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rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight and roomy with an easy setup. The TarpTent Rainbow is my most¬†recent gear purchase. I read dozens of reviews on multiple tents/tarps, and did some test drives on several tents before selecting the Rainbow as my tent of choice. A deciding factor for me, aside from the Rainbow's great reviews, weight, and livability was Tarptent is a U.S. based company, offering multiple shelter options, all made in Nevada City, California. Purchasing from a boutique gear company is just as easy as ordering… Full review

Squall 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Well though out ultralight tent, well built in the USA for half the price of the big name brands' ultralight tents. I'm starting my fourth season with this tent and I still love it. It's remarkably roomy for one. Being around 7 feet long means I can get two adults in with gear, comfortably. Sylnylon is more durable than it looks, and this tent is no worse for wear now, despite many nights with the dog, and the kids having caterpillar wars in their sleeping bags it it. For the money it's damn hard… Full review


rated 0.5 of 5 stars Difficult to set up, needs a lot of space. Difficult to set up without a lot of prior practice and it needs a lot of space. Many nice campsites were off limits due to the area needed for the tent and lines. The tent blew down in moderate winds and was very wet inside. Full review

Double Rainbow

rated 5 of 5 stars This is an easy to set up and take down, lightweight tent. Despite the material being lightweight it has endured my pit bull being trained to camp in it without a scratch. The tent is easy to pack in the side pocket of my backpack too. I've recommended this tent repeatedly to people seeking a durable but easy to use lightweight tent. The TarpTent Double Rainbow is a tent that is hard to beat. It travels in my backpack side pocket easily as one unit. The setup and take down is done in about 3 minutes… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars This is a lightweight tent that is easy to set up and feels very roomy. It is quick and easy to set up and take down. I've been camping for the last few years using a bivy sack. I've used one from thunderstorms to snow, and hot/humid to just above zero. After a rough night in July, I decided to get a tent. ¬† Most of my camping is done out of backpacking, so I wanted a tent that was light and didn't take up much space. The Tarptent Rainbow seemed to fit the bill for weight and packability and offer… Full review

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Read Trailspace's profile of Henry Shires and his tarptents.

Tarptent Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Gear Maker Profile: Henry Shires and his Tarptents
Henry Shires never planned to get into the tarptent business. The tarptent business got into him. Read the first in a series of gear maker profiles by Tom Mangan. Read more
February 17, 2009


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