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GoLite's New Shelter Line for 2008 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Fourteen new lightweight single wall tents, some with breathable fabric

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by Will Rietveld | 2007-08-10 06:12:00-06


Following their revamped backpack line that we reported on at the Summer 2006 Outdoor Retailer; GoLite now introduces their re-designed and coordinated shelter and sleeping bag lines. The lineup now makes more sense - with light, lighter, and lightest packs, sleeping bags, and shelters coordinating with each other.

The Shangri-La group of six single wall pyramid shelters will accommodate from one to eight people. All are made of SilLite, which is GoLite's proprietary version of silnylon that is slightly heavier (1.7 ounces/square yard) and stronger than ordinary silnylon. The one and two person models use two trekking poles. The three and four person models are a revision of the popular GoLite Hex, and use one provided center pole. The 6+ and 8+ person models have two provided poles, and are expecially useful as a group shelter. Ventilation is a combination of a perimeter gap and top vent(s). All models are floorless, and an optional floor is sold separately.

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The new GoLite Shangri-La 2-person (left) and 4+ person (right)

The Utopia group is claimed to be the “world's first free-standing ultra-lite tarps”, and consists of three shelters for one, two, or four+ people. Each shelter uses two DAC Featherlite poles in an X-configuration, that is attached to the canopy by several hook and loop tabs to create a solid unit. There is a front zippered door and ventilation is a combination of a perimeter gap and large sidewall vents. All models are floorless, and an optional floor is sold separately.

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Utopia 1 and 2 tents are in the center background.

The Xanadu and Valhalla group are full-featured breathable fabric free-standing tents. They're a hybrid design, with Epic fabric in the body and SilLite fabric in the vestibules. The vestibules are technically double-wall because they are separated from the tent interior by a mesh wall/door with dual directional zippers. These tents also use DAC Featherlite poles in a X-configuration held secure with hook and loop tabs. All are four-season tents, but the Valhalla series is more adapted for cold weather with an extra fabric door and more floor space.

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Xanadu 1 (left) and 2+ (right).

Overall, we like the designs of the new shelters. They are a tad heavier than many comparable tents, due mostly to the use of heavier fabrics. We have been testing the Xanadu 2+ for the past month and find it to be very roomy and extremely wind sturdy, but a bit heavy by our standards and the ergonomics are not convenient a few respects.

Here are the all-important weights (in ounces) of the new tents:

Series 1 Person 2 3 4 6 8
Shangri-La 21 29 46.5 55.5 89 104
Utopia 34 42 49.5      
Xanadu 59 70 83      
Valhalla   82 95      

And here are the MSRP's:

Series 1 Person 2 3 4 6 8
Shangri-La $150 $175 $225 $300 $400 $500
Utopia $225 $275 $325      
Xanadu $325 $450 $525      
Valhalla   $525 $600      


"GoLite's New Shelter Line for 2008 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)," by Will Rietveld. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2007-08-10 06:12:00-06.


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Carol Crooker
(cmcrooker) - MLife

Locale: Desert Southwest, USA
GoLite's New Shelter Line for 2008 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/10/2007 00:58:55 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

GoLite's New Shelter Line for 2008 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
golite shelters on 08/10/2007 07:47:06 MDT Print View

That is quite a selection of shelters. Looks like they are re-investing the $$ from sale of their brand name, very good.

I'm not so sure about the claim of “world's first free-standing ultra-lite tarps” though .... TarpTent Rainbow, anyone?

Concerning the weights, while clearly not in the SUL range (h*ck, neither myself nor my pack are SUL), they are pretty much competitive (slightly heavier) with alternatives offering similar degrees of enclosure.

Any chance of providing footprint size (can't call it "floor size" if it is floorless)

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Xanadu Fabrics on 08/10/2007 09:59:06 MDT Print View


I thought I read earlier that the hybrids have Epic fabric for the vestibule and SilLite fabric for the tent body??? Can you confirm please?


The tarptents Rainbow and Double Rainbow are not inherently self standing -- although you can make them so by velcroing on two poles -- which you supply yourself.

