Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Tents

Brooks-Range Rocket

Imagine a weatherproof, wind-stable tent weighing less than a pound and a half. It sets up easily, sleeps two and packs down small enough to fit into a pocket.

Lock Icon

Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks.

Already have an Outside Account? Sign in

Outside+ Logo

All-Access
Intro Offer
$3.99 / month*

  • A $500 value with 25+ benefits including:
  • Access to all member-only content on all 17 publications in the Outside network like Rock and Ice, Climbing, Outside, Backpacker, Trail Runner and more
  • Annual subscription to Climbing magazine.
  • Annual gear guides for climbing, camping, skiing, cycling, and more
  • Gaia GPS Premium with hundreds of maps and global trail recommendations, a $39.99 value
  • Outside Learn, our new online education hub loaded with more than 2,000 videos across 450 lessons including 6 Weeks to Stronger Fingers and Strength Training for Injury Prevention
  • Premium access to Outside TV and 1,000+ hours of exclusive shows
  • Annual subscription to Outside magazine
Join Outside+

*Outside memberships are billed annually. Print subscriptions available to U.S. residents only. You may cancel your membership at anytime, but no refunds will be issued for payments already made. Upon cancellation, you will have access to your membership through the end of your paid year. More Details

brooks_range_rocket_tent.jpgBrooks-Range Rocket Tent

$650 | Brooksrange.com | 4 Stars

Imagine a weatherproof, wind-stable tent weighing less than a pound and a half. It sets up easily, sleeps two and packs down small enough to fit into a pocket. The Brooks-Range Rocket Tent weighs 22 ounces without poles and is made of Cubic Tech Fiber (CT3), an amazingly strong ultra-lightweight fabric that feels crinkly like a potato chip bag.

The Rocket Tent saves weight by using trekking poles instead of tent poles (tent poles do come with the tent) and an avalanche probe as a full-length ridge pole. These are items that most mountaineers carry, so they are put to double duty. The Rocket sleeps two with some room for gear and has a small floor-less vestibule.

The Rocket Tent is perhaps the first competitor to the high-altitude wedge tents (compact tents with internal cross poles). One mountaineering friend said this would be the tent he would use on the Magic Line on K2. Others practically fought over it for use on ski trips.

The Rocket sets up by placing your trekking poles into grommets on the tent’s perimeter. Two external Velcro tabs on each side of the tent hold the poles securely. A large Velcro band wraps around the poles on the tent’s top, locking them. An avalanche probe slips into a sleeve along the tent’s spine, becoming the ridge pole (reflective tape the length of the ridge pole aids in finding the tent in blizzards and in the dark.) Three internally zippered windows allow fresh air and help control condensation. The front vestibule can be zipped shut or left open. Two side pullouts on each side of the tent help make the pitch drum-tight. Sidewall tie-through holes can help anchor the tent on those epic nights.

The low height (38) and aerodynamic shape of the tent allowed it to easily withstand winds measured at 44 mph. The low height does mean that you will have to crawl in the entrance, unless you dig out the snow in front of the door. This is NOT the tent for hanging out in and playing cards. It is designed for light, fast alpine climbing. If you are intrigued with a tent that is strong enough for high altitude, will fit two, sets up easily, has an integral vestibule and weighs less than half of any wind-proof, waterproof wedge tent, the Rocket could be the one for you.

  • 1 lb. 6 oz. Tent only.
  • 2  lb. 4 oz. With poles and ridge pole (included for summer use).
  • Easy to set up.
  • Tight for two, but adequate for alpine conditions.
  • Excellent tent for alpine minimalists.