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ecarter1 07-02-2017 11:34 PM

Lightweight Shelter Advice
 
Hi:

Looking for advice on a lightweight shelter. I'm looking for something that will: keep the bugs off, has a tarp for light rain protection, fits two, and is very light. I'm not quite ready to invest in the most ultra-light options yet (Hyperlite Mtn Gear stuff looks awesome...).

I'm looking at the MSR Thru-Hiker Mesh House 2 and Wing 70 Tarp - https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5046-1...r-Mesh-House-2

Seems reasonably light and reasonably priced. Anyone have any experience with it? Other suggestions?

Thanks!

frankhardly 07-03-2017 05:49 PM

I haven't purchased this yet, but Taiga (TaigaWorks.ca) has a single wall bivy shelter for 2 - https://www.taigaworks.ca/cart.php?m...ct_detail&p=12
Kind of pricey, but at 2.3 lbs might be worth it. Also local and if there's issues, could be repaired. Had my eye on it for a bit.

ecarter1 07-04-2017 08:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frankhardly (Post 795634)
I haven't purchased this yet, but Taiga (TaigaWorks.ca) has a single wall bivy shelter for 2 - https://www.taigaworks.ca/cart.php?m...ct_detail&p=12
Kind of pricey, but at 2.3 lbs might be worth it. Also local and if there's issues, could be repaired. Had my eye on it for a bit.

Thanks. Looks a bit cheaper than the MSR option and possibly a bit more robust in a storm but 300g heavier (and can't be carried by two people).

frankhardly 07-04-2017 09:36 PM

For me the extra grams are worth it if I don't have to muck around with guy lines and a two part structure - but that's just me. For divying up the load, there are ways to compensate, like adding a 6 pack at the bottom of your partner's pack.

Lythe 07-05-2017 12:47 AM

This weekend I'll be hiking, and there'll be one night where I'll be separated from my partner. My solution is a Sea to Summit bug net, an 8x10 Siltarp, and a sheet of tyvek as my ground sheet. The double version of the bugnet can be found for under $60, and Tyvek can often be found cheap if you know anyone building a house. While not as neat an option as yours, bugnet plus tyvek weighs about 2/3 what the mesh house weighs and the low cost is great too. That, and sticking with a tarp solution means if you get a different tent the tarp is still useful.

Alternately you can try sewing your own, if you stick to a simple design it's quite easy.

ecarter1 07-05-2017 01:06 AM

@Lythe - wow - that is lighter... even the S2S Mesh Tent is quite a bit less than the MSR. I'm on the fence about the floor-less design but suspect that it would be fine for the areas I'll be. Thanks for the heads up.

Definitely not ready to try sewing my own ;)

ecarter1 07-06-2017 12:11 AM

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OK - I went a little overboard on the research and am posting here if anyone is interested for future reference. Disclaimer being that I've not actually seen any of the stuff so it is purely based on the numbers.

My priorities were light weight, reasonably priced, enough space for a taller guy and a small girl, mesh to keep the bugs off, tarp for a bit of light rain protection.

I'm going with a Brooks Range Ultralight Mini Guide Tarp and a Sea to Summit Mesh Tent for a total claimed weight of 669g and a total of 355CAD inc. shipping. Altitude Sports in Quebec seems to be the only place that carries the Sea to Summit Gear in Canada and when I entered my email at checkout and then left it to sit while continuing to research, they emailed me a 20% off code (MBC20) which cinched the deal. The tarp I will order from the US though if I didn't have a convenient connection there, I'd probably have gone with the Big Agnes Onyx UL (also from Altitude Sports).

Lythe 07-06-2017 12:25 AM

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Sewing actually isn't that hard. I learned to sew using silnylon, my first project being a pack cover, my second this tent. The hardest part is actually the design, so go with a pattern instead of trying to figure out a harder design like this one on the fly without a pattern (curves suck). This tent weighs 1400g all in, so about 100g pegs, 160g tyvek ground sheet, 130 curved pole (head end uses trekking pole) and 1010g tent itself. A bug bivy like the MSR one would be really easy to make, as the mesh is actually easy to sew and even an L shaped zipper was fairly easy to do.


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