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Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW

Gossamer Gear offers an ultralight spinnaker fabric catenary-shaped tarp for one or two people that weighs just 8 ounces!

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Overall Rating: Highly Recommended

The Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn is “innovative, ultralight, and affordable” as promised. It’s exceptionally well designed and constructed, and is the lightest two-person tarp to be found anywhere, short of a cuben fiber tarp. For one person its pure luxury, and it still provides adequate protection for two people.

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by Will Rietveld |

Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW


When you get down to the basics of ultralight backpacking, it’s hard to beat a tarp’s versatility and ability to provide the most shelter for the weight. But many backpackers are concerned that a skimpy one-person tarp or poncho-tarp doesn’t provide enough shelter, especially in wind-driven rain. Enter the Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn. As the name implies, it’s a two-person tarp, but since it weighs only 8 ounces (2.2 ounces more than Gossamer Gear’s SpinnSolo tarp), even solo hikers can enjoy extra space at virtually no weight penalty. How well does that approach work in practice?

What’s Good

  • Exceptionally well designed and constructed
  • Very light weight
  • Catenary ridgeline
  • Easy, fast pitching
  • Color-coded front and rear pullouts
  • Unlimited flexibility for pitching
  • Luxury room for one person, adequate room for two

What’s Not So Good

  • No bug protection (unless you use a headnet or Gossamer Gear Bug Canopy)
  • Little wind protection (unless you stake the rear or a side down)



2006 Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn


Catenary ridgeline spinnaker fabric two-person tarp

  What’s Included

Tarp, 25 ft of EZC spectra-core guyline, spinnaker cloth storage sack


0.9 oz/yd2 (30 g/m2) silicone impregnated spinnaker cloth

  Poles and Stakes

None included. Use trekking poles or optional tarp poles


Front width is 110 in (279 cm), rear width 86 in (218 cm), ridgeline 114 in (290 cm), front overhang 12 in (30 cm), rear overhang 6 in (15 cm)


Fully waterproof high thread count spinnaker cloth, 70d coated nylon ripstop tieout reinforcements, grosgrain pullouts, EZC spectra-core line (275-lb. tensile strength), color-coded front and rear pullouts, clothesline loops on the inside

  Packed Size

About 10 in x 8 in x 5 in (25 x 20 x 13 cm) in provided carry sack

  Total Weight

(As supplied by manufacturer with all included items)

Measured weight 8.12 oz (230 g) (tarp only, before seam sealing), manufacturer specification 8 oz (227 g); measured total weight 9 oz (255 g) (includes tarp, guylines, storage sack)

  Trail Weight

(Includes minimum number of items needed to securely setup the tent)

Measured weight 10.8 oz (318 g) with seam sealing, guylines, and 8 titanium stakes (excludes storage sack)

  Protected Area

47 ft2 (4.4 m2), manufacturer specification

  Floor Area/Trail Weight Ratio

69.6 ft2/lb based on 47 ft2 protected area and weight of 0.675 lb




Bug Canopy ($19, 3 oz), basic stake package ($20, 2.2 oz), premium stake package ($22, 2.6 oz), aluminum pole set ($24, 3.3 oz)


The Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn is one of only two two-person spinnaker cloth catenary tarps on the market (the other is the Mountain Laurel Designs Grace Duo that weighs 9.8 ounces and also costs $175). For its 8 ounce weight, it provides a whopping 47 square feet of protected area. The only thing that could beat it would be a cuben fiber tarp costing nearly twice as much.

The SpinnTwinn is constructed of 0.9 ounce/square yard spinnaker cloth. The particular spinnaker cloth used by Gossamer Gear has a high thread count and is silicone coated so it is completely waterproof. It is not quite as strong as silnylon, but does not stretch or sag as silnylon does. All tieout points are reinforced with 70 denier coated nylon ripstop. Spinnaker cloth is very “crinkly” compared to silnylon, so it can be noisy in the wind if it’s not tightly pitched.

Some hikers will have trouble deciding whether to purchase the Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn or the one-person SpinnSolo. The following table compares the two (based on manufacturer data).

Tarp Weight
Sheltered Area
(sq. ft)
Ridgeline Length
Front Width
Rear Width

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The Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn (left) weighs just 2.2 ounces more than the SpinnSolo (right), but has 70% more protected area.

