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Enlightened Malcontent Tent System (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)

Discontent with cramped space in your tent? Try the Malcontent - one of the roomiest three-season tent systems on the market, with modularity, excellent storm protection, and adaptability for all four seasons.


by Ryan Jordan | 2005-08-13 03:00:00-06

Product Overview

The Englightened Malcontent, sitting quietly in a corner and surrounded by more than a hundred other shelters at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005 Tent City, stands out as one of the most beautiful new shelters introduced this week.

A three season tent system built around the shell of a twin-(trekking)-pole-supported catenary tarp offering more than 90 square feet of usable sleeping area, the Enlightened Malcontent is one of the few true "systems" on the market that extends its use into four seasons with elegance, style, and good use of weight.

A roomy, catenary-cut fly features zip-out doors to block wind and rain with virtual vestibules large enough to store large backpacks and easily cook, protected from the rain, even without the protection of the doors. An interior mesh bug canopy - with floor - adds tent-like security from biting insects without losing significant floor space, as happens with most bug canopy/tarp systems.

A winter upgrade kit that includes zip out storm doors with integrated high and low vents and a fully sealed "spindrift room" to keep out wind and snow, creates a massively roomy winter tent for only four and a half pounds.

Enlightened Gear, a new company, is based on the philosophy of taking "ultralight" mainstream. From the pages of their spec sheet on the tent system:

"...we defy the convention that going light means suffering, that comfortable gear is heavy. A more enlightened approach is to own a few clever, durable, lightweight items that can take you anywhere..."

That philosophy certainly comes through in the Malcontent Tent System. It's a well executed, and aesthetic, design.


  • Malcontent Tent Kit w/Shell, Bug Canopy, and Wind Doors: 4 lb 0 oz
  • Winter Kit (shell, storm doors, spindrift room): 4 lb 10 oz
  • Fly Fabric: 40D x 270T ripstop nylon 66; 1500mm PU and silicone-coated
  • Floor Fabric: 70d x 190T nylon, 5000mm PU (bug canopy); 10,000mm PU (spindrift room)
  • Spindrift Room Canopy Fabric: 70d x 190T calendared ripstop nylon
  • Mesh: 20d nylon mesh


"Enlightened Malcontent Tent System (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)," by Ryan Jordan. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2005-08-13 03:00:00-06.