One of the things that has been bugging me for a while is the packed size of my tent. It does not fit in my panniers and at about four and half pounds its not light. So, as I wanted to do a bit of hiking on my last trip I decided it was time to try something new.

One thing I find scary is purchasing anything without getting to see and hopefully play with it first, so buying this new tent was a bit out of my comfort zone. After seeing one of the Tarptent’s tents up close at a campground and being impressed with the quality I decided to give it a try.

I got the new tent and set it up in the back yard and was blown away, it weighs almost nothing, packs up tiny and has no poles that dont fit anywhere. It does need hiking poles which I had or you can order customer fitted poles from the Tarptent site.

Ready for the best bit? It costs … drum roll please ….$209.00. One of the best values I have seen for a long time.

As I have said before, I am a larger guy, both long and wide and this tent fits perfectly. Its long enough that my 6’2 long body does not touch the ends (even with the sleeping bag on) and there is plenty of room for my 26 inch pad is not even close to the sides.

Its a single wall tent (no separate fly) but it is cleverly designed to make sure no bugs get it. Condensation is always a worry with the single wall design, but so far I have had no issue with moisture in the mornings. Judging by the design though, if there was any condensation, it looks like it would just roll away from you sleeping area.

So, if your looking for a good, lightweight, small packing single wall tent you could do worse than trying this one.



Light weight and packs small.

Great design and quality.

Amazing price point.

Generous interior size.



Needs trekking poles or the custom poles (at additional cost).

Not free standing.


Tarp Tent Protrail

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