Unless a person is strictly a solo hiker and a gram pincher it makes a lot of sense to choose the SpinnTwinn. It provides 70% more shelter for an additional 2.2 ounces, and the extra 14 inches of length is a meaningful improvement for taller hikers.

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The front (red) and rear (blue) pullouts are color-coded to assist setup. All guyouts are reinforced with 70 denier coated nylon ripstop.

Although it’s not absolutely necessary, it’s a good idea to seam seal the ridgeline with diluted silicone. It also strengthens and protects the stitching.

Most hikers set the SpinnTwinn up using trekking poles. For hikers who do not use trekking poles, Gossamer Gear offers an aluminum pole set that weighs 3.3 ounces. The recommended front and rear heights are 45 inches and 32 inches respectively. However, the tarp can be set up higher or lower depending on trekking pole length and wind/weather conditions.

The total trail weight for the SpinnTwinn (including seam sealing, guylines, stakes, and carry sack) is 11.2 ounces.

Field Report

The SpinnTwinn can be pitched very quickly whether you use Gossamer Gear’s tarp poles, adjustable trekking poles, or fixed-length trekking poles. Detailed pitching instructions are provided with the tarp. It requires a minimum of eight stakes for a secure pitch. A tarp is extremely versatile and many different pitching styles are possible. For more detailed information on tarp setup and techniques, read Ryan Jordan’s article on Advanced Tarp Camping Techniques for Inclement Conditions.

A tarp doesn’t provide any bug protection, so a tarp works best where bugs are scarce. Alternatively, the user can wear a headnet or Gossamer Gear’s Bug Canopy. A standard tarp setup (open both ends) doesn’t provide much wind protection, but it’s easy to pin down the foot end or one side of the SpinnTwinn to block the wind.

The beauty of a tarp is that it provides lots of room and easy entrance and exit with a minimal weight penalty. This is especially true for a solo hiker using a light two-person tarp like the SpinnTwinn, and it is easy to get in and out. Because it is more ventilated than an enclosed shelter, a tarp is less prone to condensation than any other type of shelter. However, under the right conditions, even a tarp can develop condensation.

Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW - 3
A 30 °F night resulted in quite a bit of condensation inside the SpinnTwinn on this November backpacking trip in southern Utah. The patches and streaks are from brushing the inside of the tarp.

Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW - 4
My friend Don (Photon) Johnston used a SpinnTwinn as a solo shelter on a July backpacking trip we did in the southern Rockies. We had almost continuous rain, and ended up bivouacking at 12,000 feet for two nights. The rain was punctuated with periods of thunder and wind, but Don stayed perfectly dry under the SpinnTwinn. It was very nice to have the extra sheltered space so we could congregate during the rain. (Photo by Jay Ham, Backpacking Light Make Your Own Gear Editor)


The Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn tarp is an ultralight backpacker’s dream come true. With a trail weight of just 10.8 ounces the SpinnTwinn provides luxurious space for one person or adequate room for two people. A solo user will still have plenty of room even when the foot end or one side of the tarp is staked to the ground. This versatile tarp can provide shelter for up to two people and it can be used as a kitchen canopy in rainy weather.

Spinnaker fabric costs more. For comparison, a two-person Oware silnylon CatTarp weighs about 2.1 ounces more and costs $63 less, but it's significally smaller than the SpinnTwinn. The SpinnTwinn is 1.4 ounces lighter than the Mountain Laurel Designs Grace Duo Tarp, and costs the same. The dimensions of the two tarps are very similar.

What’s Unique

The Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn is one of the only two-person catenary ridgeline spinnaker fabric tarps available at the present time. It is exceptionally well designed and constructed.

Recommendations for Improvement

None (which is rare for a Backpacking Light product review)


"Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW," by Will Rietveld . (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2007-04-17 03:00:00-06.


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Benjamin Smith
(bugbomb) - F - M

Locale: South Texas
Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW on 04/17/2007 23:58:20 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW

Peter McDonough
(crazypete) - F

Locale: Above the Divided Line
Re: Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW on 04/18/2007 00:15:28 MDT Print View

From henceforth the "What's not good" points should not include subjects that are inherent to the design of the product. Tarps do not have bug protection. That is a given, not a negative point. If you can't think of anything wrong with the product, don't list concerns that have no relevance to the discussion.

