The Tarptent Stratospire Li is a roomy and secure two-individual DCF shelter with properly-thought-about options. It units up shortly, stays taut in tough circumstances on account of DCF development and Tarptent’s proprietary constructed-in tensioners, and has sufficient chops for yr spherical use. I examined the Stratospire Li throughout an eight-day trek by means of Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in the summertime/fall shoulder season. Climate circumstances have been everywhere in the map, which means I had the chance to watch this shelter’s efficiency throughout clear (however chilly) nights, mild rain, mist, mild snow, and driving wind.
- Dyneema® materials: robust and lightweight
- Seams are bonded and sewn
- Twin trekking pole set-up
- Double wall
- Twin vestibules are spacious and supply for twin entry
- Inside might be arrange independently from the remainder of the shelter
- Tarptent’s elective SideCar attachment turns both vestibule right into a separate sleeping compartment for a pet or a child (or each!)
- PitchLoc™ foldable corners and built-in line tighteners
- Reflective spectra twine guylines
- Catenary ridgelines
- Sleeps: 2
- Seasons: three+
- eight,000mm+ hydrostatic head strain score
- Producer offered weight:
- 26 oz (738 g) tent physique (fly, inside, guylines, carbon fiber struts, and stuff sacks)
- 1.7 oz (48 g) stakes
- Measured weight:
- 29.5 oz (836 g) tent physique (fly, inside, guylines, carbon fiber struts, and stuff sacks)
- 1.7 oz (48g) stakes
- Fly: zero.51 oz (14.5 g) / yd² Dyneema
- Flooring: 1 oz (28.three) / yd²
- Inside Peak: 45 in (115 cm)
- Flooring Width: 45 in (114 cm)
- Flooring Size: 86 in (218 cm)
- Stakes: 6 x 6 in (15 cm) Easton Nanos (included)
- Packed measurement: 16 in x 5 in (41 cm x 12 cm)
In contrast To
The Stratospire Li is most just like the Zpacks Duplex: each are two-individual DCF shelters designed to arrange with trekking poles. An in-depth head-to-head efficiency evaluation of the 2 is so as, however within the meantime, we will examine a number of the primary options and specs.
The Duplex is a couple of inches longer and taller (inside) than the Stratospire Li. It options an A-body six-panel design and weighs 19 oz (538.7 g). The Stratospire Li options an octogonal eight-panel design and is about $80.00 costlier than the Duplex. It weighs 26 oz (737.1 g). The fly can arrange independently from the inside. Each shelters are constructed of equivalent weight Dyneema Composite Materials and measure 45 in (114.three cm) throughout the underside of the ground.
- Dyneema material resists condensation and won’t take in moisture, sag, or stretch
- Double wall design means any condensation that does happen gained’t contact your stuff
- Octogonal design holds up extraordinarily nicely in excessive winds
- Spacious vestibules
- Double door design is straightforward to get out and in of
- Considerate options: magnetic snaps, zipper covers to scale back condensation drip, Pitchlock corners, and built-in line tighteners
- Plenty of non-compulsory options: strong wall design for 4-season use, aspect-automotive attachment, trekking pole “handle up” set-up
- Extraordinarily excessive price ticket ($679.00)
- Low stretch of DCF means you will need to train some precision within the pitch
- Shallow pitch angle could possibly be an issue with critical snow masses
- Small inside gear pockets
- Feels cumbersome in a pack
This can be a roomy, robust, nicely-designed shelter. Tarptent rightly lauds the Stratospire Li’s efficiency in windy circumstances.. The eight-panel design minimized noise and flap on an extended, chilly, windy night time excessive within the Beartooths. The ridgeline remained tight (with assistance from the 2 optionally available stakes and tie-outs), and the built-in line tighteners have been taut after ten hours of excessive-velocity gusts. Briefly, Montana threw various wind at this shelter, and it didn’t budge. I used to be tenting with a gaggle of ten hikers, and I used to be one of many few who handed an uneventful and comfy night time.
