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In a radical departure from traditional Tarptents, Henry Shires introduced the Tarptent Rainbow in early 2006. Instead of headroom only at the entry, the Rainbow is all headroom, and it has a side entry with vestibule. At 32.6 ounces with the optional extended floor, it’s luxury for one person, or one person and a pooch, and it’s do-able for two smaller people. There’s nothing “tarp” about this “tent”! It advances the single-wall tent with features and user-friendliness rivaling a double-wall tent. Is the Rainbow the lightweight backpacker’s dream come true?


  • Introduction
  • What’s Good
  • What’s Not So Good
  • Specifications: Mfr/ Year/Model, Style , Fabrics, Pole Material, Weight Full Package, Weight Manufacturer Minimum , Weight Backpacking Light Minimum , Floor Area, Floor Area/Backpacking Light Minimum Weight Ratio, Dimensions, MSRP
  • Performance
    • Assessment
  • What’s Unique
  • Recommendations for Improvement

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