Edited by crazypete on 04/18/2007 00:45:02 MDT.

Bernard Shaw
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Locale: Upstate New York
Adding a beak, amazing result! on 04/18/2007 06:37:50 MDT Print View

I added a beak using the same matierial purchased through Gossamer Gear to the "high" end of the tarp. One edge of the beeak is velcroed, allowing entry and exit. The results are terrific. I have been a proponnent of tents & tarps having the option of having beaks, porches, awnings, etc. for years. For example, the Gatewood Cape functions so well with its 'beak' partially. But this Gossamer addition gave me remarble versatility too. Read on!

How so? Pitched high, the sides 6" or more above the ground, it adds a measure of wind and rain protection similar to a full tent, with the beak oriented into the wind.

In an all out wind and rain storm, I pitch the tarp to the ground. The beak I constructed was designed so that it too would reach the ground, thus making complete wind and rain protection. The low end of the tarp is left open, but since it is so small, it affords ventialtion but no wind and rain penetrate.

The additonal asset is the gain in warmth on cold nights from this "storm" set up. Last year on the John Muir trail, we encountered sub 20 F temps several nights. Without this additional warmth I would have not slept nearly as comformtably.

The weight addition was about 1 oz. including the small velcro 'spots'.

Edited by on 04/18/2007 06:41:14 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Atomic bomb proof on 04/18/2007 07:28:08 MDT Print View

Crazy Pete
I am with you. On a different forum sometime ago a Rambo guy rubbished a Tarptent because it would not stand up to Artic weather. Really? That was a surprise...

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Re: Re: Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW on 04/18/2007 10:51:12 MDT Print View

I suggest BPL use a separate heading to list issues of concern that are inherent in the product itself, but that are not design or manufacturing defects (such as lack of bug protection by a tarp). These are important to mention, as many readers are not that experienced, and may not recognize what is obvious to more experienced readers.

I suggest the new section be named "Notes on Product Use".

Jeff Sharp
(tsjeffery) - F

Locale: Blue Ridge
Re: Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW on 04/18/2007 11:26:51 MDT Print View

We are currently out of stock on the SpinnTwinn at Gossamer Gear, however they are in production as we speak and we hope to have them in house in approximately 2 weeks. Sorry for the inconvenience and the unexpected delay. Thanx for the review Will.

David Passey
(davidpassey) - F

Locale: New York City
Re: Re: Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW on 04/18/2007 11:36:58 MDT Print View

I bought this tarp last year.

It is the first tarp I have used for backpacking. I am extremely happy with the tarp--it kept my wife and I dry in thunderstorms in the Unitas, pitches tight like a drum, and is a thing of beauty in its design.

I'm glad to see my impressions are consistent with the views of others.

I recently copied the design on a slightly larger tarp of silnylon (designed for a three boys on a desert trip).

John Davis
(JNDavis) - F

Locale: Isle of Man
Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW on 04/20/2007 03:40:13 MDT Print View

Loads of room for one under a SpinnSolo. But I agree with Bernard about the beaks. Without them, wind is an issue.

On the other hand, if you are adding beaks, why not get a SpinnShelter?

David Stenberg
(dstenberg1) - F

Locale: South
SpinnTwinn and Spinnshelter seem questions on 04/20/2007 04:56:09 MDT Print View

I have read several accounts that the GG Spinnshelter has had problems with the pole loop tie-outs ripping away from the fabric and some of the seems weakening. Is the stiching design changed on the SpinnTwinn or is it the same as the Spinnshelter? Are their more reinforcements? If it is different, how so. Any problems with the seems ripping on the SpinnTwinn Tarps? Anyone know if the Spinnshelter has had the issues of seems ripping addressed?

