Nov 14, 2006 at 7:41 pm #1220233
@bugbombLocale: South Texas
Companion forum thread to:Nov 16, 2006 at 10:55 am #1367350
@fperkinsLocale: North East
A few months ago when I was looking for an UL 3 person tent, I unfortunately missed the Tarptent Rainshadow 2 in my research. I wound up going with the Hex 3 and I’m actually pretty happy with it, although I think I would have went with the Rainshadow if I would have know about it.
So why didn’t I know Tarptent made a 3 person shelter? Well, when I was going through their products, I assumed it was a two person tent since the number 2 followed the name. I would *strongly* suggest they name rename their tent to the Tarptent Rainshadow 3. Keep the versioning of their products to the year or name… eg 2006 Tarptent Rainshadow 3 or even Tarptent Raincover 3…
Anyway, I just might be selling my Hex next season…. ;-)Nov 19, 2006 at 11:06 pm #1367685
Frank, I agree that the naming system is confusing. The “2” refers to 2nd generation but that point is probably lost on most people who haven’t followed the product line evolution. Thanks for your comment.
-HNov 20, 2006 at 2:24 am #1367699
@pjLocale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
HS, a suggestion… [is it a good one??? i’ll let others judge]…
try Roman numerals for generation designations.
It might be clearer as many/most people have encountered this type of designation elsewhere, perhaps unrelated to backpacking and so will, perhaps(???), more easily make the mental transition and attach the proper meaning to the “II”, or “III”,…
e.g. the yet to be created, Squall III – 2-person shelter/tarptent”, which we’d refer to in the Forums, for the cognoscenti, as the “SIII”, or the “HS SIII”.Nov 20, 2006 at 3:16 pm #1367775
I have used the Cloudburst 1st generation, 2nd generation very successfully. I would recommend it for tight 3 man tent if you need other ideas. It would be cramped, but has more wind stability and snow stress. Does not require poles.
I have looked at the Rainshadow but not used. I have been happy with Tarptent products. Very few breakdowns, very light.Aug 25, 2008 at 6:14 am #1448426
@pstriflerLocale: OH, PA, VW, VA
I have this tent & really like it. It certainly is spacious – in fact have we fit 4 (2 kids, 2 adults). The front top is a bit "tight" at the top where the vestibule connects together, but no biggie. I have not used it extensively in the rain.
Easy setup, but I've had the rear stake pull out on me in the middle of the night because the tent is so huge & grabs the wind… Recommend shipping & use of one of those long ti stakes to anchor the rear well. Or just pay more attention than me.
POct 3, 2010 at 1:28 am #1650930
@dennisphelanLocale: Pacific Northwest
We just got done doing a 6 day hike on the PCT using this tent and it worked great. We (my wife and I) like this tent because it allows two people to bring all their gear inside and still have plenty of room to sleep and still is very light weight. The total tent in the stuff sack with the Tyvek ground cloth, stakes and tent is only 51 onces, which is less than 1/2 my REI half dome tent weight.
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