Kangri geodesic mountain tent
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Light enough to carry, strong enough to cope, the Kangri carefully balances durability, strength and weight to deliver a structure that will cope with the harsh conditions you may face on your expedition.
Based on the classic 4 pole geodesic structure the Kangri is light enough to provide shelter even at the most remote camps. The premium DAC NSL Featherlite aluminium poles are up to 15% lighter than a comparable traditional strength pole, the 40D Sil Nylon outer is strong enough to provide protection from elements and heavy-handed sherpas!!
When you are high in the mountains you are going to be limited as to the perfect spot to pitch your tent. The Kangris geodesic design creates a large living space with good head-room for a relatively small tent footprint. The free standing nature of the geodesic structure means it doesn't need pegs for its structural integrity opening up sites with marginal peg placements as options. Its strength is gained from the poles crossing at multiple points and we are not afraid to say we have based the Kangri on the original 4 poles concept. Many have tried but we don't feel it can be bettered. The shock loads of the wind and the more static loads of snowfall are distributed more evenly throughout the pole structure and flysheet.
The attention to detail throughout the Alpkit mountain tents is second none to make sure you can spend every second enjoying the mountains. Every detail has been thought about to maximise its designed use. The fabrics are light, yet strong. Every stress point, be it a peg loop, guy point or internal hang tab has been reinforced to withstand repeated loadings. We thought about every detail of this tent so you can maximise your time enjoying the mountains.
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NB - Kangri doesn't come with any pegs, leaving you free to add your favourite set.
- 4 pole classic geodesic strong and spacious mountain tent
- Inner pitch first, freestanding setup
- Geodesic design for a high strength to weight ratio
- Bar-tacked stress points for strength and dependability
- 2 entrances give a more comfortable living space
- 2 spacious porch vestibules for storing boots and rucksacks
- Stash pockets for organising your gear
- Two internal hang loops for torch or gloves
- Mesh/nylon doors for venting when you need it
- Fabric retains internal temperature and dries quickly
- Multiway zip doors offer numerous configurations
- Factory taped seams
- Bathtub construction keeps moisture out
- Colour-coded poles make pitching straight-forward
- Footprint optional
- 3 Year Alpine Bond
Sleeps: 2 (3 at a squeeze)
Total Weight: 3527 g
Flysheet: 1250 g
Inner: 1288 g
Poles: 868 g
Guylines: 72 g
Tent bag: 120 g
Pole bag: 20 g
Peg bag: 15 g
Packed size: ⌀19 x 60 cm
Outer: 40D Si/PU Nylon ripstop
Inner: 20D Nylon ripstop
Poles: 4 poles, DAC NSL Featherlite Green
Other: Buckles: Duraflex; Zips: YKK
What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments
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As with all Alpkit products this is a great price of equipment to have, very water/wind proof. Lots of storage pockets and hanging loops to hang lights ect. Having 2 porches is a bonus for cooking.
Even though a little on the heavy side for solo backpacking I like to know I will be safe and secure while out and I have no qualms about taking the Kangri out with me.
Great tent which makes others jealous!
I absolutely love this tent, it's the best I've ever had. It's rock solid in a storm; it looks great (red! with a porthole!); it's got loads of really useful features; it can be used with just the footprint and the outer for lighter-weight backpacking; I could go on.
My one gripe is that, because I tend to camp for long periods (2 weeks) in one place (upland Britain usually), the UV will inevitably get the flysheet in the end, long before the inner or the poles give out. I would love to be able to buy a second flysheet to lengthen its life. Wouldn't this be an eco-friendly option?! It's a pretty expensive tent and I really want to keep using it for years and years. What do you think, Alpkit?
Purchased the Kangri in December last year and used it throughout the winter on solo wild camps in Derbyshire but predominantly North Wales. As a two-man tent its HUGE for one person, likened to a cave by fellow wild campers! its very easy to put up and takes me about 5 minutes on my own, only draw back is due to its height it does catch the wind a little. I particularly like the way the fly sheet attaches to the inner using secure clips, making it very quick to erect and take down. Another big plus is the array of inside pockets, very useful, also the multiple hanging points. Its seen heavy rain and strong wind and has stood up well to both, very little flapping tent fabric, probably due to the taught side-wall design of the tent. Haven't found any weaknesses at all, only positives so far and compared to its nearest rival its certainly worth the money.
