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Reviewers Paid: $109.00
A roomy lightweight shelter, if you can find one!
- Excellent durability
- Setup can be a little fussy
I was looking to lighten my backpacking load, and had read some good reviews of the Batray. So I got one and haven't regretted it. Setup can be a little confusing the first time, but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy.
It's remarkably weather worthy (be sure to aim the low end towards the wind), and ventilation is superb. It's designed for two, and gives huge space for one hiker.
Durability is excellent... I bought this in 2002, and it still looks new. I own several tents, but this is still my favorite backpacking tent. If you run across one somewhere, you should buy it!
Design: Tarp-tent hybrid
Ease of Setup: Challenging the first time, but subsequently easier.
Weight: 3.2 lbs
Source: bought it new
The Batray is a great for people who want the security of a tent with the light weight of a tarp. There's really no other product out there like this hybrid shelter. It's now been discontinued, so if you own one consider yourself lucky. There's plenty of space inside for two and it's very long, which tall folks will appreciate. The closed end with the window can be rolled up for improved ventilation.
The Batray is best for weekend trips when the forecast calls for clear weather. I'd rather not endure a howling storm in this shelter (and I havn't yet) but for most sunny Sierra days it will keep the bugs out and the condensation off your bag.
At under 3 lbs for 2 people it's a dream to pack and carry. The accessory footprint is nice, but weighs 11 oz and is a bit heavy. A plastic or tyvek groundsheet would be better.
Ease of Setup: moderately easy
Weight: 2lbs 15 oz
Price Paid: $109 (sale)