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Greg Peters
(gpeters01)
My shield sunburst yellow solo pyramid on 03/03/2013 11:14:01 MST Print View

I finally got around to building a solo pyramid tent. I've been wanting to do this for some time so I finally bit the bullet. I ordered 8 yards of silnylon from Thru-Hiker and used some lightweight Gutterman thread. In addition, I recycled the hard wear off of an old MSR Hubba rainfly. The final dimensions came in at around 48 inches high and 102 inches long.Solo Pyramid

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: My shield sunburst yellow solo pyramid on 03/03/2013 11:37:29 MST Print View

Very nice. How much does it weigh?

You must use treking poles in inverted V

Must have a zipper in the middle of one side?

Greg Peters
(gpeters01)
zipper and weight on 03/03/2013 11:43:22 MST Print View

Yes Jerry, you're right. I'm using my Black Diamond trekking poles in an inverted V. The zipper is on the other side, not shown in the picture. I just finished sewing on the guyouts this morning and wanted to pitch it to make sure everything was fine before I sewed on the top reinforcement. I will weigh it after I've finished with the top and post. Thanks for all your past post on the subject

Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: My shield sunburst yellow solo pyramid on 03/03/2013 12:10:03 MST Print View

Looks great! Yellow silnylon is my favorite shelter color, it's so cheery.

Did you consider adding tie-outs at mid height on any of the 4 sides? If it were me, I'd add those if you plan on using it in high winds or possible snow loads.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: My shield sunburst yellow solo pyramid on 03/03/2013 12:50:32 MST Print View

Very clean. Have you considered a vent of some kind?

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: My shield sunburst yellow solo pyramid on 03/03/2013 12:55:13 MST Print View

Well done Greg!

Love my yellow Trailstar.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
My shield sunburst yellow solo pyramid on 03/03/2013 14:13:18 MST Print View

Have tried it with yourself inside on top of a mat and inside your sleeping bag ?

Greg Peters
(gpeters01)
Re: Re: My shield sunburst yellow solo pyramid on 03/03/2013 15:02:05 MST Print View

Yes Andrew, I agree with you. This was my first pitch just to make sure I had my geometry right. I'm going to go back and sew on a top reinforcement and I'm going to add some side guyout points. Thanks

Greg Peters
(gpeters01)
Re: Re: My shield sunburst yellow solo pyramid on 03/03/2013 15:04:18 MST Print View

Good point Dale, this is my first attempt at a shelter like this so I was a little worried about trying to construct a top vent. I am planning a second attempt with a top vent I just have to set down a draw up a design.

Greg Peters
(gpeters01)
Re: My shield sunburst yellow solo pyramid on 03/03/2013 15:07:43 MST Print View

I did get inside of it today with a ground cloth and my summer bag. I designed it to fit me so it's pretty tight, but I did have plenty of room to lay down and put my pack beside me. I definitely believe the head and toe room will improve with side guyouts. Thanks!

Greg Peters
(gpeters01)
Re: Re: My shield sunburst yellow solo pyramid on 03/03/2013 15:11:08 MST Print View

Thanks Todd, I got the idea for the yellow from MLD for sure. I just recently ordered the Duomid I can't wait to get it! Are you using the Trailstar in all seasons?

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: My shield sunburst yellow solo pyramid on 03/03/2013 15:12:58 MST Print View

If it's tight, and you can extend your poles higher, or maybe move them closer together making the peak taller, there'de be more room.

Greg Peters
(gpeters01)
Re: Re: Re: My shield sunburst yellow solo pyramid on 03/03/2013 15:29:13 MST Print View

Thanks Jerry

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: My shield sunburst yellow solo pyramid on 03/03/2013 19:13:54 MST Print View

Hi Greg,

The Trailstar works anytime and most anywhere. Down here in FL, weather takes a backseat (in the worry dept) to critters, especially fire ants, so the SMD Serenity accompanies me with it in all but the coldest times.

You mentioned your 'mid is sized for you. It feels great to have something that's custom-fit for you, doesn't it? :) The gear I love most is always "just right" for my style. Happy for ya!

Todd