360° Shelter / Cloak
This ultralight multipurpose gear is made of Dyneema Composite Fabric® (DCF). It is a rain poncho while hiking and a one person pyramid shelter.
The cloak (poncho) has a roomy, adjustable hood and the length is also adjustable.
The shelter needs one long trekking pole and six or seven pegs (not included , you can check our titanium and carbon fiber pegs). A pole-connector is recommended (and included), so that the height of the shelter can be easily adjusted. Lines and line adjusters (SwiftLocks) are included and you don’t need to remove them to switch between a shelter and a cloak (rain poncho). The design is symmetrical, which make it easier to pick a camping spot on uneven terrain.
Sure, Dyneema is light, so are the SwiftLock adjusters and our lines, but we also did our best to design as light as possible. The 0.51oz/yd² DCF version weighs only 140 grams including all the lines (no pegs and pole).
We also make the cloak from 0.67oz/yd² (CT1E.08/C21K.18) Dyneema, which has an additional camouflage layer that really blends in the forest and the more abrasion resistant 0.8oz/yd² blue-green (CT2E.08 G5) DCF.
If you want to go even lighter, check our crazy light standard poncho-tarp or some of its variations in the custom products section – it is lighter and more versatile, but well, it is not a mini 360° tent.
The pyramid tent is easy and very fast to pitch, but needs a bit of practice in order to quickly estimate the positions of the pegs. We recommend using a pole around 140cm long the first time (maybe two connected trekking poles). Roll the hood and secure it with the button. Close the doors – again use the snap buttons. Put the pole inside and stake one of the front liens and the back line about 150cm apart. Lean the pole to the back to give the tent more space. Keep in mind that the doors are almost vertical and the pole should be close to the door – slightly tilted to give you more room inside. Hold the two left (or right) edges with both hands to eyeball the peg positions and fix the lines – the side line should be parallel to the to the symmetry line of the shelter. Then do the same on the other side. Now you can go around the shelter and adjust the lines with the SwiftLocks. You can also adjust the tension of the lines and even the height while in the shelter. If you want to keep one door open, you can roll it and use the buttons to keep it up. If you want both doors open, you have to use the attachment point at the top of the shelter. When the door(s) are not fully closed or fully open, you can also attach their lines to the shelter to make adjustable curtains (or blinds).
With just a bit of practice, you should be able to go from rain cloak to a shelter and back to cloak, without getting in the rain.
Cloak (Rain Poncho)
Close the doors and unroll the hood. Before you put it on, connect the lines to the inside of the cloak. You need to connect all lines and the snap buttons are color coded – just match the colors. The length of the poncho can now be adjusted with the SwiftLocks on each line. We advise to mark the lines with a sharpie to make the conversion from shelter to rain cloak super-fast. After you put it on you can connect the buttons on your chest.
The hood is adjustable at the neck and at the back of the head with cord locks. You can also fold the top edge over once or twice to form a stiffer visor.