K-Way Kilimanjaro 2
Mark Johnston took this expedition tent hiking in the Cederberg.
What do you like about it?
There are three things thatmake a good hiking tent: it must be compact, light and strong enough to withstand stormy mountain weather. The Kilimanjaro ticks all the boxes.
What’s it made of?
The flysheet is made from ripstop nylon and has a waterhead of 3000mm. It should keep you dry in the most ferocious of downpours. The poles are aluminium, so they’re light and strong.
How does it perform in bad weather?
The weather gods were kind to us on our trip, sowe didn’t get to experience the tent’s poor weather performance. However, I’m confident that it will stand up to big storms thanks to the pole configuration. With tents, strength is determined by pole crossings: the greater the number of intersections, the stronger the framework. This tent, with its unusual “halo” pole encircling the apex, has seven pole intersections, more than most other hiking models I’ve tested.
There are two loose segments in the halo pole (all the others are joined by an elastic shock cord). Lose one of these and the tent is pretty much useless.
How long does it take to pitch?
given the unusual pole design I was expecting it to be long and complicated. But it’s actually quite easy thanks to the instructions and colour-coded tent poles. From out the bag to cracking the first beer took about 10 minutes.
Is it easy to pack away?
The carry bag is quite small. On the first attempt I couldn’t get the tent in, so I had to unroll it and start over. Take the time to squeeze out all the air and it packs away fine.
Number of people: 2
Price: R2 500
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