Lightest Ultra-Light Backpacking Shelter
The Etowah Ultralight Shelter gives your the features of a tent with the weight of just carrying a tarp.
Tarps are great if you want minimal protection from the elements and the lightest possible shelter to carry but there are drawbacks like side-winds, driving angled rain and of course BUGS! To solve these problems we added triangular sides to the tarp (to deal with side winds). To deal with rain, we added a 24″ awning to provide more rain protection inside the shelter from horizontal blowing rains and direct vertical rain water farther away from you. Then we added front side wings to the shelter to act as additional side reflectors to direct heat from your fire into the shelter. There will also be provisions for attaching an ultra-lightweight bug net to seal off the from of the shelter.
All of these additions were made with ultra-light weight silicon nylon to provide the lightest possible package.
This is the shelter MNSI recommends for Bug Out Bags, Emergency Kits or just light weight backpacking/camping in the wilderness.
Weight: 21 oz.
Customer suggestions and modifications
– I took one of those ultra-small Mylar reflector blankets and used a 3M adhesive spray to “tack it up” on the inside back wall of the shelter. With a very small fire in the doorway it reflects the heat onto my back and keeps my entire body warm in cool weather. At night I think the reflector also reflects any body heat escaping from my sleeping bag back down on me. I like this set up better than any tent I had in the past
– I bought a few yards of mosquito netting (which weighs next to nothing) and hung it along the front ridge line of the shelter. While its not 100% sealed along the edges it seemed to keep 99.9% of the mosquitoes out of the shelter