Edited by ben2world on 08/10/2007 10:10:30 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
How many poles does it take... on 08/11/2007 02:47:29 MDT Print View

A bit hard to tell from that picture, however they all use two poles. One that has some potential (for me) is the Shangri La 1, with the option of a floor or netted inner.
This picture may give a better idea.It is from, Roman, the owner of the site and picture is at the moment stomping through my ancestral lands so I feel free to post it here.

Shangri La 1
Shangri La 1

Edited by Franco on 08/11/2007 18:19:17 MDT.

John Carter

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Shangri-La 1 weight on 08/12/2007 11:28:08 MDT Print View

Roman lists the Shangri-La 1 as 18 oz, vs. 21 oz in the above list. I'd be very curious to find out the weight of the shelter alone, no stakes, no stuffsack. Roman's listed height also suggests one can sit up in it. Imagine a 4-season shelter you can sit up in and requires no bivy for 18 oz!

I was pleasantly surprised to find that my Hex 3, with no stuff sack, stakes, or poles weights only 25.3 oz. If the Shangri-La 1 is truly 21 oz for bare-bones, I'd rather keep my Hex 3! but if the Shangri-La performs like the Hex 3 in the wind, and weights 18oz, it's a no-brainer for my solo 3-season camping above timberline.

Edited by jcarter1 on 08/12/2007 11:34:15 MDT.

John Kays
(johnk) - M

Locale: SoCal
Shangra La on 08/12/2007 11:52:36 MDT Print View

I have been looking for a solo version of my Hex 3. The Wild Oasis looks interesting but I held off waiting to see what the Shangra La looks like. It looks like it would be a little difficult to crawl in an out of. The picture doesn’t show much. Hopefully someone will post some better photos. This particular shot is from an OR show in England or Europe. It has been in circulation for at least a couple of weeks.

Martin Günther
(Tourcard) - MLife
Shangri-La 3 ("new hex") on 08/12/2007 12:35:12 MDT Print View

pictures from OUTDOOR Friedrichshafen::

Shangri-La 3

shelter: 820g
pole: 430g
stakes: 90g
height: 157cm
area: 5.5m2

Shangri-La 3
Shangri-La 3 dim


Martin Günther
(Tourcard) - MLife
Shangri-La 4+ on 08/12/2007 12:42:33 MDT Print View

Shangri-La 4+

shelter: 1080g
pole: 430g
stakes: 110g
height: 185cm
area: 8.4m2

Shangri-La 4+
Shangri-La 4+ dim


John Kays
(johnk) - M

Locale: SoCal
Shangri-La 1 & 2 on 08/12/2007 13:55:56 MDT Print View


Thanks for posting the photos. Do you happen to have some photos of the Shangri-La 1 and/ or 2? It appears that only one pole is necessary for the 3, but the photo of the 1 indicates that 2 poles are necessary for the smaller tent?

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Interesting... on 08/12/2007 16:38:17 MDT Print View

All of these look very interesting... it'll be interesting to see how the 'Utopias' stand up to the ID Sildome... in oz/sqft coverage type comparisons...

Martin Günther
(Tourcard) - MLife
Shangri-La line, 1 or 2 poles? on 08/13/2007 06:09:15 MDT Print View


I have no pictures from Shangri-La 1 & 2, but Shangri-La 1, 2, 6 and 8 require all two poles.


Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Correction on 08/13/2007 06:35:24 MDT Print View

Sorry to have added to the confusion, I had just finished reading the article from TGO were it mentions only the 1 and 2 and had forgotten about the others.
In fact I was going to comment that the former are not a pyramid design at all, it is a bit difficult after all to make a space efficient solo shelter with that design unless you cut it in half and call it alph a mid.

Will Rietveld
(WilliWabbit) - MLife

Locale: Southwest Colorado
Number and Weight of Poles on 08/17/2007 07:54:58 MDT Print View

Here's some clarification on the pole issue.

The Shangri-La 1 and 2 use two trekking poles, and poles are not included in the weight given.

The 3 and 4+ are pyramid tents (similar to old Hex) that use one pole, and the weight of that special pole is included in the weight.

The 6+ and 8+ use two special poles and the their weight is included in the total.

Hope this helps. Sorry for the confusion. I corrected the information in the article.

Edited by WilliWabbit on 08/17/2007 08:00:06 MDT.