When only the lightest material will do theres Dyneema. The Zero-G uses Dyneema to create an ultralight weight version of the highly successful, spacious Deschutes Tarp. Maximum coverage, maximum strength and minium wieght.
Six Moon Designs says:
The Deschutes Zero-G is an ultralight shelter designed to give you the most interior space while maximizing protection from the elements and minimizing weight. The simple pyramid structure is easy to setup and sheds wind with ease. It can be pitched with adjustable trekking poles or with our fixed length aluminum or carbon fiber poles (sold separately). The Deschutes Zero-G has 39 ft2 of coverage and a setup height of 49”, providing plenty of room to sit up and spread out gear. A full length vestibule zipper makes for easy entry.
The Deschutes Zero-G is can be mated with the Serenity NetTent, together forming a double wall shelter. The NetTent is attached to the tarp after setup, keeping the inner net dry when setting up in wet conditions. If desired this pair can be left attached when packing, but a larger stuff bag may be necessary.
Six Moon Designs has spent over a decade working with Dyneema®. Through the process we have developed our own proprietary tape which creates a stronger bond than conventional methods.
Six Moon Design's Deschutes Zero-G Tarp is built upon the success of the original Deschutes Shelter but made with the super lightweight and incredibly strong Dyneema fabric. It is till pitched using a single trekking pole and it provides a huge amount of space for one person and can be paired with the Six Moons Designs Serenity Bug Shelter for when you need more protection. It has a differential cut such that you can pitch it close to the ground at the rear & sides and the front will be comparatively open, set quite high off the ground - while still providing the necessary protection. A zipper allows easy access.
The benefits of using Dyneema have long been recognised with the weight of this shelter shedding well over 140g on the normal SilNylon version. The strength of this fabric is unbelievable too but this all comes at a cost. It is up to individuals to decide whether they think the benefits of Dyneema are worth the price tag. If you are a gram counting aficionado then you have probably already made your mind up on this.
The tarp is a classic, lightweight option that brings you closer to the environment you're in and can really enhance your experience but if the openness of a tarp has you a bit worried with the UK conditions the Deschutes Tarp bridges the gap between a rectangular tarp and a tent - whilst still remaining very light indeed.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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