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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 a short canoe camping trip in Algonquin Park. We broke camp daily. The tent is quick to set up and offers the convenience of being able to set up the fly first—handy if it's raining. Speaking of which, we experienced one day where it rained from 10 AM until 4 AM the next day—nonstop. No leaks—dry and comfortable. We followed Tarptent's seam-sealing… Full review

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 the benefits of multiple shelters including a tarp and tent (a well-named product). It needs seam sealing and takes practice to get the pitch right, but gets easy. For a three-season solo plus shelter, extending into the fourth season with a solid inner, it is tough to find a better or more versatile option in the same weight class. 6/18/18: Scroll to the bottom… Full review


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 tent. The additional inner wall (that can be attached manually from the inside while raining!! Awesome!) is very good in preventing getting wet from condensation. Thus saying, during not-so-cold weather there's condensation. Very light, great for single backpacking for long periods of time. Easy and fast assembling. Has enough room for a single backpacker… Full review

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 several car-camping ones. Wanted to use for a few years before I reviewed. Opted to purchase after lots of research and have been very pleased.  Incredibly easy to set up and pack down. One long collapsible pole will split the length, with corners guyed out with stakes or free-standing with trek-poles. I've always opted to stake as I had that option each time. Full review

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

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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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