Sep 23, 2013 at 2:02 pm #1307970
I'll be hiking the PCT southbound starting late June 2014. Do you think I will need a 4-season tent, or will a Tarp Tent Notch or Contrail be good?
Also, a friend told me his contrail doesn't keep rain out very well. Said it blows in underneath. Is this user error? Do any of you had experience with this tent?
Thanks!Sep 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm #2027409
Franco DarioliBPL Member
I would suggest the Notch.
About the same weight as the Contrail but easier to use on snow.
In fact I would not deliberatelly take the Contrail if I expect snow.
This is my Notch :
This is how the Contrail should look inside :
(sorry about the mess…)
When set up correctly the Contrail has about 1 foot clearance between the fly and the floor.
If you look in my Franco Darioli You Tube Channel you will see several Contrail in the rain clips
franco@tarptentSep 24, 2013 at 9:40 am #2027690
Thanks for the suggestion! I suspected user error in setting up the Contrail, but I couldn't be sure. I'm leaning toward the Notch. Unless anyone has any other suggestions?Sep 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm #2027803
Aaron CroftBPL Member
If you're looking for shelter that will serve you well through a thru-hike as well as the winter months, I'd highly recommend a mid with bug net insert, such as the MLD Duomid.Sep 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm #2027807
Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Golite Shangri-la 2 ?????Sep 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm #2027824
Hiking MaltoBPL Member
I would get a mid with bug inner. You are not likely to have fresh snow, you will likely have miles and miles of consolidated snow. The last thing I would worry about with your schedule is a snow worthy shelter. You may have many other challenges such as crampons, ice axe, foot ware, navigation etc.Sep 25, 2013 at 9:12 am #2028063
Dean F.BPL Member
@acrosomeLocale: Back in the Front Range
Yeah, I'm a mid fan, too. They are steep enough to do well in moderate snow. If you can only afford one shelter, I maintain that a mid is a good do-anything choice.
I detest inners, though. I just use a light bivy- it replaces both a groundsheet and bugnet, and will resist any light spray that might miraculously work it's way under the tent walls, for <6oz. For 20oz a DuoMid is a palace for one person, and can be pitched using a trek pole as the center pole if you put a rock under it.
The only TarpTent I have owned was a Moment- which was actually quite AWESOME and pitched wicked fast but I wanted to simplify things so I went mid. I never used it in snow but the reports say that it does ok in moderate loads using the optional longitudinal pole.Sep 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm #2028210
kevin timmBPL Member
@ktimmLocale: Colorado (SeekOutside)
I have a ton more snow photos. They can hold up well depending on configuration
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