Sierra Designs Origami 4
This is the second tarp shelter I have purchased in…
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.