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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Tarptent Scarp 1

This an ultralight, compact, one person tent.

by: Casey Lyons

Tarptent Scarp 1 Tent Fullerton
Tarptent Scarp 1 Tent Fullerton

Tarptent Scarp 1
Light weight doesn’t necessarily mean light on performance: The Scarp 1 has two optional, 10-foot-long ridgepoles (12 oz.; $30) which added enough strength to prop up 5 inches of wet snow during a New England snowstorm, and, in our wind tunnel test, deflect 40-mph wind blasts. The main tradeoff? Ease of setup. One tester reported frozen fingers while fiddling with the thin cords in 0°F conditions near the summit of a New Hampshire 4,000-footer. The pitch is as taut as the skin on a drum, but getting it that way takes a series of micro adjustments. (Hint: After inserting the ridgepoles into their corner grommets, release all tension in the corner cordlocks, then tighten incrementally.) The fly is a wispy 30-denier silnylon (seam-seal it prior to use), and 19 square feet of floor space (plus two 6-square-foot vestibules) makes the tent livable for testers up to 6’2”. Drawback: condensation. Bonus: The Scarp 1 is pitchable without the tent body, saving 14 ounces. $315; 2 lbs. 15 oz. (without the extra poles);

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Eric B.
Jan 14, 2014

I have a Scarp 2 that I've "winterized with the following:L
1. shortened and moved X-ing poles INJSIDE the fly to attatch in re-located grommets at the apex of the ^ shaped CF corner rods (This gives far more support to the fly.)
2. bought a heavier duty main pole (larger diameter and thicker tube walls)
3. made 4 pre-prepared guy lines for sies and ends.
As tested in 65 mph gusts it is rock solid. solo winter tent will be the Tarptent Moment DW with ripstop inner and optional X-ing pole again, run INSIDE the fly. This is a lighter and more aerodynamic solo tent than the Scarp 1.


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