Integral Designs SilDome (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

An utralight monopole shelter that requires no trekking poles sets up with as little as two stakes

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by Alan Dixon | 2007-08-11 01:14:00-06

Integral Designs SilDome

An utralight monopole shelter that requires no trekking poles sets up with as little as two stakes

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Unlike many ultralight shaped shelters or tarps, the monopole-based SilDome requires no trekking poles to setup. It takes a little as two stakes to pitch the dome and quickly get out of the rain.

Even Jones created the Integral Designs (ID) SilDome based on their popular shaped tarp/shelter, the SilShelter. He added a single arched pole (taken directly from their wedge tents) and included a zippered side entry. The result is complete weather coverage with ample interior room for two. The monopole arch height and tension is adjusted by a webbing strap between the pole ends.

The SilDome uses catenary cuts to improve panel tension and shelter stability. In keeping with the flexibility of the SilShelter, the SilDome has numerous pitch variations. There are also multiple tie-outs for added stability in strong winds.

Spec’s:

  • 1 lb 10 oz with pole
  • 1.1 oz silynylon fabric
  • catenary cut
  • 12 ft shock corded Easton .340 in 7075 aluminum pole
  • adjustable webbing between pole ends to adjust shelter height and tension
  • waterproof entry zipper
  • 8 reinforced tie-outs

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The SilDome with entry neatly tied back. The arrows point to the adjustable tensioning webbing between the pole ends.


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Alan Dixon
(alandixon) - MLife

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Integral Designs SilDome (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/11/2007 01:23:48 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Integral Designs SilDome (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Almost nice on 08/11/2007 02:26:58 MDT Print View

Is it me or is it really raining inside ?
Franco

Andrew :-)
(terra) - F

Locale: Sydney, Australia.
I thought the same Franco on 08/11/2007 03:07:39 MDT Print View

Perhaps a small vent on either side of the ridge pole would help?
Still, I think the shelter design has potential, particularly if you are a non hiking pole person.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Reminds Me of the MontBell Monoframe Diamond on 08/11/2007 03:38:41 MDT Print View

The MontBell single wall version uses a waterproof/breathable fabric -- with vents:

Andrew :-)
(terra) - F

Locale: Sydney, Australia.
Ha! there you go. on 08/11/2007 06:27:45 MDT Print View

I knew it had potential. Thanks Benjamin.

Edited by terra on 08/11/2007 06:28:24 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
ID on 08/11/2007 08:03:30 MDT Print View

And to think...they could have just made it out of a big 'hunk' of eVent....

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
No They Couldn't Have... on 08/11/2007 13:38:43 MDT Print View

No, David, they couldn't have -- because GE won't sell any eVENT fabric to tentmakers!

Folks who have experience with both eVENT and MontBell's proprietary "Breeze Dry Tec" (BDT)wp/b fabric give the thumbs up to eVENT, but also acknowledge that BDT is also very highly breathable. BDT is similar to eVENT in that both fabrics dispense with the PU coating altogether (i.e. both are directly air permeable without need for vapor to pass through a PU barrier).

In any case, most everyone agrees that eVENT and BDT are both superior to any and all versions of Goretex in the fabric breathability department.

Edited by ben2world on 08/11/2007 13:46:26 MDT.

Sumi Lavin
(jose) - F
hoop tents on 08/11/2007 13:47:22 MDT Print View

It's about time someone made one out of silcoat.

Edited by jose on 08/12/2007 22:55:11 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
ID on 08/11/2007 15:38:08 MDT Print View

Hi Ben,

I was actually kidding about the eVent. I see this as an excellent mountain fast and light shelter. The pole structure should provide a lot of stability and room. It sort of looks like the outer tent of an Akto, except it weighs less.

Good job.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: ID on 08/11/2007 22:24:52 MDT Print View

@Benjamin: we went back to MB today and there was no indication that the single wall breathable version of the Monoframe Diamond is going to be available in the U.S.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
MontBell on 08/11/2007 22:47:33 MDT Print View

Hi Jordan:

When comparing the ID with an existing MontBell tent, I should have stated that the MB is available only in Japan -- although various forum members in Japan will buy and ship to the US or Europe if interested.