The ground of the Stratospire Li is rectangular, however the fly is octagonal, and the trekking poles are offset. This could require a little bit of considering throughout setup, notably in case you are in a decent state of affairs or your spot isn’t optimum. DCF material has little or no stretch, which means your stake angles and placement have to be a bit extra exact than with a silnylon shelter. Ensure to observe Tarptent’s setup video. After viewing that and pitching the shelter a number of occasions in a yard, I had no drawback getting the shelter pitched in beneath two minutes.
The shelter units up with trekking poles in a deal with-down configuration (though Tarptent sells an adaptor to permit the handles to face up). I’ve used a silnylon Tarptent for years and by no means apprehensive about poking a gap in my shelter with the carbide tip of the trekking pole, however one thing concerning the almost seven-hundred greenback price ticket of the Stratospire Li gave me pause each time I set it up. The excellent news is, do you have to occur to (carelessly) puncture the Stratospire Li, the DCF development makes it a lot simpler to patch than silnylon.
The shelter is roomy, with a 45 in (114.three cm) vast and 86 in (218.four cm) lengthy bathtub flooring. The apex peak is 45 in (114.three cm) tall. This area accommodates two commonplace sized sleeping mats with ease (or one normal mat and one large mat with barely much less ease). There’s loads of room to take a seat up and alter garments, even for tall hikers. Two doorways and two vestibules make sharing the shelter as cozy because it will get, in addition to optimizing airflow and views for these dramatic campsite days.
The vestibules are gigantic, greater than giant sufficient to accommodate cooking, moist gear, packs, canine, or youngsters. Tarptent sells an attachment to show this huge area right into a separate compartment do you have to be touring with a toddler.
One aspect impact of those giant vestibules is that the sting of the fly is sort of removed from the bath flooring after zipping the doorways. The space eliminates the “up-splash” drawback (in heavy rain, water can splash up from the puddle created by the fly) sometimes skilled by smaller Tarptents.
Tarptent loaded the Stratospire Li with considerate options: flooring and apex adjustment straps, storm sealed zippers, zipper flaps for drip safety, and magnetic closure loops to roll the outer fly up and out of the best way.
The zipper flap additionally snaps up out of the best way with a magnet. Keep in mind to do that earlier than unzipping, or you’ll have a caught zipper.
I really like this magnet system, and I want it was additionally on the inside mesh door. As an alternative, that door rolls up with a clip and loop system, one thing I sometimes discovered difficult to control with chilly or gloved arms.
The Stratospire Li is a cumbersome tent when rolled and saved. The carbon fiber struts within the Ziplock corners are detachable should you really feel like stuffing, however Tarptent recommends rolling to enhance the lifespan of the DCF. I discovered the stuff sack to be giant sufficient that rolling was not a lot of a ache, notably in case you comply with the producer directions. That being stated, the tent did really feel chunky in my pack and required that I re-assume my common pack organizational system.
The inside pockets on the corners of the mesh doorways felt small. Cumbersome, mild gadgets reminiscent of a Buff or stuff sacks tended to fall out all through the night time. Storing smaller, heavier gadgets like a headlamp or a pocket knife are the perfect use for these pockets.
Tarptent sells an non-compulsory strong wall inside for very chilly or windy circumstances. Including a strong wall inside would beef up an already storm-resistant tent, and provides it some 4-season potential. Nevertheless, I’d be involved that the Stratospire Li’s shallow pitch angle might give it some issues with heavy snow masses, although the DCF won’t stretch underneath load and can shed snow higher than silnylon.
Additional testing is required, notably to see how the tent fares in winter circumstances, and compared to the Zpacks Duplex. Till then, this can be a nicely-designed, properly-constructed, thoughtfully realized shelter with sufficient toughness to face up to a variety of seasons and circumstances. Giant, cozy, and secure whereas remaining ultralight, it gained’t allow you to down—assuming you possibly can abdomen the worth tag.
- The BPL group is discussing the Stratospire Li as in comparison with the Zpacks Duplex. Take a look at the convo right here.
- Going solo or need one thing slightly smaller? Ryan Jordan’s in-depth write up of the Tarptent Notch Li is value a learn.
Up to date September 15, 2018
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