This is a one a kind gear closet raffle of a mint Gossamer Gear SpinnShelter, one of most famous classic ultralight tarps ever made, featuring both a front vestibule and back door for full 4 sided coverage in case of stormy weather.
This shelter is made from a material called Spinnaker Fabric which is lighter weight than silnylon and and lower cost than cuben fiber. Unfortunately, manufacturing inconsistencies in the quality of waterproofness of Spinnaker forced Gossamer Gear to pull it from the market this year, when it recalled all of the SpinnShelters made with the latest 2012 batch of the material.
The SpinnShelter being raffled off here is from the last batch of Spinnaker Fabric that did NOT suffer from any manufacturing or material defects. This might be the last mint SpinnShelter available that is made out of Spinnaker fabric, since Gossamer Gear has no future plans to reintroduce the fabric.
The SpinnShelter has a computer-designed catenary ridgeline, for optimum pitch and tension with minimum fabric stress, and to minimize flapping in winds. The front doors can be pitched open, one side closed to provide a windbreak, with a beak on the open side to provide additional overhang, or fully enclosed as a vestibule. For meal breaks in inclement weather, the SpinnShelter can be set up as a lean-to or fly. The sides of the shelter can be pitched to the ground for severe weather and breezy conditions, or with line to allow better ventilation in humid conditions. The peak height allows an average hiker to sit up in the shelter.
To save weight, the SpinnShelter is designed to set up with trekking poles. The poles do not need to be adjustable, though the use of poles shorter than 115 cm. will affect your ability to set up at a minimum ridge height. The User Manual covers techniques for installing a duct tape “stop” on a pole and the use of a clove hitch to use a tall pole for the short end of the shelter. Backpackers who don’t use trekking poles may select a set of aluminum or carbon fiber tent poles to use with the tent. Eight stakes is the minimum number of stakes recommended for most setups.
- Lineloc buckles at each corner and the middle of both sides for easy line tensioning
- Provides COMPLETE protection from the elements
- Overall tarp/door design allows multiple pitching configurations
- All three doors (2 front, 1 rear) can be closed or pitched open independently
- Large main tarp area and immense vestibule provides generous living space and abundant storage capacity.
- 10-inch front door overhang
- Front peak height allows average-sized hiker to sit up inside
- Five stake out points per side (on main tarp) extends pitching options and minimizes fabric stress
- Convenient Red (front peak) and Blue (rear peak) pull outs aids pitching efficiency
- 8.8 oz. (250 g.) – Tarp before seam sealing
- 0.4 oz. (11 g.) – Stuff Sack (included)
- 35.4 sq. ft. (3.3 sq. m.) – Complete tarp area, staked down position
- 27.8 sq. ft. (2.6 sq. m.) – Main tarp section
- 7.6 sq. ft. (.7 sq. m.) – Front vestibule
- 101 in. (256.5 cm.) – Length of tarp ridgeline, not counting overhangs or vestibules
- 96 in. (244 cm.) – Total width of front of tarp (48″ per side)
- 54 in. (137 cm.) – Total width of rear of tarp (27″ per side)
- 10 in. (25 cm.) – Front entrance overhang
- 4 in. (10 cm.) – Rear entrance overhang
- 40 in. (102 cm.) – Height at peak under standard setup
- 55 in. (140 cm.) – Front entrance width (staked down position)
- 38 in. (97 cm.) – Rear entrance width (staked down position)
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Deadline to Enter
The deadline to enter this raffle is Tuesday, November 6th, at midnight, PST. Don’t delay! Enter now.
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Raffle Rules (the fine print)
- This raffle is open to US and international entrants with a postal address. Sectionhiker.com will pay for shipping expenses only and not additional duties or taxes.
- A winner will be picked randomly from entrants.
- Raffle prize may take up to 4 weeks to arrive (often less.)
- Raffle winner much respond to an email within 2 days after notification or a new winner will be randomly selected.
- Entries must follow raffle rules or they will be disqualified.
- Raffle prizes come with no product warranty and are provided as is. Some prizes may show minor wear or blemishes incurred through product testing and review by SectionHiker.com.
Disclaimer: Gossamer Gear provided Philip Werner (SectionHiker.com) with a complementary SpinnShelter for product testing and design feedback.
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