Camping in the winter is a very different prospect to in summer. Sure, it’s er, colder, windier and wetter. But it’s not just that – the inclement weather brings a whole host of other problems with it. You need shelter to cook, you have more gear to stow, you need somewhere to put all your wet boots rather than have them dripping down into your mate’s PJs.
The tent itself also needs to withstand those flapping, howling rattles that sweep across the mountains, the type that wake you up dreaming of a Yeti attack. For days like this, you need Fjӓllrӓven’s Keb Endurance 3. Fjӓllrӓven are, of course, no stranger to extremes of weather. Örnsköldsvik, the cold northern Swedish coastal town where Fjӓllrӓven was born, is buffeted by the Siberian winds off the Gulf of Bothnia, and their gear has been used on Arctic expeditions and high mountain trips since the 1960s.
“This tent will withstand those flapping, howling rattles that sweep across the mountains in winter. The type that wake you up dreaming of a Yeti attack.”
The Keb Endurance 3 three-man tent marks a renewed focus on very cold weather tents for the company. It is an exceptionally strong tunnel tent designed expressly for four seasons, and every detail has been built with this in mind – strength, safety and reliability. At those temperatures you can’t afford having anything go wrong.
Given the likely end use for this three person tent is so extreme, it’s essential that is can be very easily erected and all the touchpoints are strong enough to withstand the temperatures and also the gloved hands of the adventurer. The pole sleeves are treated with silicon and the brilliant ‘fox feet’ they snap into make it very positive to snap into. The DAC Pressfit poles are exceedingly strong and the colour-coordination will help when you’re putting them up in blizzard conditions. The TripleRip nylon fabric isn’t fussed about extreme cold, and we found it very durable. It’s also thicker at the bottom where it needs more strength. No PFCs were used in the the material.
The reflective Dyneema guy lines are particularly strong on this model and they are easily adjustable with big gloves in two places, useful for when the pegs are covered in snow.