Rating: 5 / 5
We got the two man net tent with zipper and with the non slip floor.
1. It's great protection from skeeters/ticks.
2. Easy to sew. Good instructions. I have sewn lots of stuff before--this probably took about 5 hours to finish.
3. very spacious.
4. clever suspension lines that adjust with cord locks.
5. No worries with the floor (non slip urethane coated nylon that's more waterproof than Siliconized nylon) Ours weighed 24 oz. A siliconized nylon net tent would weigh several ounces less.
6. Only $70
1. the 16" high zippered entrance. You have to wiggle the opening around your shoulders as you enter--that also pulls the net tent corners away from its attachments to the tarp. The maker, Ray Jardine says that helps exclude bugs when entering/exiting, but if you want to shove a pack in, it adds more fuss. Fix: swap out the zipper for a longer one or live with it. (zpacks sells zipper by the foot and sliders with single or double pull tabs)
2. the three zipper pulls on the entrance have pull tabs only on one side--you must close the zipper(s) with the tab on the other side first. C'mon, three more pull tabs don't weigh much. Maybe they couldn't source the zippers with double pull tabs.(?) Fix: see #1 above.
3. The net tent lines attach to nylon cord loops on the tarp with eleven little s-hooks (1.1 gm) that fall off when the tarp wiggles in the wind. Fix: I replaced the s-hooks with 1.5" lengths of 1/4" hardwood (0.5 gm) dowels that slip into the loops on the tarp, like buttons. Come to think of it, buttons may even work better. edit: buttons cost too much, so I attached each net tent line to a 2" long loop of upholstery thread that passes through a centered hole in each dowel and they work really well.
4. The cord locks on the suspension lines slip--Ray actually included two for each line at the end of the ridgeline. Fix: Micro Line Loc Guy Line Adjusters from zPacks.
5. The lines suspend the mesh, but not the side walls of the floor. Fix: sew a tab to the top edges of the floor where the lines attach to the mesh & run the lines through a hole in the tab.
6. When you have one side of the tarp guyed low to reduce wind blowing in, that side of the net tent is no longer suspended, because the suspension loops are right at the edges of the tarp next to the side pull outs. Fix: add loops further away from the tarp edges that work with a low pitch.
All the cons are rather minor, but taken together, one can see how attention to details produces a tarp that just can work better, without real additional expense.
If you use a ground cloth, I recommend the silnylon floor for a lighter carry.
Overall, we were very happy with the product and would recommend it to a friend.
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Ray Jardine nor with Zpacks.