User Review: GoLite Shangri-La 3
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: GoLite sale $129
- 4-season tent
- fun to use
- 1 or 2 persons
I purchased the GoLite Shangri-La 3 for its light weight and features for me to try out my ideas for "small wood stoves for a hunters tents."
I did not purchase the GoLite Shangri-La 3 Nest. If I did have an inner bug net it will only be for half of the tipi tent, because I need to have no tent floor at the entrance.
The tie-outs, however, look likely for tying-in a reflective aluminized nylon "dew cloth" on one side near the bottom of this tipi tent. In addition, being able to tie-out the door looks likely for reflecting a small wood fire outside the tipi tent.
- 15D ripstop nylon
- silicone coated outside
- polyurethane waterproof inside
- the "flame resistant fabric meets CPAI-84 specification"
- factory taped seams
- 20D polyester No-See-Um Mesh
- 4' 10 1/2" minimum length
- 5' 10 1/4" maximum length
total weight: 2 1/2 lbs
My initial impressions:
2 1/2 lbs. feels about like a loaf of bread.
The material feels sticky but not too sticky. It must be the fire retardant.
After hanging up, that sticky surface disappeared.
The door double-end zipper is heavy duty.
The tie-outs are webbing, that are adjustable for length.
Here you can see the color changes in different lighting.
However, it does look like the MSS Modular Sleep System sleeping bag.
That information should make many buyers pleased.
The Shangri La 3 isn't anything like a camouflage outfit however.
It has a grey section sewn along the door opening, not pictured at GoLite online, as well as, three grey GoLite Logo emblazoned vents for ventilation near the peak that are pictured online.
In this photo, you can see the plastic inserts to make the vents stand out.
I only received six GoLite DAC 6 5/16-inch tent stakes, the minimum for pitching this tent "as is". There is a DuoMid pitch option discussed online, however that involves additional tie-outs.
I purchased additional eight GoLite DAC aluminum tent stakes, in anticipation, because I want to use 11 GoLite DAC aluminum stakes for every tie-out around the perimeter, plus check out one or two stake out points from the attachment points higher up the sides, or, keep the panels at the door pulled back.
If the stakes do not hold, there are other lightweight stakes to purchase elsewhere. I expect to purchase other stakes to see if I like those stakes better, and check out different pitching options.
If you would rather use you own ski or trekking poles instead of the center pole provided, here is how to join the poles.
The GoLite photo online and their online description do not do the Shangri La 3 justice.
- The features are better features than I expected.
- I also think lots of military and ex-military would like that color, as I do, because it blends nicely in an outdoor environment and because it compliments their military gear.
The fact is, more people are carrying a lightweight pack these days.
When I have used this shelter, I will get back with a follow-up report.
I have now used the Shangri La 3 on snow.
It is my experience, the Shangri La 3 is suitable for snowshoeing in the mountains for winter camping.
The Shangri La 3 is the right size for one or two. It was easy to warm up, the interior size and volume is just right.
I was winter camping solo.
In contrast, my Black Diamond Megamid has, in my opinion, too much interior volume for one.
I only used my stove outside in front of the door with the door open.
I did add 70D aluminized ripstop nylon fabric spanning three panels of the Shangri La 3 I tied to the existing ties inside the Shangri La 3 that are provided for tying-in the Shangri La 3 Nest, with the aluminized side facing the door and the stove outside.
I did not have a condensation problem.
During sleep, I use a Polar Wrap Half Mask and so my breath did not contribute to condensation inside the tent. It also helps keep me warm.
I did not use snow stakes. Instead, I put elastic cord around a stick with a slipknot and buried the stick crosswise in the snow, stepping on the snow to press it down. I was able to retrieve the cord.
The Shangri La 3 was secure and the pitch was taut.
I find it easy to setup the Shangri La 3. If you do not, the Shangri La 3 setup videos on YouTube are helpful.
I had trees around nearby. Nevertheless, I can say the Shangri La 3 was unaffected by wind.
I was in the mountains, here. It did not have an anemometer but the wind moved the heavy branches on Englemann Spruce vigorously for quite some time.
The Shangri-La 3 stands up to Montana wind.
I have the good sense to select a protected campsite. Nevertheless, the Shangri-La 3 proves itself.
I feel I have a great tent.
I would add, the Shangri-La 3 is so beautiful that it is a joy to have at the campsite.
I am not bothered by biting insects because I select a campsite away from the water source. I also like to find a campsite just below a mountain ridge, for the views and for the fresh air.
I use a MLD no-see-um headnet over my baseball hat. I wear long-sleeves and long pants.
Nevertheless, the price is so favorable, the complete Shangri-La 3 is a good choice.
If I had the complete Shangri-La 3, I would push back the inner Nest and floor. Either that or keep muddy boots outside.