Ultralight 2-person 3-Season 35oz Tent

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Introduction: Ultralight 2-person 3-Season 35oz Tent

The tent's design was inspired by a need for lightweight, 3
season, simple setup tent. It uses poles and guidelines for setup, has two vestibules and two doors. It is similar to Hillaberg "Anaris" or Zpack’s "Duplex" , or Gossamer “The Two”, or Six Moon Design’s “Lunar” tents or any other A frame, single walled tent.

In terms of fabric I chosen green silpoly to aid in stealth camping if required. For the floor tub I used 30D silnylon. It is not the best and most bombproof but the one I had at the time . You choose what suits you, whether it is a light weight dynema or heavier nylons.

There are two 45 minute videos. Scroll down for the 2nd part

ALL in cost was 106$. There is a detail by item cost breakdown in part 2 of the video

Supplies

MATERIALS:

Top Fabric - SilPoly 20D (10yrd)

Floor Fabric - SilNylon 30D (3.5yrd)

Mesh - Mosquito fabric (5yrds)

Reinforcement fabric (1/5yrd)

Mesh Zippers (2, 8ft each)

3/4” Webbing (3ft)

1/8” Thin Webbing (30ft) optional

2mm Shock cord (5ft)

Toggles (8)

Linelocs (2)

Tension locks (4)

D Rings (8)

SilNet Seam sealer (1tube)

Polyester thread (2 Rolls)

Step 1: ​Cut Materials

Cut materials

THE PATTERN IMAGES ARE ALL IN CM SO YOU SHOULD CONVERT THEM TO INCHES IF THAT IS WHAT YOU NORMALLY USE

CONVERSION 1 " = 2.54CM


a. Cut roof panels

b. Cut side door panels

c. Cut Floor tub material

d. Cut side and foot/head mesh panels

e. Cut reinforcing patches

Step 2: ​Make Cat Cuts to All 4 Side Door Panels

Make cat cuts to all 4 side door panels and head and foot roof panels.

Attach material to the wall using tape. Also attach string to both ends. Lower until center is 8cm or 2.5" . Mark and cut it out

Step 3: ​Adjust Cuts for Reinforcement Materials

Adjust cuts for reinforcement materials on 4 corners and 4 doors

Step 4: Stitch Reinforcement Patches Onto Doors

Stitch reinforcement patches onto doors. Use spider web design
a. To All 4 bottom door corners

b. To tops of 2 doors (larger patch for pole placement)

Step 5: Hem Central Parts of Doors

Hem central part of doors. Use ½ seam allowance. 2 folds

Step 6: Join Left and Right Side Doors Together

Join left and right side doors together. This steps will need to be repeated twice , once for each side of the tent. Use pins or clips to join materials together, then stitch at the top. Best to start at the top or crest and move down. Do 2 lines of stitching and reinforce well

Step 7: SEAM EXPLAINER

Modified flat felt French seam. Use this seam for attaching central and head/foot roof panels , as well as later on side and roof panels together. The created lip will be used to attach mesh panels or loops

Step 8: Stitch Top of the Roof Panels Together

Stitch top of the roof panels together using a modified seam. 3 stitch seam.

  • ¼” inch from edge, wrong to wrong side.
  • Turn inside out and ¼ “ from the edge.
  • Stitch from top, leaving ½ flap lip on the inside of the tent

Step 9: Attach Loops to Main Inner Roof

Attach loops to main roof lip to be used for inner roof cord. Useful for hanging light, socks, glasses etc. First burn off or singe ends of webbing, then stitch to inside of the roof

Step 10: Stitch Head and Foot Roof Panels

Stitch head and foot roof panels.

a. use same modified seam as in step earlier

b. Add a loop midway for a high wind conditions guideline

Step 11: Attach Side Panels to the Main Roof Panel

1. Attach side panels to the main roof panel. Use modified seam involving 3 stitches. This step twice, once for each side of the tent
a. Start at the top and do a line along each side going down first. Wrong to wrong sides

b. Reinforce well at the ends

c. Turn inside out (you will be stitching on the inside of tent) and add a 2nd line of stitch ¼” from edge

d. Do a 3rd line of stitch from the top, leaving usual ½” lip on the inside (this will be used to attach mesh)

