ECHO II Ultralight Shelter System

ECHO II Ultralight Shelter System

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ECHO II Ultralight Shelter System

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At less than half the weight of traditional tents, the Echo II Ultralight Shelter System is perfect for two person adventuring, distance hiking, backpacking, climbing, camping, cycling, kayaking or canoeing.  This versatile shelter system may also be suitable for solo hikers who prefer a larger sleeping space. 

The Echo II consists of three modular components including a durable and ultralight cuben fiber tarp, a detachable NANOSEEUM bug mesh tent insert for 100% protection against ground water and insects, and a detachable vestibule for severe weather protection.  Using all components together, the Echo II works just like a traditional fully enclosed tent and it sets up in minutes.

Now available in a choice of Classic White or Spruce Green.

'...You won't find a lighter option with this much protection,'                                   - Backpacker, 2011 Gear Guide

1.68lbs : 26.9oz : 762g
1.84lbs : 29.5oz : 835g (with guy lines)



 ECHO II Ultralight Shelter System:

  • Three component system providing ultimate versatility
  • 1.68 lb (26.9 oz) two-person ultralight shelter
  • Minutes to set-up

     ECHO II Tarp:

    • Dimensions = 8’6” x 8’6” x 6’6” (length x front width x rear width)
    • Weight = 0.44 lbs (7.1 oz)
    • Area = 68 sq. ft.
    • Made from ultralight CF8
    • Catenary curve ridgeline with taped, bonded and sealed felled seam
    • Fully bonded radial double reinforced tie-outs
    • Fully bonded double reinforced ridgeline tie-outs
    • Three interior ridgeline D-rings
    • D-rings on all tie-outs for accessory attachment
    • Metal O-ring ridgeline tie-out for attachment to trekking or tent poles
    • Military grade snaps on front corner tie-outs for beak attachment
    • Custom-made ultralight Spectra guy lines with line-locks
    • Most technically advanced professional tarp available


    ECHO II Insert:

    • Dimensions = 7’0” x 51” x 45” (length x front width x rear width)
    • Height = 41”
    • Weight = 0.97 lbs (15.5 oz)
    • Area = 28 sq. ft.
    • Durable CF11 seam sealed bathtub floor
    • Ultralight CF8 side and rear panels
    • NANOSEEUM bug mesh net ceiling and upper portion of front and side panels
    • Full length front door zipper with duel zipper pulls for maximum convenience
    • Front door tie to hold door open
    • Four corner stake tie-outs
    • Four corner bungee tie-outs for attachment to the Echo II Tarp
    • Can be pitched individually or together with the Echo II Tarp


    ECHO II Beak: 

    • Dimensions = 51” x 51” x 52” (length x height x hypotenuse)
    • Weight = 0.27 lbs (4.3 oz)
    • Made of CF8 with double reinforced corners
    • Military spec Velcro hook & loop closure to attach to the top of the Echo II Tarp
    • Military grade corner snaps to attach to the bottom of the Echo II Tarp
    • Front corner tie-out to attach to tarp ridgeline stake
    • Double-pull, waterproof zipped entry
    • Ability to open right or left side
    • No additional stakes or hardware required to attach to the Echo II Tarp

    Customer Reviews 8 item(s)

    Great shelter Review by ibn francis
    If you are looking for a tent that will keep you dry under heavy rain, cool under the sun and that is super lightweight then the Echo Shelter is made for you !!
    When the weather is windy the beck does a good job.
    If you're afraid of condensation well...
    ... no need to worry anymore.
    The Echo 2 is spacious, it's like a suite for one person and 2 easily fit in.7
    + the aftersale service is fantastic !!

    (Posted on 9/8/2014)

    Perfect for the PCT (and any backcountry adventure) Review by Derek "Oatmeal" Bartz
    The Echo II served my hiking partner and I well on the entire length the PCT during our 2013 thru hike. I'm finally getting around to this review and since the trail the shelter has seen a bunch more use and it's still in great shape. At right around 2 lbs it's about as light as you get for a full on two person shelter/tent.

    Set up is super easy and after a couple times I was able to have the tarp up and taut in under 3 mins. The attached guylines make adjustments a breeze and the insert clips in nicely. When set up correctly this thing is bomber, and I felt very comfortable choosing a camp well above treeline. If high winds or weather are expected the beak does an excellent job of protecting you from the elements (it also traps heat if you are expecting colder temps).

    This was my first cuben fiber purchase and it was totally worth it. Three things really stood out throughout it's 126 days of use on the trail:
    1. The tarp doesn't stretch (no need to re-tighten after a couple hours or when wet)
    2. The material doesn't soak through (not as much added weight when wet compared to sil-nylon and dries super fast)
    3. Cuben fibers strength (nearly impossible to tear as long as you don't puncture it with a sharp object)
    On top of that it packs down smaller than any tent I've owned and isn't slippery like sil-nylon.

