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August 6, 2014

The Borah Gear Cuben Bivy is a lightweight bivy sack that’s available in several lengths/width combinations. Mine is a long-wide with Cuben Fiber (bottom) and M90 (top) with a full mesh face panel and side zipper. This is custom material combo, as Argon is what Borah Gear normally uses for the top of their Cuben Bivy’s. I’ve owned this bivy…

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April 30, 2014

Moving right along with the Cuben Fiber Roundup 2013, we’re ready to check out the Duplex, a new two-person shelter from ZPacks. Overview Near the end of 2013 ZPacks announced several new shelter additions to their lineup – the Solplex, Duplex, and Triplex. One, two, and three-person shelters, respectively. All three of em sport a hybrid single-wall wall design, meaning…

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March 26, 2014

So the 2013 Cuben Fiber Roundup ran right past 2013 into 2014 due to us relocating right in the midst of things. Picking up where we left of last fall… in the third part of our series we’ll take a look at the Terraform SW 1-person, a single person shaped-tarp made by YAMA Mountain Gear. Overview The astute reader or…

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September 16, 2013

This is the first installment of our Cuben Fiber Roundup 2013 series. We’re kicking things off by taking a look at HMG’s latest effort, the Ultamid 2, a two person pyramid. Overview Those familiar with HMG’s Echo shelters may recall that they use a modular approach allowing the shelter to be customized depending on how much protection is needed. The…

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September 16, 2013

I know the blog has been quiet lately… sometimes life outside of the blog (what?! gasp!) gets hectic, such as when relocating to a new home! I figured that something “good” was overdue, so let’s get this thing going! Last year’s Cuben Fiber Roundup proved to be a popular series and is still our top visited set of posts. This…

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July 29, 2013

GoLite is a medium sized manufacturer of backpacking gear that is predominantly lightweight and employs some of the features typically associated with “ultralight” gear. The Shangri-La 5 (a.k.a. SL5) is a double wall pyramid which is claimed to sleep 5 humans. These are my thoughts about it. Specs All specs as claimed unless *noted otherwise… 9.5 ft x 9.5 ft…

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October 31, 2012

This is the seventh and final part of our Cuben Fiber Roundup series. Last, but not least, we’ll take a look at the Fast Packer tarp. Overview I should probably preface this by saying that Lawson (of Lawson Equipment) is not currently making these tarps. There was a period of time where he was offering a flat cut tarp, a…

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October 26, 2012

This is the sixth part of our Cuben Fiber Roundup series. In this part we’ll take a look at the HMG Echo I solo shelter. Overview The HMG Echo I is a modular shelter which includes a catenary cut tarp, a beak that attaches to the tarp, and an inner tent (aka “insert”) which offers full protection from bugs and…

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August 30, 2012

LightHeart Gear is a manufacturer tents based in the US. I have slept in all of their tents, so I shall divulge my experience with the SoLong6, which is their solo shelter for tall people. Specs 100″ long x 55″ wide (30″ at feet and head) x 45″ tall Hybrid double wall Single side entry 1.1 oz silnylon construction Packed…

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June 4, 2012

This is the fifth part of our Cuben Fiber Roundup series. In this part we’ll take a look at the LightHeart Gear Solo shelter. Overview The LightHeart Gear Solo is an ultralight tent providing full protection for the solo hiker along with room for gear. This shelter has a diamond shaped footprint. The illustration below should give you a pretty…

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