Rating: 5 / 5
The silnylon duomid is my first ultralight shelter. I had been searching for a two person setup that I could use year round. After reading about pyramid shelters ability to shed wind and snow, along with their simplicity in setup I knew that this design is what I wanted.
Because mosquitos and ants are a problem where I do most of my hiking (southern and eastern Manitoba), I needed the innernet (or any bug protection, but opted for the inner) for the entire spring and summer (except after first frost). That being said, this review is for the shelter and innernet together.
I was skeptical about using this for two people because most forums posters use it strictly as a large one person shelter, with the ability to add two at a pinch. I decided to give it a try since I knew I would be able to get near full price back at the gear swap.
We have spent about 10 nights in it so far, and will be thru-hiking the SHT with it starting this sunday.
The duomid and innernet have far exceeded my expectations and I feel that they can be a two person shelter for people that are the right size. If the duomid is being used without the innernet I feel that it is completely adequate for two people (ultralight style) of almost any size that aren't living in it. For reference, I am 5'10" 170lbs and she is 5'4" and 120lbs.
I took quite a few pictures of elements I thought I would have liked to have seen when considering my purchase. Along with those, some pictures that I would like to include in the review.
*note my guylines are extremely long. This is because I havn't decided exactly what length I want to cut them at yet.*
This is the duomid and innernet rolled up with our trekking poles attached together to make the longer poles to be used in 'inverted v' setup.
Note how the innernet is connected to the corner stakes with bungee cord.
We have settled on pitching the duomid pretty high off the ground.This way there is perfect ventilation. Because the bathtub floor is 4-6 inches high, there is not splashback in downpours. Though we havn't experienced horizontal rain yet.
the 'inverted v' setup. You can see how it gives full use of the innernet. And with the adjustable poles, we're not really limited on the height of the pitch.
The innernet is connected to the duomid by bungee cord. It can also just be attached to the pole when using the middle pole setup.
Lots of room for two cozy people inside the innernet. This is with the bathtub floor pulled tight. It can be loosened so that the sil walls are flat adding 6 inches to each side. (those are torso sized ridgerests).
This is how we have been pitching it during all weather.
Lots of room for wet shoes and other things not wanted inside the innernet. Backpacks can be placed too, but they need to lean against the netting. There's this much room all around, but only accessible on the door side.
Because of the bungee attachments to the four corners, there is a lot of give on the bathtub floor. If rolling around, or just placing something, it will flatten out and not stress the seams too much.
Lots of room between the two. I've been thinking about attaching the innernet to the tieout with velcro or some other method so that there could be a little more headroom.
This is how we've been attaching the poles. They are very sturdy and will not come apart no matter what we do to them.
We'll see how it goes during our upcoming thru-hike and winter excursions, then I'll have a true feeling of how great this shelter really is. Until then I truly am impressed and happy I took the chance on it working for two.
There are some points I want to add.
- When pitched to the ground, or close to the ground, we have experienced condensation regardless of the weather. I think this is because the vent may not be adequate for two people. This is why we pitch 4-6 inches off the ground.
-The duomid was really easy to seamseal. We used permatex and applied less than an ounce of silicone.
-There are four attachments (one on each seam) inside the duomid for hanging. However there are none inside the innernet, which is something I am thinking of adding. Although I may just add a piece of spectra with a loop to the inner apex for this, which would be easier.
-Because the innernet is floating and completely adjustable from 5 places, I think it might be possible to move it farther to the non-doorside of the duomid, giving an extra ~ 4 inches of pseudovestibule. This is something we're going to try next time we take it out.