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Scarp 1 Tarptent

Scarp 1 Tarptent

The Tarptent Scarp 1 shares many of the same characteristics as other tarptents like a built-in vestibule and a high cut exterior fly that promotes airflow through the tent while minimizing tent condensation.

Interior Tent

But in other ways the Scarp 1 is a radical departure from Henry Shire’s other tents because it suspends an inner tent with mesh windows and a bathtub floor from an exterior fly. This is very handy in poor weather because it lets you pack the inner tent in bad weather, while you’re still protected by the external fly, and store the dry and wet parts separately. I could have used this feature over the summer with all of the rain we had this year.

Scarp Rear View

This tarptent also looks a lot different from Henry’s other models like the Squall 2, which have a front peaked entrance and a catenary curve. With the Scarp 1, a DAC aluminum pole is used to support the tent in the vertical and slides through a sleeve on the external fly, attaching to grommets on either side of the base. This creates two vestibules on either side of the tent which are wide enough so that you can store your backpack and boots out of the rain. However, the vestibules are narrow enough that you need to be very careful not to set the tent on fire if you are using an open flame.

After you set up the center pole, the tent needs to be staked at the corners and along the centerline. The Scarp 1 includes six, 8″ Easton Aluminum tent pegs for this purpose and line loc tensioners making it very easy to get a taught pitch. Two optional stabilizer poles are also available for very windy conditions that cross over the tent and attach using a hook and grommet system to connect to the top of the external fly. I’ve heard through the international Scarp grapevine that they really are only needed for extremely windy conditions, even in Scotland.

Scarp 1 - Interior View

The inner tent has a deep bathtub floor and noseeum mesh windows set in the sides to promote airflow. However, the windows only reach about half way down the side walls of the inner tent to prevent breezes across your torso and legs in cooler weather. This however limits the comfortable temperature range of this tent to cooler weather, despite the fact that the external fly does not touch the ground (like other Tarptents) and the presence of a collapsible roof vent.

Scarp 1 interior view with windows

The inner tent is generously sized and can easily fit a large 6 foot inflatable sleeping pad with plenty of additional head and leg room. There’s also plenty of room width wise to keep extra gear close at hand and while there are no pockets sewn into the sides of the inner tent to store littles, there are hooks in the top corners where you can hang a flashlight, or even a home-made gear loft.

Scarp 1 - Tent Corners

Here’s a closeup of the corner of the tent which is secured using an Easton tent peg. Note how the corner is formed using two lightweight pieces of aluminum called a PitchLock and collapse when you roll the tent up for storage.

  • Weight: 45.8 oz, including 6, 8″ stakes and pole
  • Price: $295
  • Manufacturer: Tarptent.com

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  1. I'm looking forward to the mark 2 version :)

  2. Have you seen "The Moment", It's the new 3 season version of the Scarp 1. Weighs 28.5 oz, but I'm not sure if it would be warm enough for mid May in Scotland.

  3. reminds me of my Akto, but wider and lighter.

  4. Thank you for providing that link, I learned from it! They did not mention condensation problems and I have not had any, but I do not go out often, and when I do, its the High Sierra or the Channel Islands. Both locales typically have low humidity levels. I use the Hilleberg ground cloth because I believe a lot of moisture comes up from the ground to contribute to the condensation, and it covers the porch as well. I typically go without the inner tent to lighten the load and maximize the space. Of note, Hilleberg has come out with a mesh inner tent which I plan on purchasing. http://www.moontrail.com/hilleberg-akto-mesh-inne

  5. Nice initial review, Philip. I had mine out a few more nights, and actually experienced quite some condensation, but it might just have been because there was no wind and I camped in a wet area. Will be curious to test it in the winter, which is arriving soon here.

  6. There are quite a few folk switching to the Scarp it seems. With the highly anticipated longer cut fly about to arrive, I am sure even more UK campers will be buying this tent.

    Great site Philip, I dont know how you manage to keep churning out article after useful article with such rapidity. Keep up the great work!

