In last month’s SD LIVE event, I discussed the pros and cons of common backpacking shelters — specifically double-wall tents, single-wall tents, tarp systems, bivy sacks, and hammocks. My presentation was a relatively unbiased assessment of the available options, and also intentionally brand- and product-neutral. While I definitely prefer some shelter types over others (refer to my gear lists or The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide), my preferences may not be appropriate for backpackers who encounter different environmental conditions and/or who have a different objective in their outings.
This broadcast was part of a double-header. Later in the afternoon, Michael Glavin, the Brand Manager of Sierra Designs, reviewed the 2015 shelters, including the innovative Tentsegrity line of single-wall tents.
SD LIVE is a monthly, online live event that is meant to be both educational and engaging. Certainly, by being so accessible we are also hoping to build a community and to give Sierra Designs a more personal feel. The next event will be in mid-March, day & date TBA. I believe the topic will be coping strategies for rain. Please plan to tune in!