REVISED OR - Tarptent Double Rainbow Ultralight Shelter - Adam Rotche
- TARPTENT DOUBLE RAINBOW ULTRALIGHT SHELT
BY ADAM ROTCHE
March 15, 2010
NAME: Adam Rotche
EMAIL: arotche AT gmail.com
LOCATION: Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
WEIGHT: 146 lb (66.00 kg)
I've been backpacking for seven years, mostly in Virginia and North Carolina. In the summers I have travelled to hike in New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah, though the majority of my backpacking is done in the Appalachians. I do weekend trips as often as possible, and a few week-long trips per year, though I am working up to thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in a year or two. I have encountered all types of weather from several feet of snow to high heat and humidity. I consider myself a lightweight backpacker though I am less strict on shorter trips.
Manufacturer: Tarptent by Henry Shires
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Manufacturer URL: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.tarptent.com" LINK TEXT = "www.tarptent.com">>
Listed Weight: 41oz (1165g)
Weight as Delivered: 41oz (1165g)
Floor Width: 50 in (127 cm)
Floor Length: 88 in (224 cm)
Height: 43 in (109 cm)
Floor Area: 29-36 sq ft (2.7-3.3 sq m)
Beak Area: 7.5 sq ft (0.7 sq m) each side; fits 2 packs
Stakes (included): 6 x 6"
Packed Size: 20 x 4 in (51 x 10 cm)
MSRP: $260.00 (USD)
Product Description: The Double Rainbow is an extremely compact and lightweight two-person tent, innovatively designed for ultralight backpacking. It can be set up to be free standing with a set of trekking poles, or can be staked out using the six included tent stakes. The tent features a hybrid bathtub floor, which is able to clip or unclip in order to regulate for splash, space, view, and airflow. The tent has two mesh doors that can be zipped for insect-proofing. The 'beaks,' or vestibules, shield rain, and provide space to store packs and other gear. Integrated line tighteners and guylines for a taught setup, resistant to sag, wind, and storms. To set up the tent, you have to insert the one long pole that acts as the spine of the tent into the lengthwise sleeve, and the very short pole into the cross sleeve to provide width. Then, the four corners and two beaks have to be staked out. I also purchased the optional clip-in breathable liner.
Field Information: I have used the Tarptent Double Rainbow on many different trips weekend and week-long trips in the Appalachians, as well as a five day trip to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. I have used the tent in Spring, Summer, and Fall, and have spent several nights in driving thunderstorms. All of the terrain I have backpacked in with the tent has been mountainous, with elevations in the Appalachians around 5000ft (1520m), and 9000ft (2740m) in the Rockies. Night temperatures have ranged from around 25°F (-4°C) to warm summer nights around 65°F (18°C).
Performance: I purchased this tent only after using a friend's on a short backpacking trip, so I knew what I was getting into. The obvious plus to getting this tent is its extreme light weight and small size. There are very few tents I have seen that are better for ultralight backpacking. This being said, it is by no means the perfect tent. On the website, Tarptent claims that it takes only two minutes to set up this tent. For me, that was completely untrue, at least at first. It is in fact pretty difficult to set up, and I got pretty frustrated the first few times I used it. After some practice in the backyard I got the hang of it and it only takes me five to ten minutes now, but it is definitely an acquired skill. I almost always stake it out, having found the few ounces saved by not bringing stakes isn't worth dealing with setting it up with trekking poles. The biggest issue I have with the tent is its 'hybrid bathtub floor.' While I haven't had any problems with the tent leaking itself, the hybrid floor is ineffective at blocking out splash. In hard rainstorms, especially if the rain is coming down at an angle, water splashes in through the mesh and runs through the tent. More than once I've had a stream of water run through the middle all night, which is very unpleasant. I have learned to pile leaves and brush around the perimeter of the tent in order to prevent this from happening, but it's not an ideal situation. As far as warmth goes, the Double Rainbow is fine for the most part, though I wouldn't consider using it on a winter trip. The clip-in liner does add a little bit of warmth, but it's definitely not meant for real winter camping. I would also recommend seam-sealing, which makes a big difference for waterproofing. Essentially, the tent serves its purpose of being a very small and very light weight tent, though definitely takes practice setting up correctly and getting used to.
I love how light and compact this tent is, but dislike the hybrid bathtub floor. I would recommend practicing setting it up a few times in the back yard in order to figure out how to stake it out properly.
THINGS I LIKE
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
Difficult to set up
Hybrid bathtub floor
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***TARPTENT DOUBLE RAINBOW ULTRALIGHT SHELT
EDIT: you seem to be missing part of "shelter"
*** To set up the tent, you have to insert the one long pole that acts as the spine of the tent into the lengthwise sleeve,
EDIT: We keep everything in the first person, no "you"s, just "me" and "I". Here is my canned explanation.
"When you tighten the laces on the boots, you pull the shoestrings in an out and upward motion. Then you tie it with a double knot and you are ready to go down the trail."
This is a very common way to write, but in doing so we just said what "other people" would do, not our self. This is projecting our thoughts onto the reader. We do not know how other people tie their shoes. We keep away from "you" and "your" in our writing.
We are writing a review of "our" gear based on "our" experiences. So we need to keep it in the first person. Here is how it should look;
"When I tighten the laces on the boots, I pull the shoestrings in an out and upward motion. Then I tie it with a double knot and I'm ready to go down the trail."
*** I also purchased the optional clip-in breathable liner.
Comment: it would probably be of interest to the readers to know just what that is and what it does. (I had the single Rainbow.)
***All of the terrain I have backpacked in with the tent has been mountainous, with elevations in the Appalachians around 5000ft (1520m), and 9000ft (2740m)
EDIT: need spaces after all the numbers 5000 ft (1520 m), etc
*** The biggest issue I have with the tent is its 'hybrid bathtub floor.' While I haven't had any problems with the tent leaking itself, the hybrid floor is ineffective at blocking out splash.
Edit: It is the mesh sides that you have a problem with, not the floor. The high sides of the tent are the problem as the mesh is not protected. The updated Rainbow addresses this issue with lower sides if needed. You may want to look into it.