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.
The Cimarron mountains are a group of rugged peaks in Southwestern Colorado, known for their terrific fall color, and exceptional trout fishing. The Cimarron river flows on the East side of the range into the Gunnison River which is famous for it's gold medal waters. Cimarron is also the Cheyenne word for "Wild" or "Wild One" and can also mean "Free Spirited".
Where will your Cimarron take you?
Requires 6 stakes, can use up to 10 (included).
If you want to use the Cimarron as a hot tent with one of our stoves, you will need a Stove Jack
For best results we recommend seam-sealing your tent, we include a tube of McNett Silnet with every tent and you can buy extra from us as well. You can do it at home or have us do it for you (adds 2-3 weeks).
Height 68 - 72 inches
Width 8' 6" (Max 9' 6 "ft center)
Length 9'6" (11' 8" ft max center)
Canopy Weight 36 ounces
Sq FT ~94
Dual entrances with Storm Flaps (allows additional peak venting)
Single Apex Vent
Compatible with the 2 person nest
The least expensive and lightest is a pole extender for a trekking pole, however the trekking pole needs to be a standard use trekking pole with a max height of at least 52 inches. An REI aluminum tarp pole is inexpensive and effective, but the pointed end must be used in the ground side. Our Cimarron carbon pole with aluminum adjuster is the lightest dedicated pole option we offer and very robust.
Save by purchasing the Cimarron, carbon pole, and a medium stove as a bundle.
Does the Cimarron have interior hang loops for drying ?
At the Apex there are some loops, however 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 provides better shelter canopy integrity
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.
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.
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.Dan
5th Apr 2017
What a great product!
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.Jess
13th Mar 2017
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!!!Unknown
29th 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(?)Andrew R.
20th 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! Unknown
6th Dec 2016
I recently used my cimarron on a four night rifle hunt in MT. Since it was going to be fairly mild I set it up off the ground. I set up on damp ground and the walls were wet the first morning but after a couple days of running the stove the ground dried up and there was very little condensation. It's a great one person shelter. It would work for two but it'd be tight with a stove and any gear. It withheld 20 mph winds easily. Very easy setup and takedown.Gabe Halley
18th Nov 2016
Just spent my seventh night in my Cimarron. Several of those days with significant rains. Good lightweight shelter and kept me dry. Use it for horsepacking and it really saves space in the panniers compared to other backpacking tents I've used. Once I got it set up right (need to make sure your end tie-outs are snug so there's no sagging) I found I had plenty of room for myself, my hunting gear, and even my two saddles. I ran mine without a pole and just tied up the apex to an overhead rope and this added more room. Two hunters could make this tent work as long as they weren't campbound for too many days. Only thing I wished for was that it came seam-sealed from the factory. I've not made time to do mine and found one small leak in a seam. I'll be sealing it now. I might add a half-liner as like all single walled tents, there is some condensation in cold temps but I found with just me, it was easy to avoid the walls.Robby Denning
1st Oct 2016
Epic Comfort and Functionality
Just back from a 10 day elk hunting trip in Colorado. I have had "tipi" style shelters before but this one exceeded my expectations. I love the multiple pitching options and makes this a very versatile shelter. Add in a stove and you have a 4 season palace. We had temps down to the mid 20's but no issue when you have this kind of setup. When you have a Cimarron in camp you are hardly "roughing" it (dont tell the wife's). Also did I mention how easy this thing is to set up? So intuitive and does not take special training to achieve a good pitch. This another big advantage this shelter has over the competition. Ryan
20th Sep 2016
Ready for the Backcountry
This thing is sweet. After seam sealing (and flipping it right-side out), I left it up in my backyard up in the mountains for 2 days in the pouring rain and it handled like a champ. I pitched it on wet ground though, so condensation was pretty significant. With 2 people on cots you can get a little water on your head and feet when you move around at night. I plan on buying or making a ground cloth out of tyvek which I think will make a big difference. Also, pitching it up a little higher with an air gap at the bottom will probably help a lot.
Pros: Versatile, light, easy to pitch, perfect for 1 or 2 people in the backcountry
Cons: doesn't have the interior stake loop for the sod skirt like I saw in some YouTube videos (they said it was probably a custom order), significant condensation on wet ground, trekking pole extender with 135cm trekking pole puts it at only about 60"-62" off the ground at the center pole (I made an additional extender and easily got to 72" so not a problem really), not quite enough guy-out points
This may seem like a lot of cons but believe it or not I'm thrilled with the tent and can't wait to use it on my elk hunt this fall. Also, their customer service is amazing, the tent got here 2 weeks earlier than the 3 week lead time, and when I called with questions about pitching options they were super pleasant to talk to. Andrew Giesler
25th Aug 2016
At first I was surprised to see such a small filled stuff sack inside the UPS packaged box. Once I got the Cimarron opened up and pitched in the backyard I was blown away! I was able to get it set up pretty quickly and was very impressed with the workmanship that went into this tipi style shelter. This was the first time I actually got to see and feel this item in person and was not disappointed. I can't wait to really break it in next month on my son's upcoming Cub Scout's camp out and some scouting trips. If I decide to upgrade to a bigger shelter I will be sticking with Seekoutside! Thanks again for this great product!!! Marcial Perez
16th Mar 2016