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Mountain Hardwear Kiva

in Shelters - Tarps & Floorless

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4.00 / 5 (1 reviews)

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Brian Sims
( MtnFiend )

Pasadena, CA
Mountain Hardwear Kiva on 05/09/2007 22:23:02 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I have owned this tent for years. I have used it as a shelter, bathroom, cook shelter (windy morning in Joshua Tree), and sun shade.

Most here are interested in the performance of the tent as a shelter. I love this tent. We have been using it most recently for Sierra 14er trips with my mates. One our last tent we had 4 people inside. It was tight but we stayed warm on a rather cold night. At 4lb. 11oz. that's about 1lb. 2.75oz. per person.

There are two things that I love about this tent and what set it apart from other pyramid style tents. 1) the sides of the tent go all the way to the ground 2) along the bottom of the tent are snow flaps, which are about 4-6 inches.

These combination of these two things helps keep the elements and especially the wind. This is especially important for me when camping in many of the places I go, the desert and above treeline Sierra camping.

I'm not really a one of these people who tries out all kinds of gear and nit picks the crap out of gear. I have used many tents over the years and really have come to love this tent.

There is one big thing that would make this tent a 5 out of 5; lighter material. The Kiva design is several years old and tent materials have come a long way. Mountain Hardwear has introduced the Kiva Light and shaves a hair over 1 pound off the Kiva. The problem with the Lite version is the lack of material along the bottom of the tent, which should allowing for a lot of air flow inside the tent.

Obviously if you are one that needs/wants a tent with good air flow this tent will likely not be good for you.

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