Oct 25, 2010 at 7:04 pm #1264797
@areichowLocale: Northern Minnesota
Anyone have any experiences with the Pyra or the Pyra Net tents?
Weight and cost are the big draws for me. I've had good experience with Bear Paw, as well.
Pyra: 10 oz, or 17 oz w/ removable vestibule – $120
Pyra Net 1: 8 oz – $90.
There are (always) lighter options, but at 18-25 oz and for $210 it's looking pretty good to me. Thoughts?Oct 26, 2010 at 9:01 am #1658129
Awesome workmanship, great value and super turn-around/shipping time. I have dealt with BearPaw before and am very happy with the items i have gotten. Stock stuff or custom orders, he will work with you to make you one happy camper. John is a pleasure to buy from and really stands by his stuff. He had a customer that was not satisfied no matter what he did, so he let the guy keep the tent AND refunded his cost for it INCLUDING shipping! Ya' don't hear about that every day….
BFOct 26, 2010 at 9:25 am #1658134
@rbeardLocale: ATL, Southern Appalachia
+1 they modified my tent with a bug net and a mesh door and couldnt have been nicer or done a better job.Oct 27, 2010 at 9:17 am #1658492
@areichowLocale: Northern Minnesota
I ended up going with the Pyra tent, still working out details. I purchased a Canopy 1 tarp from him earlier in the month, but would like something a little bigger. If anyone would like to buy the Canopy 1 from me for $65 (what I paid for it), let me know. Otherwise it's going back to John and put towards a Pyra Tent + Pyra Net 1 setup.
The 30D sil floors I've used on tents are so slippery that I may end up going with the 70D floor which he says isn't quite as slippery. My problem isn't slipping around on the floor inside the tent so much as a 30D sil tent floor itself will slide down the slightest incline, a problem I've never had with PU coated floors. Weight wise it should come out even- shouldn't need to use a Tyvek groundcloth with the thicker floor. John has been very responsive and helpful in helping me figure out what I need.
I'll post a review when I get the chance to use it- looks like a nice tent and a decent weight, especially given the price and the kind of service John provides.Oct 27, 2010 at 11:19 am #1658548
Excellent choice :)
BFJun 27, 2011 at 12:58 am #1753610
I recently ordered a mildly customized cuben PyraTent with fixed vestibule, plus single PyraNet with cuben floor and 10" walls, and made-up pole from John at BearPaw Wilderness Designs.
The service was impeccable. I received rapid and helpful responses to email requests, John took an (unavoidable) lengthy international phone call at night, and easily surpassed my tight deadline.
The PyraTent has almost a hand-hewn appearance that I rather like, rather than being a machine product. I had not experienced cuben before (here in Korea), but it seems to be a material that one can get close to, and not feel uncomfortable.
I haven't had the opportunity to test the tent in the wild yet – but very soon.Jun 27, 2011 at 5:05 am #1753626
As said before, awsome work done by John Stultz for the Shangri-La 3 Modified innerNet I ordered.Jun 27, 2011 at 8:30 am #1753657
@servingkoLocale: Intermountain West
Could you post the weight of the Shangrila 3 Inner net? I had John make me a solid 3/4 inner for my SL3(pics on his site) that came in at 24oz as I recall.Jun 27, 2011 at 8:54 am #1753670
the weight is just less than 21oz (exactly 587g).
I choose silnylon floor.Jun 27, 2011 at 11:56 am #1753728
@fre49Locale: France, vallée de la Loire
Another bearpaw satisfied customer here, he made me a custom 3 people 12 oz / 340g inner for my shangri la 5 for a decent price :
sorry the text is in french but the photos show the result :)Jun 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm #1753739
I dont have any experience with the Pyra but I have one of John's minimalists net tents. Great workmanship. John was also a pleasure to work with. I am confident you will like his product or he will make it right with you. He's a straight up guy.Jun 28, 2011 at 12:48 am #1753907
I guess I was unlucky because the workmanship (stitching etc.) on my "Pyranet 1" inner is below average compared to other cottage manufacturers I've encountered. Still I'm ok with it because of the great price and quick delivery.
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