Trekking: Trade in your four-man tent for a tipi with Kifaru


Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.

There once was a time when tipis, not tents, were the mainstay of nomadic people. The indigenous people of the Great Plains and Canadian Prairies traditionally utilized wooden poles draped with painted animal hides, such as buffalo, to supply themselves with shelter from elements. Times have changed, though, and people no longer rely on the classic structure as they once did given the weight of most modern offerings on the market. However, the Kifaru International 4 Man Tipi ($850) isn’t like most considering its lightweight design and penchant for head room.

Kifaru 4 Man Tipi

Kifaru International has built a name for itself since it first arrived on the scene in ’79, separating itself from other outdoor manufacturers within the industry with a smorgasbord of American-made equipment that spans basic hunting packs to industrious sleds. The aptly-titled, 4 Man Tipi is one of the latest in the company’s limited tipi selection, one designed to grant you and three others more than six feet of headroom when erected. The minimal footprint spans 10 x 13 feet when fully assembled, and moreover, packs down to a mere 6.5 x 22 inches when you need to take it on the go. It weighs just over 5 pounds, too, which includes the pole, pegs, seam sealer, and the accompanying tote.

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Hardware specs aside, the tipi’s fundamental design also aids with the elements. The steeped walls help it better shed wind and water outside, while the small vent at the top allows you to cook with a small, internal stove (sorry, no open flames). And while it may not be easy on your eyes — or your wallet — it’s built to last. You can’t ask for more.

Check out Kifaru International online to pick up the 4 Man Tipi, or to just browse the company’s selection of tactical gear, sleep systems, and outdoor equipment.