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StratoSpire 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight and amazingly strong if guyed out properly with extra line, stakes, and trekking poles. Fits me, wife, dog, and all of our gear comfortably. Very light with generous features. Lots of zippers, doors, and vestibule space. The guy line and stakes that the tent ship with are a bit wimpy for challenging conditions, but add a little extra trip-tease line, a few more stakes and even two more trekking poles (2+2 = total of 4) if you have them and this tent could withstand a tornado.   My first… Full review

Rainshadow 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent ultralight, waterproof, fast to erect tent. Used ~dozen times so far on backpacking trips and Boy Scout 'trailer' camps. No complaints. Sets up faster than almost all other adult Scouter's tents (and the 6 other tents I own too.) Weighs far less and costs about the same as those others too. Very fine netting keeps the bugs out. Spacious enough for dad and son to sleep and store all gear inside.  (It would be too tight w/ three adults + gear inside.) Recommend a large piece of window film… Full review


rated 3.5 of 5 stars Actual weight is heavier than the stated weight. Tarptent lists the weight as 27.5 oz. The actual weight of the tent, four stakes, and the stuff sack is 32 oz. If you get the Tyvek ground cloth add another 5 oz. I'm not sure how much weight the seam sealing will add to the weight of the tent. Full review


rated 4 of 5 stars Great bang for the buck! The Contrail is a super lightweight, single wall, one-pole (trekking), 4-stake tent that weathered a variety of weather conditions. It has become my primary backpacking tent. The first time I set it up was a bit tricky and it took me about 10 minutes to get the proper tension and pitch. The second time I set it up I was able to cut the time in half. After a few days I was able to trim the set up time to a few minutes. Since it is not free-standing, the biggest hurdle is… Full review

Double Rainbow

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a very lightweight, single wall, two-door tent that is very durable, easy to set up and withstands inclement weather (especially high winds). Tent material is silicone impregnated ripstop nylon; tent pole is Easton aluminum; full mesh netting for bug protection I received this tent last December as a Christmas gift. I seam sealed it myself. After using the tent stakes that came with it once, I swapped them out for a more rugged stake, the MSR Groundhog. The original stakes were just too… 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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