Skyscape models utilize a dual (trekking or optional fixed length 45" or 115 cm) pole support structure, slightly offset from the center of the tent. The offset yields extra head room when lying down, reducing that claustrophobic feeling. Further, it allows the Skyscape to be extremely rigid when guyed out, creating a structure capable of riding out the worst storms.
The Skyscape employs Hybrid Double Wall construction. Over 80% of the canopy is separated from you by a mesh wall, keeping that wet canopy at bay. The Hybrid Double Wall construction allows the vestibules roll back. On warm summer nights, convert the Skyscape into a net tent, pesky bugs stay outside while you enjoy the views and breezes.
The Skyscape's large side entry door lets you easily enter the tent or retrieve gear . With floor length over 100 inches, the Skyscape accommodates the tallest hikers. You can carry a light tent and still sleep well.
The canopy and floor of the Trekker are constructed with silicone nylon. This fabric has been the work horse of fabrics used to build ultralight tents for the last decade. It’s main properties is its strength, light weight and that it’s impervious to mold or mildew.
The Trekker is a great when you want to be light but don't want to break the bank.
Hybrid Double Wall
|20D Silicon Nylon
40D Silicon Nylon
Let me start off by saying I recently completed my triple crown & have eclipsed the 12k mile hiking mark, not bragging, just giving you my experience. Let me point out a few pros & some MAJOR flaws in this design. Pros: lightweight, relatively compact-able, great bug net, decent 'vestibule' area for pack & boots. Cons: condensation on foot end of tent (wake up with wet toes/socks/sleep bag), if it is windy forget about setting this up properly, if its sandy the pegs won't stay & it will blow over, if it's rocky & no good dirt the pegs won't go in the you can't set it up. Yes, I know, try piling a bunch of rocks up to form an anchor instead of pegs, not a good option. Hope there are trees or shrubs around to tie off, but chances are slim when a flash storm rolls in. How about the wood rod wrapped in plastic that's your overhead support? Hope you don't miss 1 of the holes with your trekking pole while inserting it, if so, you're getting the water torture test, I sure did. Oh, what happens if you accidentally loose or break a trekking pole? No tent for you. Also, once set up it usually takes numerous adjustments on the lines & peg placement to get it stable & secure. Luckily we cowboy camped. It didn't take long to notice the flaws & once we did, we went back to free standing tents. My friend had the cuben fiber model on another trail @ the same time & had the exact same issues. If you know the weather is going to be nice & you have good ground & want something light, this will probably work. However, I would STRONGLY advise against this tent for any thru-hike. AT, PCT, CDT, LT, FT, CT, JMT. All which I have done, get a free standing tent!!! 1 hiker's opinion... Happy Trails
I purchased the Skyscape Trekker from another seller recently, seam sealed it, and just used it on a 2-night outing. I'm really impressed with the design. It achieves a lot of usable space with a very light weight, especially if you set it up using trekking poles, as I do. There is more than enough space for 1 person plus gear. There are many nice touches that demonstrate how much experience went into creating the most functional, reliable shelter at the lowest weight. It's very quick and easy to set up, though I would recommend practicing a few times before going out. I have only used it in fair weather so far, but the design appears to be very stable, wind and watertight. I expect it to be comfortable in the worst conditions. I didn't really miss having a zipper on the one side, for what that's worth. Lastly, the price is very reasonable. This tent is nearly as functional and roomy as another (excellent) tent I own that is twice the weight and price!
I took a Trekker on an 11 day Philmont trek during the August "monsoon" season. Nights varied from windy to calm to drenching rain. This was my first experience with a silnylon tent, and the discussion on this site was was pretty on point. The tent did an excellent job of keeping me dry once I learned to cope with condensation on the roof. Setup was easy, and the tent stood up well to the trek. There are only two points I found mildly disconcerting: the lack of access from the "off" side of the tent, and the lack of vestibule space. Since both of these are features of the design and contribute to its light weight, I'm not sure I'd change them ... but I'd think about it.rnrnOverall, an excellent tent; I'm quite pleased with it.
I bought this tent for a 6 night mid August Teton backpacking trip to reduce the weight I was carrying. I first tried it out on a 4 night backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon in May 2012. It was very easy to set up. I hoped for rain but no luck. Since it's pretty hot at the end of May, it was nice that the rainfly opened on both sides to allow for maximum ventilation. On the Teton trip the tent performed well overall, but once again, no rain. The only downside was the porousness of the netting which allowed sand in the tent (and in my face) when severe 40-50+ mph winds came through one night. However, the tent itself was stable and never budged or fell in on me. I finally tried it out at home during a heavy rainstorm and it did not leak or produce any significant condensation. Overall, I love this little tent for the minimal weight and more than adequate space.
I set this tent up in my backyard. Would not want to set it up in the dark in the backcountry for the 1st time. I used trekking poles. They stand up on the inside of the tent and can be used to tension the tent in the night without getting out of the tent. Initially there was no bathtub. In order for the bathtub to appear i had to move the stakes closer to the tent and increase the length of the trek poles a little and then the bathtub appeared as shown in the website photo. Once understood, the tent goes up as fast as any other tent. rnrnThe tent weighs less than 1/2 of my former 1 man tent and packs down to 1/2 that size, very small. rnrnI slept in this in the high uintah mountains at 10000 feet. The tent is immediatly warm inside once zipped down. It is more like a 1 and 1/2 person tent than a 1 man tent. I slept next to my 90 pound dog without any space problems and stowed my pack inside. I suppose two people could share the tent as long as they don't mind close quarters. And there would still be space at their feet for a couple packs. There is enough head space to sleep either direction in the tent. The ground was a little more than damp under the tent. I did not use my ground cloth. Nothing came through. It did not rain. It did hail lightly in the morning. The tent was fine. No condensation -- not one drop -- i don't know if it was just a dry night and this was a fluke or if the design is such that it cleared it out as i slept -- rnrnOverall way way happy with the tent. Would not trade it for anything except Six moons skyscrape-x, the same design made out of cuben fiber and 9 ounces lighter. I just did not want to wait for the latter as its currently sold out. rnrnI would not return to my traditional tent. rnrnHope this helps - buy the tent - Robert