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Brian Barnes
(brianjbarnes) - M

Locale: Midwest
Gossamer Gear "The One" Video on 02/04/2008 08:20:43 MST Print View

Check this video out! It shows Glen from Gossamer Gear setting up "The One":
http://www.vimeo.com/640029

Edited by brianjbarnes on 02/05/2008 22:06:06 MST.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Gossamer Gear "The One" Video on 02/04/2008 09:19:08 MST Print View

I predict this little hummer is going to be very hard to keep in inventory.

At 16 ounces, Glen is about to give Henry Shires and Ron Moak some very serious competition for one person UL shelters, despite the higher $275 price point vs. the TT Contrail ($199 for 24.5 oz with stakes) and the Lunar Solo ($235 for 24.5 oz with stakes).

Supposedly due out Q1 2008, the big question is, will it be available for delivery in time for this year's crop of PCT Through-hikers leaving in April?

Casey Bowden
(clbowden) - MLife

Locale: Berkeley Hills
Gossamer Gear "The One" Video on 02/04/2008 09:28:49 MST Print View

WOW!

Can't wait to see the specs.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Gossamer Gear "The One" Video on 02/04/2008 10:46:03 MST Print View

More details are in a practical backpacking thread about "the one"

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Gossamer Gear "The One" Video on 02/04/2008 10:49:07 MST Print View

From my work pc during the day the PB website always goes to disney website. Does anybody elses computer do that?

Maybe they blocked this IP address...

Edited by jshann on 02/04/2008 10:50:07 MST.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Gossamer Gear "The One" Video on 02/04/2008 10:54:26 MST Print View

Practical Backpacking also has a Podcast segment (#33) with Gossamer Gear. The first half with Grant Sibel is about new products; the second half is with Glen talking about The One. http://www.practicalbackpacking.com/blog/archives/000037_pbp_episode_33_new_at_gossamer_gear.php (sorry - I can't figure how to set up a URL link; only images, in one of these posts.)

For those who are not members of PB, here are the specs announced by PB, not GG, so far.

Availability 1 March
Cost $275 for spinnaker; no price for CF
Weights: Spinnaker 16 oz; Cuban Fiber 13 oz
Length 7 feet
Width: 26" at each end, 34" center
Height 47" (120 cm)
Full bathtub floor
Netting perimeter side walls
Zippered netting front
Zippered front vestibule
Rear peak vent

Edited by wandering_bob on 02/04/2008 14:13:45 MST.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Gossamer Gear "The One" Video on 02/04/2008 10:58:41 MST Print View

Very interesting! Must be using spinnaker cloth to get that light (ala their Squall Classic). More choices are great even if I am a diehard HS fan.

It's also personally encouraging in that I've been playing (still on paper) with ideas for a similar shaped MYOG two pole solo shelter for MN winters if tarp/bivy proves to be outside my comfort zone.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Gossamer Gear "The One" Video on 02/04/2008 10:58:55 MST Print View

Don't you just love the sound of spinnaker in the breeze?

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Gossamer Gear "The One" Video on 02/04/2008 11:09:16 MST Print View

I have heard people complain about how noisy spinnaker is in the wind.... and I have not had that experience. Sure, when it's new and laying on the ground is noisy... but in a properly designed / pitched shelter it isn't bad. If fact, my first experience with spinnaker (in the spinshelter) was that it was a lot less noisy that silnylon. Why? I could get a super taut pitch which has basically no flapping. No flap, no noise. With sil-nylon you have to fight against the materials natural stretch. For example, take a look at the picture on my review of the spinnshelter. If you click on the thumbnail you will get the full resolution image. It shows almost no deflection in the face of a 20+ mph wind (e.g. I measured 20 mph... it most likely went higher than that). The spinnshelter had minimal side deflection with gusts measured on a later trip of 45 mph.

The other thing with spinnaker is that it "breaks in". When that happens the hand gets softer and it becomes less noisy.

Edited by verber on 02/04/2008 11:13:37 MST.

Daniel Goldenberg
(dag4643)

Locale: Pacific Northwet
Re: Re: Gossamer Gear "The One" Video on 02/04/2008 11:15:50 MST Print View

Anybody know how well spinnaker works as a ground cloth with respect to abrasion resistance and waterproofness? I noticed in the video that Glen recommends the use of a groundcloth in all but the softest ground. I'm assuming this is because the one is using spinnaker for the bathtub floor.

Edited by dag4643 on 02/04/2008 11:17:21 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Spinnaker on 02/04/2008 11:26:28 MST Print View

Related to Daniel's question on waterproofness... how does spinnaker compare to silnylon in rainproofness? In a hard rain, there can be misting inside with silnlyon. Is spinnaker better, worse, the same?

Jay Well
(jwell) - F

Locale: Willamette Valley
Spinnaker as a groundcloth on 02/04/2008 11:41:22 MST Print View

I have been using a spinnaker groundcloth for about 1 year. I have used it on all my trips including numerous trips in the Northern Sierra last summer and a month long bike tour through Baja Mexico this winter where I camped in the desert almost every night. It has held up great and shows only minimal signs of use. Depending on what size you use it can be heavy compared to the GG polycryp, but more durable in the long run. I just hate the thought of throwing away plastic if I don't have to.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Spinnaker on 02/04/2008 12:59:41 MST Print View

> spinnaker compare to silnylon in rainproofness?

My experience with the spinnaker used in the spinnshelter / squall classic / "the one" is that it is more rainproof than the sil-nylon used by Henry for tarptents or brawny in her shelters. In conditions that I got some misting through sil-nylon I had not penetration through the spinnaker.

Jesse Squires
(shinfuro) - F
Anyone wanna buy a tarp and a bivy? on 02/04/2008 13:54:01 MST Print View

I just bought a tarp and bivy and then this comes out. Boy the wife wont be happy when I buy this hehe. This little tent looks cool and at 16oz wow! I am concerned about the waterproofness though.

Kevin Clayton
(kclayton) - F

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Re: Re: Gossamer Gear "The One" Video on 02/04/2008 14:14:08 MST Print View

I think I will stick with my TT contrail mainly for the room inside of it for a tall person. This looks a little to tight for me.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Gossamer Gear "The One" photos on 02/04/2008 14:20:26 MST Print View

deleted by writer; trying again

Edited by wandering_bob on 02/04/2008 14:22:28 MST.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Gossamer Gear "The One" photos on 02/04/2008 14:25:58 MST Print View

Pre-production photos from the net

Front view with vestibule deployed:
front view with vestibule deployed

Front view with half of the vestibule rolled up and stored; other half deployed
Front view with vestibule rolled up

Edited by wandering_bob on 02/04/2008 21:46:09 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: Spinnaker on 02/04/2008 14:34:06 MST Print View

Thanks, Mark. That's very helpful.

John Kays
(johnk) - M

Locale: SoCal
Tent Support on 02/04/2008 14:37:15 MST Print View

Bob, what's holding up the tent? I don't see any poles??

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Tent Support on 02/04/2008 14:51:12 MST Print View

Never heard of a Sky Hook?

Actually, look again, the pic with the vestibule rolled up shows a pole. It is not straight (compressed into a bow by guy line tension). Just to the right of the vertical part of the zipper.

Any pics of the back side?

Edited by jcolten on 02/04/2008 14:52:48 MST.