Jul 13, 2011 at 11:53 am #1276666
I'm new to the forum and new to backpacking so I've been doing some much reading and researching on these forums. It seems like a lot of people are fans of the TarpTents and I wanted some feedback if I should go that route since the TarpTent weighs more than the Evolution. Weight is an important issue for me since I will be backpacking with my partner and we're both women. With that being said though, I'm all about compromise and if you fine people think we'd be better off with a TarpTent, then that's what I'd invest in.
Thanks for reading this far.Jul 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm #1758939
Evolution is great if you can wait 1.5 years and maybe or maybe not get your tent. Scarp is instant gratification.Jul 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm #1758945
It seems that if you want the shelter ASAP, go with the Tarptent. If you can wait six months, go with the Evolution.Jul 13, 2011 at 1:38 pm #1758948
Unless you're looking for a winter tent, I'd look at the Tarptent Double Rainbow instead of the Scarp 2.Jul 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm #1758979
Andy DuncanBPL Member
Before I joined BPL and found out about the extended wait times I bought a Big Sky Evo 2P. It is possible to circumvent the wait times by buying one directly from a brick and mortar type store that actually has one in stock. I found one in a store in Colorado and they shipped it no problem. It is unfortunate (to say the least) to hear about the bad business practices at Big Sky.
That aside, if you like having two doors and two vestibules the B.S. is great. My wife and I like having our own entry/exit for late night pee breaks etc. Easy setup and in the summer we just use it as a net tent and sleep under the stars without the rain fly. It is the lightest free standing two person/two door/two vestibule tent.
If I could do it again I would just get a GG Squal Classic at 1.5 lbs.
Just my 2c. Good luck!Jul 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm #1759083
"If I could do it again I would just get a GG Squal Classic at 1.5 lbs. "
Maybe I'm the only one here who doesn't know what that is, but I couldn't find a shelter on either Gossamer Gear or Granite Gear's websites with a name anything like that. I'd love to find a bug-proof shelter to share with my wife, that's appreciably lighter than our BA Fly Creek 2 (45 oz including factory groundsheet).Jul 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm #1759132
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@annapurnaJul 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm #1759133
Thanks for all the responses! I'm totally leaning towards a TarpTent but I couldn't find a Squall Classic either? I'm not picky about having two doors or anything other than room to sit up, that's my one non-negotiable.Jul 14, 2011 at 12:46 am #1759170
Andy DuncanBPL Member
Sorry about that, it was available back when I was researching for tents. GG stopped carrying the Squal Classic due to some problems with the spinaker material. Another very light 2 person double wall tent option is the MLD Duo Mid with the InnerNet. It is 4.5 ft tall in the middle, 25 ozs total and fits two people. The Haven Tarp and NetTent by SMD is a 32 oz double wall two person shelter. So many options. . .
Here's a few links:Jul 14, 2011 at 5:14 am #1759182
Karen KennedyBPL Member
@karenkLocale: NE NSW - Australian subtropics
A TarpTent Double Rainbow works for us 2 grrls – two doors, good situp room, reasonable weight, airy. Squall Classic is a lighter option if we're weight conscious (OK I've had it for a while!). Another TarpTent that's a similar weight to the Double Rainbow but has an amazing amount of room for 2 is the Rainshadow 2. I guess you need to think about your specific requirements/preferences (my GF likes 2 doors) and also regions where you'll be using the tent e.g. The Rainshadow has a much bigger "footprint" than the Double Rainbow.
I'm also keen to experiment with a Trailstar tarp and BearPaw Pentanet mozzie net.
Good luck with your tent hunting!
KKJul 15, 2011 at 5:56 am #1759562
Mark HudsonBPL Member
@vesteroidLocale: Eastern Sierras
"Maybe I'm the only one here who doesn't know what that is, but I couldn't find a shelter on either Gossamer Gear or Granite Gear's websites with a name anything like that. I'd love to find a bug-proof shelter to share with my wife, that's appreciably lighter than our BA Fly Creek 2 (45 oz including factory groundsheet)."
six moon designs lunar duo
six moon designs haven combo
tarptent Double Rainbow
Lightheart gear duo
to name a few
Really want to go light then there is the zpacks hexamid duo tent
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