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MYOG Tents?
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MYOG Tents? on 12/10/2009 18:40:07 MST Print View

I've searched through what I can, but when you search "tent" you get a lot of hits!

What I'm really looking for is info on some single wall tents, something along the lines of a warmlite. Or I have been think about a modified tent tarp as well, would like something with a floor, plenty of ventilation,

Anyone mind sharing some pics of your MYOG tents?

Or if anyone has advice on tent material or general design I'd like to hear your thoughts

I'm just kicking around the idea, I have materials ordered for other projects to keep me busy for a couple months, just thinking about the next one


Troy Ammons
(tammons) - F - MLife
MYOG Tents? on 12/10/2009 18:54:39 MST Print View

There are a lot of them on this site, of all sorts. Do a search and you will find them. One guy duped the one, another made a cuben spitfire copy. Quite a few teepees of different sorts, tyvek, cuben etc. Dont see to many DIY dome tents. Tough pattern.

Tim marshall made a really nice copy of a coleman 2 person tent that weighs like 2#

I have yet to build on of these. I will one day but right now I am into hammocks.

Its just a beaked tarp/poncho set up over a bug tent with a tyvek door. Not really a tent though.

Edited by tammons on 12/10/2009 18:56:46 MST.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: MYOG Tents? on 12/10/2009 18:57:50 MST Print View

Henry Shires freely provides instructions to his original design.

BROAD OPEN ENDED POST I KNOW on 12/10/2009 19:35:51 MST Print View

I keep looking around, thanks for all the responses so far.

Edited by AKDAVE on 12/10/2009 19:42:48 MST.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: MYOG Tents? on 12/10/2009 19:53:59 MST Print View

You could try my FAQ:


Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: MYOG Tents? on 12/10/2009 20:02:48 MST Print View

Dave, Here are a few pics of my MYOG tent from this morning. I just got back from an overnighter around the Sherando Lake/Torry Ridge Area of Virginia. This was the first time I have used the tent.

The ground was extremely wet and partially snow covered. The wind gusts probably hit 30 mph. I did not have any precipitation. The low temp in the morning was 25 degrees.

This tent is small and lightweight, made from silnylon. It weighs 12.95 oz (not including stakes or poles). I use 8 ti stakes (1.75 oz) and treking poles to set it up. The front has a net door that is tied up in the pictures. This provides great ventilation (tent was bone dry in morning), but does not add much in turns of temperature.

tent 1

tent 2

tent 3


Troy Ammons
(tammons) - F - MLife
Here is the coleman copy that Tim made on 12/10/2009 20:08:53 MST Print View

Actually 2#3oz for a 2 person tent.

Its so light and so simple I am surprised no one is building a similar superlight 2 man tent.

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Here is the coleman copy that Tim made on 12/10/2009 21:03:17 MST Print View

Nice looking design there Jamie, was this an origional design or based on something?


Great shelters on 12/11/2009 01:00:22 MST Print View

I spend maybe 30-40 days a year in a tent and hats off to those who do it without a floor. One day I'll try it out, 20 of those days I get there by plane so, right now I'm going with my comfort zone, dome 2 layer tent

but with talking with friends would like to try a single layer out. Would love the space they provide with the weight they save. And more importantly the airflow some provide

can't believe what some guys are building on there own. It's pretty impressive. I'll start with a siltarp..... See where I can fo from there

John Brochu
(JohnnyBgood4) - F

Locale: New Hampshire
Re: Great shelters on 12/11/2009 07:05:10 MST Print View

Does anyone think the "Bilgy" tarp shelter design offered at Quest Fabrics would be a good one to try in cuben fiber?

I can't figure out how to post a direct link so you have to scroll down a little after the page loads...,sleeping%20bag-cart.htm#BILGY%20TARP%20TENT

Troy Ammons
(tammons) - F - MLife
MYOG Tents on 12/11/2009 07:54:32 MST Print View

That would work, but cuben is very expensive stuff for a first tent. You can glue it though.

Personally I think a shaped tarp or "fly" makes more sense, then add an inner, bug tent, cloth tent for very cold winter, or just use the tarp/fly alone if you want to go super duper light.

Sort of like the GG gatewood cape setup.

That setup with the bug tent weighs something like just over a pound.

Lucas Boyer
(jhawkwx) - MLife

Locale: 38.97˚N, 95.26˚W
re: jamie's tent on 12/11/2009 09:02:36 MST Print View

Nice tent Jamie, looks like the MYOG bug continues to treat you well. The tarp and bivy wet my appetite. Your tent looks like the cut on my Quest Outfitters tarp. Did you by any chance use their specs too? What mesh and floor material did you use?

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: MYOG Tents? on 12/11/2009 16:22:26 MST Print View

Thanks for the comments. For materials I used 1.1 silnylon from for both the top (gray) and bottom (black). I used nanoseeum also from Thru-Hiker for the netting. There is netting on the back and the door. There is also a strip on netting several inches wide that runs along the side connecting the floor to the sides.

As far as the design goes it was my own design, but inspired mostly by Vick Hines book "How to Make Your own Lightweight Camping & Hiking Gear". My goal was to design the smallest tent possibe. I downsized to the following.

front = 48" wide and 36" tall
rear = 24" wide and 18" tall
length = 6' 10"

I did study a lot of sites to help with the dimensions. MLD, Six Moons, and tarptent. I also gained insight from Jay Hamm's series on how to use 5 yards of spinnaker.

Lucas, I did not use Questoutfitter, I'm guessing many of these dimensions/designs are similar. Yes, I'm bitten by the the picture looking inside is my MYOG quilt, MYOG pot/stove, a MYOG Jardine Pack, and I'm wearing a thru-hiker MYOG Kinsman Pullover. It was fun making and just as rewarding using them.


Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: re: MYOG Tents? on 12/11/2009 20:39:55 MST Print View

myog pot?


Josh Leavitt
(Joshleavitt) - F

Locale: Ruta Locura
myog pot? on 12/11/2009 21:18:28 MST Print View

They are growing it so light, it floats on air.

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: MYOG pot on 12/12/2009 05:21:53 MST Print View

I responed to MYOG pot, since it also involves beer I thought I would move it to its own thread. I didn't want to hijack the MYOG tent thread.


Edited by jshortt on 12/12/2009 05:33:16 MST.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Re. Tims Copy on 12/12/2009 17:28:16 MST Print View

Regarding Tim's copy of the Coleman tent:

2lbs, 3oz is remarkable, especially considering this includes poles. It would be neat to see the design tweaked to use trekking poles instead. That would save ~0.5lbs, making it a sub 2lbs 2 person double wall tent.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Re. Tims Copy on 12/12/2009 22:30:36 MST Print View

i have designed but not made versions of the tent that use trek poles, and single wall hybrid versions as well. Someday i'll be able to make them. Both are very feasable, but not what Richard was looking for.


Pete O
(Shouse) - F

Locale: TX
Floor on 12/14/2009 16:57:33 MST Print View

Hey Jamie what material did you use for the floor?

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: MYOG Tents?" on 12/17/2009 19:28:52 MST Print View

Peter, The top and floor are both 1.1 silnylon from thru-hiker. The only difference is I used black on the floor and gray for the top. The ground I slept on was soaked from snow melt. The floor of the tent remained completely dry.