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MSR E-wing Emergency Shelter

A soda can-sized emergency shelter!

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The MSR E-wing is an emergency shelter designed to get through a tough night. At only 7 ounces, the tarp stuffs into a tiny package, 5 inches by 2.5 inches in diameter.

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The 6 loops on the corners easily lash to trekking poles. The pole is then reinforced with a guy-line into the ground and with a tautline hitch knot, the uprights are tight and reinforced.

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Two loops along the center of the shelter allow for a no-pole configuration as long as trees and some type of tent stake can be utilized. The center loops came in handy to raise one part of the tent higher than the other, allowing for water runoff.

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The two configurations I used the most were the A-frame style pitch with a center ridge line, and a lean-to style. The A-frame setup using trekking poles at either end and gave the most room for the two-person capacity.

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Durable 30-denier ripstop nylon coated with silicone makes for a lightweight setup that repels water. The shelter did well during a light storm and kept the occupants dry without any odd dripping.

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The Stats
Price: $79.95
Weight: 7 ounces
Packed size: 5 inches by 2.5 inches
Capacity: A tight 2 person setup
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Photos and text by Joe Flowers

See step-by-step instructions on tying the tautline hitch knot referred to in the second slide.