76692EDIT: OR: Tarptent Squall 2 - Brad Banker
- Oct 31, 2008Hi Brad,
Thank you for your Owner Review! Here are your edits for the Tarptent Squall 2.
They follow the usual conventions for BGT edits:
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Edit: You should change this, or explain why not.
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gear reports will not be accepted unless you post the HTML concurrently.
Thanks for your hard work!
> TARPTENT SQUALL 2EDIT: Please spell out "OWNER REVIEW" instead of "OR", unless the Report
Generator did that automatically.
> regularly backpacked now for over 10 years. I backpack the mountainsEDIT: solo (spelling)
> of North Carolina and Virginia on 1-5 night solor or group trips,
Comment: Nice bio!
> (113 g ) and a Tyvek ground sheet that makes a grand total of 43 ozEDIT: (113 g) (no space)
> Sleeps 2EDIT: Are these details your own measurements, or those provided by
> Weight 34 oz (940 g) using trekking poles
> Width 78/51 in (198/130 cm)
> Length 94 in (239 cm)
> Height 45 in (114 cm) adjustable
> Floor Area 30-37 sq ft (2.8-3.4 sq m)
> Beak Area 7 sq ft (0.65 sq m)
> Stakes (included) 4
> Packed size 20 x 4 in (51 x 10 cm)
Henry Shires? If they're your own, please say so (e.g. "Measured
Weight"). If not, please mark them as "Listed".
> Hybrid bathtub floor â clip / unclip fl oor walls for splash, space,EDIT: floor (no space in the second one)
> Dual trekking poles support; front poles availableEDIT: What does this mean? Does that mean the Tarptent requires two
trekking poles for support, but can also use additional poles?
> Fast setup â 2 minutes from sack to pitchedEDIT: Spectra (capitalization)
> Integrated line tighteners
> Quick drying â inside and out in minutes
> Small packed size â removable strut for stuffing
> Catenary ridgelines for wind, sag, and storms
> Reflective spectra cord guylines included
EDIT: This whole section sounds like it's taken from Tarptent
promotional materials. If it is, that's fine; you'll see a lot of
Veteran Testers doing the same thing.
However, we need you to let the reader know whether these are the
manufacturer's claims or your own. One way is to put "Product details from
manufacturer's website:" at the top of the section.
> My Tent History: Henry Shires, the originator and owner was veryEDIT: the originator and owner, (add comma)
> I did a fairEdit: 2.5-person
> amount of shopping around while trying to convert from dragging my 7
> lb (3 kg) old 2.5 person tent which was great for two although heavy
> by today's standards, to a lighter weight 3 season option. I read a
Edit: This is a bit unwieldy. How about "... convert from my old 7 lb (3
kg) 2.5-person tent to a lighter 3-season option."?
> questions and eventually decided on a single walled option. TheEdit: single-walled
> somewhat interchangibly because it is a Tarptent.EDIT: interchangeably
> retriever. The temperature dipped to 16 F (-8.88 C). I was somewhatEDIT: several unit conversion changes in here
> ill prepared in that I was carrying my 20 F (-9 C) down bag which
> sleeps like a 30 F (-1.10 C) bag. My dog had only a fleece blanket.
> I was accustomed to the extra 5-10 F (3-6 C) of comfort that a double
> wall tent gives. I was cold and my dog was shivering all night the
> first night. I have since gotten a 0 F (-18 C) bag for colder
> weather. The tent was pitched for medium ventilation and there was
> minimal condensation in the morning. My dog was no worse for wear in
> the morning. I have since used this tent for all different types of
> weather from summer heat to winter cold in rain, sleet and 1.5 in
> (3.81 cm) of snow without difficulty.
Edit: What makes you say that your bag sleeps like a lighter bag? Please
explain. Do you mean that you feel cold even when the temperature is
warmer than 20 F (-9 C)?
Comment: poor doggy!
EDIT: Later in the review, you mention having used the Squall 2 for more
than two years, but the only conditions you describe are ones where the
system didn't work terribly well.
You talk about using it in all different types of weather: please give
me a couple more examples. My experience of summer heat in northern New
York is probably different from yours in North Carolina--help me
understand what it means for you.
> The Tarptent is a single walled design with a single curved pole thatEdit: single-walled
> is inserted into the rear part of the tent for a hoop style support.
> The rear of the tent is anchored by an ingenious method of one
> guyline loop across the back, and another with another line attached
> to the primary line tied together. To erect the tent, anchor the
> longer loop with the stake and pull the tent forward to create even
> tension from back to front. There is a front guyline that is staked
> to the ground to maintain tension in the front, and two guylines off
> the front lateral corners that are staked into the ground as well.
