Rainshadow 3

Ordering opens May 1, 2018

  • Front entrance, large interior comfortably sleeps 3

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    Easy entry and exit

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    Vestibule rolls back for copious ventilation and views

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    Rear storm flap for weather protecion and privacy

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    Low fly edge for excellent weather protection; waterproof vestibule zipper

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    Rear edge tensions with trekking pole or 1 3/4oz substitute pole

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    Large covered storage for gear

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    Dual interior pockets

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    Extra pullouts on arch sleeve for additiional support

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    Canopy edge slides up for venting

Completely redesigned for 2018, the Rainshadow 3 flips the geometry of the prior version by moving the arch pole to the front and vertical pole to the rear.  The result is substantially improved ease of access, gear storage, views/ventilation, and storm resistance.  In addition, fabric pressure rating is now 3,000 mm, both fly and floor. At under a pound per person, the size to weight ratio of this tent makes it easy to pack on any trip. Best of all, the front entrance can be fully opened to offer spectacular views and excellent ventilation.  


  • Fast setup — 2 minutes from sack to pitched
  • Integrated line tighteners
  • Robust, #5 waterproof vestibule door zipper
  • Full bathtub floor with 5 in / 12.5 cm walls
  • 30d, silicone coated fabrics for strength and durability.
  • Low fly edge eliminates splash potential
  • Rear substitute pole (1 3/4 oz / 50g) available
  • Abundant netting for views, airflow, and insect resistance; bug proof when zipped up
  • Large (11 sq ft / 1 sq m) vestibule provides well-protected gear storage
  • Quick drying — inside and out in minutes
  • Small packed size — removable strut for stuffing
  • Reflective spectra cord guylines included


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Sleeps Weight (oz/kg) Max Floor Width (in/cm) Floor Length (in/cm) Floor Area
(ft 2/m 2)
Interior Height (in/cm) Stakes (included) Packed Size (in/cm) Price
3 47/ 1.33 70/ 178 84/ 213 40.25/ 3.74 43/ 109 5 x 6in/ 15cm 18 x 5 / 46 x 12



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This shelter was designed to be used with a trekking pole but a light, inexpensive alternate pole is available for purchase.

Yes, if you remove the rear end aluminum strut.

Yes! Please refer to the  "how to seam-seal" video to see the full procedure.

You have several options for seam-sealing your Tarptent which are available for purchase in our webstore:

  • We offer seam-sealing kits ($6-$8) containing premix silicone, a foam brush, and a latex glove in the webstore.
  • We also offer seam-sealing as a service. Please note that seam-sealing is weather dependent and ordering this service may add a few days to the wait time.
  • You should be able to buy the necessary materials for seam-sealing at your local hardware store. An inexpensive product that works well is GE Silicone II clear sealer/glue. It is available as a squeeze tube in most US hardware stores or in our webstore.
  • Every Tarptent comes with a stuff sack, aluminum stakes+stake bag and the necessary guyline cording. The Rainshadow 3 comes with an aluminum arch pole for the front of the shelter. This shelter was designed to be used with a trekking pole but light, inexpensive alternate pole is available for purchase.

    Yes, we use “no-see-um” netting which stops bugs quite a bit smaller than mosquitoes.

     Yes, the fabric is waterproof, however the seams of the shelter need to be seam-sealed.

     Use of a groundsheet depends on the conditions you expect to encounter and your style of camping. The sewn-in flooring is remarkably tough and does not usually require a separate groundsheet. We sell optional Tyvek groundsheets which are very tough and great for sleeping out or taking a break, but generally heavier than you need for floor protection on longer hikes, in most conditions. For use on very rocky ground and desert conditions where puncture wounds are possible, a groundsheet is recommended.