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Aaron Reichow

Locale: Northern Minnesota
Bear Paw Tents Pyra tent on 10/25/2010 20:04:49 MDT Print View

Anyone have any experiences with the Pyra or the Pyra Net tents?

I've been eying the Bear Paw Tents Pyra and Pyra Net 1 for solo use.

Weight and cost are the big draws for me. I've had good experience with Bear Paw, as well.

Pyra: 10 oz, or 17 oz w/ removable vestibule - $120
Pyra Net 1: 8 oz - $90.

There are (always) lighter options, but at 18-25 oz and for $210 it's looking pretty good to me. Thoughts?

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Highly Recommended! on 10/26/2010 10:01:44 MDT Print View

Awesome workmanship, great value and super turn-around/shipping time. I have dealt with BearPaw before and am very happy with the items i have gotten. Stock stuff or custom orders, he will work with you to make you one happy camper. John is a pleasure to buy from and really stands by his stuff. He had a customer that was not satisfied no matter what he did, so he let the guy keep the tent AND refunded his cost for it INCLUDING shipping! Ya' don't hear about that every day....


Edited by bigfoot2 on 10/26/2010 10:03:05 MDT.

Adam Kramer
(rbeard) - F

Locale: ATL, Southern Appalachia
Re: Highly Recommended! on 10/26/2010 10:25:00 MDT Print View

+1 they modified my tent with a bug net and a mesh door and couldnt have been nicer or done a better job.

Aaron Reichow

Locale: Northern Minnesota
pyra on 10/27/2010 10:17:25 MDT Print View

I ended up going with the Pyra tent, still working out details. I purchased a Canopy 1 tarp from him earlier in the month, but would like something a little bigger. If anyone would like to buy the Canopy 1 from me for $65 (what I paid for it), let me know. Otherwise it's going back to John and put towards a Pyra Tent + Pyra Net 1 setup.

The 30D sil floors I've used on tents are so slippery that I may end up going with the 70D floor which he says isn't quite as slippery. My problem isn't slipping around on the floor inside the tent so much as a 30D sil tent floor itself will slide down the slightest incline, a problem I've never had with PU coated floors. Weight wise it should come out even- shouldn't need to use a Tyvek groundcloth with the thicker floor. John has been very responsive and helpful in helping me figure out what I need.

I'll post a review when I get the chance to use it- looks like a nice tent and a decent weight, especially given the price and the kind of service John provides.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
BearPaw on 10/27/2010 12:19:50 MDT Print View

Excellent choice :)


Robert Meurant
(rmeurant) - MLife
My experience on 06/27/2011 01:58:35 MDT Print View

I recently ordered a mildly customized cuben PyraTent with fixed vestibule, plus single PyraNet with cuben floor and 10" walls, and made-up pole from John at BearPaw Wilderness Designs.

The service was impeccable. I received rapid and helpful responses to email requests, John took an (unavoidable) lengthy international phone call at night, and easily surpassed my tight deadline.

The PyraTent has almost a hand-hewn appearance that I rather like, rather than being a machine product. I had not experienced cuben before (here in Korea), but it seems to be a material that one can get close to, and not feel uncomfortable.

Excellent service.
I haven't had the opportunity to test the tent in the wild yet - but very soon.

Ludo P.
(Fils) - F

Locale: France
Re: Highly Recommended! on 06/27/2011 06:05:09 MDT Print View

As said before, awsome work done by John Stultz for the Shangri-La 3 Modified innerNet I ordered.

John Vance
(Servingko) - F

Locale: Intermountain West
Shangrila Inner net on 06/27/2011 09:30:44 MDT Print View

Could you post the weight of the Shangrila 3 Inner net? I had John make me a solid 3/4 inner for my SL3(pics on his site) that came in at 24oz as I recall.

Ludo P.
(Fils) - F

Locale: France
Re: Shangrila Inner net on 06/27/2011 09:54:02 MDT Print View

the weight is just less than 21oz (exactly 587g).
I choose silnylon floor.

Fred eric
(Fre49) - MLife

Locale: France, vallée de la Loire
bearpaw on 06/27/2011 12:56:33 MDT Print View

Another bearpaw satisfied customer here, he made me a custom 3 people 12 oz / 340g inner for my shangri la 5 for a decent price :

sorry the text is in french but the photos show the result :)

Edited by Fre49 on 06/27/2011 12:57:17 MDT.

Joe Newton
You can't go wrong with Bear Paw on 06/27/2011 13:56:21 MDT Print View

I dont have any experience with the Pyra but I have one of John's minimalists net tents. Great workmanship. John was also a pleasure to work with. I am confident you will like his product or he will make it right with you. He's a straight up guy.

Thomas Gauperaa
(gauperaa) - F

Locale: Norway
Re: You can't go wrong with Bear Paw on 06/28/2011 01:48:51 MDT Print View

I guess I was unlucky because the workmanship (stitching etc.) on my "Pyranet 1" inner is below average compared to other cottage manufacturers I've encountered. Still I'm ok with it because of the great price and quick delivery.

Edited by gauperaa on 06/28/2011 06:48:17 MDT.