When it comes to shelters, I am tarp guy. I first learned about tarps in 1969 in USAF survival training, where we learned to construct shelters out of parachutes and ponchos.
In high school I bought a used REI A-frame tent at a swap meet. It is made from nylon and being ‘single-walled’ it is not great in snow and generates a lot of condensation. It’s not that good in wind compared to other designs, but it never collapsed, even in strong winds — but there is a lot of movement on the side panels. Compared to other A-frame shelters I have seen it is very stable for an A-Frame. But then it is over 50 years old. Also it is heavy at 5.5 lbs.
POLES AND STAKES
The shelter has 4 telescoping poles. When each pole is pulled apart, sections are flipped end-to-end and can be snuggly connected making a 59″ pole. Two poles slide into sleeves at each end of the tent forming an inverted “V.”
- Each pole weights 7 5/8 ounces (216 grams)
- Length of each pole assembled is 59 inches (150 cm)
- Outer diameter of pole sections (larges to smallest)
- 5/8″ (15.95 mm)
- 1/2″ (12.60 mm)
- 3/8″ (9.48 mm)
- 1/4″ (6.30 mm)
- The wall thickness of all poles is 1/16″ (1.50 mm)