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Outdoor Research NightHaven Shelter (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)

Palatial bug and rain free area for two people at well under 2 lbs


by Alan Dixon | 2005-08-13 03:00:00-06

Outdoor Research NightHaven Shelter (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)

Outdoor Research NightHaven Shelter
Weight: 1 lb 10.9 oz (762 g)
Area: 56.4 ft2 (5.2 m2)
Options: Add in floor/footprint

I saw a number of innovative floorless, single walled shelters at this OR. This is a healthy trend for hardcore ultralighters who will have much to choose from this spring.

The NightHaven is my favorite. It has a bomber pitch, complete rain and bug protection, and room to rival most 3-person tents. But it weighs less than most tarp shelters. There’s a huge interior vestibule area in the front portion of the shelter to store gear and to, ahem, cook. This would be a fabulous 2+ season shelter for the Sierras or Rockies.

Here’s a list of cool features of the NightHaven

  • Silnylon ripstop fabric
  • Complete rain and bug protection
  • A Partial floor seals around shelter edges to keep bugs and rain out
  • Vents under tent edges, large vent at rear of shelter, and zippered vent at peak for ventilation
  • A very stable tent with two trekking poles, catenary cut design and lots of stakeouts at the right points. 6 major stakeout points have webbing with adjustable tension buckles. Should handle a lot of wind!
  • Large zippered front door
  • Interior storage pocket

Ventilation: A zippered peak vent perfect for convective ventilation. Warm air exits out the peak vent pulling cooler and drier air in from the sides and rear vents under the tent edges. Vent is strategically located to cook in the tent (not recommended by the manufacturer!). In the bottom right you can see the partial floor sealing around the edge of the tent. Black fabric is the optional floor with grommeted reliefs for trekking pole tips

A potential downside of the NightHaven may be limited breathability. I can see the potential for condensation in cold, humid and windless conditions. The ventilation features will help, but to what extent? Only field testing will tell for sure. This should not be a problem for drier mountain and desert areas of the West and Southwest.


"Outdoor Research NightHaven Shelter (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)," by Alan Dixon. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2005-08-13 03:00:00-06.