No one knows about the contrail! One of the best tarp tents on the market. The company I work for are dealers for Henry Shires, never thought someone would own one on a hunting forum. Props to you Bitterroot for using a awesome tarp tent. I really like the Fly Creek series of tents from BA and I really really like the shelters from Hilleberg. The fly creek 1 and the hilleberg Akto or Soulo would be my choices for a new backpacking tent. Right now I am using a BA 3 wire bivy and have been pleased with it but at 1 pound 12 ounces a fly creek or Akto are going to provide much more room than a bivy at minimal weight gains. Tents are a hard decision but there is no reason to carry a 6 pound tent any more.Don't forget to check out Tarptent's offerings. They are extremely lightweight, and pretty affordable too. I use the Contrail and put my pack under the "beak" vestibule.
Amen, I love tarptents also for several reasons: They are lightweight, affordable, pack very small for a tent, very versatile, extremely waterproof, and most have a vestibule that's great for keeping gear dry while it's pouring.
Im heading up tomorrow to Scout around ( Pun intended ). Ive set it up in my yard a couple of times, So far I like the tent. Wish the seams would have came pre-sealed so I didnt have to do it myself. These tents are hard to beat for the price. It was a third the price of BA FLY CREEK UL1. The only thing I wish it would be free standing. But since I use trekking poles its not that big of a deal.I just placed a order at work with six moons and brought in some of the Skyscape's. I can't wait to see them, really looking forward to possible purchasing one of them for myself as well. Keep us all posted on what you think of that bad boy.