Thanks for any thoughts.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: SpinnTwinn and Spinnshelter seem questions on 04/20/2007 08:05:10 MDT Print View

This is the nature of the fabric as much as anything. I don't have experience with the Spinnshelter, but I've seen an '06-made Spinntwinn do this, along with an MLD tarp, and even our spinnaker Stealth LITE tarps. No matter how you make the reinforcements, you are stitching, somewhere, into a single layer of ultralight Spinnaker cloth and the very nature of the holes in that cloth and lack of fiber density is going to cause a weak point. This becomes obvious over time and extended use in the field.

This can be mitigated somewhat by coating over the stitching - on both sides - with a layer of Seam Grip or SilNet. For the Cuben Fiber tarp shelter I took to the Arctic last year, I coated both sides with SilNet, then glued patches of silnylon to either side of the seams, over the stitching, to help distribute the stress further. This adds weight - a total of 1.3 oz to my solo shelter - but adds longevity to the seams and helps greatly with stress distribution.

I don't recommend these tarps for anyone looking to "break" into ultralight. Go with Silnylon if you want durability. Silnylon has no issues, and is very strong. Go with Spinnaker or lighter if you're interested in pushing the edge and are willing to accept these compromises.

Edited by ryan on 04/20/2007 08:26:36 MDT.

David Stenberg
(dstenberg1) - F

Locale: South
Re: Re: SpinnTwinn and Spinnshelter seem questions on 04/20/2007 08:11:16 MDT Print View

Ryan, thank you for your insight!

Ron Bell
(mountainlaureldesigns) - F - M

Locale: USA
Spinnaker tarp tie outs ripping on 04/20/2007 10:11:42 MDT Print View

Normally I would not join in this post since it is about the Gossamer Gear product; and they make very fine products. But Ryan mentions that the tie out ripping is part of the nature of the Spinnaker fabric and that he has seen an MLD tarp tie out fail.

I certainly agree with his recommendation that reg 1.35 Silnylon as a better choice for new-to-SUL tarpers.

I'm not doubting Ryan's statement about the MLD tarp tieout failure, perhaps he's refering to a much earlier MLD product, but I wanted to point out that I've never heard from a customer about a tie out failing on an MLD tarp. If I did, I would replace the tarp. That type of failure should be fully warranted on all type of tarps, regardless of the fabric's lightness.

I've tested our current Spinnaker tarp tieouts strength at over 140lbs strength ridgeline, 120lbs corners and over 80lbs center edge sides. I've received multiple reports of use in over 60mph gusts with no damage. In addition, we have upgraded our equipment, construction method, tape type and reinforcement design significantly since our recent relaunch in Feb 2007.

The Spinnaker fabric type MLD uses is Spinntex, a .97 final weight. Some other spinnaker fabrics are lighter. While not a hard and fast rule (spinnaker fabrics in the same family-same general weave/coating types) as the weight goes up X percentage the strength increases at a much faster rate.

MLD Spinnaker and Cuben tarp reinforcements are constructed differently than any other I know. We use a special 1/2" double sided tape to bond the leading edges of the reinforcenments to the tarp body. The wide spaced (fewer needle holes) stitching over that tape is only as a "deep backup" and no additional weight of adding seam sealer to the tieout reinforcement areas are needed. This can save up to an ounce of sealer from the overall tarp weight.

(DYI'ers Note: Professional Spinnaker permanent tapes are expensive, specific to the fabric finish type, come in long rolls and are shipped double sealed in plastic to prevent drying of the adhesive. They have a set shelf life too. Some smaller sail boats sail's long seams are not even sewn anymore! Note: Applying the taped reinforcements add about 25% labor time to the tarp.

Close up detail pictures of MLD tieouts are posted with our Spinnaker .97 Duo tarps on the MLD site. I wish all manufacturers would post these type detail pictures for customer comparisions.

Light Spinnaker fabrics will always require reasonable care to prevent damage in the tarp body area; but I feel that it's much more the construction method, and not the nature of the light spinnaker material, that is the issue with the strength of the tieouts.

Edited by mountainlaureldesigns on 09/12/2007 11:07:05 MDT.

Mark Larson
(mlarson) - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: Spinnaker tarp tie outs ripping on 04/20/2007 11:35:54 MDT Print View

Thanks for that info, Ron. I also wish manufacturers would offer more small-scale detail shots. I'd rather have too much info (easily navigated) than too little.

