My initial search for a roomy lightweight backpacking tent lead to several possibilities. After some deliberation, I decided to look at “pyramid style”shelters such as the Duomid, and SL3. I did have second thoughts despite a number of positive reviews and recommendations from fellow backpacking bloggers after reading a blog post by Philip of Sectionhiker found here. I was still attracted to the SL3 which you can get from Golite in Switzerland but I would need to spend quite a bit more for a half inner from someone like Oookworks for summer use.
So the the trail led to Tarptent and the Stratospire 1. I have read two good reports on the 2 person version by Andy Howell and these can be found here and here. I also posted comments on Roger Brown’s blog who has recently purchased the one person version, however I was also keen on the Scarp 1 as well, but a telephone discussion with Henry Shires, lead me to finally conclude that the Stratospire 1 was the one for me.
Purchasing the SS1 from backpackinglight in Denmark, meant that whilst it was a little bit more expensive (around £40) than getting it from the USA, it arrived within 5 days and I did not have issue of import duty etc.
So far I have spent 6 nights in Stratospire, one at home and five nights in the Lakes on my recent trip.
A break down of the weight of the SS1 with my modifications is as follows:
Inner + Fly with stuff sack – 1150 g
Inner only – 391 g
Fly only – 791 g
Spare pole- 70 g
Easton nail pegs ( stakes) – 59 g
Extra pegs taken – 60 g
With everything – 1343 g
Below I have put together 2 simple videos (Terry Abraham has nothing to worry about ! ) that summarise my initial thoughts on the tent.