Step 12: Stitch Reinforcement Material Patches for All 4 Corners

Stitch reinforcement material patches for all 4 corners. Use spider web stitch pattern

Step 13: Hem All Bottom Sides of the Door Panels and Roof

Hem all bottom sides of the door panels and head and foot roof boxes. ½ seam allowance, rolled twice. 2 stitching lines. Use hot iron and pins or clips to aide in holding fabric down

Step 14: Attach Rings to Doors and Corners

Attach webbing and rings to reinforced door corners , these will be used to be held by stakes

Also attach similar webbing to all 4 corners of the tent. Feed D rings before stitching.

You may use metal or plastic just make sure d rings are strong enough as a lot of force is going to pass through here.

Proceed slow with caution as thick material may break needle

Step 15: Attach a Webbing Piece With Lineloc Guideline Tensioner

Attach a webbing piece with lineloc guideline tensioner 2” from the edge of the roof. This will be used to hold pole in place during operation

Step 16: Reinforcement Patch on Side Mesh Panel

Cut and stitch in reinforcement patch on side mesh panel. Stitch on the “outside” side of the mesh. It should face the same patch on side door, forming a pocket out of the reinforced material. This is where pole handle would fit

Step 17: Stitch Thin Webbing on Mesh Perimeter

If using a thin webbing, stitch on perimeter of side mesh panels and head nad foot panels. This will add strength and make it easier to attach to roof panels

Step 18: Attach a Zipper to Side Panels

Attach a zipper to side panels
a. Measure correct length (usually 8ft)

b. Lay flat on the OUTSIDE side of mesh

c. Pin down

d. Stitch from top. Do at least 2 lines and use narrower seam width

e. Cut open the mesh from the other side of zipper. Cutting some extra mesh bits off

Step 19: ​Install Zipper Sliders

Install zipper sliders. Use 2 and facing opposite sides

Stitch close the ends to prevent sliding off

Step 20: Hem Floor Tub Material

Hem floor tub material. Use ½” seam allowance with 2 rolls. 1 stitch line is enough

Step 21: ​ Fold and Cut Corners in Floor Tub

Fold and cut corners in floor tub.

Draw lines to help as a guide. Touch or join material 20cm to form triangle

Measure 5cm from formed crest and cut off excess off
Fold 2-3 times. Stitch 2-4 times , use same wider seam

Step 22: Sew in Webbing Loops to the Tub

Sew in webbing loops 1/3 from the bottom. These will be used to attach shock cord and or stakes to keep tub stretched

Step 23: Attach Mesh Panels to the Floor Tub

Attach bottom of mesh panels to floor tub. Use 2 stitch lines

Attach head and foot mesh panels to floor tub

Step 24:

Attach top of mesh panels to main roof panels. Do two stitch lines

a. Start at the top on side panels. Move down from each crest. Do two lines

b. Continue to head and foot panels. Also two lines

c. Connect side and h&f panel corners. If you have one side a little too long just roll it up and stitch together

d. Connect all parts into tub corner, both side and head and foot mesh panels . Stitch together well , adding reinforcement

Step 25: Make and Attach Inner Pockets (optional)

Make simple mesh pockets by folding one mesh piece in half and attaching to side wall of the floor tub

Step 26: Cut Guidelines, and Cord and Attach Locks

Cut guidelines and shock cord and attach locks

Lines should be at least

1m for the corners

1.5m for the wind lines on the roof

and 1.5m for the sides

30cm for the shock cords

Step 27: Make a Tent Bag (optional)

The simple bag can be made by cutting a one piece of fabric (leftovers)and rolling it in a tube like form.

At the top fold 1 inch and stitch over towards inside. Feed cord and add lock

Step 28: Seam Seal the Tent

Seam seal the tent using a silicon sealant like silnet. Either use it on its own or dilute with white spirits thinner. I recommend to dilute at 1:1 ratio to make sealant soak well into threads. It would need at least double the drying time but it will soak into threads and holes well.

