Kuiu Summit Refuge 3 Person vs Seek Outside Guardian


Sep 10, 2019
Was wondering if anyone had any insight on the Kuiu Summit Refuge vs SO Guardian
Kuiu Price with Stove Jack-340 - No Seam seal needed


  • Robust 3+ Season design
  • High strength 20D Silicone/PU coated micro ripstop nylon (1200mm WP rating), fully taped seams
  • Dual trekking pole supported (poles not included)
  • Dual zippered entry at head and foot with large vestibules for gear storage.
  • Adjustable vents for increased air circulation and reduced condensation
  • Ergonomic design to sit up and lay down with adequate head room
  • Asymmetric floor shape and peak heights for efficient space usage and maximum headroom
  • Designed for use with an ultralight wood burning stove (stove and stove jack sold separately)
  • Reflective guylines and webbing with glow in the dark hardware for increase visibility at night
  • Webbing loops at peaks for additional guyline attachment
  • Length 150 in, width 96 in, height 51.5 in
  • 8 guy lines included for additional structural support in the wind (weight 1.1 oz)
  • 16 aluminum V stakes included with cords attached (8 at 17cm for the tent body and 8 at 15cm length for the guylines, weight 5.2 oz)
  • Minimum weight 1 lbs. 8.6 oz - Shelter/Fly only
  • Trail weight 1lb 15.3 oz - includes 16 stakes and 8 guylines
  • Modular design, three configurations.
  • 65 sq ft of floor area
  • Zippered entry door at head and foot of tent
  • Two integrated large vestibules
  • Fully taped seams for waterproof protection
  • Can be used as a primary shelter, secondary shelter, or glassing shelter

Seek Outside price with stove jack and Seam sealing-369
  • Average Weights:
    • Canopy without stovejack, stakes, stuff sacks, & cordage - 29 oz
    • Canopy with stovejack, stakes, stuff sacks, & cordage - 33 oz
  • Dimensions:
    • Height - 51"
    • Door to door 142"
    • Width 110"
    • Pole to pole width 70"
    • 70 sqft total area, sleeping area 45 sqft
    • Large percentage of usable space.
  • Fabric - 30D Cordura spec ripstop double coated silnylon. Hydrostatic head rating 3000-4000 mm.
Price is Similar, weight is almost identical, Size is very similar. Just wondering what would be the best option of the 2 there is not a ton of field info on either.
Let me know if anyone has any experiences with either
Thankyou Brothers,
May 26, 2023
Also wondering if the Summit 1 Star Mesh would work inside the Refuge 3 and allow usage of the stove as well?