I would really like a sub 1kg tent but without paying top money for one. Been thinking of knocking up a DIY tent out of those cheap camouflage Polyethylene tarps you can get on ebay.
Something along the lines of a 3x3 tarp with one edge joined to the opposite edge to form a tube and when set up with two walking poles will form a triangular tent shape with 2 1 metre walls and a 1 metre ground sheet? Would also cut up another tarp to make the end sections.
My only worry is condensation as it will be almost a complete sealed unit? Could probably make a solo tent weighing in at around 600-700 grams?
Would this idea work with some ventilation holes chopped in or will I just melt away?
You can set a 3x3 up to be as open or closed as you wish. I use a bivy bag all the time; it's effectively my inner tent. My tarp (3mx3m) is 600g & army bivybag 800g. I can live with that sort of weight and its sooooo versatile.
I made my own tarp from scratch last year after progressing from a DD 3x3 that I sewed doors onto. I mainly use them for hammocking but they are just as good on the ground supported by hiking poles.
Its 3.2x 3 m and weighs 650g without lines. Cost wise it stands me at £25. It took 2 days to make though in total so actually costs more than buying one outright. It could be made much smaller for ground dwelling; I dont think 400g would be hard to achieve.
FWIW, if I was just ground dwelling, I'd make a pyramid style tarp with one pole in the centre for support. Like this one.
Its a condensation trap in wet weather and pitched low to ground, as are all single skin shelters.
Last edited by Teepee; 18-04-2012 at 23:23.
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I thought I had a pic of a good tent setup for a 3m x 3m tarp, but I couldn't find it. It's a bit damp for mucking about with tarps just fo a pic or 2, so I made a little model; roughly 1:10.
It's a 3x3 tarp set up according to this plan;
which can be obtained using the calculator on this page,
As you can see there's ample room for one; it's 2.6m long x a metre or so wide & 1.5 high at the pole. There's a goodly amount turned under at the sides so you get a partial ground sheet too.
For the sake of a couple of extra tie-outs and a few eyelets you can transform a plain square tarp into a snug little tent.
I have to say I'm massively impressed with how versatile the DD 3x3 tarp is (now I've recieved the 19 attachment point one). You may have already seen this, but a chap on YouTube made a pretty good tent out of one, no mods, just how he staked it out. His YouTube name is Biblesnbarbells, and the vid is called "making a tent out of a DD tarp" loads of other good examples on there too.
Funnily enough a sub 1kg DIY tent is next on my to do list, I'm thinking of something along the lines of either the MLD Trailstar with Oookworks inner or Tarptent Stratospire. I'll have to have a play in sketchup and see what I can come up with