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S Long
(Izeloz)

Locale: Wasatch
If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 21:30:19 MDT Print View

If you were limited to choosing only one solo shelter, or you had to start all over again and money was not an important factor in choosing, what would it be and why?

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 21:35:56 MDT Print View

MLD CF Patrol Shelter at 8.8oz and storm proof plus YAMA Mt.Gear 1.25 bug shelter.

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Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 21:39:42 MDT Print View

Tarptent Notch.

Light, double walled, modular, sets up outer fly first, dual doors, side entry, dual vestibules, exceptionally stable, and sets up in about a minute.

Harald Hope
(hhope)

Locale: East Bay
if only one on 04/11/2013 21:46:30 MDT Print View

If only one, I'd have to make my own, otherwise the two I have are a very nice set for different seasons. But to have exactly what I wanted, and if only one, I would have to make it. Dual trekking pole supports, but not like the notch style, it lacks triangulation of the supports, those have too much wasted space inside in my opinion. Plus some spicings from Roger C's nice tunnel designs and methods he was nice enough to share with us, I think.

A zippered entrance zpacks style hexamid, using a second pole somewhere, and/or some short carbon fiber poles, with a built in floor bathtub floor, not that netting stuff, would be closer to the idea I think, but with less guylines required to maintain the structure of the body. ie, nobody makes it, but several people make parts of it.

Edited by hhope on 04/11/2013 21:48:07 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 21:48:08 MDT Print View

A bit of insight:

When asked in 2010: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=38526

When asked (for all intents and purposes) in 2011: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=51684

As for me, a Lightheart Gear Solo.

Edited by idester on 04/11/2013 21:57:59 MDT.

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - M

Locale: Where the air is thin
There can be only one on 04/11/2013 21:48:54 MDT Print View

Nooooo! Don't force me to choose.

Where when and why are you going with one size fits all?

Maybe Trailstar. Maybe Cuben Duomid. Maybe StratoSpire 1. Maybe none of the above.

My head hurts.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 21:52:31 MDT Print View

A big tarp.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 21:57:02 MDT Print View

Well, if it was only me I think this would do just fine.

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Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 22:00:57 MDT Print View

Come on Craig. This is BPL.


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Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Last time that was asked on 04/11/2013 22:03:28 MDT Print View

Tgg

just Justin Whitson
(ArcturusBear) - M
Re: Re: If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 22:04:08 MDT Print View

Haha Ken!

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 22:12:03 MDT Print View

That setup turns heads for all the wrong reasons.

...unless the inside of that teardrop is lined with quilted purple velvet, embroidered pillows with tassels, red silk sheets, mood lighting, a vaporizer, and a primo sound system.

Maybe it feels bigger on the inside.
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Edited by xnomanx on 04/11/2013 22:14:50 MDT.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 22:14:15 MDT Print View

Well Craig, that is pretty cool. I thought we were talking backpacking shelters. Joyce and have camped over 700 nights in this...

Niagara

... but I still stand by the big tarp choice for backpacking.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 22:18:39 MDT Print View

Tough customer huh?

How about the one I actually built?

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East side, best side.

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DVD, Stereo, Electric bed warmer, Queen size bed, etc...

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 22:18:46 MDT Print View

The inside of Nick's pop-up. Amazingly spacious and airy.
He's more laid back than he lets on.

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just Justin Whitson
(ArcturusBear) - M
Re: If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 22:22:53 MDT Print View

Craig and Craigs' pads = PimpMaster Funk Daddy?


I never would have thought....

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 22:24:13 MDT Print View

Ken . . . you built that?

Awesome!

David Erickson
(trailwolf)
Re: If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 22:25:15 MDT Print View

Considering that I just recently purchased the SMD Skyscape-X, I would have to say this is the one that I would have :-)

Edited by trailwolf on 04/11/2013 22:26:58 MDT.

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Dunno on 04/11/2013 22:25:16 MDT Print View

I'm torn between the school bus with 500 cans of chili or the chic insulated shipping container and a lifetime's supply of humus, haikus, and capuchinos. The school bus really appeals to my wild side and sends the world the message of "get off my lawn" but the insulated shipping container HAS a higher R value than a straw bale house and the hippy chicks dig 'em. Of course, the thought of looking at another woman besides my wife makes me want to vomit and cry at the same time. That's my official statement.

The USGI bivy and USGI poncho has always served me well from a performance perspective but I'm new to UL and the weight doesn't jive with my current goals (2.5 lbs bivy and 1.5 lbs poncho.) Seems that most of the other bivy selections on the market reportedly have condensation problems so now I'm looking at shelters like the SL2 which will accomodate my 6'3" self.

If you need any other uniformed opinions please feel free to ask.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
If you could have only ONE solo shelter? on 04/11/2013 22:26:11 MDT Print View

I just had my first panic attack.
Thanks for that