Apr 3, 2011 at 1:54 am #1271623
As I am looking for a new solo shelter for the coming summer, and a lot of people have the options I listed below, I wanted to ask for concrete input of those familiar with them – or even have gone through the same comparison already.
I'm looking for a flexible and lightweight option, and what it came down to, so far, is the following:
1) HMG Echo I + inner
2) Gossamergear Spinnshelter + Alpinlite Bug Shelter 1.25
3) Zpacks Hexamid with new extended beak
What I don't like about the Echo is the missing wall at the backside when used standalone. And what I heard about the Spinnshelter is that the material isn't quite as good as cuben .. so the decision now is really hard.
Options would also include other bugnets or shelters e.g. from Alpinlite
Has anyone compared these or can give me any suggestions/opinions/etc? I would be very glad, don't know what to chose :) Price is not really an issue
Thanks in advance,
ChristophApr 3, 2011 at 11:16 am #1719317
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
I've been using a SpinnShelter for a few years now. The fabric is spinnaker fabric, and that is slightly heavier than cuben fiber, but less expensive. I support it with Fibraplex poles. I used mine in California, then added a 4-inch skirt of mosquito netting all the way around. That worked, so before my trip to Alaska, I added a removable front door of mosquito netting. That worked. Now back in California, I removed the front door. That is a lot lighter than dealing with an entire bug shelter.
–B.G.–Apr 3, 2011 at 11:28 am #1719321
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
I use the SpinnShelter and Alpinlite Bug Shelter 1.25 and have for the past2.5 year. I really don't have any complaints though a Cuben one might be even better. The SpinnShelter/Alpinlite combo is both cheaper and lighter than the HMG Echo System. I also like the fact that the SS has a rear door (while the Echo is open) and the front door is attached and can be rolled up, rather then the separate piece the Echo has.
That being said the HMG stuff does look well made, and the Hexamid, while a different type of shelter looks interesting as well. In all reality you could probably find yourself happy with any of them.Apr 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm #1719581
@jacobdLocale: North Bay
I also use a Spinnshelter, though without bug net.
Bob, how did you attach the skirt around the perimiter of yours?Apr 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm #1719910
thanks a lot for four opinions!
I'm still looking at the many different types .. its getting harder and harder :)
I'll add a Lightheart Solo Awning to the list of options
but right now I'm in favor of the Zpacks Hexamid with extended beak ..Apr 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm #1721551
aaaany final input before I go to order the hexamid? :DApr 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm #1721555
@davidpasseyLocale: New York City
The new MLD Cricket looks nice. Also, the Wild Oasis/Gatewood shelter is interesting. The MLD Solomid, too.Apr 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm #1721572
I didn't know the cricket… it looks very nice
so right now its cricket vs hexamid :D
However, the advantage of the hexamid in my opinion is the combination
with the screen.
So you can use it without the inner tent in more situations…Apr 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm #1721595
@biointegraLocale: Puget Sound
When in doubt, go with the lightest complete option! Sounds like a Hexamid is in order.Apr 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm #1721597
@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
When in doubt get both!Apr 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm #1721598
@biointegraLocale: Puget Sound
Thom, Congress could use a man like you.
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