In Patagonia, at the southern tip of Argentina, the people say that the wind sweeps the land "like the broom of God." Thrusting up from the foothills of this region, constantly battered by those winds, is the iconic granite tower known as Monte Fitz Roy. Ascended by Black Diamond founder Yvon Chouinard in 1968, the mountain is the namesake of and inspiration for the company's strongest two-person mountaineering tent.
The Fitzroy Tent is a single-walled design made of waterproof/breathable ToddTex fabric. The single-wall design saves a lot of weight compared to double-walled construction with a separate rainfly, and is quite at home in high, cold places where there isn't much humidity. While you may be tempted to use this super-strong, super-light tent everywhere you go, remember that it's designed for that particular environment. Using it in warmer, wetter locales may result in excessive condensation forming on the inner walls of the tent.
The four-pole geodesic dome architecture of the Fitzroy is what gives it the strength to resist those infamous Patagonian winds. The poles go on the inside of the tent, so they make more contact with the tent body than designs that attach to the poles with clips, giving the tent additional stability. Plus, what you'll really appreciate when the wind starts blowing is the lack of flapping noise - the drum-tight pitch and absence of rainfly take care of that. Crucial when you're trying to sleep before a hard ascent like the Fitz Roy.
This particular version of the Fitzroy tent is made of a fire-retardant fabric that meets the requirements of certain U.S. states and Canada. It is by no means fireproof, however, so you should still use extreme caution whenever you are cooking or otherwise using fire in the vicinity of the tent.
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Shelter Type Single Wall Tent Capacity 2 person Season 4 season Doors 2 Door Floor Area 3.34 m²; 36 sq ft Vestibule Area Vestibule is an optional accessory, sold separately, that adds 0.8 m² / 9 sq ft of storage space Floor Dimensions 236 x 152 x 114 cm; 93 x 60 x 45 in Peak Height 102 cm; 40 in Number of Poles 4 Pole Material Aluminum Packaged Weight 3.2 kg; 7 lb 1 oz Trail Weight 2.85 kg; 6 lb 4 oz Packed Size 23 x 48 cm; 9 x 19 in