  7. Thanks Dave. Blogging has added something to my life that's hard to quantify. I guess I've always wanted to be a writer and this medium has worked out well for me. It's very satisfying for me to keep cranking out the content and I love all of the comments people write. I get to learn a lot too – which I guess is the ultimate reward for me.

  8. Nice and thorough review. I've been using Tarptent products for 6 years and am very satisfied. A few summers ago my Squall 2 held up very well in a violent hour long hailstorm at 11,500 feet. It is amazing how strong the lightweight material is.

  9. been quite a few years since the last reply….but was wondering what people think of the Scarp 1 after a few more years of use? I am headed to Scotland this April to hike both the Skye Trail and the Cape Wrath Trail, and am trying to decide what tent to bring.

    4 season wise, I have a Hilleberg Soulo, which is a great tent, and quite bomb proof, but its also a bit heavy, at almost 5.5 lbs.

    I am strongly considering getting the Scarp 1, which would save a decent amount of weight and pack size. For those of you who are more familiar with Scottish Highlands weather in April, would you recommend the Scarp 1 (or any other tents)?

    If I do get the Scarp 1, do you think it would be wise to bring the optional 12oz cross poles for added wind stability for my trip?

    thanks in advance for any thoughts!

    • The Scarp 1 is ideal for scotland. Bombproof although I’m not sure you really need the external poles unless you expect snow loading. You might also want to look at tents from TrekkerTent, a new UK cottage manufactuer which are very bombproof and a bit lighter.

  10. Thanks for these reviews which helped me to decide about the huge number of tents. Got my Scarp 1 May 2016 so it is the new cut. So I can not really add too much to what was already said:
    1. It is light for the stability it brings.
    2. So far the easiest tent to pitch. 2-3 minutes.
    3. I have no problems at all getting it in the bag (maybe it is a bigger one meanwhile) even including pegs and stake. In fact there is even a little space left so I thought about adding some straps to get the sack smaller.
    4. Space is generous for one person and with the new cut you can make the apsis bigger (so stuff more stuff so I had my backpack and boots stored).
    5. The newly added small mesh bags inside are nice.
    6. RE space: I pitched it in my garden first. My three year old girl and said “Papa, we will sleep in there tonight”. That is possible but then it is getting tiny. In short when you are unsure if to use with two – leave it. It is brilliant for one person but for two you must be a hardcore backpacker I assume.
    7. The length inside is very good, I am 183 cm and even if you fold you arms when laying in the belly and stretch your feet flat you will not touch. Also nice – it is quite high inside also at the ends i.e. your head will not touch the tent.
    8. I am so happy that I took a double layer tent when I looked how many bugs are crawling on the outside of the inner tent.
    9. We had some heavy rain here (Lake Constance area Germany) for the last weeks. Did not discover any problems. I was happy that I spent the 30 bucks for getting it sealed by them. Seems there was a pedantic sealer. Excellent work. Also all the place where you can add the additional stakes, For sure you can do all of that yourself but did not feel like fiddling around with the sticky stuff for an hour.
    10. Downside for me is condensation. Was raining outside tonight, grass was wet and inside get so humid that my glasses stored in the mesh pockets were condensed. Hard to say. It was quite hot inside too so maybe was also sweating a bit. I had the tent lifted a bit at the entrances and flaps were open etc. Here some advice would be appreciated: How to dry this tent without getting the inner tent detached from the outer?
    11. A small issue .Sometimes you want to be in your tent before you sleep and look outside… Had a nice view towards Swiss mountains. But the mesh part of the inner tent is above so you have to sit up. Reasons were stated and are understandable but opening will invite the nasty moskitos we have …

    Punchline: A great tent. For sure you will get a lighter one and maybe a more fancy one. But for the price they ask for (in the US) it is absolutely great. Would assume this tent does the job for 95% of the cases.
    What is missing so far is experience in high wind. Waiting for the next storm. Will also try in winter the mountains (around 2500 meter are the next ones).


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