Outdoor Research Helium Awning
Design: large backpacking tarp
Ease of Setup: takes practice
Price Paid: $110
Heavy at 27oz for a tarp, but it is large and it's not bare bones. Comes with reflective tie-out cords with tightening straps on 7 of the 11 tie-outs and has mesh pockets to keep the cord/straps tidy when not in use - extremely convenient.
It will definitely hold two hikers and a dog, but not 3 individuals as mfr suggests, except maybe completely spread out horizontal. It is very long and the large size is going to limit where you can put it. However, I'm using it as a tarp for my hammock in 3-season weather and the size works well for that. Using as solo shelter in winter, and it's overkill for that, but very roomy.
Weight: 20 oz
Price Paid: $98.95
First of all, once you take this product out of the stuff sack, you will likely never get it back in. The material might be great for light weight, but it is nearly impossible to handle due to its slippery surface and flimsy design. The only reason I gave it a two star instead of a one, is because I would recommend this to someone who was going to set this up and never take it down.
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Easily erected in several different configurations and made from waterproof, silicone-coated nylon fabric, the Helium Awning from Outdoor Research makes quick cover for adventures in changing conditions or an ideal super light shelter for fast and light pursuits.
- Mountain Gear
With the Outdoor Research Helium Awning you can cruise under dripping clouds and travel far from home despite the threat of incoming weather: this silicone-coated ripstop nylon awning provides excellent shelter for up to three people, with or without bivy sacks.Stake loops with 5 adjustable tension buckles make this ultralight awning easy to stake out.Mesh pockets at each corner can be used to store the 1.5mm cord when it is not being used to stake out the awning.Using trekking poles and cord allows the Helium Awning to be erected in several different configurations, providing a range of coverage that can be adjusted to match changing conditions.
A welcome addition to most backpacking and fair-weather mountaineering adventures, the Outdoor Research Helium Awning offers a lightweight design that shelters up to three adults in bivy sacks or extra expedition backpacks, crag bags, boots, cooking items and other outdoor equipment. It's made with a lightweight ripstop silnyl canopy that features five stake loops with adjustable tension buckles and six guy line loops. Outdoor Research engineered the Helium Awning to pitch with adjustable trekking or mountaineering ski poles, and the structure can withstand moderate breezes without collapsing (provided that you tautly stake everything and keep the shelter opening downwind). A guyline loop near the center of the Helium Solo Awning allows for extra clearance at one end of the shelter, improving your overall legroom inside a bivy sack or sleeping bag. Reflective accents at the corners make it easy to spot the Helium Awning when returning from base camp late after sunset. Weighing in at just a little over a pound, the Helium Awning is a practical choice for minimalists trios and well-equipped groups, especially if you don't like waking up to dew-soaked boots every morning.
- Altrec Outdoors
Free Shipping. Outdoor Research Helium Awning (Fall 2007) Specifications for the Helium Awning by Outdoor ResearchAverage Weight: 27.0 oz./765 gDimensions: 135in. x 125in./343 cm x 318 cm Features: 40D ripstop silnyl fabric with polyurethane coated interior sheds weather 1.5 mm cord Mesh cord pockets and reflective tape at corners Five stake loops with adjustable tension buckles; six guy line loops Stores in a stuff sack Can be erected in several different configurations Useful with 1, 2, or 3 bivy sacks or by itself