GoLite Shangri-La 2 Tarp

A low-weight, low-cost two-person, freestanding tent
Shangri-La 2 Tarp
Price $250.00

Specs

Shape A-frame
Free Standing
Capacity 2
Pole Material not applicable
Floor Space (sq ft) 45

 

Layout rectangular
Length (inches) 113
Width (inches) 57
Interior Height (inches) 48
Vestibule Type none
Weight 1 lbs, 10 oz

[freestanding ultralight]

Here’s a rare find: a two-person tent at this price and weight that still delivers freestanding, double-wall performance. It’s a bit small—no surprise—but the ounce-saving dimensions (best for sleeping, not lounging) worked just fine for our long-distance-hiking testers, who used the Imogene during a 400-mile Appalachian Trail trek through Maine and New Hampshire. The shelter held firm in roaring rainstorms that forced hikers in lesser tents to flee for the lean-to, and the weight-saving, 10-denier fabrics (20-denier for the floor) survived the journey intact.

The Imogene packs down small—the size of a 1-liter bottle—and setup is speedy, using one hubbed pole. There’s just one door (at the head end), which requires careful exits to avoid disturbing a companion. The 39-inch peak height allows even 6’4” campers to sit upright. But the length and width proved “cramped for two big guys,” reports one tester, who calls the 30 square feet “just big enough for sleeping.” And we wished for better ventilation in humid conditions, when condensation collected. $300; 2 lbs. 7 oz.; golite.com

Durable and ultra-light backcountry shelter that delivers serious weather protection and unparalleled space-to-weight ratio. Pitches with trekking poles or suspended with cord.

-Floorless shelter system
-External peak loop allows shelter to be suspended without pole
-Two large peak vents optimize cross-ventilation
-Factory-taped seams
-Reflective guy points for stability and visibility
-Durable YKK® zippered door with snag-guard, Velcro® & snap closures
-High internal gear loops for clothes lines and hanging items
-Pitches with 2 telescoping trekking poles (not included)
-No-See-Um Mesh on vents
-Abrasion resistant, heavy-duty center pole patch
-Side-hanging door with two-way zipper keeps the door clean
-Waterproof stuff sack
-Pitches with 6 stakes, included
-Can make 12ft²/1.1m² into vestibule when paired with Shangri-La 2 Nest (no longer made)

15 Denier Ripstop Nylon
Silicone/PU 1200mm Waterproof Fire Retardant Coating