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The Contrail is the third new tent introduction from Tarptent in 2006. Unlike the new Rainbow and Double Rainbow, which provide more user-friendly features (and add a little weight), the Contrail goes in the opposite direction. It’s more of a minimalist, traditional-style Tarptent, yet it incorporates several refinements and some new design elements. It’s also the lightest member of the present Tarptent lineup at only 1 pound 4.5 ounces without floor and 1 pound 8.5 ounces with floor. It’s also the most versatile, with a convenience setup mode and a bomber setup mode, which I explain in this review.


  • Introduction
  • What's Good
  • What's Not So Good
  • Specifications: Year/Manufacturer/Model, Style, Fabrics, Poles and Stakes, Dimensions, Packed Size, Total Weight, Trail Weight, Protected Area, Floor Area/Trail Weight Ratio, Protected Area/Trail Weight Ratio, MSRP, Options
  • Performance
    • Assessment
  • What's Unique
  • Recommendations for Improvement

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