Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 20
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Posts
    67
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Any opinions on tarptents?

    Been doing a lot of reading trying to figure out gear and so on for my first trip out west for elk
    Found on here someone suggested a tarptent so I checked them out and they look very good the prices are great and the weight is little. So I was hoping that some of you might have some opinions on them and also maybe some pictures of them set up


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    21
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I have a Tarp Tent. Mine I think is called the Scarp. Its very small and light yet tough. Has an inner mesh lining and the fly is attached to this. Mines great when its just me. Have used it on several hunts and fishing trips including Alaska and New Mexico hunts. In Alaska it rained constantly and it was weird putting it back in the sack wet when I moved spot to spot but worked out okay. In New Mexico it survived extreme winds just fine by being weighted down good. Overall very happy with the purchase.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Posts
    67
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    The one I have been looking at is the contrail but the pictures on the website are hard to see and i can't tell how it is on the inside. It looks like the "bed" part of it is like a cradle almost and I'm wondering if in a hard storm weather if it would come under the outer shell


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Montana
    Posts
    2,164
    Thanks
    56
    Thanked 305 Times in 235 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Hey Luke,

    i have the Contrail. It is my go-to solo shelter. While it isn't like a 4 season tent, with a tight pitch it handles some pretty good wind, in my experience. The corners of the floor are tensioned with the lines for the tarp, so it won't come out or anything. i can get a much tighter pitch with a trekking pole than the optional pole.

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Posts
    67
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Bitterroot would you by chance have some closer pics of the tent set up and of the inside set up by chance. Would love to see them

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Wyoming
    Posts
    206
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 36 Times in 32 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Downing View Post
    Bitterroot would you by chance have some closer pics of the tent set up and of the inside set up by chance. Would love to see them
    I have a Golite tarp that weighs about a pound. Only requires a hiking pole and/or a few sticks to set up. If you are hunting early season they are fine shelters, especially if you are looking to go light. I use a space blanket to insulate my bag from the ground. If the weather is warm you can set it up with plenty of air flow. If you get rain then you can set it up tight to the ground for good coverage. Can't beat it for early weather saving weight.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Montana
    Posts
    2,164
    Thanks
    56
    Thanked 305 Times in 235 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Downing View Post
    Bitterroot would you by chance have some closer pics of the tent set up and of the inside set up by chance. Would love to see them
    I have posted this one before ...



    I will see if I have an interior pic somewhere...

  8. The Following User Says Thank You to Bitterroot Bulls For This Useful Post:


  9. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Reno, Nevada, United States
    Posts
    2,049
    Thanks
    53
    Thanked 137 Times in 102 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 1 Time in 1 Post
    I remember this photo...

  10. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Posts
    67
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    I have posted this one before ...



    I will see if I have an interior pic somewhere...
    I remember seeing that picture before bitterroot. Awesome picture. I would really approximate some pictures of the interior if you have any. On their website that have multiple pictures of the tent but they won't blow up to full size and I can't really tell much about it


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  11. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    43
    Thanks
    45
    Thanked 7 Times in 4 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Luke, I'm glad you posted this. I was getting ready to ask the same question. I have read in Mike Eastman's book that he likes these so that's when I got curious about them. I've just started looking into these tarptents as well. People say they are "bomb proof" tents suggesting they stand up to wind, rain and snow very well. I'd be worried that if you have the one side always open, that the wind, rain or snow could blow in on you. Unless there is a way to you can close the opening?

    I may try one this fall in Western Oregon. I hear it gets very wet up there so I hope it can keep me dry. I assume that if you use the tarptent, you'd also need a bivy sack or another tarp, in addition to your sleeping bag/pad, to keep you up off the ground.

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Opinions; looking for new stock
    By huntwhenican in forum Guns, Muzzleloaders and Ammo
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 05-08-2014, 06:32 AM
  2. Opinions on Arrow rests?
    By bz_711 in forum Bowhunting
    Replies: 37
    Last Post: 04-22-2012, 08:58 PM
  3. Opinions on Garmin?
    By bz_711 in forum Other
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-21-2012, 08:26 AM
  4. Henry Shire tarptents
    By Ozz08 in forum Lightweight
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-04-2012, 06:10 AM
  5. Honest Opinions
    By Grantbvfd in forum Packs
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 06-29-2011, 11:17 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •