View Full Version : Tarptent & bugs

Biff Wellington
2008-10-27, 15:46
I am trying to move in a lighter direction.

I would love to ditch my one man tent in favor of a 1 lb +/- tarp tent BUT what about bugs? I don't care about crawling things so much as I want to keep the mosquitos off me.

It seems that some tarps offer a bug screen in some sort of nested configuration but it also seems that this eliminates the weight advantage that a tarp provides.

So whats the other solution? spray myself down with OFF prior to going to sleep

cool breeze
2008-10-27, 16:00
Henery Shires Tarptent Contrail 1.5 lbs. totaly enclosed.

Biff Wellington
2008-10-27, 17:36
Henery Shires Tarptent Contrail 1.5 lbs. totaly enclosed.


I'd been looking at the site but with blinders on apparently. Thanks for the heads up.

Frolicking Dino
2008-10-28, 08:58
You may also want to consider some of Anti-Gravity gear's models (http://www.antigravitygear.com/products.php?cat=69) - specially if you'd like to have a bit more room than the Contrail offers. AntiGravityGear designs have the best I've found for weight to space ratio. I can vouch for the workmanship and the customer service - top notch.

Another brand to check out is Six Moon Designs (http://www.sixmoondesigns.com/shop/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=11&cat=Shelters). He has a design called the lunar solo (http://www.sixmoondesigns.com/shop/Shopexd.asp?id=36) that is similar in size to the Contrail but is far easier to enter and exit and has a more usable vestibule IMO. Six Moon also sell an amazing (and pricy) 16 oz tent called the Refuge X (http://www.sixmoondesigns.com/shop/shopexd.asp?id=58). This is his older Refuge (silnylon) (http://www.sixmoondesigns.com/shop/shopexd.asp?id=53) in Cuben fiber

Personally, if I were converting to tarptenting as a single, I'd go with Six Moon Design's Serenity Shelter (http://www.sixmoondesigns.com/shop/shopexd.asp?id=55) and Campmor's 8 x 10 silnylon tarp (http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___20069). This combo would weight 20 ozs (assumes you use trekking poles for set up and does not include cord or stakes), cost $185 and gives you lots of space, plenty of pitching options and the ability to use the Serenity Shelter in covered shelters or as a stand-alone star-gazing option on clear nights.

BTW, here is one pitching option (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkBeZqXU4zk). You could pitch the Serenity Shelter under this (use something to protect the tarp from the pointy trekking pole used for the Serenity Shelter!) and have all kinds of space for relaxing, cooking and drying out wet gear.