Better than expected
Alpkit is a company I hadn't heard of until now, I was looking into replacing my old dome 3-season tent to a geodesic, with a bit more headroom and survivability. Two names came up on the Walk Highlands forum - the Terra Nova Quasar and the Alpkit Kangri. After months of researching and reading the two two, I took a gamble on the Kangri, after reading unfavourable reviews on the quality of the Quasar tent poless. Delivery was quick and a thank you note in the package was a nice touch to the overall experience and worthy of 5 star customer services.
Keen to try it out the Kangri and put it through it's paces, I pitched on the tail end of Storm Connor, that hit the Outer Hebrides with 90-100mph winds and driving rain. Gusts were still about 50-60mph on the day, but if the tent couldn't survive that, it would certainly not be a mountain grade - 4 season. Pitching proved challenging with one person in these conditions, with a few attempts required to get the poles in the right place and the occasional creek as the poles found their form. (As in previous tents, I've marked out the eyelets on the inner with orange/yellow cord, to make pole-to-groundsheet orientation quicker in future) The clip on design of the fly sheet is a welcome touch, especially with cold hands in winter. Then the buckle straps can be pulled to secure the fly sheet in place and make it taut.
As the footprint was out of order, I purchased this without the footprint, with the intention of adding this at a later date. In the end, I ended up using a 212D Oxford Tarp groundsheet, weighing in at 310g to reduce wear and boost the already 10,000HH the bathtub sheet is rated at. Using without a tarp will not cause leaks into the Kangri, but for longevity of the groundsheet, it's always recommended to use one.
Once pegged out and sitting, it remained surprisingly stable compared to using a dome or a ridge. I should add, that although the tent comes with 20 candy cane pegs, for the purposes of this review I was using an old set of aluminium Y pegs and later ordered Alpkit's Apex V Titanium pegs, for the extra guy points this tent comes with. Due to the extreme whether I camp in, candy canes are too easy to pull out.
Despite getting the inner quite damp in rain, none of this had leaked through to the inner part and remained touch dry. As this is designed to offer better airflow and reduce condensation, the inner was completely dry within about 10/15 minutes. In previous tents, breathing after about 20 minutes would cause condensation on the sides. So even closed up, the Kangri offered impressive breathability, without being drafty or having to vent using the doors.
After emptying and stowing a 65litre pack, I realised what I had been missing with these newer tents. With extra pockets running along the inside, glow in the dark zippers and 2 roomy vestibules, I felt right at home. Even a small hood on the door, to allow the tent to vent a little, without getting rain inside proved useful. Being 6.4, tent height is often a problem with me sitting up or moving around. Pushing the inner against the outer everytime I needed to move, I felt like some sort of whac-a-mole game. But plenty of space in the Kangri to move about, even for 2, so I made the right choice with a geodesic design.
After adding a few more tweaks , I took the Kangri out on a second weekend trial. I was expecting freezing conditions, heavy snow, rain, sleet, hail, thundersnow and gales. Ideal conditions for a weekend camp out I thought! Pitched the tent just below a ridge line on a sandy hill, rear facing into the direction of the wind. With a bit more confidence and speed this time around, I had the ground sheet to last guyline done in about 9 minutes, in 20-25mph winds. As an added precaution, I crossed the Y pegs with the candy canes that came with the Kangri, as the ground was more sand than dirt.
That night, the conditions were worse than thought and there were a few moments I felt that I would need to bail and seek shelter. Had I made a misake going out in this with a Kangri? Wind direction had changed and hit the tent side on, with winds recorded at 83mph for the area! Hail stones the size of marbles and heavy rain made the night sleepless and noisy, with the occasional rumble of thunder thrown in. In the morning, I woke up and surveyed any damage that may have been caused. In a rookie mistake, I had forgotten to place rocks to secure the guy lines down. Even with 2 pegs to each guyline, all the wind facing pegs had moved near 90degrees in the opposite direction, but remained pinned in by the Candy Canes. In sand, this would have been trouble and most certainly, a new tent job. Shaking the ice off and checking stitching and areas I would expect a tent to fail, I found no stress or tearing. When dismantling the tent, about a litre of water had pooled between the ground sheet and the footprint. Hadn't noticed any leakage though, despite all the moving around in side, squashing the two sheets together. Couldn't believe it, the tent had done exactly as advertised!
