Shelters

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  • 09-09-2016
    bsieb
    ^That looks like a great simple pyramid. My Mega Light pyramid tent weighs in at 1.5 lbs. without the pole. I feel a little over sheltered for most conditions here in the SW, but not much weight penalty. Normally I don't pitch it, but just have it laying next to me to pull over for a typical 5 minute shower. The ability to pitch it high can be very useful.

    If clear skies are expected, I sometimes just take the fly from my old 3 man Orion tent to pull over me for a freak thundershower, gust of wind, the odd pesky bug.
  • 11-05-2016
    June Bug
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by She&I View Post
    We just spent 20 nights in our Dash 2. Fantastic design. So little to complain about, I won't bother. Big thumbs up to REI.

    Used our DASH 2 for a San Juan River trip in late May; worked great. We were warm and comfortable in temps down to the 40s at night -- small but not confining.
  • 11-07-2016
    Smithhammer
    After a few trips with the Nemo Apollo I can post a few thoughts:

    - Take the pole out of the equation and this is an impressively light, packable shelter option. The stock, alloy pole weighs a 1/2lb. Do yourself a favor and order a 52" carbon pole from Z-Packs which weighs barely anything and is plenty stiff enough to serve for a tipi-style central pole like this.

    - It's billed as a 3-person shelter, but it would take a pretty dire situation before I would ever want to cram 3 people into the Nemo. I wouldn't consider it a 3-person shelter, but it is a great option for 1-2 people.

    - With the carbon pole and 6 ti stakes, the Apollo doesn't weigh much more than my OR Helium bivy, but offers a far more shelter if you really have to hunker in some weather. For a few extra ounces, I'd definitely choose the Apollo in most cases.

  • 02-05-2017
    Ailuropoda
    You all should try the Tarptent Rainbow. Less than two pounds. Sets up in about two minutes without even trying. Huge interior space for one-person tent. You can sit up and change in it.

    It has a full bathtub floor, too.

    I had the Protrail which was nice but getting in and out was difficult and, while it wasn't as small as a bivy, interior space was limited.
  • 02-06-2017
    MrkT
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Smithhammer View Post
    I recently bought a Nemo "Apollo" pyramid tent.

    I've owned a variety of pyramid tents over the years and spent a lot of time in them (an original Megamid, MH Kiva, Seek Outside, etc), and I've always liked what they offer - a simple, stable and lightweight option with increased usable space over of a tent of comparable weight, and more weather-proofness than a tarp. As soon as our short-lived bug season is done, I'd much rather use a tarp or a pyramid-style tent. For winter camping as well, I love the no-floor option for a variety of reasons.

    The Apollo is the perfect size for two people and some gear, and it is definitely lightweight and packs small. The tent body weighs 1.3lbs (.5kg) with the stuff sack and cord guylines. I have ordered a carbon pole from ZPacks to replace the adjustable aluminum pole that comes with the tent. The 52" carbon pole weighs 1.9oz.

    While there are a variety of even lighter, higher-tech fabric pyramid tents out there these days, most of them are twice as expensive for not much more weight savings than the Apollo already offers.

    I'll post more thoughts after using the Apollo on some trips this Fall. :thumbsup:

    I picked up the Apollo as well. Had it along for a 3 day trip a couple weeks ago and loved it. Nighttime lows were in the 20 degree F range, with some snow, some freezing rain, and mild winds. Stayed warm and dry and even kept the bike out of the elements. It's my first "tepee-style" tent. I really like it so far.
  • 02-10-2017
    wahday
    I have three shelters: a Golite Hut 2, a Guide Gear 12x12 tarp and an older Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2p

    The Golite is very light and accommodates a cozy 2. You can support it from trees or use a pole. I have taken to bringing some old poles from another former tent that fit nicely in my frame bag. The issue I have had is condensation. Especially with 2. The trick is to not stake the sides all the way to the ground to get some ventilation. And I usually keep the door open. Not ideal in wet weather but I like the design and it is cuben fiber so super light and strong.

    The Guide Gear tarp is awesome. It is impregnated nylon so not as light as cuben. It was around $50 I think and comfortably covers 2. I did need to seal the seams but I have survived snow, rain and sleet without issue. I like the range of setup options. They sew the longest seam on the diagonal so I just secure the opposite corners and then finish out however I want based on conditions. I have never had condensation issues.

    Last year I picked up a great condition Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 for $75. This is the older model. Weighs 3lbs which is perfect if sharing - split the weight between you at a respectable 1.5lbs. For colder weather, it can't be beat. Plus you get a little vestibule for gear. I really love this tent for shoulder month camping. It is pretty tight for two bigger guys, but serviceable.

    The Guide Gear tarp is the least sexy but most tried and true of the bunch when you factor weight and cost. I use a tyvek groundcloth for this and the Golite. It is cheap and tough but also very slippery. I painted it with diluted silicone to give it some stick, but this was only moderately successful. Thinking of sewing some straps to secure to my sleeping pad.


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  • 05-08-2017
    MrkT
    Was planning on using my Apollo 3P for a big trip next year, but I got really nervous about buggier climes, especially through Alaska and Canada. My other tent was a Nemo Galaxi 2P, which is a fantastic tent, but pushing 5.5 -6 lbs with footprint. Super liveable and durable as hell, but heavy. Just received a Copper Spur 2P Platinum, which is very comfortable and a good bit under 3 lbs, but damn, the materials seem awfully delicate. Anyone have any experience with the CS or Fly Creek Platinum versions? I can't decide whether to give it a shot or just send it back.

    Update: decided to send it back. Seems like it'd be a great tent for grassy, open sites, but for rougher conditions and stealthy sites, I can't imagine it not getting shredded.