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Aaron Catron

Locale: Midwest
TarpTent Double Rainbow! on 01/26/2014 10:29:47 MST Print View

Just received my new Double Rainbow on Friday and with some nice temps today, I set it up and seam sealed it! Overall impressions are very good. With two people, you will definitely right next to each other, but there is a ton of extra room at the head and feet region. You could easily store your gear at those spots. The vestibules also seem to have plenty of room for gear storage. I'll weigh everything this week sometime. I did pick up the liner and opted for the carbon pole. The tent came with 6 Easton stakes.

I'll use this thread as a place keeper for my opinions on the tent. Probably won't get it out on a trail until March or April.

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Edited by Acatron on 01/26/2014 10:32:01 MST.

And E
(LunchANDYnner) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
pictures on 01/26/2014 10:37:36 MST Print View

Edit: pictures work now!

That aside, I love our double rainbow. It's very conformable, quick/easy to set up, and light.

Ours has kept us dry while a thunderstorm rolled directly over us. Sounded like a war zone. The storm caused several mud/rockslides that buried the road we took to the trail in 25+ feet of mud and rock. Had to take a 7hr detour home.

It's rock steady in strong winds. Had it up in 30+ mph winds with trekking pole supports in the vestibule (grommets in the vents) and the thing won't budge.

Edited by LunchANDYnner on 01/26/2014 10:39:56 MST.

Aaron Catron

Locale: Midwest
Nice! on 01/26/2014 10:42:22 MST Print View

Nice! That's good to hear!

Stephen Collins
(stephencwcollins) - F

Locale: New England
I like it too! on 01/26/2014 13:31:05 MST Print View

I liked the Double Rainbow too, though I sold mine to get a lighter tent.

I am considering getting another one because it's the lightest single-wall tent (or tarptent, whatever ya wanna call it) I know of that can be pitched in free-standing mode but also has vestibules. Seems like it could be useful for winter when it's hard to stake things down.

Brian G

Locale: SoCal
Second the double on 01/30/2014 12:13:38 MST Print View

I also just received a new DR and love it! The first night out was rainy (never expeierenced that in SoCal before) with gusty winds. The tent was stable, dry, and comfortable the entire time.

It set up super fast in staked mode and I had plenty of room on the length. I'm about 6'1" and still had room for my pack between my head and the tent wall.

(jpovs) - F - M

Locale: Arrowhead
Re: I like it too! on 01/30/2014 13:17:08 MST Print View


Edited by jpovs on 06/15/2014 14:09:40 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
TarpTent Double Rainbow on 01/30/2014 14:14:36 MST Print View

For frozen in the ground stakes, give them a nudge with your boot before pulling....

This is for Dan Durston :
shake baby shake

and that is about how to shake the dirt out of a DR in the morning.
For this some practice is needed, maybe 5 or 10 seconds if you are new at it.

(jpovs) - F - M

Locale: Arrowhead
Re: TarpTent Double Rainbow on 01/30/2014 14:39:59 MST Print View


Edited by jpovs on 06/15/2014 14:10:13 MDT.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

TarpTent on 01/30/2014 15:17:54 MST Print View

Thanks Franco :)

Any suggestions for achieving a morning shake out with my SS2?

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
TarpTent Double Rainbow! on 01/30/2014 15:19:02 MST Print View

Josh your problem is that your temps are too low.
Move somewhere a bit warmer...

(jpovs) - F - M

Locale: Arrowhead
Re: TarpTent Double Rainbow! on 01/30/2014 15:23:37 MST Print View


Edited by jpovs on 06/15/2014 14:09:08 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
TarpTent Double Rainbow! on 01/30/2014 15:51:49 MST Print View

this is why you need a DR..
(or you can just undo a few mitten hooks, detach the inner and turn it inside out. works well when the fly is wet or raining outside)

Cold cold is good ; we get a lot of around freezing cold, cold and wet, that is no good.

just finished seam sealing a DR for a couple that looks as happy as you two...
make sure when you set it up to place the pole ends into position, they can snag sideways otherwise (more cosmetic than anything else. Photo N5)
The other common reason for the main pole twisting is having too much tension there.
You will see that even on some official TT photos and some of my early attempts... (2006...)

Edited by Franco on 01/30/2014 16:08:21 MST.

zorobabel frankenstein
(zorobabel) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: TarpTent Double Rainbow dirt out on 01/30/2014 17:14:14 MST Print View

Franco, do you have all the Tarptents setup in you backyard, and just run to them, do a stunt, take a photo and then post? :))
Thanks for all the photos you've posted over the years.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
TarpTent Double Rainbow! on 01/30/2014 18:22:51 MST Print View

This particular DR is there because I just seam sealed it.
Often I do set one up to take a photo and then put it away again, but that is OK I am well looked after by TT.

More photos.
This is obvious , once you know it .
To minimise wind ingress you can have one end much lower than the other , like this :DR low end
DR high end
easier if you do it setting it up.

Edited by Franco on 01/30/2014 19:09:54 MST.