As someone new to the brand, I was extremely hesitant to fork out this much money for something unknown. The weather here in the Outer Hebrides is harsh and unforgiving, but the Kangri stood up as a quality tent and one I would feel confident to take anywhere. It's comfortable and the small additions do make a difference overral if you are weathered in. The days of having only one vestibual are over, making cooking and changing wind directions easier to cope with. While hestitant and sceptical at first, I have every confidence that Alpkit do quality items at some really, insane prices. I look forward to seeing how this performs in my more extreme ventures. Well done Alpkit!
Bought this as a comfy four season tent that would take a battering in the mountains. Whilst the winds have been kind to date it's a classic four pole design with lots of pegging points and guys so I'm not expecting it to be challenged. Specific points I like are:
It's a good size for two big blokes plus gear. I don't think we could fit a third!
Love the colour - chilli red
Window is handy for surveying the weather.
Especially like the snap link system for connecting the inner and outer and footprint. Makes erection very easy.
Well done Alpkit. Like so much of the stuff it's excellent value. Keep it up!
Great winter tent
I bought this tent in January 2016 and used it on 3 Scottish winter summit camps. On my second outing, the forecast turned out to be horribly wrong and I got battered by strong winds and snow at 900m. The Kangri stood up to it all with ease. It is an excellent tent for winter camping.
There is a massive amount of space, easily enough for two people plus gear. It's actually a bit too big for my needs as I use it solo most of the time.
The supplied pegs need replaced if you plan to pitch the tent in anything other than ideal ground.
It is quite heavy, but I find this acceptable due to the available space and sturdiness of the tent when pitched.
Overall, I am very happy with this tent for winter mountain use.
I have been using my Kangri continuously for 3 months on my Round The World cycle ride.
I have absolutely no complaints about it. It is huge for a solo traveller but that is the luxury of travelling by bike.
I haven't even untied the storm guys yet, it is very solid in a strong wind even without them.
I'm sure they will be useful over the winter in Turkey and Georgia.
I find it a little difficult to put up on my own if it's windy, once the inner is pegged down, no problem.
I prefer the red colour but chose green as I am doing a lot of stealth camping.
Maybe Alpkit could make a true Stealth version by removing the extremely bright reflective parts from the tent?
Very happy so far although, as with many tents in the past I expect it will be the zips that fail first.
I actually bought this tent because the cost of replacing the zips on my Terra Nova was so high.
Following my negative review resulting from the peg debacle I feel I should balance it with a review of the tent itself. Having spent 48 hours in the Kangri I can happily say it is a very good tent. Excellent features, storage pockets, gear hangers, door portholes, doors themselves etc. Also an excellent size and very comfortable for 2 occupants; I am 6'3" and super easy to put up. Only 4 stars however due to some very slight dampness coming through the groundsheet. We had 24 hours of almost constant rain and found damp patches on the groundsheet, particularly where it had been in contact with mud and a dead slug. It was very very slight damp though, hardly wet to the touch. I guess in prolonged wet the footprint is a good idea. Flysheet kept us totally dry from above. I still think it should come with 24 pegs however.
Used my Kangri tent for the first time on Skye
I used my Kangri tent and footprint for the first time in Skye on the 3 September 2016. After climbing the munro Blaven I pitched my tent along the road next to shore.
Weather conditions were were windy and the kind of downpours that I have never experienced anywhere else in Scotland. I waited for a break in the rain before pitching as it is a inner first pitch.
It was difficult for my self to pitch due to the windy conditions coming in from the sea. I managed to pitch the tent using my own preferred pegs MSR pegs and others. It wasn't a perfect pitching of the tent but good enough considering the weather.
As soon as I got into my tent the rain was relentless. I could not sleep because of the noise pelting down on the tent. I think this tent has 1200 hh rating and coated with silcon. I was worried about that but the tent kept me dry.
I like the space in my tent for myself. I use the Osprey Xenith 88 Rucksack to carry a tent this big and heavy.
If it wasn't so windy I could have done a better job at pitching my tent on my own. In windy conditions I think you really need 2 people to pitch this tent properly.
