Feb 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm #1233873
I just realized that you can stake out 4 corners into a rectangle instead of staking 6 into a hex, thus reducing the footprint and essentially turning the Shangri La 3 into a duomid.
I had an issue with the footprint size a week ago while snow camping with my son in the Cucamonga Wilderness. We had trouble fitting the shelter into a small, rock-protected site.
By staking only 4 corners, it's footprint is no bigger than a typical 2 man tarp.
The extra side fabric (on the long sides) simply gets rolled up on the inside. I plan on sewing 2 extra pullouts for stakes where these long sides meet the ground.May 15, 2009 at 8:12 am #1501457
Thanks for sharing the pics. I am looking at a shangri-la 3 and this is helpful to know another pitching option. Looks good!May 15, 2009 at 9:23 am #1501478
I really think this is an awesome shelter; it seems a bit underrated around here. Without the manufacturer's pole (use trekking poles or build your own) it's only 23oz. For the amount of space you get it's crazy…my old Tarptent Contrail was 1/3 of the floorspace and 1/4 the headroom and weighed 32 oz. with everything- and would never survive the weather a Shangri-La could handle. Granted it is floorless, but I prefer that now anyway. I think it's light enough to even justify as using for a solo palace if you're inclined.May 15, 2009 at 10:01 am #1501488
John Frederick AndersonMember
Great idea, I can't wait to try it- could have used this plan a while back in a cramped site- hard to think creatively sometimes after a hard day walking.
I suppose it's only a matter of time before somebody cuts off the excess fabric, sews it up again, and makes a permanent duomid of the SL3- I wonder what that would weigh?
Won't be me…
Thanks for the great idea.
fredMay 15, 2009 at 11:22 am #1501505
When you say the extra fabric is rolled up on the long sides, is it the fabric at the floor or the fabric of the side walls? If the side walls, how are you keeping it rolled up? Looks good from this angle, but I'd like to see side picks up a little closer.May 15, 2009 at 11:53 am #1501513
It's just loosely rolled on the inside. You can just barely see it in the picture with the door open- it's on the inside left wall… It unravels slightly during use but it hasn't bothered me yet.May 15, 2009 at 7:01 pm #1501589
Do you know the dimensions of the SL3 in DuoMid mode?
I can't believe Golite doesn't have a layout – only square feet – very lame.
Edit: Rule of Thumb: Google 1st.
I found the relationships between Area, Side Length, and Span.
I find a side is 4.76' and the span is 8.25', in DuoMid mode.Mar 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm #1716420
I can't believe this never occured to me!
I love my shangri la 3, have cut it down to 1 lb 5oz. Was about to do a post on it.
My only complaint about it was it was six sided. This makes it much more complex to stake out and adds weight and complexity.
I needed a quick pitch option.
And you just gave it to me. :)
Now… the only other option I need is a way to pitch it with a single line off a tree.
I want to explore the "tarp like" properties.Mar 29, 2011 at 7:49 am #1716528
Fascinating, I like your thinking, provides another dimension to the SL 3. One question are you using the current model (3 vents) or the previous model (2 vents)?Mar 29, 2011 at 8:56 am #1716561
This works with either the 2 or 3 vent version . On the three vent (may work on the 2 vent also) I'll often stake the four main points, then there are two loops already in place on the sides that can be staked for a little more room and stability.
Here is my quick paint doodle to show what I mean. The red points need solid anchors, but the green ones are less critical since they aren't under much stress.
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