing zippers on the flysheet (as opposed a fabric rain shield strip), and corner uprights on the four corners of the inner tent bathtub floor.
This one person PYRAMID tent has the same 210cm x 90cm floor plan as our Glencoe 1/TOPWIND 1 tents, however it does feel somewhat less spacious inside due to the shallow sloping sides resulting from the simple (trekking pole) A-frame set up. The floor length is just OK for myself at 5'11", but due to the shallower sloping sides it may seem a little short for anyone over 5'9"/5'10", especially if using a thicker inflatable mattress as you may find the inner mesh hanging in your face if you sleep on your back. So we would really not recommend this tent for anyone over 5'10".
The GeerTop PYRAMID tent features the same high quality 20D silicone-coated, UV protected ripstop nylon (3000mm HH) as the GeerTop TOPWIND 1, but in a nice Iron Blue. The sewn-in bathtub floor on the PYRAMID tent is a 55D silicone-coated, waterproof polyester with a slightly superior hydrostatic head rating of 5000mm. The weight of this tent is kept to a minimum by employing fine nylon, no-see-um bug mesh throughout the inner tent. The all mesh inner tent will mean that this tent will be potentially colder and draughtier than tents such as our Glencoe 1/TOPWIND 1 tents that features a full polyester inner - something worth bearing in mind if you intend to use the tent in colder months or tend to sleep cold yourself. And while the manufacturers do class the PYRAMID as a three season tent, the all mesh inner tent rather implies that the tent will better suited to 2/3 season use, i.e. UK summer months and warmer weather conditions.
Because of the shallower sloping sides of the PYRAMID tent we thought that there could potentially be a problem with the head and feet of taller people pushing the inner tent onto the flysheet when lying down, however while taller people might find their feet pushing a little into the mesh end of the inner tent, the great amount of space between the inner tent and the flysheet near the ground means that the two won't actually touch. But please do bear in mind that the characteristic triangular cross section of the inner tent means that the mesh fabric is closer to your face than such as our Glencoe 1 inner tent when lying down. The GeerTop PYRAMID is probably not a tent for the novice, and as it requires trekking poles to erect, it won't be a tent for everyone. Certainly taller people may find the useable length a little on the short side and should likely steer clear.
The inner tent height at its highest point in the middle is 105cm. Two storage areas provide enough space for a decent size rucksack, boots, etc., and both areas can be accessed from within the tent.
This tent may be of particular interest for anyone considering moving up from the confines of a bivvy bag. A good Goretex, breathable bivvy bag will weigh around the 850 gram mark and probably set you back a small fortune, but for around an extra 300 grams weight penalty you could have the relative luxury of a tent. Granted, the weight of walking poles do have to be taken into consideration, but if you do already walk with poles then this point is moot. Furthermore, selling on your expensive bivvy bag will likely provide you with the funds to purchase a brand new PYRAMID tent outright!
Erecting the PYRAMID tent. Initially we only connected the two side guylines, and even with just the two pegged out the tent seemed very stable, we couldn't imagine the tent going anywhere very fast if you pegged out all six guylines and 16 tent pegs! The two air vents on the side of the flysheet are both held open by the side guylines. We played about a little with this until we realised that you can close up the vent by simply running the guyline attached to the top of the vent through the loop on the lower vent material (though with a little thought and improvisation other methods could successfully be implemented). When we only had the two side guylines pegged out we found that the lower material of the air vents sagged very close or even onto the mesh inner tent, which we did not like at all and indeed this did concern us. However, this rectified itself immediately once we had attached and pegged out the remaining four corner guylines. This naturally pulled taut the lower air vent material and instantly resolved the issue.
Two walking poles are required to erect this tent, that said, the flysheet or the inner tent can be used independently if required, and if using the flysheet on its own, then either one or two walking poles can be used.
There are pitching instructions sewn into the compression stuff sack, but you are unlikely to need them as pitching this tent is not rocket science. Whilst not quite as quick and easy to erect as either our Glencoe 1/GeerTop TOPWIND 1 or our Backpacker tents, the GeerTop PYRAMID tent is easy enough to erect once you've done it a few times. With the 4 corners of the inner tent floor pegged out, the inner tent will self support once your walking pole handles have been located into their material sleeves at the top. It is then simply a matter of throwing over the flysheet and pegging out accordingly. We found it easier to rough peg the flysheet initially, and then adjust each peg to provide a nice, taut even shape. We do certainly recommend that you have a few practice pitches with the PYRAMID tent in order to get a measure of it.
The manufacturer recommends a walking pole height of 120cm, however, we ended up actually preferring our walking poles set at 125cm. This does two things: firstly it tensions the inner tent slightly better, and secondly it slightly raises the flysheet slightly from the ground, which when pegged evenly allows for better ventilation. But this is something that you can adjust to suit yourself and indeed weather conditions.
I should just add that if you don't hike with walking poles and you are the resourceful type, then you could conceivably use strong sticks or tree branches you find en route to erect the tent - there is nothing to say you strictly have to use walking poles.
This tent utilises high quality materials and exhibits high quality workmanship throughout, which all goes to provide an extremely good, value-for-money, exceptionally lightweight tent.
The PYRAMID tent is very well made and very versatile, it is a high specification, ultralight performance tent that is going to be a very hard to better in this weight/price range. I would actually urge you to compare this tent with similar expensive, big brand name tents and weigh up just exactly what you are getting for your money. I seriously think you will find that the PYRAMID tent offers extraordinary good value for money. The PYRAMID is however a specialist tent aimed primarily at experienced backpackers who want - or need - to shed the grams, and may not be particularly suitable for the novice or first time backpacker. For first time backpackers, the TOPWIND 1/Glencoe 1 or Backpacker/BLAZER tents may be far more suitable.
Please note: All modern lightweight tents feature a lightweight flooring fabric, and though it can be made extremely waterproof, it is much less resilient, hence much more prone to damage by sharp implements - thorns, stones, etc. than the thicker, heavier materials employed by tents of old. I always use my polythene emergency survival bag as an additional groundsheet, and for this purpose it works extremely well. However if I did not have this, for peace of mind, I would surely employ an additional lightweight groundsheet for the extra protection it would offer to my lightweight tent floor. Should you require it, we can supply an additional protective lightweight groundsheet/footprint. Click the following link: Lightweight Groundsheet
See our full review and additional details here: GeerTop PYRAMID Tent
All tents purchased from STATION3 come with the manufacturers full 12 month warranty against faulty materials or workmanship, which we will honour with a full refund on return, or swift replacement.
Standard delivery is via Royal Mail 2nd Class for small items and a Royal Mail 48 Tracked/other courier for larger items such as tents.