The pegs that came with my tent I would use only on hard frosted ground. Scotland the ground is mostly soft, boggy and wet. That was my 111 munro completed.
OK but not standing up to wear as well as I'd hoped.
I've had the tent about five years now, but not particularly heavy use, 7 or 8 days a year. The poles immediately showed failure of the anodising with surface corrosion matching the pattern of the pole sleeves. They also are softer than the poles on my preceding Wild Country Quasar (UK made pre Terra Nova) and have bent, not necessarily a bad thing as at least the bend was possible to rebend back to approximate shape without fracturing. But given my Quasar stood up to much harder use for a much greater period without any pole failure of any sort despite being required to stand up to multi day Scottish storms it's not encouraging. I have just come back from a trip to Scilly where the tent for the first time had had to stand up to heavy rain and strong winds. It leaked quite badly, some leakage might be down to not having silicon sealed the stitching points of the fly velcro pole ties, but most was due to failure of the door window adhesive, (temporarily fixed with duck tape once the tent and sleeping bags had been dried out) But there also seemed to have been some leakage through the ground sheet and through the fly where the wind was pressing the fabric in against the inner. My preceding Quasar had remained fully watertight for nearly twelve years of hard use before uv degredation of the flysheet finally finished its water tightness. So in general, I still like the Kangri, it is roomy, a true two person tent, fairly light weight for a mountain tent and well priced, with some nice features, but it appears to have some materials quality issues when compared with my simpler but perhaps better material specified Quasar of old.
Update Kangri Tent - March 2017 - NW Higlands - Loch Assynt
Update - had Kangri Tent for 9 months used about half a dozen times in NW highlands. 25 March 2017 pitched tent next to Loch Assynt. Tent was covered in frost next morning but warmed up quickly that morning to a scorching day to bag two munros.
I noticed Velcro stitching was coming apart. I like this tent but I can’t see tent lasting long based on what I have seen in this short period of time. I have attached a photograph.
Alpkit have the tent flysheet back for repair. Not sure how many more times will need to send tent back for repair.
Alpkit advertise this tent as a 4 season but only provide 20 pegs. The tent requires 24 pegs to be used in windy/winter conditions. You will need to buy more pegs. As Alpkit are very keen to point out they do say on this site that the tent is supplied with 20 pegs. What they do say out is that it requires 24. Alpkit have refused supply the 4 missing pegs. I assume that this post will be removed pretty quickly so my advice to you Alpkit is that you make clear to your customers when buying the tent that they will need to buy additional pegs. It appears that saving a few quid on pegs is preferable to customer satisfaction.
I understand your frustration at this point, but there is some logic. In essence we specify 6 additional guying points and throw in a couple of extra pegs, but I can see that we don’t really explain that.
Kangri has 6 guying points over and above many other tents of this type on the market. The additional pegging points have been placed between the poles and pole/door panels. We decided to add these extra pegging points to account for the sag you can get in most nylon tents when they get wet and to help with flysheet flapping noise.
Kangri is used anywhere from a sunny campsite in the Shires to high altitude camps in the Himalaya. The extra points do of course add additional security when you are pushing the performance limit or when pitching on very poor ground, however for many they will be superfluous. We could easily have stopped at 18 points and 18 pegs and Kangri would still have been a fantastic 4 season tent.
Providing a product of this quality at this value is by no means an easy task. We originally sold the tent with a no peg option to allow people to select the pegs they wanted from our range, or simply use pegs from other tents they already owned. Personally I tend to think about where the tent is going to be used and have at least 4 massive pegs to nail down the corners and 14 lighter and smaller ones for the other points. Nowhere do we state that you need 24 pegs to pitch this tent in windy conditions, infact we do not state how many guy points this tent has at all. Pitching in bad weather is a craft that goes beyond simply putting in more pegs.
Our pegs are sourced independently of the tents and prepacked in packs of 10. In an ideal world we would be able to offer a pick and mix option, an 18 pack or a 24 pack and have the tents priced up accordingly. As with anything it is a balance - this level of customisation would come at a cost. Splitting these packs has a UK labour cost as well as website / inventory development costs. Ironically we can provide better value by simply including the 2 additional pegs.
It is at least £200 cheaper than the geographically close competitor. At this price I feel that represents outstanding value and is every inch as good as anything else available.
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