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    Guardian - A 13,617 foot peak in the San Juan Range of mountains in Southwest Colorado.

    The Guardian is an ultralight two person hot tent that is lightweight enough for solo trips.  No holds barred, that's what we designed it to do. 

    If you take solo trips and value space, but also do trips with two people, the Guardian is a good fit.  Throw in wood stove capability and late season comfort opens up.  The Guardian is a bit larger and a small amount heavier than the Silex or Eolus, but with more room and geometry that allows for the use of a wood burning tent stove.  The result is a tent light enough to pack on solo trips, but big enough for two ultralight minded people in cold weather, with a tent stove.

    The Guardian pitches with two trekking poles and the small footprint means you can squeeze it into tight spots.  Careful catenary cuts allow for good seam tension which translates to wind and weather performance.  The doors open taller than the Eolus, which gives easier entry and exit.

    Our patented Zipperless Doors make this tent easy to use, plus more durable and lighter weight than most.

    Handmade in Grand Junction, CO.

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    • Pitches with two trekking poles (not included)
    • Ultralight Two Person Hot Tent with excellent storm coverage
    • Add optional nest to provide total bug and weather protection
    • Zipperless Doors
    • Fabric - 30D Cordura spec ripstop double coated silnylon. Hydrostatic head rating 3000-4000 mm.  
    • Sized for two 6'5" men, but light enough for solo use
    • When used as a hot tent, you can't use the nest and a stove at the same time.


    • Fabrics - fabric is a 30D Cordura spec silnylon.  Read more - Tent Fabrics - A Comparison Of Fabric Types
    • Seam Sealing - the shelter needs to be seam sealed.  It is simple to do yourself, or you can pay us to do it.
    • Carbon Pole Option - for users who do not take trekking poles, or for users who don't want to sacrifice both poles to the shelter.  Pole weighs 3.8 oz.  If you want one or two poles click the link - Carbon Pole for Trekking Pole Tents


    • Average Weights:
      • Canopy without stovejack, stakes, stuff sacks, & cordage - 29 oz
      • Canopy with stovejack, stakes, stuff sacks, & cordage -  33 oz
    • Dimensions:
      • Height - 51"
      • Door to door 142"
      • Width 110"
      • Pole to pole width 70"
      • 70 sqft total area, sleeping area 45 sqft
      • Large percentage of usable space.
    • Fabric - 30D Cordura spec ripstop double coated silnylon.  Hydrostatic head rating 3000-4000 mm.  



    • Stake out the center rectangular portion.
    • Insert a pole into the pole pocket and raise, then stake out the door guyline.
    • Common problems are having the door stakes too far from the pole, creating sag in the ridgeline.  Move the door stake closer to the pole by taking up slack in the line at the top, and this will solve the sag issues.


    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

    • We send our shelters with enough seam sealer to seal the entire shelter.  
    • 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.


    • Shelter canopy
    • 8 Stakes
    • Stuff Sack
    • Seam Sealer (If you don't have us seam seal it.)
    • Does not come with poles.  This shelter is intended to pitch with two 120 to 140 cm trekking poles.


    Q.  What are the differences in the Silex and Guardian?

    A. The Silex is a solo hot tent, the Guardian is a two person ultralight hot tent.

    Q.  What are the differences in the Eolus and Guardian?

    A.  The Eolus is a smaller and lighter weight shelter for two people, but you can't use a stove in the Eolus with two people.  The Guardian door opens taller than the Eolus, making it easier to enter and exit.

    Q:  What are the differences in the Guardian and the Cimarron?

    A:  The Cimarron is more spacious for two people with a stove, but quite a bit heavier for solo use.  The Guardian fits solidly into the big solo or ultralight two person hot tent category.