Comment: I'll need to see your photographs (in the HTML) before I'll be
able to tell whether this paragraph makes sense to me.
> You can follow <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -EDIT: Two issues here. First off, don't say that I ("You") can do
> "http://www.tarptent.com/squall2.html" LINK TEXT = "this link">> to
> see more pics on setup variations.
anything: that's projection. Just tell me what's there.
Secondly, we don't include hyperlinks to other pages except to the
manufacturer's top-level site (like you did above). How about "The
Tarptent webpage shows several other ways to set up the Tarptent."?
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 3" IMAGE CAPTION = "CourtestyEDIT: courtesy (spelling)
> I chose the standard option of a sewn in bathtub floor which isEdit: sewn-in
> connected to the silnylon body of the tarp by a mesh netting. TheEdit: by mesh netting
> The front entrance is mesh with a zipper down the front and acrossEDIT: Projection. It doesn't offer me complete protection, because I
> the bottom in an inverse T formation allowing you complete protection
> from all pests of the flying and crawling variety.
don't have a Tarptent (alas). How about "allowing me complete"?
> There is also an non attached floor option and one may also purchaseEdit: non-attached or detached
> condensation due to the single wall design.Edit: single-wall
> Per manufacturer recommendations and with my own personal experience,Edit: This is a very long sentence. Could you break it into a paragraph?
> it is best to pitch the tent with the low side into the wind, and
> pitch the tarp as close to the ground as possible in colder or
> windier weather to minimize the breeze, and pitch it up higher with
> max ventilation for warmer weather, which is easy to do with a little
> grommets along the top bar of the tent with which to insert theEDIT: into which I insert
> trekking pole ends, which allows both the two poles on the outsides,
> or one pole in the center. I do notice a significant difference in
EDIT: What about the grommets allows these different pole
configurations? I'm confused, and I worry that the reader may be, too. I
need something more here to help me understand, whether it be a
photograph or a better description.
> guyline can also be angled out to bias the room for entry on one sideof the front of the tent.
Edit: Maybe "to give more room for entry on one side of the tent"? I
think I know what biasing the room for entry is, but I'm not sure
> I am continually amazed the the light weight of this tent, even withEDIT: "by the" or "at the" (remove double the)
> blessing. I am amazed at how much space there is in my small pack,Edit: how big is your small pack?
> and this purchase has helped me get my base weight down toComment: Nice! I bet that's a treat.
> approximately 19 lb (8.62 kg) for 3 days. It has become my favorite
> tent setup for solo trips. It would be my first choice for tripsComment: No accounting for taste, I guess.
> with my wife, but for some reason, she does not really like the
> tent. She prefers a two sided entry tent with double walls. I hadEDIT: What is a two sided entry tent? Maybe "She prefers a tent with
double walls and doors on each side"?
> a ground sheet for the first few years, but started recently toEdit: What made you start using a ground sheet? Could you tell us about
> protect the floor. I have had no rips, tears of signs of abrasion on
> The zippers, velcro, slide locks, shock cords and guylines have workedEdit: "velcro" is a questionable word here. If you're not sure that
> great and are all
it's a Velcro-brand fastener, it's better to use something like
"hook-and-loop closures" or something like that. I see from Henry's
website that he uses "velcro", uncapitalized. If you want to keep it as
Velcro, please capitalize it; otherwise, please change it to
"hook-and-loop" closures or fasteners.
> very lightweight. The guylines are all reflective which is great inComment: This is really nice to know. Thank you for including it.
> the dark with a headlamp on, especially with the beak line.
> General observations: This is my first single wall tent, so gettingEDIT: single-wall
> used to condensation in the main compartment was something to get
> used to. The better I get with estimating ventilation needs, the
Edit: You needed to get used to getting used to condensation? How about
"so I had to get used to having condensation in the main compartment"?
Edit: Was there anything else about the Tarptent that you had to get
used to? Does it have less internal space than your old 2.5-person tent
did? If so, I'd enjoy hearing about it.
> overcome the condensation problems associated with a single wall designEdit: single-wall
> Very light weight option for 1-2 people.Edit: lightweight
> Single wall design (in the summer.)Edit: Single-wall
> Single wall design (in the winter.)
Nice work on this, Brad. Quite a few edits here, but they should be
fairly straightforward. As a reminder, I need to see a REPOST of these
edits, and I'll also need to see your HTML file incorporating them.
I enjoyed reading it! I looked into getting a Tarptent, and if it hadn't
been for my conversion to the Hammocking Horde, I might well have bought