This post is literally about the inside of the Squall 2 single-walled tarp tent (34 oz). It is a very spacious and well ventilated tent. I’ve decided to bring it on my next extended backpacking trip to Maine because it’s cool enough for a hot muggy summer night, great in very buggy conditions, and surprisingly rain proof. Maine rhymes with rain, after all.
The picture above shows the back window of the Squall 2 which is lined with no-see-um netting. In fact all four sides of the tent have no see-um netting which connects the silnylon bathtub floor to the upper silnylon tarp, providing a well ventilated interior that rarely suffers from internal condensation.
The Squall 2 has a front vestibule which allows you to cook or store gear when it is raining cats and dogs outside. But even then, the bottom of the vestibule does not touch the ground, permitting air to flow through the tent and evaporate any condensation built-up. This is a signature feature of tarp tent design.
When the vestibule is rolled up and attached to the sides of the tent’s front, it’s possible to achieve much greater airflow. There’s a zipper in the middle of the no-see-um netting in the front which is hiding the single trekking pole that I’ve used to pitch the front of the tent. You can also use two poles for greater stability in very windy conditions.
When you purchase a Squall 2 from Tarp Tent, you can ask for the bathtub floor option. It’s useful for keeping the rain seepage out. To raise the sidewalls, simply clip the elastic cord sewn onto the bathtub corner to a clip on the inside of the tent.
This is the side of the Squall 2. Note the no-see-um which wraps itself all the way around this tent. When pitched, the silnylon overhangs the no-see-um netting, keeping out rain, but enabling great ventilation.
I spent some time today experimenting with 8″ Easton aluminum tent stakes to see if they improved ventilation through the Squall 2. I normally use a shorter titanium shepard’s hook or the shorter blue Easton stakes. Using the taller stake, which you don’t have to push all the way into the ground, increased the height of the interior no-see-um netting and should permit more cross ventilation in hot weather. I’m going to give them a try on my upcoming trip in Maine.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.
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