Tarptent make innovative ultralight shelters for backpacking and bikepacking adventures.
 

Manufacturer Spotlight: Tarptent

Tarptent - as you can probably guess - is a manufacturer of tarps and tents! Since pre-2000 they have been designing and manufacturing innovative shelters suitable for a variety of backpacking and bikepacking adventures. 

They make single or double wall, freestanding or stake supported, single or double entry, and one-person through four-person designs. All shelters are fully enclosed with "no-see-um” netting to provide full protection from bugs and insects. They have a focus on being lightweight, for example their three-person Cloudburst 3, shown below, is massively spacious and still weighs in at 52 oz (that is less than 1.5 kg)! They also make designs suitable for use with trekking poles which can provide additional weight savings for those hikers who use them. You can check out Tarptent's full product listing page here.

The Cloudburst 3 from Tarptent is extremely spacious and still weighs in at 52 ounces, that's less than 1.5 kg!

The Cloudburst 3 from Tarptent is extremely spacious and still weighs in at 52 ounces, that's less than 1.5 kg!

Some of the cool and innovative things we love are, for example, the sidecar add-on which converts one of your vestibules into a shelter for your dog...

 
 

Or the popular Double Rainbow has a really cool design that can be set up with open vestibules that provide full shelter even in heavy rain...

The Tarptent Double Rainbow has two vestibules that can be raised open to provide ventilation and views, even in rain.

The Tarptent Double Rainbow has two vestibules that can be raised open to provide ventilation and views, even in rain.

Their website also includes a bunch of tips and useful info, including this Tarptent Basics 101 page that is worth checking out. One important thing to note is that their tents do not come seam-sealed by default. That means that a standard purchase will get you a tent that is not fully waterproof on arrival! Rather, you need to paint the seams with silicone yourself (Tarptent sell pre-mixed silicone for you to use). Alternatively, if you are happy to pay a little bit extra (fixed cost of US $35), Tarptent provide a seam-sealing service so that your tent is ready to go as soon as it arrives on your doorstep!

Tarptent are based in Nevada City, California, USA, with their shelters being sewn in Seattle, Washington.

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