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Help me pick a tent!
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Benen Huntley
(benen) - MLife

Locale: South Australia
Help me pick a tent! on 03/23/2010 17:15:03 MDT Print View

Hi Everyone :)

I know I recently posted about tents but I'm still in a dilemma!

I'm seriously looking at the Scarp 2 as well as the MSR CR2 and MSR HH HP.

Do Tarptent make a footprint for the Scarp 2?
Can it be pitched just with fly and footprint as an UL summer shelter? How much would just that part weigh?

I plan on backpacking in a lot of different weather with my wife so a tent that can see us through the largest variety of conditions would be very helpful. Rainy Tasmania is definitely on the cards.
If i end up needing a tent for warm and another for rain and cold then so be it.
Also, if the CR2 is stronger than the Scarp 2 then I'm happy to pay the extra money. And vice versa, save the money if the Scarp is stronger!


Edited by benen on 03/23/2010 17:16:19 MDT.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Help me pick a tent! on 03/23/2010 17:38:22 MDT Print View

I sold a regular Hubba Hubba for a Scarp 2. There is no real footprint but Henry will sell you a piece of Tyvek that you can use as one. With the Scarp, the inner tent attaches to the exterior tent which is opposite of most traditional tents. You can use the exterior without any interior if you wish. You also have the option of the extra support pole and solid mesh or nylon/mesh inners.

twig .
(bretthartwig) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Help me pick a tent! on 03/23/2010 17:44:32 MDT Print View

Hi Benen,
I would go for a Scarp 2 if you are headed for Tassie. You could use it with the extra poles if you were headed for the snow and leave them at home if you are just going to encounter rain. I have a double rainbow and The One and find them suitable for 95% of the hiking we do in SA, the extra ventilation is welcome in all except winter. Tarptents are awesome, I would never go back to a conventional tent that is sold here. I haven't used a groundcloth with the rainbow and have had no problems with punctures as long as I spend a minute clearing the ground before pitching. If you don't want to get the base of the tent muddy you can use a painters drop cloth or Polycro groundsheet from Gossamer Gear.

Benen Huntley
(benen) - MLife

Locale: South Australia
weights on 03/23/2010 18:18:37 MDT Print View

thanks :) looking more promising with every reply!
Does anyone know how much each part weighs?

John Mowery
(Mow) - F

Locale: Minnesota, USA
Help me pick a tent on 03/23/2010 22:13:35 MDT Print View

Have you looked at the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2? (

I'm going through a similar dilemma right now. I want a good two person, double wall, tent for really rainy weather. One of my criteria is two doors and two vestibules. After a lot of agonizing I think I've come to the Copper Spur UL2. A friend has one and loves it - carried between two people it's just over two pounds a piece. Certainly worth it for all the extra coverage, IMO.