BreakdownThe SkyAir ULT is a sil/sil tarp tent large enough for two men and gear that only weighs 8 oz. The poleless design is pitched with a trekking pole in the front and back and stakes around the side. For early season use, you will be hard-pressed to find a lighter weight shelter. For bug season use, add the SkyAir Mesh Insert, or in bad weather add the Footprint and Front Vestibule to protect you and your gear from the elements. The versatility the SkyAir provides is excellent and is the minimalist backcountry hunter’s dream. The packed size of 8” x 4” x 4” and weight of 8 oz will increase your range in the backcountry, allowing you to increase your usable load for your pack out after a successful hunt. It's not seam sealed, it's lapfelled construction, a waterproof stitching technique. You can add your own seam sealant if you'd like.
This is a super light weight, decently priced shelter with lots of room for one person. Variable pitch heights depending on weather help protect in high winds. I set this up in the dark my first time and I woke up in a storm with the shelter a few inches from my face and the sides caving in, but I stayed dry. I believe this was due to a lack of practice prior to heading out. I added guy lines to the sides with the provided cordage but doing that means you aren't provided enough stakes to stake down the long sides. 4 more stakes for high wind situations would be ideal. Additionally, there are no tie-backs for the front wings which is a little annoying while trying to enter and exit, or glass from inside. There is a ton of space for one person (I'm 5'9, 165lbs) especially with the vestibule. The vestibule corners need to have the velcro sewn on the outside of the vestibule corners so it attaches to the inside of the front corners of the shelter as opposed to the outside. Current design could allow for a little water to run into the shelter. All in all, I love this shelter, so with a couple small changes it would be a 3 season go to for me.
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