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rated 4.5 of 5 stars Very happy. It prefers the poles to be about 115cm. If you have fixed walking poles a little higher it will cope. Some people dig a hole to sink the pole. I just added a 5cm loop to allow the tent to sit lower (the fly will be a tad higher though.  I have the partial solid inner which keeps me out of any extra breeze. The walking pole adapters are highly recommended ...maybe not so much to keep the handles clean but more if the handles are up you are not worried about tearing the fly. It really… Full review

Scarp 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent customer service and made in the USA! My first experience with Henry and the Tarptent staff was nothing short of excellent! The Scarp 2 is well crafted, lightweight, versatile in configuration, and spacious. I highly recommend this tent to anyone camping as a pair and/or with a pet. Packs down small and light for those looking to lighten their load and working with minimal pack space. I had narrowed my options down to a couple tents and I settled on the Scarp 2 for a several reasons, but… Full review

Moment DW

rated 5 of 5 stars This tent is a great solo 3- or 4-season tent, depending on options. It is the 2nd gen. Moment, the 1st gen being a single wall version. The "DW" in the name stands for Double Wall. The Tarptent Moment DW solo tent is, in a sense, the Hilleberg Akto on steroids. It does derive its basic design from the Akto but has refined the shape and capabilities a lot, making it lighter yet more versatile. Like the Akto, the Moment DW has a main hoop, but instead of the Akto's square ends the Moment has two… Full review

Scarp 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Fantastic tent, lightweight (1.3kg), great design for all round strength, and the great venting features mean it deals well with condensation and help to cool the tent in warmer weather. The Scarp 1 has a few different configurations. This review refers to the solid interior tent without the extra crossing poles. I am a big, big fan of this tent. The setup can be a little bit tricky at first, but the line tighteners are fantastic (I added key rings to the end of my lines to get a easier purchase… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars This is a very lightweight and easy to set up non-freestanding tent. It's best for ultralight backpacking where you are still worried about bugs and privacy. I used this shelter for seven months on my Appalachian Trail thru hike in 2013. It comes in a small package that easily fits in my internal frame pack, although it has to go in vertically due to the stays, but those could also be removed and kept outside the pack — I keep them attached for easy setup.  Setup itself requires only four stakes… Full review

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