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Which Shelter to buy?
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Evan Brodfuehrer
Which Shelter to buy? on 12/23/2009 20:38:51 MST Print View

Hello everyone. I am looking to purchase a new tent. I have a golite shangri-la 1 that I use in winter or when there are no bugs. Looking for a 3 season tent. My choices are Tarptent moment, six moon designs lunar solo, or a Terra Nova laser comp. I live in PA and often travel to Alaska. So both climates are rather humid. I'm leaning toward the Tarptent but am concerned about the condensation, being a single wall tent. Or if you have any other choices. What are everyone's thoughts? Thanks!

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Which Shelter to buy? on 12/23/2009 22:59:05 MST Print View

Hi Evan
This is really a gear question for the G forum..
However just to start it off ,since you mention condensation, I would not call the Laser Competition a good example of condensation management. Note that the Hilleberg Akto started a bit like that but due to "popular demand" gained a vent towards the top of the fly.
Some have also reported that when the fly sags (silnylon does that when wet or and cold, same for the other shelters) it can touch the inner and starts dripping.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Which Shelter to buy? on 12/24/2009 20:10:31 MST Print View

"What are everyone's thoughts?"

You might consider evaluating the updated version of Henry Shire's Scarp 1 double wall Tarptent. He appears to have addressed all the issues raised about the initial version. From the pictures and design specs, I'd say it should perform as well as either the Laser Competition or Akto at a cheaper price. Plus it's made in the USA. Definitely worth a look, IMO.