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Josiah Vandervelde

Locale: Florida
Stratospire 2 in Snow on 12/08/2013 18:25:15 MST Print View

Has anyone used their Stratospire 2 in snow? Given the solid inner option, it seems like that would a possibility. Any feedback here?

Philip Tschersich
(Philip.AK) - MLife

Locale: Kodiak Alaska
Also interested on 12/08/2013 21:49:05 MST Print View

I was thinking along the same lines, except that I was wondering if folks ever pitched the SS 2 as a fly-only shelter with the living space excavated like is common with tipi tents (BD megamid, etc)?

Edited by Philip.AK on 12/08/2013 21:52:27 MST.

Josiah Vandervelde

Locale: Florida
Re: Stratospire 2 in Snow on 12/10/2013 16:04:06 MST Print View

Any insight here?

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

SS2 on 12/10/2013 18:37:56 MST Print View

I've used it in moderate snowfall - nothing more than a few inches. It's got a fair amount of moderate angle surface area, so you'd likely want to knock the snow off in a serious dump and make sure to keep ample tension on the ridgeline. For 90% of winter use it's likely good.

One consideration is pitching the shelter. With the SS2, you've got a fair amount of essential stakeout points (ie. the shelter would collapse if the stake pulled out). There's a minimum of 6, but you really want to go with 8 stakes for any sort of decent weather, and for significant snowfalls you'd want to be using all 10 (10 stakes total with 6 of those being essential). In winter conditions staking can be a bit of a pain, so I prefer something a bit simpler (ie. a 4 corner mid + 2 extra stakes on the long sides).

Some of the nice things with the SS2 is that you can replace the inner with a groundsheet and then make it a hot tent (ie. TiGoat wood stove), which works nice even with 2 occupants. It's a great tent for mild-moderate winter use, but there's other tents I'd select for camping on a windy ridge with heavy snow in the forecast.

Edited by dandydan on 12/10/2013 18:38:58 MST.