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Lite Tent?

Post by Sredfield » Mar 01 2010 1:08 pm

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Re: Lite Tent?

Post by fairweather8588 » Mar 01 2010 1:11 pm

No personal knowledge, but rumor has it that it's a great tent
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Re: Lite Tent?

Post by big_load » Mar 01 2010 4:25 pm

A lot of people like that tent. I'm a Tarptent Contrail fan myself.

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Re: Lite Tent?

Post by Sredfield » Mar 01 2010 5:19 pm

I bit the bullet as much for the floor space (27 sq ft versus 18 in my Mtn Hrdwr PCT 1) as for the pound or so weight difference. Danged impulse purchasing will by my financial ruin!
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Re: Lite Tent?

Post by te_wa » Mar 01 2010 10:01 pm

shawn, that is IMHO the best tarptent on the market. now you just need a Gossamer Gear Gorilla to round out the package. good buy!

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keep in mind, there is a guyout on the sides (the head/foot sides) that will allow you to take a hiking pole, and using a clove hitch dramatically increase headroom on the side of your choice. This simple practice will make it feel palatial inside.
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Re: Lite Tent?

Post by azbackpackr » Mar 02 2010 3:21 am

Ok, Shawn, The Man has spoken. Now I want one, too! Thank you for doing all my research for me! You could market that skill, and pay for your new gear...
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Re: Lite Tent?

Post by pencak » Mar 17 2010 9:14 pm

I like my SilTarp II http://www.integraldesigns.com/product_ ... N=16172597
It's advertised at 14oz and is 8' x 10'. I add more weight because I pre-tie the line on it to make it easier to set up. One of the main problems with these things is that they are so light the even the slightest wind makes them difficult to set up. Pre-tieing the lines helps.
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Re: Lite Tent?

Post by Al_HikesAZ » Mar 17 2010 9:21 pm

te-wa wrote:shawn, that is IMHO the best tarptent on the market. now you just need a Gossamer Gear Gorilla to round out the package. good buy!
te-wa - what do you think about the Tarptent Rainbow? http://www.tarptent.com/rainbow.html How does it compare to this SixMoonDesigns. My buddy Eric (Morel) has this SixMoonDesigns tent and likes it. I know people with the Tarptent Rainbow and they like it.

ps - I liked the Ninja squirrel the best :)
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Re: Lite Tent?

Post by big_load » Mar 17 2010 10:03 pm

Al_HikesAZ wrote:what do you think about the Tarptent Rainbow?
For two people (or one with extra space), I really like my Double Rainbow. The extra width makes it more storm-worthy than the Rainbow when fully guyed out. The SMD Lunar Duo is quite similar and has many happy users. The Contrail is still my go-to solo.

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Re: Lite Tent?

Post by jimmyjam » May 17 2010 9:26 am

If you've got access to a sewing machine and have the time you can make your own "Bilgy" tarptent. I made one , 2 lbs and it sleeps two comfortably. I have not had a chance to try it in the SW. If you're interested go to http://www.questoutfitters.com.

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Re: Lite Tent?

Post by azbackpackr » May 17 2010 10:15 am

Interesting website, reminds me of the 70's and Frostline Kits. Tarp looks pretty functional.

I have worked many years in sewing businesses, including working for the Pack Shack making packs and duffel bags, etc. Therefore, I don't sew! ;)
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Re: Lite Tent?

Post by pencak » May 23 2010 5:06 pm

jimmyjam wrote:If you've got access to a sewing machine and have the time you can make your own "Bilgy" tarptent. I made one , 2 lbs and it sleeps two comfortably. I have not had a chance to try it in the SW. If you're interested go to http://www.questoutfitters.com.
This is excellent! Thanks for posting the link.
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Re: Lite Tent?

Post by azbackpackr » May 23 2010 8:32 pm

If I never touch a sewing machine again, I won't cry. If I am desperate, it is a job skill I possess. I would rather pay 3 times the amount, (or go without) if it means I don't have to sew it!
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Re: Lite Tent?

Post by jimmyjam » May 28 2010 10:23 am

@pencak
You're welcome. It did take me about 2 weekends and a couple of weeks of sewing every night to do it, but it's a great ultra light tent and roomy. The silnylon is extremely slippery and requires some patience to work with.

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