Every brand tells the story of how they started – we’ve been so busy designing our next-generation tents that we thought we’d catch our breath and catch you up on our top 10 milestones that shaped our company.
EVERY GREAT BRAND HAS ETHOS.
“Tarptent is an ultralight, mobile shelter that sheds everything from flying bugs to summer snow.” Henry Shires, 2001 – Still holds true today
The FIRST Tarptent was born in the spring of 1999.
Elegant and airy, Tarptents set up virtually anywhere. Designed by and for the outdoor enthusiast, Tarptents keep you dry and sane no matter the elements. Made in the U.S.A and constructed of the lightest and highest quality materials available, Tarptents let you focus on the joy of the journey, not on the pain of getting there.
The first Tarptent was born in the spring of 1999. Then an 18-ounce solo shelter, now a battle-tested warrior, it’s still going strong after 3,000 miles on the trail.
Since then, Tarptents have successfully traversed all 3 ultra-long distance U.S. trails: The Pacific Crest, Appalachian, and Continental Divide. Simple and efficient, the original Tarptent remains a classic. For you do-it-yourselfers, we’re proud to offer the original Tarptent plans for free.
Fast forward to 2002: the Next Generation.
The road to improvement is spanned by an arch — nature’s perfect design element. Maximizing space, strength, and aesthetics, the arch is built into every next generation Tarptent. These tents offer improved space, easier setup, better wind and weather resistance, and require fewer stakes than original Tarptents with no weight penalty.
New patent-pending Tarptents are also catenary cut so they shed wind and rain with aplomb. Floorless, with netting flaps, Tarptents give you ultimate flexibility by letting you use inexpensive and replaceable groundcloths such as Tarptent custom Tyvek® inserts. Gone are the days of expensive tent floor repairs. When the weather is nice and the bugs are low, just use the groundcloth and don’t bother with the roof. Full sewn-in floors and extended beaks are also available for those who need or want complete protection.
Each Tarptent features a zippered entry, front and rear rain beaks, and a flashlight loop. Trekking pole users can leave the 1.75-ounce front pole behind.
Tarptent: because a shelter is a terrible thing to lug.
What’s next? You tell us. We listen.
New Design Engineer. New fabrics. New possibilities.
Paragraph about Erica’s contribution.
Dyneema fabric is strong, light, comfortable, and protective. Make product lighter without compromising on strength and durability. Make product significantly stronger without compromising on comfort.
- 30% lighter than nylon/ polyester
- 45% lighter than aramid
- 15 times stronger than steel (weight per weight ratio)
Dyneema® Composite Fabrics take strength and durability to new highs. Dyneema® Composites dramatically increase tear, puncture, and abrasion performance dramatically compared with 500D nylon, while cutting weight and reducing bulk.
2020 – Tarptent enters the global sourcing community
Since the first Tarptent was hand-sewn by Henry Shires in 1999, the ethos has always been about product-centric ideas and technologies – lighter, stronger, simpler, bomb-proof. Last summer, we kicked around several ideas that would allow Tarptent to be true to the vision. We’ve sourced several global factories sampling our ideas and found a near-perfect match. All Lithium Series Tarptent models are upgraded with some great new features and we’ve made new friends along the way. Tarptent Lithium Series are fabricated from USA-made Dyneema® fabric and precision-assembled in China at a level of quality unsurpassed anywhere in the world. Globally-sourced means that we looked everywhere for the best and found it.