Nigor's WickiUp 3 and 4 offer such a high space to weight ratio and unrivalled flexibility - ultralight shelter for 2-4 people.
WickiUp 3 set including full size room. Ultra Lightweight tent system, which offers our best space-to-weight ratio. The WickiUp series has been constructed from GorLyn 20 fabric using high-tenacity nylon 6.6, with a yarn thickness of 20 denier, which has a higher tensile strength than regular and most used nylon in tent construction.
The pyramid style design with one DAC center pole cuts weight in a big way. It offers extreme stability in bad weather conditions and is available in three, four and six person version. The fly sheet can be used as independent shelter and the optional inner tent can be used without the fly sheet. An half size Inner tent and footprint are optional available.
The Wiki Up 3 delivers superb 'livability' at a very low weight, the design allows you to virtually stand up inside. If you are concerned about wind resistance, don't be. Pyramid designs have proven themselves to be very stable, especially if you add storm guys to the loops provided. With all the pegging points used, the Wiki Up design sheds wind really well.
Its certainly big enough for 3 to use, but it excels as a shelter for 2 people where each person can lie on one side of the pole with additional space to keep their gear. There's no porch in this design, so you have to be quick getting in and out if its raining, and if you open the door when its wet you inevitably get some drops inside the tent. This is a small disadvantage though when the tent delivers so much more.
If you think you recognise it, then thats probably because its virtually the same as GoLite's Shangri-La 3 (which we can't get hold of). However, we think the Wiki Up 3 is a better tent. Firstly, the inner tent has fabric half way up the sides which is warmer and better suited to European conditions. Secondly, the build quality seems better. In truth we didn't have many problems with the GoLite Shangri-La, but there were a few where the pegging points failed. The Wiki Up looks better in this respect.
You can convert a pair of trekking poles for the main support (saving the weight of the pole) using a pole extender. In this configuration you are only carrying a measly 1546g for a three person shelter.
Finally, Nigor has specified a 10000mm hydrostatic head groundsheet. This is a lot higher than many other ultralight tents these days and will appeal to many.
Nigor have also produced a bathtub floor and a half size inner tent for the WickiUp series which means that you can have an even bigger and even lighter shelter for campsites where you don't need protection from insects.
Reviewed by BasecampGear
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