Apr 17, 2011 at 9:56 am #1272379
I am looking for some feedback on the Gossamer Gear Spinshelter – pros, cons – from users. Also, what (if you are) inner net tent are you using or are you using a bivy? If so, which one? Concerns in buggy season.
Thanks!Apr 17, 2011 at 11:42 am #1725629
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
I have one that I have been using since 2008. It is my go to shelter and I have had it in high winds and up to 4" of snow. During the summer I add the Alpinlite Bug Shelter 1.25.
-Tons of protected floor area
-full weather protection when needed – no need for a bivy
-tarp airyness with doors rolled up
-versatility – can be used with a bug tent/bivy or without
-fairly storm worthy
-fabric has little to no stretch
-somewhat loud fabric (not an issue when pitched)
-sit up height is limited to the extreme front end
-takes practice to set up quickly
-Velcro can be more of a pain than a zipper
-no ventsApr 17, 2011 at 11:50 am #1725633
I don't use any inner tent nor bivvy with the shelter.
I added a mosquito net skirt around the bottom for use in California. Before use in Alaska, I added a mosquito net front door in two removable panels. I often use it with a spinnaker fabric floor.
–B.G.–Apr 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm #1725646
Thanks Guys – any issue with durability? I have read some reviews of tie-outs ripping with moderate tension.Apr 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm #1725656
Tie-outs ripping? I can't quite imagine that on mine.
I used mine for two weeks in Alaska, and it rained some of each day. No prob. It got pretty humid inside.
–B.G.–Apr 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm #1725658
@mikeclellandLocale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
I have used my spin twin a LOT and love it. I use the two person shelter as a decadent solo shelter (cheating? maybe) THis is a PERFECT shelter! I cannot praise it enough! Simple and tidy!!!
THe tie outs work fine, – never had an issue. A little bit of silicone glue a head of time may help.
THe SIL-twin is slightly less expensive, and slightly heavier.
Crinkle noise soved with a snugley pitched tarp.
THe Gossamer Gear design little pul tighteners are really simple and work wonderfully.
I do NOT have the kind with the velcro door.
I am 6'1'' tall, and the length is perfect, the width would be tight with two people, but not impossible.
I use a head-net to sleep if it's buggy, and never use a "real" tent.Apr 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm #1725670
Just got my Spinnshelter a week or two ago and haven't set it up yet but just wanted to mention I emailed Grant awhile back about a cuben version and he said it was possible depending on how well the CubicTwinn sold. One can always hope. Also noticed the Squall Classic has been removed from the list of shelters. Maybe something else is coming soon.Apr 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm #1725672
"I am 6'1'' tall, and the length is perfect, the width would be tight with two people, but not impossible."
Yes, it can get tight if you have two sleepers, shoulder-to-shoulder. However, this shelter is long enough that you can stagger the two sleeping bags. That seems to ease up the width problem a bit. It also varies a bit depending on whether you plant the poles internal or external to the shelter.
–B.G.–Apr 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm #1725676
Looks like Mike is talking about the SpinnTwinn which is about 14" wider in the front and 26" wider in the rear than the SpinnShelter if my math is correct.Apr 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm #1725677
I have a spinshelter and love it! I have only slept under it once by my self and twice with my brother( yes it was tight but it was cold so we didn't mind being close together). I have no complaint about it and the tyeouts are are very strong.
DustinApr 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm #1725680
pm sentApr 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm #1725703
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Edit, I read this wrong and thought it was about a SpinnTwinn….my bad.Apr 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm #1725719
So the Spinnshelter is really just a 'beaked' SpinnTwinn…?
Does putting seam grip at the tie – out seams add much strength?Apr 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm #1725726
"Does putting seam grip at the tie – out seams add much strength?"
How can you tell?
I used seam sealer on all stitching. I don't see any positives or negatives.
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