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aguerra.1993

Experience with mid shelters?

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Hello everyone! Once again I am on the hunt for a new shelter that may suit my needs better. So I started with an REÍ half dome. Great space but super heavy so I got rid of it and got a tarptent protrail. It was way lighter but I hated getting into my shelter through the front and I want something that provides more space. After that I got an 8x10 flat tarp but I don't have too much experience with it. I've never slept in rain with it so my confidence isn't very high but i have used it quite a few times in some wind (nothing crazy or above 20 mph). The tarp is also horribly built, and I will never purchase from Etowah Outfitters again but that's another story. Now I am looking for something that offered a good amount of space but is more sheltered and I have been looking at the Six Moon Designs Deschutes and the Mountain Laurel Designs Duomid. I originally wanted the Deschutes in Cuben but it's not even on the SMD site anymore and there's no way I can afford a Cuben Duomid. Another tarp I've been looking at is the MLD Cricket, it's kind of a mix between a Duomid and a Trailstar. I will be living in this shelter from the end of May until November in Colorado where I'll be working another season in a conservation corps. Also I'm 5'10" and fairly slim to give you an idea of my size. Thanks for any help and sorry for such a long post! 

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I can't recommend anything because I've more or less decided to abandon single wall tents as a whole. I have a tarptent contrail that I purchased years ago. I've used it off on over the years each time swearing I'll never use it again but then I forget about all the problems with it and the weight savings draws me back in. I just used it again for 5 days in the supersitions.  Between condensation issues and space issues, and entering from the front I won't use it again. Also I could barely roll over without touching the tent walls which was a bad thing with all the condensation. I could never get it pitched right no matter how much I practiced, much less try to trust it in a heavy storm.

I'll be going back to my rei quarterdome. The 30 extra ounces is worth it in terms of space inside, two side doors, I can sit up without touching my head..etc..etc..

I'm aware that there are newer tarptents with more space and side entry but I just can't imagine they've gotten past the condensation issues. Having to pack my tent up wet all the time is kinda frustrating.

More power to you people who've been able to make them work for you. I wish I could.

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Look at the Seek Outside Silvertip. It's decent sized and weighs 27oz (though it sounds like you'll be in a stationary place, so weight may not be as big of a factor) and has the option for a stove if you want to add one later one. It can get cold in Colorado in the winter.

https://seekoutside.com/silvertip-tipi/

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I forgot to mention that besides using it to pretty much live out of I will be using it to backpack on my off days. The way it works is we work in the field for 9 days and then we have 5 days off, which I'll use to go backpacking pretty much every time. This is why I was looking for something lightweight yet fairly spacious for when I am set up at work I can have room to change and do other things. The rainbow looks like a really good option.

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All tents get condensation. The issue is when you have to touch the wet walls or if they drip on you, which has been a problem with my Six Moon Designs tents. The single pole in the Rainbow keeps the wet tent material off your face and feet.

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1 hour ago, toejam said:

All tents get condensation. The issue is when you have to touch the wet walls or if they drip on you, which has been a problem with my Six Moon Designs tents. The single pole in the Rainbow keeps the wet tent material off your face and feet.

Lots of ventilation and airflow will help reduce or eliminate this problem. Of course the possibility always exists depending on the weather conditions.

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