User Review: GoLite Shangri-La 2 Floor
Price Paid: $44
I'll start with the good:
It's very durable and totally waterproof, with 6" sides it is plenty of protection. The reinforced patches for the poles are tough and durable and easily hold up to the pressure from pole tips, although I plan to get rubber walking tips to go over the tungsten ones on my trekking poles. The bungee loops hold the floor taut and in place.
It is quite light and comes with an excellent stuff stack big enough to also store all of the stakes. Material quality is very high, as is the stitching, but there are a couple of corners where the seamtape has lifted before first use out of the bag (since fixed).
The webbing hook and loops for attaching the bathtub walls to the shelter are poorly designed. They are not adjustable and are too long, so the sides of the tub are not erected well at all. In fact the loops are so long that the side walls cant in and rest on the interior surface of the floor. If the rains were torrential the sides would be near useless.
I will be able to fix them by cutting the webbing 1/4" (durable material) and attaching buckles with adjusters, but I have to special order the buckles and it will take some time to fix a poor design flaw.
GoLite could have affixed small bungee loops for the hooks (just like the ones for connecting the floor to the tent stakes) and the moderate tension in the bungees would have kept the bathtub walls properly erected. This accessory is certainly not the equal of other pieces of the Shangri-la 2 system, but it does make for a weatherproof, lightweight shelter.
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