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ckink65284
06-30-2013, 09:27 PM
Just wondering if anyone has experience in the field with one of these. My biggest concern lies with durability.

Please post up if you have tried one of these or another similar Tarptent product. Would like to know how you like it...

http://tarptent.com/notch.html

Maineboy
07-01-2013, 11:11 PM
My brother used the contrail last year 11 days in CO and was happy with it. now I'm thinking of getting it. He bought the carbon poll because he does not use trekking poles. the tent I was in had a layer of ice in the mornings but his did not. that was something that I was envious of. I had a one person mountain hardware.

ckink65284
07-03-2013, 12:23 PM
Good info. The Contrail is second on my list. Thanks for the feedback.

Bitterroot Bulls
07-03-2013, 01:20 PM
I have had the Contrail for years. There is no better option for a full protection 1-Man shelter that I have used.

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii95/mcashell/2011Scoutcamp.jpg (http://s262.photobucket.com/user/mcashell/media/2011Scoutcamp.jpg.html)

ckink65284
07-03-2013, 01:36 PM
Good info. The only reason I like the Notch a little better is because of the side entry. Is the Contrail easy to shimmy in and out of?

Outstanding picture, BTW.

Bitterroot Bulls
07-03-2013, 05:24 PM
Easy for a front loader. I can sit up in it at the front. It is like 80 plus inches long too.

25contender
07-03-2013, 06:20 PM
I have always liked the Contrail tents!! Waiting for my tent to bite the dust so I can bite the bullet and get one. What a great photop BB!!
I have had the Contrail for years. There is no better option for a full protection 1-Man shelter that I have used.

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii95/mcashell/2011Scoutcamp.jpg (http://s262.photobucket.com/user/mcashell/media/2011Scoutcamp.jpg.html)

ckink65284
07-03-2013, 07:40 PM
Easy for a front loader. I can sit up in it at the front. It is like 80 plus inches long too.

That sounds pretty good.

I noticed the Notch has dual side entry and a dual vestibule to keep your pack and bow dry.

The Contrail vestibule looks like it is open in the front unless you close down the storm flaps, then it's gone. Is that correct? If so, can you fit some gear inside the tent? Looks like it might be wide enough.

Bitterroot Bulls
07-06-2013, 07:40 PM
The Contrail vestibule looks like it is open in the front unless you close down the storm flaps, then it's gone.

i am not sure what you mean by this. The vestibule is the two part "nose" at the front of the tent. One side is staked out, and the other has a closure against the staked flap. I can usually keep my pack in the vestibule, and put my bow under a tree or the like. You could probably find a place inside for everything, but that is the way I do it.

ckink65284
07-06-2013, 07:52 PM
Got it. When I first looked at the photos on their site I thought the storm flaps closed down flat on the front of the tent. Now I can see there is a little space in between.

Musket Man
07-06-2013, 08:16 PM
Is there anywhere you can buy Tarptent other then online? I have been thinking about getting 1 but I like to see things before I buy them.

Bitterroot Bulls
07-06-2013, 09:40 PM
You can only get them direct or used, as far as I know.

ckink65284
08-01-2013, 09:00 PM
Well, I got my new Contrail in today. Seems pretty sweet. I have to seam seal it before it's maiden voyage from Aug 30 to Sept 8.

Thanks for the input.