Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout
A great lightweight shelter that doesn't break the…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $125
A great lightweight shelter that doesn't break the bank!
- Lightweight at 34 oz.
- Fast and easy pitch
- Uses trekking poles
- Requires seam sealing
The Skyscape Scout is a 34 oz. non-free standing tent. It utilizes trekking poles to pitch the tent. One of the many features I really like about this tent is that it only requires a total of 5 stakes to pitch (only 3 to set up initially, 2 stakes are used to pitch the vestibules).
Compared to the other tents I have reviewed and used like the TT Contrail and the aforementioned MH Lightpath 2, the Skyscape Scout is a side entry tent...I actually prefer a side entry tent as opposed to a "tunnel" style entry tent - it just makes entering the shelter that much easier. Lastly, I like how the inner net tent and fly are all attached and can be pitched all at once for a quick pitch.
I personally opted for the Polyester version primarily because of the price. For a 2 pound shelter, you just cannot beat the price.
Some manufacturer specs (from SMD Site) for the Skyscape Scout
- Canopy - 190T Polyester
- Floor - 190T Polyester
- Netting - 40D No-See-Um
- Zipper - #3 YKK
- Type - Hybrid Double Wall
- Frame - Dual Pole (not included)
- Entry - Side Entry
- Floor Space - 23 ft2 - 2.2 m2
- Vestibules - 2
- Vestibule Size - 16 ft2 - 1.4 m
Overall, I'm really happy about the tent and I am looking forward to using this on my trips this year and on.
Some setup photos:
All Skyscape models utilize a dual (trekking or optional fixed length 45" or 115 cm) pole support structure, slightly offset from the center of the tent. The offset yields extra head room when lying down, reducing that claustrophobic feeling. Further, it allows the Skyscape to be extremely rigid when guyed out, creating a structure capable of riding out the worst storms.
The Skyscape employs Hybrid Double Wall construction. Over 80% of the canopy is separated from you by a mesh wall, keeping that wet canopy at bay. The Hybrid Double Wallconstruction allows the vestibules roll back. On warm summer nights, convert the Skyscape into a net tent, pesky bugs stay outside while you enjoy the views and breezes.
The Skyscape's large side entry door lets you easily enter the tent or retrieve gear. With floor length over 100 inches, the Skyscape accommodates the tallest hikers. You can carry a light tent and still sleep well.
The canopy and floor of the Scout are constructed with 190T Polyester. Since this fabric is used in literally millions of tents, it is very cost effective. Incorporating Polyester fabric into the Scout makes it the most affordable ultralight tent on the market today.
The Scout is perfect for those starting to explore the world of ultralight travel.