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The Outdoor Designs Summit Extreme is a tent that was created for a singular purpose - to climb serious mountains quickly with the lightest weight and greatest level of security possible. It weighs in at just about 3.25 pounds, making it among the lightest two-person bomber mountaineering tents on the market. The Summit Extreme is constructed of Exchange Lite Gore-Tex, and has a large rear vent. (Exchange Lite Gore-Tex is not available in tents sold in the U.S.; Outdoor Designs is manufactured in the U.K.) It uses Easton 340 Carbon FX poles which are 35% lighter but 208% stronger than similar aluminum models. The Summit Extreme has an extremely low profile at 28 inches, and 13 stake out points. It has a small footprint and can be pitched in very small spots. A unique feature is the dual sealed tie out points, intended to allow two climbers to be directly anchored to the mountain without having to open the tent to pass a rope or slings. At $660 USD, the Outdoor Designs Summit Extreme is a very expensive tent. Is it worth it?


  • Overview
    • In Brief
  • TABLE. Specifications: Tent Type, Fabric Description, Pole Material, Weight Full Package, Weight Minimum Package, Weight Of Accessories, Floor/Vetibule Area, Floor Area/Backpacking Light Minimum Weight Ratio, Dimensions, Model year, MSRP
  • Usable Features / Ease of Use
  • Weight / Sizing
  • Usable Space
  • Wind Stability
  • Storm Protection
  • Ventilation / Condensation Resistance
  • Insect Protection
  • Durability
  • Value
  • Recommendations for Improvement

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