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  • Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus
    Weight - 16 ounces
    Weight w/Pegs - 18.125 ounces
    Material - 30D Silnylon
    Features - A no-frills tarp with a no-see-um skirt perimeter. Uses a single trekking pole set anywhere between 40" (100cm) to hug the ground or 49" (125cm) to provide great ventilation.
    Pros - Weight, Ventilation
    Cons - The setup is slightly confusing. There are 6 points to attach with pegs. Two of those point must be pegged first and are very difficult specify in dark and/or windy conditions. I will switch out those two points with a different color cord to solve the problem.

    This picture is the tent setup with two tent pegs and rocks for the other four points. The pitch wasn't the best but the tent was fine. [Read More]
  • Tarptent Double Rainbow

    Listed Weight—40 Ounces
    Listed Capacity—2 Person
    Two door, two person single wall tent made from silicon coated nylon. Suitable for 3+ season use.

    Initial Thoughts
    Henry Shires makes a fantastic tent and the Double Rainbow is a functional and well-made tent. At 41 ounces the tent is very light for a two person tent without the expense of cuben fiber. With two it has just enough space, but it’s a palace when going solo. I seam sealed the tent which took about 45 minutes and the tent has kept me very dry every time it has rained so far. Just like any other tent there will be condensation on the ceiling when the conditions are right.

    Pros— Weight, Space, simple setup, well made
    Cons— Not freestanding unless you have trekking pole extenders, stuff sack isn't durable

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