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GoLite Hut 1

in Shelters - Tarps & Floorless

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5.00 / 5 (4 reviews)

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Ryan Hutchins
( ryan_hutchins )

Somewhere out there
GoLite Hut 1 on 11/11/2007 19:52:08 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have used the GoLite Hut 1 on a number of trips now both short and extended. The longest was a twelve day trip this summer. I encountered heavy rain for 11 out of twelve days of that trip.
The Hut 1 kept me and my partner dry and comfortable throughout heavy rains and high humidity. The ability to pitch the shelter in many configurations allows users to maximize weather-proofness, while also maintaining good air flow. We found the Hut 1 a tight fit for two adults (and we're married!) however we were never uncomfortable or pushed from the shelter of the tarp. For two big fellas, this is probably not the tarp to choose though.

Easy set up with one or two trekking poles. Great wind and rain protection. Easy to fit in small flat areas off the beaten path.

I am excited to try this tarp out in a winter environment.

Golite pack and Shelter

Edited by ryan_hutchins on 11/11/2007 19:57:24 MST.

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Mike Clelland
( mikeclelland - M )

The Tetons (via Idaho)
GoLite Hut 1 on 11/29/2007 09:40:17 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I've used the GoLite Hut 2 (a little bigger) in the winter. It's fine.

It takes a little extra time to adjust it so it's nice and tight.

Ryan - hey, give a review after you get out of the mountains...


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Dan Whalley
( thedanwhalley )

peakdistrict natonial park, UK
Goilte hut shelter on 11/30/2007 11:08:49 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

me and my girlfriend to have the golite hut 2, we found it to cope with all weathers apart from strong winds where naturally a more sheltered area is needed, we recently walked the west highland way national trail in Scotland where we encounter many weathers including snow and it coped fine but yes it needs a little more time to get the right tension through the panels, I think you will be fine though in the hut 1 shelter!

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Steven McAllister
( brooklynkayak )

Atlantic North East
GoLite Hut 1 on 12/16/2009 10:30:04 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have the Hut 1.
Recently had to pitch it on a flat exposed rock in 40+ MPH winds.

Used heavy rocks instead of stakes. Pitched it tight to the ground. No problems. Because of the tight pitch, it was much warmer inside than out and because of the wind, no condensation.

Condensation hasn't been an issue in wet environments when pitched with a gap on the bottom and/or the door partially open.

It is roomy for one in the worst conditions. Two people maybe if pitched high in good weather.

Everything about it is very durable and you pay the price in weight.
The material is a little heavier than standard silnyon, the stake loops are heavy straps and the zipper much heavier duty than what you find on most ultralight shelters. This means you can definitely rely on it in extreme conditions and abuse.
But it still isn't much heavier than a pound, so it can still be considered ultralight shelter.

If you want something like it, but much lighter, check out the Gossamer Gear SpinnShelter. Looks like similar design, but made with lighter components.

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