The Squall 2 is a classic ultralight tarptent, suitable for one or two people, that only weighs 34 oz, including a bathtub floor, collapsible rear pole, and stuff stack. Note: The Squall 2 has been discontinued.
The Squall 2 requires just 4 stakes and can be set up with your hiking poles (120 cm) to save weight and improve wind stability. The tent can be ordered with a sewn-in bathtub floor which hangs from noseeum netting connected to the tent’s walls, providing excellent side and back ventilation. An additional footprint is not required because the bathtub floor is waterproof.
The front flaps, which form a vestibule, can be rolled up and held in place with little velcro tabs sewn to the tent body. When extended, they form a substantial vestibule for storing gear or to block blowing rain, without significantly impacting airflow.
The Squall 2 has a distinct catenary curve, designed to improve its stability in windy conditions. It is 94″ long with a front width of 78″ and rear width of 51 “.
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What stops the trekking poles from poking through the top of the front of the tent in the first picture? What sort of reinforcing is there? (considering purchasing one of these to head out with the GF.) Thanks!
On mine which is quite a few years old 12-18 I can’t remember exactly, there is a double fabric reinforced section. You stick your pointed pole tips into the ground and raise the tent up with the Pole handles the reverse of what the picture shows. But either way there is enough material there and your pole tips should be dull enough not ot present a problem. The inside is big enough for two to be cozy in having spent many a night with company. And there is head room for you companion to sit up in and change clothes. Very airy if pitched into the wind, it is NOT a warm tent so if the temperature drops climb into your sleeping bag and add a sweater.
A grommet and a stiffener bar. Works like a charm, so you can pitch it with one pole or two.
I used one extensively last year and really enjoyed it. When used as a one man tent it is quite spacious. I tend to push the bottom of the poles out to give more room for the entrance.
One of my Favorites! Bought some 15 -18 years ago?? I know it has been a long long time.I have been using mine of late to Boat Camp! I have been exploring a number of Large Lakes since I bought a Tracker 175 TXW Bass Boat instead of coming in every night I have been tying up to an Island out in the middle of the Lake and setting up the Tarp Tent, with this warm weather and suprise rain showers it has worked out very well for me.. I don’t know if I posted it or not, but I bought a Snugpak Ionosphere Tent and am I ever happy with it…I found it by accident on Amazon.com for $69.00 and snapped it up. Now I see the sellers have added an increase of over $100.00 to the price. A well Thought out one man Bivy tent and well designed for the rain down here in the south with a Bathtub floor and a top that spreads out away from the sides. The inner is of nylon mesh which also helps with air flow down here in the warm South. Last week I used it with a lightweight Fleece sleeping Bag which I use for a liner in winter and was very comfortable all night long. I did put up a Silnylon Tarp which partly covered the tent entrance due to the amount of rain we got as to not have to drag in a lot of wet and mud during night time activities or the call of nature. The Combo together weighs less than 4 pounds and gave me a 12×12 area of dryness and for cooking under..
Is it self supporting? Using it on a Chickee…
Tent only works on soft, firm ground. Setup on hard surfaces – forget about it. I gave up on mine after 3 nights on hard ground and bought a NF Tadpole for these reasons. I wouldn’t want to go through a heavy rain storm in it.
Sure it’s the same tent? It hasn’t been made for a while.