Sierra Designs Origami 4
Design: Single pole floorless tarp
Ease of Setup: Very easy.
Weight: 5.5 pounds
Price Paid: $179
This is the second tarp shelter I have purchased in the last three years. Primarily purchased for groups larger than 2. There is ample space for 4 large people and some gear. I can even envision using this for 5 people with a little foresight but you would need the perfect spot to set it up - very large and flat. It does have a very large footprint and when you add guy lines it is huge!
The minimum trail weight is higher than listed in the product description by about a pound if you are carrying ample stakes to do the job. Still at 5.5 lbs. for 4 people that is very light shelter indeed. Since it is floorless you do have to carry some sort of ground cloth which also adds weight to your pack - maybe 10 to 12 oz.
The door is more than ample to allow entry and exit without disturbing your companions if it is left wide open. If it is closed when you go to bed, someone is going to get stepped on since it only zips from one side. If it is closed tight than condensation will be an issue. Even a partially open door does not prevent some condensation. But because it is so spacious, no one is really pushed up against a side.
From the limited time I have had this product, I think the Origami is well made. It held up fine in moderate winds with minimal flapping. I have not had much rain on the trips I have taken this on and nothing like a full on storm. It does have ample guys so I would think it could shed most storm conditions without a problem.
Except for winter use, I will never carry a full coverage tent again. There is just no need when you can get this much shelter for so little weight.
I really love this shelter.
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The Sierra Designs Origami is a 4 person trap style tent that is incredibly lightweight and versatile. A simple construction allows you to set the Origami up with ease by using the adjustable pole (included) at the center and guying out the sides. The tent's designs allows you to set up the Origami in a number of ways; traditionally with the pole and guy points, or tied, staked, tethered and spread in any other configuration.**Footprint not included. Tent floor can be purchased separately**Specs: Trail Weight: 4 lb. 3 oz. Packed Weight: 4 lb. 12 oz. 1 Door Interior Area: 109 sq. ft. Peak Height: 89" Features: Air flow vent system DAC Press fit adjustable pole Reflective guy outs and zipper pulls Fast pack footprint compatible (Sold separately)
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On Sale. Free Shipping. Sierra Designs Origami 4 Person Tent (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the Origami 4 Person UL Tent by Sierra Designs PVC-Free Tape Air Flow Vent System DAC Press Fit Adjustable Pole (Included) Reflective Guy-Outs and Zipper Pulls Fast Pack Footprint Compatible SPECIFICATIONS: Trail Weight: 4 lb 3 oz Packed Weight: 4 lb 12 oz Number of Doors: 1 Interior Area: 109 ft2 Peak Height: 89in. Body Material: 40D HT Nylon, 1500mm Poles: DAC Press Fit Season: 3 Capacity: 4 Packed Size: 19in. x 4in. Number of Poles: 2 Pole Diameter (Outer): 8.5 mm
One hundred and forty inches wide, the Origami 4 provides 109 square feet of covered space! Four folks can sleep in comfort, or put both folks on one side, and pull in the bikes, packs, or skis. For winter camping you can dig out the floor, making a sheltered, functional kitchen space. At the beach you can stake out the windward side, and leave the door open downwind, providing a great sunshade or place to escape the breeze. Small and easy to store, the Origami hides in your truck or at the bottom of your pack to offer a back-up plan or enormous lightweight shelter no matter the season. The options are limitless with Sierra Designs largest Origami.
One hundred and forty inches wide, the Siera Designs Origami 4 Ultra Light Shelter provides 109 square feet of covered space! Four folks can sleep in comfort, or put both folks on one side, and pull in the bikes, packs, or skis. For winter camping you can dig out the floor, making a sheltered, functional kitchen space. At the beach you can stake out the windward side, and leave the door open downwind, providing a great sunshade or place to escape the breeze. Small and easy to store, the Origami hides in your truck or at the bottom of your pack to offer a back-up plan or enormous lightweight shelter no matter the season. The options are limitless with the largest Origami.