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Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Coming Soon: Tarptent StratoSpire on 08/02/2011 10:45:51 MDT Print View

One and two person double walled shelters. They look like they will have excellent floor space and the trekking poles stay out of the shelter where they belong (some recent designs from other manufacturers ignore this feature).

Henry has been busy!

http://tarptent.com/sneakpeek.html

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Coming Soon: Tarptent StratoSpire on 08/02/2011 11:58:59 MDT Print View

For us die-hard double wall guys these look very good! Interior space is considerably bigger than my Fly Creek with a large vestibule and it weighs the same. I'll be watching these ones with great interest.

Hey David, did you take over for Franco? (announcing new products for Henry)

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Coming Soon: Tarptent StratoSpire on 08/02/2011 12:30:40 MDT Print View

No - Franco is the de-facto expert on Tarptent.

But he is still sleeping.....

Clive Ockenden
(cliveockenden) - M

Locale: Tas, Australia
"Coming Soon: Tarptent StratoSpire" on 08/02/2011 13:31:18 MDT Print View

Its time we changed the name to TarpTent StratoShire

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Coming Soon: Tarptent StratoSpire on 08/02/2011 16:07:09 MDT Print View

I am awake now...
Here is a pic of each shelter:
TT SS1
TT SS2
After fiddling with the concept for four or five years, Henry finally nailed a design for the double that he was happy with a few months ago ant then within a few weeks period came up with the solo version.
If you look at the Bug Net only set up you can see that they are a rather large solo as well as a large double.
Having the pole offset as well as taking advantage of our Pitch Lock corner, results in plenty of headroom sitting up as well as laying down.
A modular system allowing fly or inner only or both together.
Franco

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Coming Soon: Tarptent StratoSpire on 08/02/2011 16:49:57 MDT Print View

Finally! I've been looking forward to Henry coming up with something new and it is exactly what I'm interested in. BUt they look huge! Wonder how storm worthy they are? Or maybe they're not designed for that? Do you know how tall the shelter is at the apex of the trekking poles?

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Coming Soon: Tarptent StratoSpire on 08/02/2011 17:30:52 MDT Print View

All of the specs are posted .
The solo is 48" high, the duo 50".
To understand the shelters it is a lot easier if you look at the animated 3D clip (in the video page) as well as the Show Dimensions drawings in the specs page.
The are large shelters but the total footprint (including internal and external guylines) is smaller than many of the other pole supported shelters.
For the ones that do not use trekking poles , dedicated poles will be available soon.
TT SS2 floor plan
TT SS1 floor plan
Franco

Karen Kennedy
(karenk) - MLife

Locale: NE NSW - Australian subtropics
Oh no, another new tent! on 08/02/2011 19:04:12 MDT Print View

This looks great, the net tent alone option is great for a warm weather setup - perfect for our climate 75% of the time.

Well done Henry!

KK

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Offspring of Contrail and Double Rainbow wild night on 08/02/2011 20:12:57 MDT Print View

My caption says it all.

Question: How will it do in a windstorm?

Edited by Danepacker on 08/02/2011 20:14:07 MDT.

Michael Fogarty
(mfog1) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Freestanding no on 08/02/2011 23:03:35 MDT Print View

Very nice design, but I still like the freestanding option with my Rainbow.

Trevor Wilson
(trevor83) - MLife

Locale: ATL -- Zurich -- SF Bay Area
Re: Coming Soon: Tarptent StratoSpire on 08/03/2011 05:00:36 MDT Print View

They look really good to me. Tons of internal space.

Maybe I am looking at the website wrong, but does it post weights for the tarp and net-tent portions separately?

Daniel Smith
(scissor) - F
height? on 08/03/2011 07:46:19 MDT Print View

What is the height of the tent on the opposite side (parallel) of the trekking pole?
My concern is that if 2 people used it they would have to sleep opposite directions.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Re: height? on 08/03/2011 08:27:36 MDT Print View

+1 on the question of sleeping head to toe.

The 2 sets of short corner support poles are diagonally opposed to each other (i.e. LF and RR). That would imply that overhead clearance is not equal across the ends of the shelter. To wit, when viewed end-on, clearance decreases from the supported corner (LF) to the adjacent one (RF).

Maybe I'm looking at this wrong, but that's the impression I get, even though Henry's diagram shows both sleeping bags head to head.

Henry Shires
(07100) - F - M
Re: Re: height? on 08/03/2011 09:07:05 MDT Print View

Here is a diagram which I hope helps answer your question. The short answer is you can sleep either end. The interior door will open to the larger triangle side of the support pole. Due to the steepened walls and expanded/diagonal ridgeline there is noticeably more headroom and footroom in this design vs a standard A-frame with equivalent footprint.

Tarptent StratoSpire Design

Edited by 07100 on 08/03/2011 09:10:58 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Coming Soon: Tarptent StratoSpire on 08/03/2011 10:21:25 MDT Print View

Is it me or does this design border or sheer brilliance?

Eric Swab
(ericswab) - M

Locale: Rockies
Coming Soon: Tarptent StratoSpire on 08/03/2011 10:52:08 MDT Print View

It sure is a unique and creative design, kind of a Mid with full use of space, looks like it will shed wind and light snow well, good shelter for people with dogs.

Really interested in weight without the inner and the pricing.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Re: Coming Soon: Tarptent StratoSpire on 08/03/2011 11:01:18 MDT Print View

It also appears that the vestibules will come almost to the ground if desired.

R S
(rps76) - F
How much and when? on 08/03/2011 11:39:56 MDT Print View

Anyone know the price? Can I preorder now?

Say Raow
(lordrasov) - M
Re: Coming Soon: Tarptent StratoSpire on 08/03/2011 12:43:56 MDT Print View

"kind of a Mid with full use of space"

That's what I thought when I saw the first picture. It looks like everything I wanted my Duomid + inner to be after using it with another person for two weeks.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Great design on 08/03/2011 12:52:02 MDT Print View

Nice tent! Wish it came in Cuben, though.