YAMA Labs - 1P Swiftline

Our 1-person, side entry shelter.


Create a highly protective and versatile shelter that provides a high level of livability (space and convenience).


The design is near production-ready pending a few tweaks here and there. We currently have product being tested in the field and seek a few more people to test prototypes.


The Swifline takes its overall form from a wind-shedding, dual pyramid shape. The offset pole placement moves the pole out of the way of the entrance, opens up headroom, and creates a steeper rise in the fabric near the head to keep fabric away from your face while lying down. The main area of the vestibule is off to the side so you don’t need to crawl over gear to get in and out.


Initial conceptual designs came to life in the summer of 2011, following conversations with AT thru-hikers during their hikes. We began testing our first prototypes in 2014. The initial designs performed well, but we felt we could do better and went back to the drawing board. Early renditions of the current design went out for field testing on the PCT in the spring of 2015. We tested both double wall and hybrid (one-piece) designs and found the hybrid design to be preferable. Final tweaks and revisions are now being made and tested.

Interested in helping us test this?

We’re looking for a few people to test this item and provide us with structured feedback. To apply, visit the testing opportunities page.

More specifically, we're looking for people of varying experience levels who have trips planned in the late summer and early fall of 2016. We'll ask for your initial impressions, feedback after use, and pictures of the shelter from your trips. Test models will be available as loaners with possibility of purchasing at reduced cost if you love it.

Preliminary Specs

•Packaged weight: 26.5 oz
•Floor length: 7'-6" (varies across width)
•Floor width: 30"
•Height at peaks: ~45"

Dual Pyramid based design provides a strong, stable, wind-shedding structure

Offset pole positioning creates lots of headroom and eliminates close proximity of shelter walls to the head and feet while lying down.

Large vestibule is out of the way of the entrance

Versatile, hybrid design allows for a net-tent like experience in good weather and ability to adjust ventilation.

Flaps on non-entry side provide easy access to pole and allow for varying levels of ventilation, even in bad weather.

Pitching Process Preview

A few small tweaks have simplified the way the shelter pitches since this video was recorded, but take a look to get a better feel for how this shelter works. With good soil for stakes, we're able to pitch this shelter in under 2 minutes!

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