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The Deschutes is a lean, mean, no-frills, down and dirty shelter for ultralight hikers on the move. It packs so small and is so light it might get lost in your pack, yet it is large enough for a comfortable night’s rest without the claustrophobia of a small tarp. The Deschutes can be paired with the Serenity NetTent to form a fully enclosed, one-person, double-walled shelter with a bathtub floor. The Deschutes Bundle can be found here.
The Deschutes shelters have 44 ft2 of coverage and a setup height of 49”. Inside you have plenty of room to sit up and the extra room lets you spread out your gear. The full-length vestibule zipper makes for easy entry.
Constructed from tough but light Silicone Nylon, the Deschutes Tarp weighs 13 ounces and is quite affordable. When mated with the Serenity NetTent you have a double wall solo tent, that weighs a mere 24 ounces.
Most tarps have one or more gaps that you need to address in order to stay dry. The Deschutes has 360o weather protection. This tarp helps shelter you from the worst storms while staying nice and dry. Its single pole pyramid structure makes it easy to set up and very stable. It easily handles both wind and light snow loads.
When using a trekking pole for setup, you can vary the height of the tent to optimize for prevailing conditions. Setup higher for maximum ventilation and low for stormy conditions.
Set-up instructions can be found here.
Tarp, Stuff Sacks, Guy lines
12" X 4.5"
13 oz - 368 g
6 (not included)
Single 49" Pole
44 ft2 - 4 m2
|20D Silicone Coated Nylon
1. Weight does not include stakes or pole.
2. Support poles sold separately.
Lost your set-up instructions? Additional instructions can be downloaded here.
Big fan of the Deschutes for 2 reasons. The PRICE and the WEIGHT. Seam stitching could use some work but so far it has kept the weather out tremendously. I wouldn’t recommend this shelter if you’re over 6’2”, I am about the maximum spread inside it seems like. If you practice you can set it up many different ways with trekking poles, guylines, etc.
I bought the Deschutes after doing a ton of research on tarps and mids and I felt this offered the best features for the price in the price range I was comfortable with. It was also the only shelter that was actually available and that did not have a 6-12 week lead time on it. I set it up this weekend in my backyard and it has fantastic headroom and the inside area is cavernous. I think this could easily sleep one adult and a dog or two adults in an emergency situation. I can't wait to seam seal this tent and get it out in the back country. Six moon designs customer service was also excellent. They answered a ton of questions I asked before placing my order.
I jumped out of the gate early and purchased the 2014 model. Primarily used for summer bike camping and backcountry multi-day hikes, I think I've slept under it for 15 days so far. Purchased with the larger carbon fiber pole as well. Thoughts? It's roomy for a guy with a 6 foot 4 inch wingspan. If you have a dog, then yes there's room for him or her as well. Room for gear too. You can really hunker it down during ****** weather and really open it up for dry star-studded nights. And the nylon version is light- there's never a reason not to take it on the journey. I live in the rocky mountains and most nights are dry so I don't see a need for a top vent. A con (and only one), seems that every time I set it up it looks and feels different. I'm not quite sure I've gotten the hang of setting it up. The back side of the tent slopes downward and bells out at the bottom. When you've got it set up tight against the ground there's little room for anything. Good trial run so far. Dropping a few more ounces and more $crilla on the cuben version might not be a bad idea. Bottom line: it's lite and simple- as all gear should be.