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Backpacker Magazine – October 2011

Gear Review: Tarptent Hogback

A four-person, double-walled tent that's supremely packable.

by: Kelly Baston

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With a carry weight and compressed size that are comparable to many two-person tents, this double-wall shelter is supremely packable—perfect for high-mileage ultralighters or hero parents with monster loads. “Stuffed, it’s barely bigger than a fireplace log,” says one tester.

While it’s the smallest of the tents tested, the 51-square-foot floor and 49-inch peak height still allow four adults to sit up without pressing against the walls. The space-to-weight ratio is made possible by ultralight materials, like 30-denier siliconized ripstop nylon, and an innovative design: One long pole arches over the tent’s midsection, while two carbon-fiber struts on each corner square off the perimeter to improve interior space. Setup is straightforward, but it’s not quite fuss-free; you’ll need solid staking ground and a couple rounds of guyline-tensioning to achieve a taut pitch.

On bug-free trips, use only the fly and save 22 ounces. Ventilation is adequate, but condensation accumulated in breeze-free weather. Testers in Colorado’s Book Cliffs found it a dry refuge during prolonged rain, and 25-mph winds caused only moderate flapping. For stronger winds or snow, an optional cross pole ($18) strengthens the structure. Tradeoffs: Tall testers (over 6’) felt pinched by the 86” x 86” floor, and the two tiny vestibules don’t adequately hold four packs.

> Floor 51 square feet
> Weight 3 lbs. 14 oz.
> Price $375
> Info tarptent.com

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trailmonk
Sep 02, 2013

This is on my wish list I visit the site and love it will get the one person tent.

Jake
Oct 26, 2011

Not intended as a criticism of the product, but to call this an innovative design is to show a certain ignorance of relatively recent history. The four strut single hoop design is at least as old as the REI Coupe or the Hilliberg Akto.

Jake
Oct 26, 2011

Not intended as a criticism of the product, but to call this an innovative design is to show a certain ignorance of relatively recent history. The four strut single hoop design is at least as old as the REI Coupe or the Hilliberg Akto.

Evil Tom
Oct 25, 2011

You forgot to mention that the doorway is awkward as heck to get through.

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