I love the classic Arctic Oven tent. I’ve used one on numerous trips where the temperature was 50 below, and I stayed toasty. So I was excited to try Arctic Oven’s new tension tent, the Nunatak. The four-person tent weighs in at just 25 pounds, relies on one pole for set up, and can be used with a wood or propane stove. I spent most of the spring and summer using the Nunatak while guiding natural history film crews after brown bears in northern southeast Alaska. The Nunatak felt like a home away from home. The tent kept me warm and dry in some of the wettest and coldest conditions imaginable in southeast Alaska. It had ample space to sleep four or a couple people with a lot of gear. Tall enough to stand up in, the tent is well vented and easy to set up.

I had some issues with the fly’s wind tie outs holding up in high winds. I spoke with an Arctic Oven rep, and they assured me they are taking steps to better reinforce the Nunatak’s tie outs and perfect this tent. They offer repairs on their tents in the event of design failures. This tent has a lot of potential and is one I hope to use for years to come, whether it’s on family moose hunts, river trips, or to film wildlife.


Bjorn Dihle is Alaska magazine's gear editor and a lifelong resident of southeast Alaska. You can follow him at instagram.com/bjorndihle or facebook.com/BjornDihleauthor.

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