"Best" Solo Shelter - choices and opinions
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Christoph Blank
(chbla) - F

Locale: Austria
"Best" Solo Shelter combo - choices and opinions on 04/03/2011 02:54:19 MDT Print View

Hey there,

As I am looking for a new solo shelter for the coming summer, and a lot of people have the options I listed below, I wanted to ask for concrete input of those familiar with them - or even have gone through the same comparison already.

I'm looking for a flexible and lightweight option, and what it came down to, so far, is the following:

1) HMG Echo I + inner
2) Gossamergear Spinnshelter + Alpinlite Bug Shelter 1.25
3) Zpacks Hexamid with new extended beak

What I don't like about the Echo is the missing wall at the backside when used standalone. And what I heard about the Spinnshelter is that the material isn't quite as good as cuben .. so the decision now is really hard.
Options would also include other bugnets or shelters e.g. from Alpinlite

Has anyone compared these or can give me any suggestions/opinions/etc? I would be very glad, don't know what to chose :) Price is not really an issue

Thanks in advance,
Christoph

Edited by chbla on 04/03/2011 02:54:49 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: "Best" Solo Shelter combo - choices and opinions on 04/03/2011 12:16:58 MDT Print View

I've been using a SpinnShelter for a few years now. The fabric is spinnaker fabric, and that is slightly heavier than cuben fiber, but less expensive. I support it with Fibraplex poles. I used mine in California, then added a 4-inch skirt of mosquito netting all the way around. That worked, so before my trip to Alaska, I added a removable front door of mosquito netting. That worked. Now back in California, I removed the front door. That is a lot lighter than dealing with an entire bug shelter.

--B.G.--

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: "Best" Solo Shelter combo - choices and opinions on 04/03/2011 12:28:29 MDT Print View

I use the SpinnShelter and Alpinlite Bug Shelter 1.25 and have for the past2.5 year. I really don't have any complaints though a Cuben one might be even better. The SpinnShelter/Alpinlite combo is both cheaper and lighter than the HMG Echo System. I also like the fact that the SS has a rear door (while the Echo is open) and the front door is attached and can be rolled up, rather then the separate piece the Echo has.

That being said the HMG stuff does look well made, and the Hexamid, while a different type of shelter looks interesting as well. In all reality you could probably find yourself happy with any of them.

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Re: "Best" Solo Shelter combo - choices and opinions on 04/03/2011 21:29:02 MDT Print View

I also use a Spinnshelter, though without bug net.

Bob, how did you attach the skirt around the perimiter of yours?

Edited by JacobD on 04/03/2011 21:29:43 MDT.

Christoph Blank
(chbla) - F

Locale: Austria
one more on 04/04/2011 14:43:54 MDT Print View

thanks a lot for four opinions!
I'm still looking at the many different types .. its getting harder and harder :)

I'll add a Lightheart Solo Awning to the list of options
but right now I'm in favor of the Zpacks Hexamid with extended beak ..

Christoph Blank
(chbla) - F

Locale: Austria
hexamid on 04/07/2011 14:35:40 MDT Print View

aaaany final input before I go to order the hexamid? :D

David Passey
(davidpassey) - F - M

Locale: New York City
Re: hexamid on 04/07/2011 14:40:18 MDT Print View

The new MLD Cricket looks nice. Also, the Wild Oasis/Gatewood shelter is interesting. The MLD Solomid, too.

Christoph Blank
(chbla) - F

Locale: Austria
cricket vs hexamid on 04/07/2011 15:00:13 MDT Print View

Oh!

I didn't know the cricket... it looks very nice
Another option

so right now its cricket vs hexamid :D
However, the advantage of the hexamid in my opinion is the combination
with the screen.
So you can use it without the inner tent in more situations...

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(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: cricket vs hexamid on 04/07/2011 15:46:30 MDT Print View

When in doubt, go with the lightest complete option! Sounds like a Hexamid is in order.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Best" Solo Shelter - choices and opinions on 04/07/2011 15:50:07 MDT Print View

When in doubt get both!

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(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Best" Solo Shelter - choices and opinions on 04/07/2011 15:53:56 MDT Print View

Thom, Congress could use a man like you.