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Moment DW

rated 5 of 5 stars A lightweight one-person tent that is easy to set up, takes up minimal space, and gives an easy drumtight pitch. Setup:  This tent is incredibly easy to set up. Stake one end, insert the main hoop pole, stake the other end, and tighten the guylines. I can set this up alone in less than two minutes after I find a spot. The design takes up relatively little space, and I was able to slip it into spots on the Appalachian Trail that might not have accommodated some other tents. Stability:  This design… Full review


rated 2 of 5 stars Fly doesn't come close to ground, problem in wind and rain. I bought the Notch to be a better rain shelter than a flat tarp and because there is a bug tent that fits under it perfectly. But, the fly can't be staked low enough to the ground to use with a little rain and wind. I believe i could modify the fly by removing the four stiffeners at the ends and adding four stake loops mid panel. I noticed that one of the tents by BearPaw is of similar design but can be staked all the way to the ground… Full review

Scarp 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I am rating the newer 2016 model. Adaptable, four-season capability in a small(ish) package. I purchased the 2016 updated model last summer with the basic included solid interior.  I've used the Scarp in varying conditions with no issues, other than it being an equivalent to a hot box with the solid inner during warmer weather.  I will list the new specs first: Extra wide interior states it can allow two pads and sleep two people. Please be VERY comfortable with this other person responsible… Full review


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

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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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