As mentioned in the video, Stone Glacier has been an important supporter of The Mountain Project since 2017. SG provided this tent for our use in the field, and in this review; but in no way has influenced the outcome. There’s a lot to love about the Skyscraper 2P and a few places that it really falls short. We’ll let you know both. But the gist of the review is this… if you’re a guy that hunts the sheep mountains solo and has always carried a Hilleberg and values durability more than anything, this is probably not the tent for you.
But if you need a lot of space in a free-standing tent that can take a beating, and are one of those guys that cuts the handle off your toothbrush to save weight… take a look a close look at the Skyscraper 2P.
In short, here’s what’s most glaringly wrong with the Skyscraper: the floor is made of only 20D Ripstop Nylon. This means that if there’s even a chance you’ll set up on a rocky crag one night, you should to carry the footprint to protect the floor from puncture. The KUIU Stormstar floor is 40D ripstop, the Hilleberg Rogan floor is 50D ripstop, while the Soulo floor is 70D ripstop. Even the floor of the MSR Hubba Hubba uses 30D ripstop nylon. I’ve talked with 4 sheep hunters in Alaska, all of whom have experience with the Skyscraper, and this is their number 1 concern. The 20D fly and 15D inner body isn’t an issue, unless something falls on the tent, in which case it probably doesn’t matter how heavy the ripstop nylon is, it will puncture. The floor, however, is iffy.
- Capacity: 2 People
- Number of Poles: 3
- Number of Doors: 2 (1 on each side)
- Number of Tent Stakes: 12
- Number of Guylines: 12
- Length: 92.25 in
- Floor Area: 32 sq ft
- Interior Height: 41.5 in
- Packed Size: 14″ x 6″
- Vestibule Volume: 50 cu ft
- Total Volume: 108.6 cu ft
- Minimum Trail Weight: 4lb 4oz.
- Packaged Weight: 4lb 12.8oz.
- Body Fabric Details: 15D Nylon Ripstop
- Door Mesh Fabric Details: 15D Nylon No-See-Um Mesh
- Floor Fabric Details: 20D Nylon Ripstop Silicone PU Coated
- Rainfly Fabric Details: 20D Nylon Ripstop Silicone PU Coated
Adding the footprint will add $70 and 7 ounces to the total price and field weight. An alternative would be to carry with you and become proficient at using repair tape. Modern repair tape works really well, and this is a perfectly viable way to save weight and money.
OUR FAVORITE REPAIR TAPES:
But in the Skyscraper, you’re getting a massive 2 person, truly 4 season tent that weighs less than 5lbs. And this isn’t a “3 1/2” season tent like others are branded. The genius of the patented Web Truss combines the strength of a sleeved tent, with the set-up ease of a tent that uses clips. It’s brilliant, and in our use and testing… it works. And if you expect higher than normal winds and/or heavier than normal snowfall, simply strap your trekking poles into the cross pole to add even more strength.
Ultimately, it’s small details we love about the Skyscraper 2P. We can picture some number of you watching our review video rolling your eyes as we mention how we love having two color-coordinated zippers on each door. Is it really that big a deal? Probably not, but having only 1 zipper on the doors of my KUIU almost always frustrated me when I’d have to reach to the edge of the door and then the other edge because I initially went to the wrong side. It’s a really small thing. But it’s a small thing that makes a big difference in actual use.
It’s also small things that could use the most improvement. A vent on the inner tent to allow more airflow on wet days, a bigger, easier to get in and out of the door (a common problem on a lot of the tents, Hilleberg excluded), and larger diameter guy lines to really allow heavy anchoring would be great.
We love the ability to set the tent without the fly, something that’s particularly important to us in the desert southwest where rain is really uncommon at times of the year, and all we really need is protection from the bugs. The KUIU tents can’t be used without the fly, another thing I always disliked about the design of the Mountainstar 2P.
We carry a lot of electronics with us into the field. We absolutely need the space of a good 2 person free standing tent, but can’t afford to waste ounces on gear that could easily have been made lighter. So for us, the Skyscraper is the perfect compromise between strength, space, and weight savings. We love the Web Truss, we love the space, and we love getting away with doing fewer squats in the gym because the Skyscraper saves us considerable weight versus some of its competitors. And really, we don’t worry about that floor too much, modern repair tape is outstandingly effective these days.