I'm not going to get into the why and wherefores of tarptents ... you'll know yourself whether they're the thing for you. There's advantages and disadvantages when compared to a simple tarp or a fully enclosed tent, your own priorities and circumstances will ultimately make your mind up for you.
This is a Lunar Solo from Six Moon Designs in the US. As the name would suggest, it's a 1 person shelter with plenty of space. It requires 6 pegs and a single pole to get it erected ... which can be done in about one minute with a little practice. The 'fly' is Silnylon as is the floor, they're fastened together by way of sewn in midge netting. There's also a netting front door, so it's fully waterproof and perhaps more importantly fully midge proof too.
Getting the thing up couldn't be easier. Peg the four corners down, insert the pole and then peg the front and rear out. A fine tuning of the ladderlock pegging points should see it tight and very stable. You can open either one door on the fly or both ... with one left closed you still retain a good sized porch area. It's surprisingly roomy inside, if you weren't giants and were good friends then two can just about fit and sleep in relative comfort. There's more than enough room for a single giant inside even if they want to sit up!
|Vestibule/porch fully closed up. Plenty of room to store your gear and cook.|
|Big vent at the apex helps with the condensation issues.|
It's slightly early days for the Lunar and me yet but I'm hoping for great things. It's reasonably light, quick to erect, roomy and keeps the winged teeth at bay. The construction is top notch and you can tell that someone has obviously thought about the design and what they wanted to achieve. I'll report back once it's had a few more outings and let you know how we're getting on.
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