Dry time for silnet is about 24hours, double for diluted. Wait until sealed seams are dry

Step 29: Go Out and Enjoy Your New Tent

Go out and enjoy your new tent!

Below are some of my photos

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    21 Comments

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    Wellhairy
    Wellhairy

    4 weeks ago

    This looks great. Thinking about making it for a long backpacking trip. Have you any idea what the weight comes out as?

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    lboliq
    lboliq

    11 months ago

    Wowowowow!!!
    One of the best ibles ever, IMO. Such a pity you did not put it in some contest, it could be an absolute winner)))

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    sg19point3
    sg19point3

    Reply 11 months ago

    I know right but no contests that fit the theme at the posting time. Glad you like it

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    skipernicus
    skipernicus

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    I don't see any reason why you can't enter a contest when one comes up. This is a great one.

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    michael.caldwell208
    michael.caldwell208

    Question 5 months ago on Step 1

    Love this project and I'm going to attempt to make my own just like it. I may need to ask some questions along the way. Are all 4 door panels the exact same cut?

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    sg19point3
    sg19point3

    Answer 5 months ago

    yes

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    sg19point3
    sg19point3

    Reply 11 months ago

    thank you!

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    DianaHM
    DianaHM

    12 months ago

    Great work!

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    sg19point3
    sg19point3

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thank you ! Wanted to share and hoping will be useful to others

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    HappyMiracle
    HappyMiracle

    1 year ago

    Nice job and well instructed. How much did the project cost you?

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    sg19point3
    sg19point3

    Reply 11 months ago

    all in 106$

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    sg19point3
    sg19point3

    Reply 1 year ago

    I have a detail cost breakdown in the video, i think part 2 at the end

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    sg19point3
    sg19point3

    Reply 1 year ago

    All in cost was 106$. Thanks for pointing this out, I forgot to add it.

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    BuilderFred
    BuilderFred

    12 months ago on Step 29

    For seam sealing, I have been using regular hardware store silicone (specifically GE silicone II, clear) diluted with Mineral Spirits (not paint thinner or turpentine...). Dilute to olive oil consistency. Apply with a foam brush. Can even apply some stipes on the floor to help prevent having your matress slide around.
    All dry to the touch within 3-5 hours. No longer tacky after 24 hrs.

    All details in this video:

    https://www.google.com/search?client=ms-android-google&sxsrf=ALeKk0239WLz4UlosX3WKYPRnuKln0Wtxg%3A1594564301393&ei=zR4LX4LIF-rn_QbomJrQAw&q=seam+sealing+tarptent&oq=seam+sealing+tarptent&gs_lcp=ChNtb2JpbGUtZ3dzLXdpei1zZXJwEAEYADICCAAyAggAMgYIABAWEB46BAgAEEc6BwgjEOoCECc6BwguEOoCECc6BAgjECc6BQgAEJECOgQIABBDOgcIABCxAxBDOggIABCxAxCRAjoECC4QQzoHCAAQFBCHAjoCCC46BQghEKABUPD-Z1i022hgzOVoaAFwAXgEgAHdAYgB4CWSAQY2LjI3LjKYAQCgAQGwAQ8&sclient=mobile-gws-wiz-serp#

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    sg19point3
    sg19point3

    Reply 11 months ago

    same as I did . Thanks for sharing!

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    jledwards666
    jledwards666

    12 months ago

    That's one helluva project but it looks like it turned out fantastically. I did a LOT of campling in my younger days and that tent looks ideal for many/most applications. I particularly like the "tub design" on the floor while keeping a very airy, open atmosphere inside. And the write-up was done very, very well... super clear and the videos are great. Clearly a lot of work went into this effort, both in designing and building the tent AND the creation of the outstanding I'ble. Kudos to all involved!

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    sg19point3
    sg19point3

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thanks for kind words! Yes, a lot of work but hopefully can be useful for someone!

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    notbad
    notbad

    12 months ago

    Very impressive! Well done.
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    sg19point3
    sg19point3

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thanks , glad you like it !