A lot of people seem to have separate summer and winter shelters, e.g. a Gatewood Cape and a Duomid. Recently, on another forum, I stumbled across a guy who'd specced and modded his TarpTent Notch for rough Scottish weather. It seemed to deflect about a tenth as much as the stock Notch, and the optionla semi-solid inner cut the windchill. It made me wonder about modular, configurable all year shelters: do they work, and if so what do they get you?
You could save some money. Some extra line/pegs and a solid inner (or windproof bivy) are probably cheaper than a whole winter tent. I find something satisfying about the concept too – “my shelter can do it all, I won”.
There do seem to be several options to look at:
- TarpTent Scarp is basically a winter tent that can be “summerized” with a mesh inner.
- MLD mids/Trailstar seem pretty winter tough. They can use an inner net (or nothing) for summer, and a windproof bivy or third party solid inner for winter.
- Many tents with a choice of mesh and fabric inners, and an effective way to use extra guys, should take extra wind. Whether they can handle a lot of snow, though...
- Probably a load more.
Well, that's the idle musing. I wonder does anybody have thoughts or experience to add to this? Is it an idea worth pursuing?