Jeff Sharp
(tsjeffery) - F

Locale: Blue Ridge
Re: SpinnTwinn and Spinnshelter seem (sic) questions on 04/20/2007 13:22:01 MDT Print View

We haven't had any reports of tie-outs or seams ripping or weakening. When and where were the reports published? Was this recent? We do have reinforcements of silnylon at each corner for the tie-outs. The stitching is pretty much the same it's always been and we haven't had any reports of problems and if anyone ever does have any problems we either repair or replace the shelter.

As far as detailed pictures I'll try to post some of these on the shelter pages at once we receive the new shelters. We're adding line-locs to the new versions of the tarps, like the Squall Classic has, and I plan on taking detailed pictures of those when they arrive. These will be sewn with a different piece of grosgrain than the original tie-outs so that the line-locs can be cut off to save weight if the user decides not to use them while keeping the original tie-out intact.


Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Spinnaker tarp tie outs ripping on 04/20/2007 22:33:17 MDT Print View

Hi Ron

> (DYI'ers Note: Professional Spinnaker permanent tapes are expensive, specific to the fabric finish type, come in long rolls and are shipped double sealed in plastic to prevent drying of the adhesive. They have a set shelf life too. Some smaller sail boats sail's long seams are not even sewn anymore! Note: Applying the taped reinforcements add about 25% labor time to the tarp.

I would be interested to know what tapes you use. I have used 3M 9485 with some good success myself, plus Venture 1163 and Tesa 4965 with reasonabvle success.


Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW on 04/22/2007 10:06:42 MDT Print View

I am most definitely not a tarp camper, not since many miserable sleepless nights in the military with a cold river running under my pup tent, but still, I agree, "no bug protection", no wind protection, etc.. are not problems with the tarp, they are problems inherent with tarp CAMPING. Along with blowing dust, blowing snow and ice, conductive, radiative, and convective heat loss, varmints like rats chewing your pack, and the previously mentioned flowing water. But I am digressing into a rant about tarps.. forgive me.
I would like to have had the silnylon tested for its water resistance. Nothing is waterPROOF, especially fabric. I've tested and seen some cheap silnylon such as in the SeaToSummit sacks leak at only a few inches of static water pressure. I think rain induces a dynamic pressure as Richard previously mentioned.

Mike Maurer
(maurer) - F - M

Locale: Oregon
Thank you for the SpinnTwinn review on 04/22/2007 18:06:20 MDT Print View

As the original designer of the Gossamer SpinnTwinn tarp, I appreciate the kind words in the review.


Mike Maurer

Ed Jones
(cowboy) - F
Spinn twin tarp on 09/12/2007 00:09:47 MDT Print View

I just completed my first long term trip, 8 days in the Wind River Mtns, using this tarp. I attached 2 "beaks" to the tarp using simular material from Thru-Hiker, and also designed and sewed a "net-tent" that suspends from under the tarp using the loops provided and velco sewn to the underside of the tarp and on the outside of the netting. With zippers and a bathtub type floor, it weighs 9 oz, and provides complete bugproof sleeping for 2 adults. I was quite surprised to enjoy a 5-10 degree temp increase inside the net-tent during sleeping, even in stiff night breezes. Absolutely no condensation! What an improvement all around.

Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
Spinn Beaks on 10/15/2007 14:41:25 MDT Print View

I, too, really like the beak idaes on the SpinnTwin. The Spinnshelter does have a beak solution, but it is a solo shelter. The SpinnTwin can fit two people. I like having the beak option to help close off the front end from drafts or a wind change in the night. That happened to me once, and I thought I was in a wind tunnel, which I guess, indeed, I was! My temporary solution was to turn around having my feet at the higher entrance. I added beaks when I got home. I thought it was pretty good to have the reviewer mention the Mountain Laurel Designs alternative. Their tarp has side pull out options which I have always found useful with silnylon, non-catenary tarps that end to stretch and sag. ( I do not own a SpinnTwin...yet) BTW Shawn did e-mail me on his technique for adding a beak and an e-mail to Gossamer Gear confirmed that tey would help me with material once I figured out dimensions. Thanks to Grant for his customer service at GG. For those interested in beaks, check out the "dodger" that Granite Gear makes for their tarps. Cowboy, could you describe your beak. Does it also extend to the ground? I would also like to hear the opinions of those who think beaks are not necessary.

