The Gossamer Gear Q-Twinn tarp is an even lighter spin on our SpinnTwinn, the original cat cut tarp for two. The QTwinn employs Cubic Tech's new CTK series of non woven laminates making it exceptionally waterproof, dimensionally stable, and of course gossamer light. All of this means you can have confidence that your shelter will keep you dry, won't need re-tensioning in the middle of the night and won't take up much space in your pack.
The CubicTwinn provides plenty of room for two, and offers an amazing amount of space for the solo hiker at NO REAL WEIGHT PENALTY! Imagine carrying a two person shelter that only weighs 7oz and having all that room to yourself? Utilize the Q-Twinn as your normal 3 season shelter or bring it along in your day pack as an emergency shelter that won't take up much space or weigh you down.
"Black" although it is transparent to a degree
- Another great GG shelterReview by Lint
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This shelter is HUGE for a solo hiker, even a large one like myself at 5'11" and 200 lbs! I had plenty of space to spread out my gear and stay dry, and ended up staking the edges down flat to the ground yet still having ample room to sit up in. I like doing this with all my tarps, since it prevents rain from splashing onto my sleeping quilt, but with the Q-Twinn there was no compromising space inside. This tarp should be more than adequate for two people.
The cuban material used in this shelter was bombproof. It appeared to be more translucent than other cuban varieties I've encountered, but this didn't affect the water proofing at all. I had a few downpours on trail, and not a single drop came in. I liked the see-thru aspect of the material, since moon and starlight was able to illuminate inside my shelter, and didn't give me that "blocked off" feeling traditional fabrics do. The attention to detail at the seams and tie-outs was obviously an important factor, and the demo model I had was beautifully constructed.
You can use your trekking poles to set this up, or if you're like me and don't use poles, a couple branches will do. Also of note, there is NO BUG NETTING, so be prepared to protect yourself if you expect insects. I have a custom piece of netting that works with all tarps, so this wasn't an issue for me, but I thought I should mention it.
Cuban fiber is expensive, but nothing compares to the weight and waterproofness of this modern miracle material. Unlike silnylon it doesn't stretch when wet, so you don't need to readjust it in the middle of the night. That right there is a huge selling point for anyone who expects to encounter precipitation. Being half the weight of a comparable tarp constructed in silnylon is another perk. HALF THE WEIGHT, FOLKS!
(Posted on 3/3/15)
- Never going back to a tentReview by Trinity
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- Great tarp for heavy weatherReview by CD
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My only complaint is that the tapes where the poles go aren't color coded like in the video. A piece of duct tape fix at one end fixed that. (Posted on 4/7/14)
- Great for this solo hikerReview by DaveO
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My only complaint is that it offers little privacy when set up in its normal pitch, but that doesn't really matter much to me as I often don't even use my tent anyway. It's slightly translucent too. You can actually see bright stars through it, which makes for a bit of a different sleeping experience.
Setup is just as easy as it looks in the video, and the variety of pitches offers extra protection. It's simple to adjust the lines to create a snugly pitched tent, and readjusting the pitch takes very little time or effort.
I needed that last week in the Wind Rivers during an all night, all out thunderstorm. The wind gusted, but the tent didn't flap or rattle, and the rain poured (THAT sure made noise!) and the lightning was so bright I had red flashes in my eyes even when they were closed.
I stayed dry and felt secure in a non-metal structure (graphite poles) and actually slept well despite the chaos. A lot of that was because I've already developed trust in the tent and its design, and it's now my #1 choice for backpacking.
And it's sooooo lightweight!
(Posted on 8/12/11)