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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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