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Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
I made the change on 06/04/2007 21:36:15 MDT Print View

For me this was the biggest jump in faith I have made to go truly UL :-)

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Photos are from the trip I got back from today. My new Anti Gravity Gear trap tent (the 10 ft size) saw 3 nights use in 3 environments. It weighs in at 19 ounces, plus George made a vestibule/splash guard for it that weighs a fraction of an ounce. It showed up in the mail an hour before I was to leave.

To put it mildly: I LOVED IT!!

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: I made the change on 06/04/2007 22:30:55 MDT Print View

19oz? That's pretty amazing, with full rain and insect protection! Very nice!

Edited by ben2world on 06/04/2007 22:35:03 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: I made the change on 06/04/2007 22:34:09 MDT Print View

I took the tarp with me on a truly blind leap. I opened the box up, tossed my double wall tent in the back of my truck, and put the tarp bag in (along with stakes). I recently retired my old trekking poles and got a pair of Leki Ti poles. so this was nice.
At the TH for our 3 1/2 day trip this weekend:
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Pamela Wyant
(RiverRunner) - F - M
Nice photos on 06/04/2007 22:39:17 MDT Print View

Nice photos.

Ryan Luke
(rluke) - F

Locale: Atlanta (missing CA)
Re: Re: Re: I made the change on 06/04/2007 22:59:39 MDT Print View

Nice photos! I recenlty purchased a TarpTent and I am going to use it this week for a 3 day trip. Did you use a groundsheet (George sent a TyVek sheet along with it)?

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Show Off! on 06/04/2007 23:05:58 MDT Print View

Sarah barely got her new tarptent and she's already 'updated' her avatar! What a showoff! :)

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Re: Re: I made the change on 06/04/2007 23:39:37 MDT Print View

Ryan, I didn't use anything under it. I did though make sure I tossed any pine cones and rocks though!
One thing I need to do is put the stripes on it inside. I slip and slided all night for three nights on my Prolite on the silnylon ;-)

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Show Off! on 06/04/2007 23:40:35 MDT Print View

Hehheh! I love the photo :-D
If you look hard you can see some of my tattoos. I don't show them often, but it was in the 80's and hot!

Ryan Luke
(rluke) - F

Locale: Atlanta (missing CA)
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: I made the change on 06/04/2007 23:56:23 MDT Print View

Sarah,

Thanks! I will put some of the stripes inside before I depart. I am glad to see someone else using this shelter. I think it is really well made and George was AWESOME to deal with!

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Re: I made the change on 06/05/2007 06:53:02 MDT Print View

There's a few initial reviews on the tent at backpackergear.
This is just one. Look under recent reviews.

http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Shelters/Tents/AntiGravityGear%20TarpTent/Test%20Report%20by%20Andrew%20Mytys/

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Thanks Donna on 06/05/2007 08:49:57 MDT Print View

I enjoyed the reviews! Glad to see others are liking it. The tent was well made.
Mine came with all guylines attached and seam sealed with the storm flap. Literally I read the directions in the fading twilight, and set it up in the dark-in a car campground first night!
George called mine silver for the color, it was to me more a silver moss. A very pretty color-and it let so much light in the morning. I love that.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Sarah, Be Careful... on 06/05/2007 11:03:44 MDT Print View

Sarah wrote, "A very pretty color-and it let so much light in the morning. I love that".

Letting in so much light -- isn't that technically transluscent? I'd be careful dressing and undressing in that tent, esp. when there are teenage boys roaming around. And yes, many teenage boys look like they are in their 50's or 60's. :)

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Thanks Donna on 06/05/2007 11:32:31 MDT Print View

What??!! You're not on the trail at dawn's early light???!!
; )

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re. on 06/05/2007 11:47:42 MDT Print View

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Edited by ben2world on 06/05/2007 11:48:13 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Thanks Donna on 06/05/2007 11:51:55 MDT Print View

Hehheh, I have to say that yes, I am usually up before dawn or right at. And yes, Ben, it is pretty much see thru ;-P I did notice that one! Clothes will be changed after dark. You can see my pink Prolite a good 30 ft away in the daylight thru the walls.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
CONGRATS! on 06/05/2007 15:11:40 MDT Print View

I know the feeling. I've recently purchased a Tarptent Contrail 1-person tent. It's going with me again on my Paria River (UT) trip next week.

Ya gotta love UL gear when you're watching others on the trail struggle W/ 45 to 65 lb. loads of "traditional" gear while you enjoy a 25 lb pack loaded for a week's trip. And ya gotta love it even more when it does its job well at camp.

P.S. Don't forget a small closed cell sit pad.

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Re: Re: Thanks Donna on 06/05/2007 15:35:31 MDT Print View

Just make sure the light in your tent is off. Or...maybe not!
: )
I learned about that with my tarptent while camping with a group. !

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: CONGRATS! on 06/05/2007 17:28:43 MDT Print View

Eric, I carry a Prolite sit pad (which, yes, isn't as light as I could go) and it works well as a "pillow" on top of my Prolite pad. I was shocked how well it worked as a pillow this week :) Fully loaded for 3 1/2 days I was in the low 20's. Could go lighter with no issues at this point also! Yay!

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Great pics, useful info on 06/05/2007 20:07:29 MDT Print View

Sarah,

Thank you for all the info. Could 2 six footers be truly comfortable?

Thanks, Todd

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Great pics, useful info on 06/05/2007 22:05:43 MDT Print View

In all honesty, I don't think so. I know I could sleep in it with my son (who is nearing 5 ft) but not with my husband. The issue would be how wide shoulders on men are. It would cause one person to be jammed into the back wall, which isn't very high.
But, at the weight, one could carry two of the tents and still be ahead! :-D