Edited by ben2world on 08/11/2007 22:51:09 MDT.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
ID VS Montbell on 08/12/2007 16:16:13 MDT Print View

Actually, the correct way to compare this is to the standard Monoframe Shelter Diamond that is already available in the US. It has a 'fast and light' fly-only pitching option. MFR Weight = 1 lb 9 oz... I'm not sure that ID's tarp-only version is superior other than it may be a better price...

Now, the ID may have more space... maybe... can't tell from the pic...

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Yup, more space on 08/12/2007 16:21:58 MDT Print View

Yes, the ID has enough space for two plus gear and has a waterprrof zip. So one might want to compare this to the two person version of the Montbell Ultra-lights.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
MontBell Diamond on 08/12/2007 16:56:04 MDT Print View

Joshua, you are right. And the MB has a vent!

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Yup, more space on 08/12/2007 19:55:38 MDT Print View

@All:

The ID definitely has more space than the MB. The MB is barely big enough for one, assuming your feet lay sideways and you've had a haircut recently.

The ID would be a GREAT shelter for solo use with room to spare.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: Re: Yup, more space on 08/12/2007 20:15:05 MDT Print View

Lot's of room? Nice... I'm looking forward to seeing dimensions on this...

Also, one might be able to 'rig a vent... but it would require modifications...

Dondo .
(Dondo) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: ID VS Montbell on 08/12/2007 20:26:55 MDT Print View

Here's the Montbell Diamond in the fly-only pitch. The fly weighs 13 oz.; the tension strap is 0.9 oz. The pole is about 9'3" long and weighs 5.4 oz. The ID has a 12' pole and would be substantially larger.

You can set up the Montbell using two stakes but normally I use at least six or eight for stability in wind. As you may guess from the shape, the Diamond is very weather resistant and stable in the wind. I'm guessing the ID tent would be the same.

Condensation hasn't been too much of an issue because the gap to the ground near the ends of the pole and the large peak vent keep the air moving. When there is no breeze, condensation can form but usually just slides down the steep sides of the tent into the ground.

Evan over at ID is no slouch as a designer. Though there are no peak vents, it sounds like there are variable pitch options so that you could modify the pitch to keep the air flowing through.

One nice thing about these designs is that you can keep the door open on mild nights and feel as if you are outside. If wind or rain come in, it's a simple matter to reach up and zip the door closed.

One thing to keep in mind about both designs is the diamond shape can restrict room a bit at the head and foot of the shelter. I use a 3'x7' ground sheet and need to snip a bit off the corners to fit into the Montbell.


Edited by Dondo on 08/12/2007 21:31:02 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
ID on 08/13/2007 19:06:30 MDT Print View

Out of curiousity, since there is no mesh, in areas where there are bugs would one couple this with a bivy with bug netting? For some strange reason I thought I saw a mesh perimeter in the pictures but clearly not (I now see where Franco's original comment came from). If so, the only real benefit to this shelter compared to a tarp is that there is no need for trekking poles and that it likely is more stable due to it's design (but maybe not for some of the more experienced tarp pitchers here). Thoughts?

Dondo .
(Dondo) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: ID on 08/13/2007 21:15:45 MDT Print View

David, it seem to me that using a bivy with this kind of shelter would be overkill. The ID, in particular, if used solo,would give you lots of space that wouldn't be exposed to the weather. So a simple headnet, if you can handle that, may be all that you need.

Personally, I don't use my Diamond in fly-only pitch that often. Since I use trekking poles, my ID Silshelter (14 oz., 2000 edition) provides a lighter full-coverage and very wind-worthy shelter if pitched correctly. I haven't found a bivy to be necessary with the Silshelter.



Edited by Dondo on 08/13/2007 21:33:37 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Thanks on 08/13/2007 21:24:57 MDT Print View

Thanks Dondo. I am liking this shelter more and more.