INTRODUCING THE DIRIGO 2 – OUR NEWEST ULTRALIGHT BACKPACKING TENT
DIRIGO [ di·ri·go | \ ˈdē-ri-ˌgō \ ]
The Maine state motto. Latin for "I Direct" or, "I Lead."
Dear Reader, before you even mention it, let us; The Dirigo 2 is an expensive tent. Many products utilizing emerging technologies have costs that reflect that. While the use of Dyneema® Composite Fabrics (DCF) is nothing new to us – we’ve had a decade-long head start building legendary packs and shelters with it – the material itself is not so commonplace as to drive down the cost to use it. That has never been enough of a reason for us not to go forward exploring how to build the best ultralight gear you’ll find anywhere, and any one of us will sing* Dyneema’s praises from the mountaintops if you ask. (*Results may vary)
There are always going to be companies that produce ostentatious, out-of-reach gear that panders to the select few with eye-rolling justifications – for example – but this isn’t the case with The Dirigo 2. For those of you that have spent days, weeks, and months on end posting up each night in the wild, our rationale for this three-season, double-vestibule tent will be readily understood. For those of you who don’t get to immerse yourself in the outdoors as often as you daydream about it, the way this shelter will add to your experiences when you do won’t be lost on you, either. Indulge us as we do a walk around our newest family member.
The Dirigo 2 is constructed with a proven selection of Dyneema® Composite Fabrics – five in fact – to achieve the best ratios of light weight, waterproofness, breathability, and long-term durability. Refer to the technical specifications on our product page for a breakdown of which fabrics are used where in the build.
When it comes to rain, The Dirigo 2 will laugh in its face neither letting it through nor absorbing it. In the event you’re standing in a downpour when you reach your destination, you can climb into dry living quarters as it’s not necessary to fully unzip the entrances of the tent to insert the poles to pitch it. And with the angle of the outer walls, it’s easy to vent by unzipping from the bottom just enough to keep air flowing in and out without rain dropping straight down into the bathtub floor (if wind is in the mix too, unzip the side of the tent that rain isn't hitting).
When temperatures start to fluctuate or the environment is ripe for sometimes unavoidable condensation, the hydrophobic properties of Dyneema® Composite Fabrics will keep the shelter from absorbing water, sagging, or causing large amounts of interior pooling. With good campsite selection and air flow management, occupants of the Dirigo 2 can look forward to a moisture-free retreat.
In the morning, after waking from a dry, confidence-inspired night of sleep, a simple shake of the tent will remove any leftover droplets, and the non-waterlogged and still light-as-ever shelter can be packed away for a dry pitch at next camp. Generally speaking, we assume you don’t want rain when you’re outdoors, so why carry it around with you? As a bonus, feel free to give your old tent seam sealant to a friend; you’re never going to need it with Dyneema® Composite Fabrics.
If you’re unfamiliar with why Dyneema® Composite Fabrics are being heralded as one of the most significant advancements in the outdoors market in decades, please check out our technology page HERE.
There’s no need for “extra” bits and pieces to achieve 360 degrees of wet weather and strong wind protection – no need for a separate rain fly or ground sheet. The Dirigo 2 is a self-contained unit – already waterproof and robust enough for the Earth’s crust as is. That means fewer parts to carry, less overall weight, less time for setup, and fewer buckles or snaps that could fail in the field. Pitching the tent is achieved with trekking poles in adherence with our philosophy that your entire ultralight set up should feature equipment that serves multiple functions. Again, no extra poles to carry that add to your overall mass and increase the risk for more failure points. While small diameter aluminum tent poles have and will continue to support many a standard-issue tent, would it feel better to know that what’s holding up yours are the same things that support your body weight on rough, uneven terrain? Add our patented carbon ridge support bar at the apex of the Dirigo 2 to the equation, and you can rest assured this shelter will frustrate all but the most determined weather event.
For our bikepacking and packrafting friends, know that The Dirigo 2 is just as happy to shield you from Mother Nature using paddles or with a set of superlight adjustable carbon poles from Ruta Locura.
We’re incredibly proud of the construction techniques we’ve tested and achieved here in Biddeford, Maine using some of the best manufacturing equipment in the world. These tools, guided by the hands of our skilled craftspeople, turn out not only trusted and renown gear every day but, if we do say so ourselves, beautifully built gear, too. You’ll find this throughout The Dirigo 2. Close inspection of our sewing and stitching reveals rock-solid attachments; you won’t find any zigging or zagging seams or lines that don’t end with a definitive “period.” The Dirigo 2, like all Hyperlite Mountain Gear products, is built to last.
So, while this ultralight shelter is more costly upfront than most garden-variety offerings available today, in the end, there’s little difference between the price you’ll be paying once versus what multiple replacement tents could add up to over the time you’ve already been depending on and loving your Dirigo 2. Treat yourself to a shelter that will remain a central character in countless adventure stories to come. It’s always a risk to begin new relationships before a new endeavor. Set yourself up with gear that you can count on, knowing it will be there for you through thick and thin.
The Dirigo 2 has made its way into the hands these respected outdoor gear reviewers, and they’ve had a chance to go over theirs with fine-toothed sporks. Hit the links to see what they have to say.
"WHAT SETS THE DIRIGO 2 APART FROM MOST ULTRALIGHT BACKPACKING TENTS IS ITS STRENGTH TO RESIST HIGH WINDS AND OTHER EXTREME WEATHER." // ALAN DIXON – ADVENTUREALAN.COM
"THE DIRIGO 2'S STANDOUT FEATURE IS ITS ROCK-SOLID STRUCTURE. THE TENT IS A SERIES OF REPLICATING TRIANGLES, A NOTABLY STURDY SHAPE." // JULIE KAILUS – GEARJUNKIE.COM
"IT'S EASIER TO SET UP THAN ANY TARP TENT I'VE PERSONALLY USED, AND STURDY AS HELL. THE HORIZONTAL SPREADER BAR PROVIDES MORE HEADSPACE THAN A PYRAMID SHELTER, AND I LOVE NOT HAVING TO CRAWL AROUND A TREKKING POLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SHELTER." // MAGGIE SLEPIAN – THETREK.CO
"COMPARED TO HYPERLITE MOUNTAIN GEAR’S PREVIOUS SHELTERS, THE DIRIGO IS ALMOST COMPLEX, BUT EVERYTHING ABOUT IT SERVES TO BRING MORE SIMPLICITY TO ULTRALIGHT CAMPING. " // TANNER BOWDEN – GEARPATROL.COM
"THOUGH THE DIRIGO 2 WAS CONCEIVED WITH A TREKKING POLE SUPPORT IN MIND, BIKEPACKERS AND PACKRAFTERS WILL BE HAPPY TO KNOW THAT IT’S EQUALLY CAPABLE OF PROTECTING THEM FROM MOTHER NATURE USING PADDLES OR ADJUSTABLE CARBON POLES." // LUCAS WINZENBURG – BIKEPACKING.COM