Wind Strength // Arctic Conditions

On Dec 3, 2006

Re: Wind Strength // Arctic Conditions

Hi Bob,

My company outfits film crews, divers, photographers and
scientists in the high arctic. It is not uncommon to have one or two
days of the fiercest winds and weather that most people have ever
experienced and we have had both the top of the line Mountain Hardwear
Space Station and the “life time guaranty” Cabela’s Alaska Outfitter
Tent humbled by the conditions.

I am intrigued by your design and interested to give it a try but
was wondering whether there are any special enhancements in terms of
extra strength in the poles. If there is any extra strong option for
pole material I’d be interested in what you would suggest. My impression
from the testimonials and generally looking around your web site is that
it will probably hold up under moderate conditions and perhaps brief
intense ones but the standard design (as per your wind/snow warning)
likely would not stand up to days of intense winds. The design is simple
enough, however, that I would think that with stronger poles and
attachments that quite a stable structure could be built (albiet with
more weight).

I think that we’d start with either an 18/20 as a group tent and
an 11/14 as a sleeping tent. If we could get the 18/20 to stand up to
the elements I’d be quite interested then in the 30.

Thanks very much.


Graham Dickson
Arctic Kingdom

Hi Graham

Thanks for your interest in our shelters.

I would recommend our Super Strong 16′ Dome $780. This is a special order dome that uses the same diameter poles that the 18 and 20 but since it is smaller in size it is substantially stronger. You can also order a second pole set and connector set to double up the poles for even greater strength. Still in extreme winds it could fail. You may also want to get some 2″ sticky back velcro to secure some of the domes shingling. I suggest we talk on the phone so the details of this are clear.


Bob Gillis