Appy Trails Mark III
Source: bought it new
If you want to "lighten the pack" without going "all in" this could be for you. Same weight class as many tarps but has the advantage of zipping up for foul weather and privacy. Requiring only one (1) guy-out at the rear and pegs around perimeter makes this tarp simple to pitch.
- Low cost
- Size and weight
- Ample space for 2-plus gear
- Stake grommets not gusseted
- NOT rip-stop sil-nylon
This is a good low cost alternative to an expensive sin-nylon tarp tent. It is 185T polyester and as a result a few grams heavier than what some may want but not enough for me to care about the difference. It has ample room for two (2) "hikers" plus packs.
It mashes down about the size of an MRE. I've seen travel pillows that pack bigger so don't expect the Taj Mahal. Zipper quality is OK but I've had the flaps snarl up a few times. I wish that the stake grommets had been gusseted, especially the one near the door flap (aftermarket mod required... oops). I can set it up in the dark now that I know the sequence well. Uneven or rocky ground can make this challenging and stability will suffer if you only have poor soil to stake into .
If you plan to ditch the factory poles and substitute your walking sticks be careful to match lengths w/ sharpy marker. Variation in pole length will make this tricky to pitch. As with all floorless tarps bring a good ground cloth(Tyvek) and the expectation for some condensation. If you pitch as intended, with tight ground contact, bugs will "mostly stay out" but air flow will be restricted unless you roll up/crack the door. Air flow will improved if you simply pitch it higher than factory and add guy extensions to the lower grommets.
I've have the Appy Trails III nearly two years and alternate between it when hiking and an A-Frame Timberline 4 when we "car camp" w/ scouts. I'm happy enough with it to recommend to a friend and I'll probably get another if/when this one fails.
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The Appy Trails Mark III tent is an ultralight weight hiker's dream come true. It will sleep 1 - 3 people in comfort and weighs so little that you will find yourself going farther each day. It has no floor so you can use whatever ultralight weight ground cover you want or nothing at all. Because it has no floor it has great ventilation. The coated polyester fabric is waterproof and is a muted green color to blend into the woods if you are looking for a stealth camp. Set up can be either with the supplied poles, your trekking poles, branches found along the way or you can suspend it from a tree for a poleless ultralight shelter.Sleeps 1-3 peopleSingle-wall design boasts low weight, while its single center pole architecture creates a stable and tight structureBuilt in vestibule area in the doorThe fabric is ideal for single-wall tents, not water repellent but water proof coated polyester, T190Setup with included lightweight aluminum poles or leave them behind and use branches found at the site, a trekking pole or even suspend it from a treeTensioned fabric makes the tent quiet in heavy winds.Stuffsack slightly oversized for ease of stuffing. Compression instructions includedComes with stakes, stake bag, guylines, stuff sack, instruction/care card, information sheetIncluded poles pack in your wand pocket or on the side of your packAll seams factory sealedImport.Fire Retardant.