Until recently, hikers looking for a really lightweight (around 3 pounds) two-person double-wall tent had to choose from a short list, namely the Big Sky International tents (Evolution, Convertible, Montana, and Revolution), Terra Nova Laser, and MSR Carbon Reflex 2. Selecting an ultralight double wall tent can be frustrating, because in order to cut weight, some manufacturers have made compromises in tent size, fabrics, features, and durability. The addition of the new (May 2009) Tarptent Scarp 2 may make the selection a little easier because it has two doors with vestibules, loads of interior room, good ventilation, value pricing, and it weighs just 3.25 pounds. Is the Scarp 2 the new standout in this category, or does it have some limitations of its own?

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

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