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Hello!

I am considering purchasing a two person tent, the Squall 2, from Tarptent. I was wondering if anyone has ever used their tents before and what are your opinions of them? All help is greatly appreciated.

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PostIcon Posted on: May 10 2013, 10:37 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Although I have not personally used one, I can state that they have been talked about with positive reviews here frequently.

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I've seen several in action. They are really roomy & airy - more tarp than tent. They are light and withstand wind well, but can't handle a snow load. Good product.
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I have a Rainbow which I love. My go to tent for solo tripping

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I too the Rainbow...solo. If two - Double Rainbow would be better.
4 years now and over 400 Sierra nights.

Yes, there have been some hick-ups along the way - thoughts:

Condensation problems occasionally - helps to keep door open...small towel to dry off inside morning walls.

Sun glare through the walls in afternoons prevents staying inside (mosquito conditions)...Remedy is to always try to pitch tent in afternoon shady areas.

Zipper failure after 400+ nights...wrote Henry and received new zippers free - (fricking great customer service); Cost me $5 to have a seamstress here replace professionally - Good as new. I learned that it does help to wash out zippers/teeth occasionally, especially if blowing dust conditions...clogs up the works and expands zipper.

A few holes near corners from granite rubbing due to winds. Wrote Henry again and he sent free patches...little silicone/mineral oil and again good to go.

Been rained on plenty - always stayed dry...(so far.).

Been snowed on plenty too...Tent will not handle multiple footages of wet snow but a foot, handled well...slides right off.

Winds above 50 mph - iffy.

Set-up - (pack to finished) - 3 minutes, light as hell and packs up in a side pocket.

Palatial inside for one. Best "tent" ever owned.


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PostIcon Posted on: May 10 2013, 12:38 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I have a Double Rainbow and love it.  Can't speak to the Squall 2 but find my DR to be very well thought out and made.

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I probably have too many tarptents. I've been very satisfied with them. I would say that for a little bit more weight the stratospire 2 offers a double wall, a lot more space, and is probably more storm worthy. I haven't used the squall but I've used the rainbows, moment, and stratospires.
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Why the Squall 2 for you?

Without some idea of what you want a shelter for it's hard to say more than the generality that tarptent makes reliable prooducts overall whose suitability for any particular person is going to vary, hike your own hike sort of thing.

For example that front entry of the Squall 2 would be a dealbreaker for me as I prefer side entry shelters. Neither is "better" but I like side entry...
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Gotta agree with HSF. I had a Rainshadow2 (front entry) and have a Scarp2 (side entry). Never going back to front entry. I would get the Double Rainbow, for $25 more.
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I've had a Cloudburst, which is similar, and which worked very well.  

I now have a Double Rainbow, which I like even better.  

As others have mentioned, it's the tunnel entry versus side entry, and I like the side entry even more than I thought I would before getting the DR.


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I had a Squall 2 for a few years and it was a great shelter. That said I think his more modern designs are better IMO. I have the Stratospire 2, the Hogback, and the Sublite right now.

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I have the Moment. Side entry. Wonderful little tent, very lightweight. This is my grab and go tent. Can take some snow and moderate wind.
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I tried a couple (Sublite and Notch) and came back to a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 selling my Tarp Tents.  

All shelters are about tradeoffs so you have to know what is most important to you and the climate you hike in.


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The Squall 2 is a fine tent, within it limitations.  It's very drafty in wind though, so it's not an ideal tent for cooler weather.

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