May 12, 2012 at 7:16 am #1289822
I am almost ready to push the green 'buy' button on the Ranibow TarpTent (1200g inc clip in liner and groundsheet) but just want to double check my options. Please read my requirements below and can you suggest any other shelter for me apart from the Rainbow TT.
1.I/we do 3day 2 night through hikes (may extend stay by a few nights coming up) in no less than freezing temps and never on/in snow. (I have insulating Exped mat and 250 fill down bag).
2.Never above tree line.
3.I live in a humid sub tropical climate (so a strictly single wall shelter may not suit).
4.I am 194cm tall 84kg.
5.I 'prefer' but not necessarily 'have to' have my pack inside the shelter overnight.
6.Never camp in desert.
7.Actually always have gone to rugged bush areas climbing up to 1200 meter mountaintops.
8.I want my shelter inc groundsheet to be under 1200grams.
9.Not yet ready to do the real UL thing….that's later in life :).
10.Is that enough info for my requirements/needs to buy the right shelter?
Many thanks again.
Mik.May 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm #1877051
Looking for tall people and the tents you guys use :)May 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm #1877084
You might want to check out the lightheart solong 6. I've heard that it's made for tall people, and it has gotten some good reviews.May 13, 2012 at 1:25 am #1877141
Thank you for the reply and yes I will check out that tent too but surely there are more than just 2 options available for my requirements!!May 13, 2012 at 5:15 am #1877148
James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Mostly, your params sound like a UL tent with good ventilation and good condensation characteristics (hightlow vents.)
This opens up a world of possibilities. Tarps and UL tents in all sorts of configurations for you and your partner. Actually, a two man tent is very efficient in terms of space per weight carried, split amung two people. Most 2 skin tents weigh a bit more than your stated goal of 1200g (1.2kg or 2.6lbs,)though. Even a single skin Stephensons weighs about 2#11 or 43ounces. Good but the condensation is poor in a single skin configuration, and, heavier than you want.
Assuming a subtropical enviornment, I am not sure of some of your params. 250 fill?? Usually fill for sleeping bags/quilts is more than 650, often 800 or more. You didn't mention bug protection and is often a priority around 50-80F(10-25C.)
Six Moon Design, Bear Paw, TarpTent, Gossamer Gear is rummored to be working on a new design, lots more… All less than your required weight.May 13, 2012 at 6:53 am #1877157
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Maybe metric units make it too difficult for us dumb USA people : )
I'm 6' 2" and use 9' square pyramid tent, which seems a bit larger than necesary so would be fine for your 194 cm height. Single wall, no floor. It gets condensation sometimes but the walls are high enough and steep enough it's not a problem. 22 ounce tent. That would fit into your 1200 gram (42 ounce budget) even after you added pole, stakes, and ground cloth.
I made mine but MLD and Oware sell them, among other people.May 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm #1877269
Franco DarioliBPL Member
Six Moon Design, Bear Paw, TarpTent, Gossamer Gear is rummored to be working on a new design
Well , the Rainbow,the Notch and the SS1 all take a person of Mik size , so no need for TT to have a new design for that.
SMD has the Lunar Solo 2012 that would fit Mik
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