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Often-overlooked shelter makers (and models)
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Stephen Komae
(skomae) - MLife

Locale: northeastern US
Often-overlooked shelter makers (and models) on 12/06/2012 20:35:42 MST Print View

I've been looking at trying something new, probably a shaped tarp or a tarp-tent and I'm wondering if I'm missing any awesome options. I have a lot of experience using a flat tarp, hammock and traditional tents but I'm looking to try something new for next year. I'm also looking for a new flat tarp, because mine is heavy.

I don't want to spend a whole lot of money but I'm willing to if something really cool comes up. Bonus points if the shelter can hold more than one.

So far I've looked at (but haven't necessarily ruled out):

Black Diamond
Granite Gear
LightHeart Gear
Mountain Laurel Designs
Six Moon Designs

Edited by skomae on 12/07/2012 09:26:14 MST.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
re on 12/06/2012 20:46:19 MST Print View

I'd just like to throw this out there, Zpacks has been a pleasure to deal with.

If you are looking for coverage for two people, the solo-plus with taped seams and guylines weigh in at 5.1 ounces. Cost is comparable to some silnylon at $215. Best of all it sets up with one trekking pole.

I am currently looking for something along these lines, however i'd like a seperate innernet. I have been looking into BearPawWD for this, I like the options for sizing (1, 1.5 and 2 person) What is also intresting is the ability to add side walls (cuben or 10D) to help block wind and weather.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re; overlooked shelter makers on 12/06/2012 21:51:06 MST Print View

Yama Mountain Gear deserves more play on this forum.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Overlooked shelter makers on 12/06/2012 22:04:59 MST Print View

+1 on Yama Mountain Gear. There tarps and bug shelters are high quality stuff and at a reasonable cost.

Yama (2.0) Bug Shelter 15.5oz Lake Vernon, Yosemite

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
SMD Skyscape on 12/06/2012 22:05:25 MST Print View

My Trekker weighs 23.5 oz in the stuff sack after seam sealing. It does not get the nods the Zpacks and MLD shelters get, but it is an excellent solo shelter. The Cuben X model has excellent reviews from John Abela, but for the money to weight the Trekker and Scout can really not be beat.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Yama on 12/06/2012 23:30:12 MST Print View

I have dealt with Gen on a couple of things. Great guy and great products.

I suspect when his cuben hybrid single wall shelter becomes available in early 2013 we may hear more buzz. 1 plus for 17 oz.

Edited by FamilyGuy on 12/06/2012 23:36:23 MST.

shelter on 12/06/2012 23:34:13 MST Print View

locus gear

robert v
(mtnbob123) - F

Locale: Upstate South Carolina
Kudos to Lightheart Gear Tents on 12/07/2012 05:10:13 MST Print View

I have owned a couple of tents that Judy made at Lightheart Gear, and I couldn't be happier with her quality and service. Solong6 is an amazing tent for the weight and money.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: shelter on 12/07/2012 06:13:40 MST Print View


Trevor S
Borahgear on 12/07/2012 15:24:28 MST Print View

Borah gear. I have one of their bivys and I love it, they have well priced tarps too.

Stephen Komae
(skomae) - MLife

Locale: northeastern US
Trailstar on 12/07/2012 20:28:20 MST Print View

The Trailstar has gotten me intrigued, even though it is a pretty well-known model. I like the flexibility but the ease of pitch of the shaped tarp...

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Tarptent on 12/07/2012 21:38:57 MST Print View

Just ordered my 3rd Tarptent moments ago. A great company.

I first had a Contrail for 3 years.

Sold the Contrail for a Moment, wich I modded and still have. Love it.

Ordered a Scarp 2 W/"solid" interior and crossing poles. It's mainly for winter and car camping. Can't wait for the modding to begin!

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Tarptent on 12/07/2012 23:21:35 MST Print View

Sweet Lord - read the original post.

Tarptent products are hardly "often-overlooked."

But I understand your excitement.