Tarptent Reviews

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Tarptent Scarp 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Very fast to set up and take down. Ticks these boxes: High quality, lightweight, made in the US, reasonably priced. My wife and I recently completed…
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Tarptent StratoSpire 1

rated 5 of 5 stars The Stratospire 1 is lightweight, able to withstand severe weather, roomy, and well-constructed. An ingenious design brings together many of…
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Tarptent Rainbow

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight (1 Kg). Great for backpacking in most seasons. Durable for light rain, though allows some condensation (or with dew). A good three-season…
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Tarptent Double Rainbow

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight, spacious two-person backpacking tent. Easy to set up and pack. Purchased in 2013, have used six times on backpacking trips and…
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Tarptent 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…
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Tarptent Notch

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…
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Tarptent 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…
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Tarptent Rainbow

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,…
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Tarptent 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…
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Tarptent Contrail

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…
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Tarptent 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…
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Tarptent Rainbow

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…
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Tarptent Scarp 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Extremely roomy and strong 1-person tent. I've had the Scarp 1 for about five years now and have used it on bushwalks mostly in southeastern…
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Tarptent StratoSpire 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Very roomy for two people and could actually fit three if you had to. Good headroom, gear room inside tent, and two good sized vestibules. I…
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Tarptent 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…
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Tarptent 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.
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Tarptent Contrail

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…
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Tarptent Contrail

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…
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Tarptent 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…
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Tarptent Scarp 2

rated 4 of 5 stars This light 2-person tent is roomy and easy to set up. With two doors and two vestibules there is plenty of venting when weather permits. The…
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Tarptent Notch

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…
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Tarptent 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…
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Tarptent 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…
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Tarptent 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…
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Tarptent Notch

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…
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Tarptent Rainshadow 2

rated 5 of 5 stars How do they make such a big tent so light? Starting in 2010 I went looking for ways to drop pack weight. The heaviest item I was carrying was…
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Tarptent Notch

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Used this for solo backpacking and random short car-camping adventures. Sets up quick, handles wind and rain amazingly well, and you can hardly…
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Tarptent StratoSpire 2

rated 5 of 5 stars You can spend more, but you'll get less. I've also started using trekking poles as a replacement for the tent poles, and I have to say the tent…
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Tarptent Scarp 1

rated 5 of 5 stars Very user friendly, roomy, easy and quick to erect and a nice place to be. Capable of withstanding high winds, it quickly earned my confidence.
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Tarptent Notch

rated 4 of 5 stars I've used my Notch on several backpacking trips in Idaho and on my recent John Muir Trail thru-hike. It provides a good balance of light weight…
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Tarptent Rainshadow 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Very roomy, very easy to set up, very lightweight. So we got the tent and me and the two boys set it up quickly and easily in the yard. It looked…
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Tarptent Notch

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Henry Shires' Tarptent Notch is a solid performing, lightweight, solo shelter. It has two vestibules as well as two doors to enter/exit and…
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Tarptent Double Rainbow

rated 3 of 5 stars Light and convenient. Difficult to set up correctly to keep out rain. Not sure this tent is suitable for the Canadian Rockies. It needs pegs…
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Tarptent Contrail

rated 4 of 5 stars The TarpTent Contrail is a good single-wall shelter that provides rain and bug protection. Very lightweight and roomy for one person. On a trip…
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Tarptent StratoSpire 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 100% waterproof, two doors, two large vestibules. Trekking poles required. BOMB PROOF. Removable netting, bathtub floor. Puts up and takes down…
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Tarptent Contrail

rated 5 of 5 stars Roomy, easy to pitch, backpacking tent with a sub 2 lb weight. Have used this tent for years all over the Smokies, can't say enough good things…
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Tarptent Cloudburst 2

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a superbly crafted, brilliantly designed, 3-season, ultra-light TENT — not some flimsy tarp. This represents a philosophical leap…
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Tarptent Rainshadow 2

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Caution read before buying from Tarptent!! I own a Rainshadow 2 and used it on the JMT for 3 weeks. The tent worked great in the dry high altitudes…
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Tarptent Double Rainbow

rated 5 of 5 stars This is one of, and the first of two, Henry Shire's tarptents I own. And I absolutely LOVE this tent when I want more room than my Contrail…
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Tarptent Cloudburst 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars What a great shelter. I have spent many a wonderful night sleeping in the Sierra Nevada mountains over the last four years in this tent. I got…
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Tarptent Moment

rated 5 of 5 stars An excellent design with great livability, light weight (28 oz) and VERY fast setup time. Vestibule useful for pack storage and foul weather…
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Tarptent Squall 2

rated 4 of 5 stars I already had a Kelty Gunnison 3.1 and a Henessy Hammock, but I don't sleep well in a hammock and the Kelty was too heavy, so after a month…
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Tarptent Cloudburst 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Regarding the review by Demetri Kolokotronis: We need to respond publicly to Demetri's complaint. Here is a copy of the letter we sent him and…
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Tarptent Cloudburst 2

rated 1 of 5 stars It has been over eight months since I sent my tent for repair, and I have not received it back. I repeatedly requested it be repaired, or if…
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Tarptent Rainbow

rated 5 of 5 stars Hard to beat this tarptent. It is super light (2 lbs) and super roomy for 1 (could hold 2 in a pinch) and it pitches very tight and storm-worthy.
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Tarptent Squall 2

rated 5 of 5 stars I love this tent. 35 ounces with 2 poles and stakes included! Held up great in a northern New Mexico high elevation thunderstorm. Have used…
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Tarptent Squall 2

rated 5 of 5 stars It's a very good tent!
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Tarptent Contrail

rated 5 of 5 stars The Contrail is an excellent shelter for the long-distance hiker. So far I've used mine for 3300 miles over the last two seasons, and it's still…
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Tarptent Contrail

rated 5 of 5 stars Have used Contrail since last summer and have experienced the spectrum of weather. From hot and humid on the Maryland AT to a wind-driven, hail…
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Tarptent Virga

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the 2nd generation Virga without floor or extended beak. Design is quite elegant. I think Henry Shires has this design (or one similar)…
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Tarptent Rainshadow 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Weighing in at just two and a half pounds and offering 50 square feet of very livable space, the Tarptent Rainshadow 2 by Henry Shires is a…
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Tarptent Double Rainbow

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is one great shelter for the go-light crowd. I use it mainly for a solo shelter, but 2 will fit quite comfortably. This shelter has lots…
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Tarptent Contrail

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tent. Setup is a breeze, even I did it the first time in the dark in about 5 minutes or less. Great air flow. All the benefits of a tarp…
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Tarptent Cloudburst 2

rated 4 of 5 stars If you are a serious ultralight type, this tent is great. Mine weighed 2 lbs 5 oz. with the sewn in floor. The workmanship on this tent is superb.
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Tarptent Virga

rated 5 of 5 stars This review applies to the Tarptent Virga of about 2002 vintage; the newer Virga 2 looks to have more headroom and a slightly larger sewn-in…
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