Edited by rambler on 10/16/2007 05:37:03 MDT.

Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
Beak on 11/28/2007 14:54:44 MST Print View

I do now own a Spinntwin and have been fiddling around with a beak. Two yards of Spinntex is 54 " wide. Cutting the rectangle on the diagonal, then sewing the new triangles together to form a pyramid shape with the 54" lengths combined to form the bottom of the pyramid makes a beak that goes all the way to the ground. The middle of the 108" base attaches to the top of the pole, the peak of the pyramid attaches to the center stake holding up the pole, so that the seam of the beak rests over the cord. The other corners of the beak then attach to the corner stakes. Problem: The top of the beak has to go over the pole point that is in the grommet in order to completely close the gap between beak and tarp. The point is sharp, so that some sort of tough patch has to be added to the beak. If the butt end of the pole could be used to hold up the tarp, the sharp point issue would be solved. Next: How to attach the top of the beak to the tarp? Velcro or a tie out sewn to the top of the tarp, or a line going all the way to the other end so that nothing has to be sewn to the tarp are solutions. A fixed length pole also causes a problem. To lower it, the pole has to be put at a steep angle, or the guy line just has to be tied in lower on the pole. But, then what happens to the beak? It can no longer go over the pole. This becomes an issue if one wants to put the low end of the tarp into the wind. A slit opening along the seam line of the beak would be the easiest solution. Anyway that is what I am trying to figure out. The beak as a wind break works fine with just loop attachments of the beak over the pole,but a gap is left for rain. BTW the tarp has an excellent toggle for tightening the tie outs. I also tried spray painting the stakes orange, but the paint just wears off as the stake is put in the ground.

Edited by rambler on 03/18/2010 15:51:17 MDT.

Ed Jones
(cowboy) - F
Spinntwinn reply on 02/18/2008 01:26:41 MST Print View

Rambler: My beaks extend about 24" in front and 16" in the rear--simply to make the ridge line longer and drip line less likely to get the gear wet--The front (high) beak is sewn to the leading edge of the tarp and a small hole is in the fabric to allow the pole to seat in the grommet (very little water could come thru)--It is held taught to the anchor line (10-12' long) with a small loop just beyond the fabric--The rear beck is sewn likewise but is completely below the grommet and anchor line, and is tied to the pole directly--I sealed all stitching, even the velco patches which support the net tent from the underside--and it seems to work quite well.

Ed Jones
(cowboy) - F
spinntwinn titanium stakes on 02/18/2008 01:30:57 MST Print View

Rambler--You only need to paint the upper 2-3" of the stakes to remain visible--still a great idea however--I have had some trouble with the fancy tensioning gadgets provided--some work and some don't--frustrating

Floris van Breugel
(floris) - F
beaks on 05/12/2008 15:35:50 MDT Print View

I'm thinking of constructing a beak as well for my spinntwinn - I was wondering if anyone had pictures of theirs, and other insights/suggestions? I'd rather not sew it on, but have it removable.

Stamati Anagnostou
(yeoldehipster) - F

Locale: New England
setup on 04/13/2011 06:13:35 MDT Print View

Curiously, is it absolutely necessary that one have adjustable trekking poles to use with this tarp, or is it possible to use fixed length poles? Does anyone have experience with this? I am attracted to the lighter weight and lower price of fixed length poles, but it seems the might not be useful with this shelter.

Andrew King
(drewboy) - F

Locale: Arizona
Re: setup on 04/13/2011 06:31:37 MDT Print View

Fixed length poles work fine too. You can wrap a strip of duct tape around your pole and use that to seat the line for your rear tieout point.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: beaks on 04/13/2011 06:58:47 MDT Print View


Check out how the
HyperLight Mountain Gear Echo II
attatches its beak. It seems as if the corners are snapped into place, the peak seems to be located by a grommet over the tip of a trekking pole, a zipper separates the two sides for entry, there are two tie outs pointing rearward adding tension to the sides and the bottom front tie out seems to go in common to the front ridgeline tie out stake.

It is a very neat setup.

Party On,