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Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT tarp tent? on 03/03/2013 14:24:52 MST Print View

I ran across a blurb on the new Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT tarp tent. It is much like the GoLite Shangrila 2, with a reported weight of 2lbs. MSRP is $129.95.

Has anybody had a look at one? Mountainsmith is touting a 2lb 50 liter pack as well (Haze). Sounds like they are dipping a toe into true UL waters.

http://mountainsmith.com/index.php/mountain-shelter-lt.html

http://mountainsmith.com/index.php/haze-50.html

Rodney Mruk
(rodney_mruk) - M

Locale: Northeast Oregon
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT on 03/04/2013 14:25:21 MST Print View

Dale,

I noticed this shelter in Backpacking Magazine annual gear review issue.

I ordered one this weekend. I purchased it at Overstock.com for $99.95! The shipping adds another six bucks or so. The weight listed as 1 lb. 15.5 oz includes the 13 stakes provided at 0.3 oz per stake or 3.9 oz total. Thus the tarp itself is 28 ounces. 54 square feet is huge and a 53" height at the door is quite large as well.

I normally use a Gossamer Gear SpinnShelter and I love it. But when I take my dog, a yellow lab, I need a fully enclosed shelter otherwise he is on guard all night keeping me awake and not resting himself.

I've been told I will have it by 3/11. Overstock.com has a 30 day, unused, return policy.

Take care,
Rodney

Edited by rodney_mruk on 03/04/2013 14:27:42 MST.

Bob Shaver
(rshaver) - F

Locale: West
field testing one on 03/04/2013 21:25:38 MST Print View

I was loaned one to field test last summer. It worked out fine for me in the Sierra. It was very light, easy to pitch, and did well in the rain. I'd like to have one, but I didn't get to keep it.

Rodney Mruk
(rodney_mruk) - M

Locale: Northeast Oregon
MountainSmith Mountain Shelter LT on 03/05/2013 08:52:35 MST Print View

Bob,

Did you write a report for MountainSmith on this shelter. If so, I would be interested in reading it.

Thanks,
Rodney

Bob Shaver
(rshaver) - F

Locale: West
field test. on 03/05/2013 09:40:21 MST Print View

I wrote a report, and took a video of me setting it up solo, for Backpacker Mag. I don't know that they ever used it. Where we were there were no mosquitoes, which would be my only concern. I didn't know the dimensions of it, so I didn't have a ground cloth that fit. Next time I'd bring something. You use two hiking poles for setup, so for two people, you'd have the poles between you, but there was plenty of room inside. It rained one night, and was windy another night, and it did just fine. I'd like to have a couple for my scout troop.