16 Man Tipi
Darn near big enough to play a game of rugby in
12 Man Tipi
Great for large groups or as a cook or med tent at big events, this popular Tipi sleeps 12, but provides ample "living room" for about 6
8 Man Tipi
The very popular 8 man was Patrick's first Tipi, and has been everywhere, done everything for 25 years
6 Man Tipi
Our 6 man size has found much favor with folks who like it's stand-up roominess, light weight, and bombproof performance.
4 Man Tipi
This Tipi is popular with soloists or doubles (and a dog) for not only its compact carry size, but stand-up room when pitched
Lean and mean, the 2 Person ParaTipi weighs in at only 3 1/2 pounds and is exceptionally light for its square footage.
I want to be clear on one thing - what our material is NOT. It is
not what everybody else is using. It is not silnylon, and it
certainly isn't in the same category. Silnylon--either sourced from
offshore or domestically--has less than half the tear strength of
our proprietary fabric. Yet our fabric is just as light. The only
thing silnylon has going for it is that it's far cheaper than our
stuff. This fact means our shelters cost more.
We also know
exactly how to sew these things--for example flat felled seams,
also more costly but far stronger.
Back when I was creating man-carryable tipis and stoves I wrecked a
ton of center poles of all sorts of exotic materials. My home base
is the storied Front Range in Colorado. We have Chinook winds here,
and they rival any winds anywhere on earth. We're famous for 'em.
Perfect test tube for wind-testing tents, especially if we refine
the test medium by setting up the test-shelter in a "notch" between
peaks that further funnels the blasts. Which I did. And left the
test tents for months if they survived the first Chinooks. Left
them up till the latest test poles broke (the canopy testing was
going on at the same time of course). I went through carbon fiber
of course, even bamboo (!!). The surviving material that never
broke is the aircraft aluminum we use now. The stuff that has been
used reliably all over the earth for all this time. Yes, it's
heavier than other choices but worth it when your life depends on
your shelter staying over your head in the highest winds.
caution about snow load; while our shelters are the best on earth
in wind, snow is another matter. NO center pole--or canopy for that
matter--can withstand a heavy enough load of snow. No tent is a
cabin...you couldn't carry it if it were. Our poles bend--in the
middle--rather than break if you've allowed too much snow to
accumulate on your tipi. That's good--you don't want broken pieces
of pole to rip into your canopy--or yourself.
The shelter is
designed so that the pole will bend before the canopy tears. This
is a very good thing, made possible by the superior strength of our
canopy. You can still use part of the pole or cut a stick to
replace it and still be in business because your canopy is still
intact. HOWEVER, by far the best course of action in snowfall is to
keep the snow from accumulating on your tipi to the point the pole
gives way. Brush it off periodically, or slap the tent from the
inside and push it away at the bottom with your feet or hands. This
is easy to do and is good insurance.
R&D: It's a fact that the track record of our shelters
having stood the test of reliability over a very long time in every
turbulent weather on earth--from Antarctica to Mount Everest, and
everywhere in between--speaks to the truth of getting what you pay
for. We don't subject our customers to the task, and risk, of
testing our shelters themselves--we have done that for them long
ago. I began testing our special fabric in the 90's. It was so
tough I built a LongHunter backpack out of it and used that pack in
tough backcountry for eleven years. As I touched on above, we know
how to sew it too. Experience matters, and I invented these "Modern
Tipis" (and stoves) in the 1980's when I owned Mountainsmith. Many
of the same employees are still with me at Kifaru. We know how to
and Ideas: In summary, our shelters were the first of their
kind. The originals. They are extremely lightweight while at the
same time proving themselves to be utterly reliable for nearly
twenty five years in all the world's windiest places. As far as I
can tell, all the original Mountainsmith versions are still in
service. I have personally staked my life on these designs and
materials countless times in countless horrific weather events all
over the place for all these years. I continue to test new
materials and the commercial competition for better ways to build
the ultimate man-carryable "home" in the backcountry. Our latest
shelters continue to evolve in small ways. If I find any
"breakthroughs" as to materials and workmanship you will know about
it. I haven't seen any yet...the competition may be cheaper and
lighter but still falters in all-important reliability. In my own
personal "final analysis" the out-there shelter issue isn't and
shouldn't be "commercial"--undercutting the other guy. That's
probably because I roam really remote places...places where the
Super Cub won't show up for a week and your shelter MUST NOT fail.
Other folks can get "in the business" with lesser gear for lesser
places. Fine. Let them. Y'all know now the places I build for, and
if you hanker to attend to those sorts of places you can get your
shelter from me with confidence.
a Built-to-Order Product
We sew our products in batches and
therefore may not have all colors in stock at one time. We sew and
assemble shoulder straps and waistbelts on each pack to fit the
measurements provided by you, our valued customers, to ensure
consistent high quality. Thus, nothing usually ships immediately,
but is well worth the wait.
We're proud to
provide extremely durable, lightweight products that are 100%
American made. This gear will outperform and outlast anything made
offshore - period. It is built specifically for serious users with
the best-in-the-world materials. It is costly gear - our customers
quickly acknowledge that the benefit-to-cost ratio of their Kifaru
gear is quite high and is well worth the
We do not use dealers and sell directly from our factory here in
Colorado. We also employ our fellow Americans, many of whom have
been with us from the Mountainsmith days - our first company.
Note: all of our products are built to order and may
take up to 4 weeks for delivery.
orders: Most ship within 3 - 5 business
Orders: please contact us - we can