Big Sky Glacier Extreme 2P : Initial Overview
I have some experience with Big Sky International and several of their tents, several years ago I purchased a Soulx2 cuben fiber tent from them and have used it as an ultralight free standing shelter in late Spring through early Fall, so with having been a satisfied end user of their products I was interested in keeping with what works and looked at the 4 season “Glacier Extreme” tent which in many ways could be considered the cold weather version of the Soulx2 design with adaptations made for winter conditions in the mountains. The Glacier Extreme’s outer fly only came in Big Sky’s Suprsil nylon with a fabric tent body connected by webbing that snaps to the inside of the fly making the tent a single piece setup, you only have to clip in the three poles externally, and snap the webbing around pole intersections for added stability and strength. You have the option of DAC 9 mm or lightweight aluminum poles. The bathtub floor rises up pretty high and the fly has multiple external stakeouts that can be adjusted to ground level while there are two collapsible vents on the front of the tent on either side of the door. The tent comes seam sealed so your good to go once you receive it. The inside is palatial and I use it as a one man tent. The internal space is what drew me to both the Soulx2 and the Glacier Extreme considering that as well as the design, features, and weight both of the tents are very hard to beat. The internal dimensions of the Glacier Extreme are 53″ wide at the front tapering to 47″ in the back with a length of 85″, the tent and poles weigh 3lb. 8 oz. add a tyvek ground cloth and 16 stakes (max. # if you use all stakeout / guyout options) and your weight is 3lb.15 oz. which is really incredible. Out here in the Far West we received well above the average snow pack to date so when access permits, or maybe sooner I will get this tent up on some high summits or ridges. I wanted to do an initial review of this tent, and there are quite a few out there, but I am unsure about the future availability of this model and information is very scant. I will update this post as new information becomes available.