Feb 4, 2012 at 12:08 am #1285149
What is your preferred type of shelter and why?
Tent? Tarp? Tarptent? Bivy sack? Igloo? Something else?Feb 4, 2012 at 12:45 am #1834260
@traumaheadLocale: Cen Cal
Tarptent Moment atm. Lightweight, fast setup, plenty of space for me, ease of getting a drum tight pitch. I'm switching to tarp and bivy for the first time this season so I'll see how that goes.Feb 4, 2012 at 3:35 am #1834274
Currently I like the floorless, shaped tarp like the Golite Shangri-La 1 or older Hut 1. It's lightweight, easy to set up (requires trekking poles), has full coverage, and has no floor so you don't have to worry about taking off shoes to be inside.Feb 4, 2012 at 6:46 am #1834297
@balzaccomLocale: Wine Country
Depends on the conditions
WE have a lightweight (3 lb) two-person tent I made that we use most of the time. But we also have a heavier 4-season tent.
And we have a three man Eureka Apex tent for when we take along a guest!Feb 4, 2012 at 6:55 am #1834300
Hammock + Tarp, gets you off the ground, and if you can't hang you can use the hammock as a ground sheetFeb 4, 2012 at 7:24 am #1834305
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Louisiana
It's the one that I most recently purchased, the LightHeart Solo – Standard tent.
I went from traditional A frame tents to hammocks, tarps & bivys and finally to this type of tent.
I chose this shelter based on its 27 ounce weight, design and price. The weight of this tent was 4.5 ounces more than my tarp and bivy. I decided to go with the added weight because of the ease of entry due to its zippered rain fly and large zippered door. Its all in one design was less "fiddly" when it came to setup than my tarp and bivy. The increased headroom was also a factor in my choice. Finally its packed size allowed me to carry it in the dedicated exterior pocket of my pack where I originally carried my tarp and bivy. This meant that I did not have to come up with an alternate packing scheme or a new pack.
NewtonFeb 4, 2012 at 7:47 am #1834311
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
If there's a lot of rain – floorless pyramid.
The MLD Trailstar looks very similar with a little less weight.
You can sit inside and do stuff, out of the rain, as opposed to a shorter tent or tarp that only has enough room to lay down.Feb 4, 2012 at 8:28 am #1834324
@dallasLocale: North Texas
My preferred shelter is a hammock. Mostly because I sleep SO much better in it.Feb 4, 2012 at 8:44 am #1834332
@nerdboy52Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Depends, of course.
For general winter camping when bugs are not a problem, I am currently enamored of my zPacks Hex+ tarp. If bugs are present (most of the time in Ohio), I use my zPacks Hex Single. If I'm expecting snow, my Tarptent Moment with the crossing pole is perfect.
The weather in Ohio never gets extreme. You may want to choose a heavier-duty shelter if you expect serious conditions.
As my pappy used to say, "Git the rite tool fer the job."
StargazerFeb 4, 2012 at 10:43 am #1834374
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Amy I can't hardly answer that question!!!! I have three favorites!
1) I use my Gatewood Cape w/ Serenity most often. Lite, double-wall, multi-purpose, just plain like it. I could go on!
2) MLD trailstar. Heavier, but not heavy, paired w/my SMD Serenity.
3) When I can hang, it's usually my JRB Bridge hammock. Way comfy and don't have to worry w/level ground or roots, rocks, etc.Feb 4, 2012 at 11:04 am #1834386
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@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
I am the type who's more focused on achieving "comfort weight" rather than obsessing over "am I in the SUL club yet and if so what else can I cut to qualify for XUL?" …
Within the confines of carrying a "comfortable" load, I much prefer a tent that is quick and easy to set up and take down. As such, my hybrid dome tent is just about the fastest/easiest tent to set up, and it has performed marvelously even in the relatively humid PNW — with zero to minimal condensation. A good option for 3-season use in all but truly humid places:
This two-person tent is a palace for my solo use. Lots of space plus two doors/vestibules — all for 2.5 lbs.Feb 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm #1834502
If I have to pick just one it iwould be a mid or tipi style though I also like tarps. I switched to a Go Lite SL3 when my old BD megamid wore out because it was 40% off, I like it well enough but would probably go with a duomid if money were not a consideration.Feb 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm #1834598
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Hmm… there isn't something that makes me 100% happy. I want the lightest shelter that will provide adequate protection. The problem is adequate protection varies. Sometimes I just need something to keep the bugs off. Sometimes I need protection from rain. Other times it's heavy winds and snow. If Ryan guess is right, and the SMD Skyscape pole configuration is up to fairly strong winds, then that would be my 3 season shelter preference for easy of setup, good protected space, low weight, and good views when fly is open. I have written a bit about the trade-offs I think about in my recommended shelters page.
–markFeb 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm #1834607
@maynard76Locale: New England
I like mids and domes -nice simple shapes.
Currently I have a duomid and a skyscape. I consider the skyscape, lightheart, and similar to be mids. The Notch looks awesome too even though it stretching the definition of a mid.
I will have to wait until spring to see how they actually work out. I predict I will probably use the Skyscape most because its so easy to set up in one piece and its so open when the doors are rolled away, something I liked about tarp/bivys.
Some of the things I like about mids and domes is the nice side entrance paired with the room and storm protection.Feb 5, 2012 at 6:36 am #1834734
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I like a house 95% of the time.Feb 5, 2012 at 9:40 am #1834803
houses are quite comfy!
i prefer to enjoy the comforts of a hammock/tarp:
open net if the bugs let me get away with it. nothing like a cup of joe above the rocks in a levitating bliss…Feb 5, 2012 at 11:43 am #1834847
I'm a tree hanger I have a DIY gathered end hammock and a DYI Grizzly Bridge love them both. My cover is a Hammock Gear 4 season Cuban tarp. My insolation is a Hammock Gear SevenD incubator made just for me by Stormcrow. If I'm talking Greek check out the Hammock Fourm. If I'm with the wife and kid I hit the ground and use a Tarptent Rainshadow 2. I also had a MLD Trailstar I loved but the wife wanted some bug protection for the kid.
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