The WildeBeat

The audio journal about getting into the wilderness.


The WildeBeat edition 60: Lightweight Solo Shelters

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You've got enough to carry when you're camping solo. Going to a lighter shelter can save you a lot of weight. This week on The WildeBeat, Lightweight Solo Shelters.

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News from the Wildebeat, the audio journal about getting into the wilderness.

This is program number sixty.

I'm Steve Sergeant.

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STEVE: I talked to two volunteer testers from Backpack Gear Test dot ORG about the most interesting products in the range of lightweight solo shelters they recently tested. Here are their reviews.

Our first reviewer is Jason Boyle, from Snoqualmie, Washington. As in all Backpack Gear Test reviews, Jason starts out by describing his own relevant experience.

JASON BOYLE: I've been backpacking since I started out in boy scouts... [0:38.3] ...have a good time while I'm out there.

STEVE: Jason Tested the Rainbow solo tent by TarpTent.

JASON BOYLE: The TarpTent is an ultralight... [3:01.6] ...not good for four-season use in the snow.

STEVE: Our other tester is Andrew Buskov of Madisonville, Kentucky.

ANDREW BUSKOV: I started backpacking about... [0:34.2] ...the more I want to get there.

STEVE: If you need to get lighter than the TarpTent, then you might start to think about combining your rain gear with your shelter. Andrew tested the Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape.

ANDREW BUSKOV: The difference between the Tarptent... [3:08.8] to backpacking shouldn't consider this product.

STEVE: My thanks to Jason Boyle, Andrew Buskov, and the editors at Backpack Gear Test, for making this edition possible. Please remember that these opinions are those of the individual contributors, and don't necessarily reflect those of Backpack Gear Test, or of The WildeBeat. If you want to read the original text reviews of these products, please follow the links on our web site.

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This has been The Wildebeat, program number sixty. Thank you for listening.

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