    Keep in mind that this is a light weight shelter; so don't expect it to be a palace. It's main purpose is for sleeping and protecting your from the elements when necessary; not for playing card games. The interior of the insert fits two people laying side by side nicely, this is one of the only tents I've had plenty of length in (I'm 6'3"). Sitting up inside the insert isn't the most comfortable for most users; but like I said, you'll be laying down sleeping most of the time while inside anyways.

    The only problem with the Echo II occurred with the zipper on the insert; but as any long distance hiker knows zippers on any tent get dirty after so much use and failure is inevitable. I contacted HMG and they even hooked us up with a loner while I sent mine in to get fixed; for free! These guys/gals take care of their customers.

    If you are looking to invest in a shelter/tent that will lighten your pack and last a couple thousands miles, this is the one.

    (Posted on 6/15/2014)

    Echo II Review Review by Outdoor Gear Lab
    Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Echo II Shelter is the lightest double wall tent we’ve ever tested. For its meager 34.7 ounces the Echo II packs a spacious and well-designed punch that will kickstart your next trip into the mountains, and likely chop your shelter. For the full review please follow the link below.

    (Posted on 9/29/2013)

    Nearly the most efficient backpacking gear I've ever owned. Review by Bob/AT Section Hiker
    I have been using the Echo II shelter & Echo I insert. Pitched once, you are the expert. It has multiple alternative set ups/uses, styles of pitch, configurations, etc., but it is in your hands (and you should be comfortable being that guy!). This is an especially liberating aspect of hiking with the shelter.

    The shelter, insert, and beak are well designed, appear sturdily crafted to what appear to be fairly strict standards and are made in the USA!

    The material is characterized by HMG as "hydrophobic." I don't know if that's a technical term but I slept in the rain several nights in this shelter and can tell you that in the morning, though the material was clearly wet, it didn't appear to have absorbed water and seemed to me to weigh about what it had weighed dry. The material, including guy lines, didn't appear to absorb water. That is, it didn't "wet out", and this alone makes a solid case for this shelter. This material is definitely different than what is prevalent on the market at the moment. I can recall many hikes when after a solid rain the night before some of my gear became wetted out and significantly added to my pack weight the next day.

    I also did not notice water condensation inside the shelter, but the excellent air flow is going to limit that anyway to some extent. The shelter also worked especially well on a couple scorching nights which I found quite pleasant in the circumstances.

    HMG will tell you the Windrider, made of the same material, doesn't require a pack cover, which is a further weight savings and usually an enormous convenience, especially if you have done much hiking with a pack cover. I have recently changed out packs, so I'll still be evaluating the Windrider, but initial impressions are great, another super piece of gear.

    (Posted on 9/29/2013)

    Great product! Review by Alex
    I've had several basic shelter systems in my outdoors-man career, and this is by far the best product I've seen. Light, yet sturdy and enough room for both myself and my wife! Can't wait to buy my next product from them!

    (Posted on 9/29/2013)

    …the most unsurpassed shelter system to date Review by Michael "Pace" Stratton
    I have owned several brands/types of tents/shelters and by far this is the best. The weight of the Echo II Utralight Shelter System was instrumental on my 2011 Appalachian Trail Thru hike. In fact this shelter system is lighter than my retired bivy sack I used for years. At first I thought this shelter system was going to be difficult and timely to set up but it becomes effortless with a little practice. Several fellow thru hikers where surprised that I was able to set up this shelter with ease on tent platforms as well as windy days. This shelter system is ideally for setting up in the rain due to the large tarp that covers the Echo II insert. This is the only shelter that keeps the inside of your tent dry when setting up in a down pour. I was shocked that this shelter system did not produce any water condensation on the inside. The Cuben fiber material is not only super strong and light but does not leak when touched from the inside. Often while hiking the AT I would have to set up camp in the dark not always finding ideal locations to pitch my shelter. One night I set up in the middle of the trail and woke up in two inches of water and everything inside was completely dry. As a New York state licensed guide I would whole heartily with out reservation recommend this shelter system to any of my clientele.

    (Posted on 9/29/2013)

    great tent Review by hankhill
    I have to say I have owned a lot of tents and this tent lives up to exactly what it was designed for durability compounded with lightweight and livability. It can stand up to torrential down pours in the middle of the florida summer and still keep you dry and cool. Its like sleeping under a tarp but without the bugs. After getting sick of tents because of there flaws I switched to tarps and at one time I had sworn off tents for good, but this shelter systems is enough to convert even the most adamant of tarp enthusiast. Now the question is how long will it last? Will I guess that will just take some time to find out but in all its an all around great tent and well worth the money.

    (Posted on 9/29/2013)

    Great tent! Review by Lepontine
    This tent has served me well in the few weeks I've been touring the Alps! Very light, easy to pack, and comfortable! A bit cozy for two people, but that's certainly not an issue.

    Don't make the mistake I did, though! This tent does not ship with stakes! Once you get those, though, it's a joy to use this shelter, and I'm very happy with the purchase!

    (Posted on 9/20/2013)

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