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Ultralight Backpacking
Lightweight Backpacking
Group Backpacking
2-4 lbs
Occupancy With Stove:
Nest or Liner Available:
Half Nest
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Full Nest
Cimarron Ultralight Pyramid Tent

The Cimarron is the classic pyramid shelter reimagined, strengthened, and redefined.  Carefully built from top quality, resilient 30 Denier Cordura Nylon, the Cimarron is the one shelter for all your human powered backcountry needs.  Capable of fitting four adults, and luxurious for two with lots of gear and a wood stove, the Cimarron pitches fast and easy, sheds weather, and will be a reliable companion for many years.

Handmade in Grand Junction, CO.


  • Dual zippered doors with storm flaps
  • Single peak vent
  • Ultra robust stake loops - big enough for cut or improvised stakes, twist a time or two to tighten up on standard stakes
  • Interior hang loops for tying clothes line or hanging gear
  • External guyout loops - use to steepen walls, or pitch the shelter down in tight spots



  • Weight:
    • Canopy - 39 oz / 2 lb 7 oz
    • Complete weight - canopy, stakes, carbon pole - 55 oz / 3 lb 7 oz
    • Dual screens add 10 oz
  • Dimensions:
    • Height 6'
    • Width 8' 6" (Max 9' 6 "ft center) 
    • Length 9'6" (11' 8" ft max center)
    • 94 sq ft


  • Sleeps 4 without stove
  • Sleeps 2 with stove
  • Need one size smaller?  See the LBO
  • Need one size bigger?  See the 4 Person Tipi


The Cimarron is a rectangle based structure and is therefore easy to pitch.

  • Pick your sleeping area and desired door location - this dictates how you pitch the shelter.
  • Stake the four corners in a rectangle, making sure the angles are as square and true as possible.  Do not overstretch the fabric or you will result in a bell shape at the bottom that reduces interior space.
  • Make sure vent is open or closed, stovejack is open or closed, as desired. (Harder to reach once pole is up)
  • Insert the pole and raise the shelter.
  • Stake out the doors.
  • Use the guylines on each end to stabilize and increase interior space.


For best results we recommend seam-sealing your tent.  You can do it at home or have us do it for you (adds up to one week)(if we seal the shelter it will be shipped without extra tubes of sealant):

Seam Sealing Service

  • The Cimarron includes 2 tubes of SilNet seam sealer, enough to seal the entire tipi with a tube left over.  
  • Pitch the shelter normally and seal the outside seams.
  • The easy way to seal is to run a thin bead of sealant along the seam, then press it in with a finger, wiping the excess on a paper towel.
  • Alternatively, you can use an acid brush from a hardware store to spread the sealant.





The most common questions we get about hot tents are:

  • How do you not burn the tent down?  
    • The stove jack is a high temp fiberglass material rated to several thousand degrees.  The tent material never touches the hot pipe.  You can get pinholes from floating embers, but a small dab of silicone seals the pinhole and doesn't hurt the shelter.
  • How does a floorless shelter work in wet weather?
    • Really darn well.  Don't pitch in a depression obviously, but the ground inside dries out quickly, and it's super convenient to just walk in with muddy shoes (or dogs) and not worry about getting your floor dirty.
  • What about condensation?
  • What about carbon monoxide?
    • It's truly not a concern.  We include a peak vent, plus the shelter will draw air through the zipper and under the sod skirt.  If you're still concerned, leave a door unzipped 8" or so at the bottom to allow more venting.


  • Does the Cimarron have interior hang loops for drying? 
    • The method we prefer is a prusik knot on the pole for both drying heavy gear and attaching a nest. The prusik on a pole method is strong and secure.
  • Why doesn't the Cimarron have corner guy outs? 
    • The Cimarron is not a normal pyramid / mid shelter like others have produced before. It has slight shaping and a different seam construction that provides better seam integrity and less stretch at the corners. We do put guy outs where they make sense and provide a usability and performance benefit. In our testing, and due to the way the Cimarron is designed we feel corner guy out locations are a detriment not a benefit. 




  • Shelter canopy
  • 10 stakes
  • 2 tubes of seam sealer



Cimarron 360 Look Around:

Notes; Staged with 2 bags and packs arranged zipper to zipper orientation. Two can fit on each side of the pole if need be.


Sketchup Rotation



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  • 5
    game changer

    Posted by Dylan Cipkowski on 26th Dec 2017

    I managed to get the Cimarron out for a test run this past weekend in the Adirondacks, NY. The ease of set up was great, especially due to the freezing rain; was able to take shelter from the elements relatively quickly. Tent held up well to a night of rain and snow and cold temps. I paired it with a lite outdoors stove and am happy with that setup.
    Nice work, Seek Outside and special thanks to Helen and Mary for the quality craftswomanship.

    Dylan Cipkowski

  • 5
    Silvertip's Big Brother

    Posted by Matt_S on 12th Dec 2017

    I took a trip with a friend where we needed a 2P hot setup. My Silvertip just wasn't big enough so we took his Cimmaron. Honestly unless they are set up side by side it is very hard to tell the difference from the outside. But then you go inside and the Cimmaron is almost big enough to do cartwheels in. It is perfect for 2 guys, all your gear and a stove with firewood (just keep your sleeping bag clear of the stove). It takes a little more thought to set up than the Silvertip due to the larger footprint and the slightly higher stance which takes a little more wind, but as an all around shelter it is hard to beat this guy! So now do I keep the Silvertip and buy a Cimmaron or sell the Silvertip and just run a Cimmaron? I think I will keep them both as the Silvertip gets the edge when it is a warm weather 2P hike or cold weather solo outing.

