Gossamer Gear Spinshelter users!
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Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Gossamer Gear Spinshelter users! on 04/17/2011 10:56:05 MDT Print View

I am looking for some feedback on the Gossamer Gear Spinshelter - pros, cons - from users. Also, what (if you are) inner net tent are you using or are you using a bivy? If so, which one? Concerns in buggy season.

Thanks!

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Gossamer Gear Spinshelter users! on 04/17/2011 12:42:30 MDT Print View

I have one that I have been using since 2008. It is my go to shelter and I have had it in high winds and up to 4" of snow. During the summer I add the Alpinlite Bug Shelter 1.25.

Pros:

-Light Weight
-Tons of protected floor area
-full weather protection when needed - no need for a bivy
-tarp airyness with doors rolled up
-versatility - can be used with a bug tent/bivy or without
-fairly storm worthy
-fabric has little to no stretch

Cons:

-somewhat loud fabric (not an issue when pitched)
-sit up height is limited to the extreme front end
-takes practice to set up quickly
-Velcro can be more of a pain than a zipper
-no vents

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Gossamer Gear Spinshelter users! on 04/17/2011 12:50:20 MDT Print View

I don't use any inner tent nor bivvy with the shelter.

I added a mosquito net skirt around the bottom for use in California. Before use in Alaska, I added a mosquito net front door in two removable panels. I often use it with a spinnaker fabric floor.

--B.G.--

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Gossamer Gear Spinshelter users! on 04/17/2011 13:19:37 MDT Print View

Thanks Guys - any issue with durability? I have read some reviews of tie-outs ripping with moderate tension.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Gossamer Gear Spinshelter users! on 04/17/2011 13:36:51 MDT Print View

Tie-outs ripping? I can't quite imagine that on mine.

I used mine for two weeks in Alaska, and it rained some of each day. No prob. It got pretty humid inside.

--B.G.--

Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
I heart my SPIN-twin on 04/17/2011 13:38:35 MDT Print View

I have used my spin twin a LOT and love it. I use the two person shelter as a decadent solo shelter (cheating? maybe) THis is a PERFECT shelter! I cannot praise it enough! Simple and tidy!!!

THe tie outs work fine, - never had an issue. A little bit of silicone glue a head of time may help.

THe SIL-twin is slightly less expensive, and slightly heavier.

Crinkle noise soved with a snugley pitched tarp.

THe Gossamer Gear design little pul tighteners are really simple and work wonderfully.

I do NOT have the kind with the velcro door.

I am 6'1'' tall, and the length is perfect, the width would be tight with two people, but not impossible.

I use a head-net to sleep if it's buggy, and never use a "real" tent.

Jack G
(NomadJack) - F

Locale: Midwest
Gossamer Gear Spinshelter users! on 04/17/2011 14:19:39 MDT Print View

Just got my Spinnshelter a week or two ago and haven't set it up yet but just wanted to mention I emailed Grant awhile back about a cuben version and he said it was possible depending on how well the CubicTwinn sold. One can always hope. Also noticed the Squall Classic has been removed from the list of shelters. Maybe something else is coming soon.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: I heart my SPIN-twin on 04/17/2011 14:26:53 MDT Print View

"I am 6'1'' tall, and the length is perfect, the width would be tight with two people, but not impossible."

Yes, it can get tight if you have two sleepers, shoulder-to-shoulder. However, this shelter is long enough that you can stagger the two sleeping bags. That seems to ease up the width problem a bit. It also varies a bit depending on whether you plant the poles internal or external to the shelter.

--B.G.--

Jack G
(NomadJack) - F

Locale: Midwest
I heart my SPIN-twin on 04/17/2011 14:38:58 MDT Print View

Looks like Mike is talking about the SpinnTwinn which is about 14" wider in the front and 26" wider in the rear than the SpinnShelter if my math is correct.

Dustin Snyder
(DustinTSnyder)

Locale: Southeast
Re: Gossamer Gear Spinshelter users! on 04/17/2011 14:40:56 MDT Print View

I have a spinshelter and love it! I have only slept under it once by my self and twice with my brother( yes it was tight but it was cold so we didn't mind being close together). I have no complaint about it and the tyeouts are are very strong.
Dustin

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Re: Gossamer Gear Spinshelter users! on 04/17/2011 14:52:40 MDT Print View

pm sent

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Re: Gossamer Gear Spinshelter users! on 04/17/2011 15:34:09 MDT Print View

Edit, I read this wrong and thought it was about a SpinnTwinn....my bad.

Edited by kennyhel77 on 04/17/2011 16:22:04 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Gossamer Gear Spinshelter users! on 04/17/2011 16:09:24 MDT Print View

Thanks all.

So the Spinnshelter is really just a 'beaked' SpinnTwinn...?

Does putting seam grip at the tie - out seams add much strength?

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Gossamer Gear Spinshelter users! on 04/17/2011 16:21:12 MDT Print View

"Does putting seam grip at the tie - out seams add much strength?"

How can you tell?

I used seam sealer on all stitching. I don't see any positives or negatives.

--B.G.--