Kaitum & Kaitum GT
Remarkable, two door/two vestibule tents that offer maximum usable space, outstanding comfort, and excellent strength in incredibly lightweight packages.
While both the Kaitum and the extended vestibule Kaitum GT were conceived as Ultralight complements to our Keron and Keron GT, the Kaitum models easily stand on their own merits.
About Kaitum & Kaitum GT
Remarkable, two door/two vestibule tents that offer maximum usable space, outstanding comfort, and excellent strength in incredibly lightweight packages. While both the Kaitum and the extended vestibule Kaitum GT were conceived as Ultralight complements to our Keron and Keron GT, the Kaitum models easily stand on their own merits. Both the two- and three-person Kaitum versions and their GT counterparts are ideal for trips where light weight is a higher priority than maximum strength and where extra comfort is important, but where true all-season, all-weather capability is still a necessity. The Kaitum and Kaitum GT’s ultralight Kerlon 1200 outer tent fabric and DAC Featherlite NSL 9 mm poles keeps total weight to a minimum while providing all-condition strength, and the proven two door/two vestibule tunnel tent design also provides outstanding comfort and flexibility. Both are ideal for mobile adventures that involve moving camp frequently, and both are equally well-suited for long and short adventures. The Kaitum and Kaitum GT are outstanding for use in protected terrain in any weather, and both are also easily robust enough to handle use in exposed and/or above tree-line terrain in all but the worst conditions. And both the Kaitum and Kaitum GT are excellent for warm weather endeavors, since the front section of both the standard and the extended vestibules can be completely rolled away for maximum air flow.
Because of their two door/two vestibule configuration and their ultralight materials and construction, the Kaitum and Kaitum GT provide a stunning balance of super light weight, overall comfort and high strength. Backpackers love the Kaitum’s light weight and remarkable roominess, as do paddle and bicycle tourers, who also appreciate its small packed size. Hunters, winter campers, and climbers favor the Kaitum because of its all-season strength (and, of course, its low weight). And taller users will find the Kaitum’s plentiful floor space, vertical entrances, and vertical walls a roomy pleasure. The Kaitum GT goes one spacious step further with its extended vestibule, and so will appeal to those adventurers – including backpackers, winter campers, hunters, climbers, bicycle or paddle tourers – who want more room and flexibility. Without a big weight increase, the GT versions offer both a regular-sized vestibule, and an extended one, which has two entrances, one on the side and one up front, on the opposite side. Indeed, while in development, the Kaitum GT quickly became the tent of choice for multi-day ski tours, since it offers so much more space for both gear storage and food preparation with such little weight penalty.
Kaitum - ultralight comfortWhen we first conceived of the Kaitum, our thought was to create “an ultralight Keron.” We did take what we have learned from the Keron – clean lines, easy to pitch and use design – and ported that knowledge into an ultralight package. But the final Kaitum and Kaitum GT models quickly proved that they were completely their own unique creations. Certainly Keron DNA is clearly evident in both the Kaitum and the extended vestibule (GT) version. Their two door/two vestibule tunnel design offers excellent stability, exceptional roominess and, thanks to two vents in the outer tent and two large inner tent doors, superb venting. But there is some Nallo genetic material in the mix, as well. Both the Kaitum and the Kaitum GT have slightly sloping roofs, going from full sitting height at the en-trances to slightly taller in the middle. Both their standardsized vestibules can be completely rolled away for maximum views and venting.The Kaitum GT, like the Nallo GT, also has two entrances on its extended vestibule. This offers outstanding flexibility, since at least one tent entrance can always be out of the wind, and both venting and access options are increased. In addition, the front section of the extended vestibule can be fully rolled to the side. The mix of Keron and Nallo heredity in the Kaitum and Kaitum GT yields superb results. Both tents are wonderfully spacious: on an early testing trip with the original, two person, Kaitum, one user thought it was a three person tent. And both are still amazingly light for all that expanse: the palatial Kaitum 3 GT has seemingly enough area to host a party, yet weighs only 3.9 kg/8 lbs 9 oz. And while light in weight, the Kaitum and Kaitum GT are anything but light in performance. Guy line points provide plenty of options for customizing stability in demanding windy or winter conditions, while the combination of outer tent vents and inner tent door mesh afford exceptional ventilation for more placid ones. Both models are outstanding choices for long or short trips wherever weight with comfort is the priority. They are ideal for backpacking in all seasons, as well as for ski, paddle or bike tours, and for treks in all terrain. They are also the best of our Kerlon 1200 tents for tall users.
|In a test of 17 tunnel and dome tents, Norway’s Villmarksliv named the Kaitum 2 GT Best All Around Tent.|
|In a group tent test, Germany’s Outdoor magazine awarded the Kaitum Test Winner, calling it “perfect.”|
|Both the Kaitum and the Kaitum GT have won prestigious Gear of the Year awards from Germany’s Outdoor magazine: the Kaitum in 2006 & and 2007, and the Kaitum GT in 2009.|
|In its first year of production, the Kaitum received the Editor’s Choice Award from Germany’s top outdoor magazine Outdoor.|
|The Kaitum won Product of the Year in the tent category from Ute Magasinet, Sweden’s premier outdoor magazine.|
|The Dutch outdoor magazine Op Pad named the Kaitum Test Winner, commenting, “A well thought out tent with attention to detail, a low weight and a high standard of construction.”|