  • 4
    Lightweight and durable

    Posted by Unknown on 2nd Nov 2017

    Spent 3 weeks in the Selway Bitterroot wilderness of idaho with 2 guys gear and a large wood stove. Ended up raining hard on us the first couple days. I seam sealed the tent which never leaked once. The tent is surprisingly light and with a compression sack packs down surper small. The rest of the trip we battled heat and snow which was no problem for the tent. I did use the outside tie down points which was a bad idea and seemed to stretch the fabric. The condensation was horrible when it was cold and the stove wasn't burning. With the stove bucking you will still have about a foot of condensation on the sides. That being said I would rather deal with condensation than being cold. And a tip for you slower hunters/campers like myself if you roll at all in your sleep and use this setup with at wood stove build a barrier between you and the stove or you will burn your sleeping bag. All in all I love the tent and will end up buying a bigger one from these guys.

  • 5
    Game Changer!

    Posted by Dave, New Mexico on 31st Jul 2017

    My Cimarron arrived well ahead of schedule and I'm very pleased with the quality. All seems are perfect looking. It pitches very quick and easy. I've added LineLoc3s to the side guyouts, they attach directly to the guyout point without any modification in case anyone is wodering about adding this feature. I'm using 2mm orange reflective guyline that I've also attached to each stake to aid in pulling out of the ground. The stakes provided are pre drilled for this which is a nice touch. I'll also be ordering a stove in the near future so I can extend the temperature range at which I'm comfortable heading into the mountains. This will be a real game changer come hunting season!

  • 5
    2 adults 2 kids

    Posted by Dan on 5th Apr 2017

    Took this tent down the New Hance Trail into the Grand Canyon in March for three days. It slept me, my wife and our two kids (8 and 11), with room for all our packs inside. Great lightweight tent for a family.

  • 5
    What a great product!

    Posted by Jess on 13th Mar 2017

    Just tested this shelter (CF and Nest included) for the first time on March 11th, in a very unique ecosystem called Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, George Washington National Forest, WV. Partly cloudy with a high of 21°, low of 12°, and with a wind chill of-3° with 2" of snowfall from the day prior. Now that location and weather conditions are provided, we can now discuss my initial impressions and overall thoughts.

    Out of the box, it was pretty straight forward and fairly intuitive. You stake it down, erect the center pole and make final adjustments if need be. I suggest staking the 4 corners first, then the center pole, and finally the other 4 ground points. Doing all 8 stakes first made the pitch more difficult to pitch. Stuff size is impressively small for such a spacious shelter, and the weight is amazing compared to typical shelters. Very nice not having to crawl into this shelter, and it is roomy enough to hang out in while waiting out the weather.

    Craftsmanship is top notch, giving a special nod to the quality of the zipper and fabric. Smooth operation of zipper pull, strong stitching, and reinforced stress points. Made in the USA is very nice to see.

    Slept 3 on this weekend trip, and kept the tent fully closed during sleep. Condensation was noticeable, but did not get on us or our gear. Wind did not rattle the tent at all, making for a peaceful and restful night.

    Overall, I am very happy with this shelter. Compared to firsthand experience with other companies (Kelty, Eureka!, Tarptent, Big Agnes, Nemo Equipment, REI, Hilleberg), this shelter rates among some of the best I've used based on; design, weight, space, durability, and cost.

    One change I might consider, would be a longer sod skirt. Was not an issue, but I could see an opportunity there if one wanted to pitch the tent higher, off the ground, similar to a bell tent.

  • 5
    Awesome setup!!!

    Posted by Unknown on 29th Dec 2016

    Did quite a bit of research on the ideal two-man setup (with a stove) for my hunts. For me it came down to two options, the Cimarron or the Tut from Kifaru. Dimensions are similar enough, and the materials are essentially the same, but the Cimarron came in quite a bit less expensive.

    The ordering process was done on the internet, and I received a quick response of an order confirmation. The following day I received a shipping notification email and I had the tent a few short days later.

    First setup was a breeze after seeing the videos on YouTube, and probably took about 8 minutes. That included tying on guy lines and staking them out. Of note, this comes with mini groundhog stakes, but they don't have loops of cord on them to help with pulling them out, so I'd suggest you get some extra guy line to add it.

    For seam sealing I chose the GE Premium Silicone and odorless mineral spirits method. I used a 1/2" foam brush to apply is on all seams and around the stove jack and 24 hours later it was dry and ready to go.

    I'm afraid I haven't used the tent "in the wild" yet, but I did set it up in the back yard and the kids and I did a couple nights out there. Everything was great. Living in Texas, I plan on adding the nest at a later date to help us with the warm and buggy seasons.

    For my stove I chose the Lite Outdoors 18" stove. I decided a cylindrical stove worked best for me and I'm happy I did so. I have no doubt that the Seek Outside stove is great, since every product I've experienced from them has been.

    Thanks for creating such a great product!!!

  • 5
    Sweet Setup!

    Posted by Andrew R. on 20th Dec 2016

    First floorless shelter and I expect it to work out great. Setup is easy...just make sure to stake out the corners correctly. I bought extra cordage to be able to set the Cimarron up off the ground a few inches for better ventilation, which actually gives you a little more headroom as well. Quality is great and expect years of backcountry use out of the Cimarron. 2 guys with gear and the stove works out well. I'm not sure why people are saying you can't fit 2 people with stove(?)

  • 5
    Nice Shelter

    Posted by Unknown on 6th Dec 2016

    Have only got a couple nights in it but it is laid out well and is a great palace for 1 on an extended hunt or cold weather, and could be cozy for two with some gear, stove, wood. I like the opposing doors and really keeps it well ventilated. This seems to be my new go to shelter for a lightweight floorless with a lot of luxury for 1 or 2 and plenty of room to sit up and not feel too restricted in the height or side wall angle. I will carry a little extra weight for the space and comfort, and in this case it is a worthy tradeoff!