SplitWing tarps are coming back in Spring/Summer 2022. Mesh bodies, vestibules, and floors are still available.
The SplitWing is our most minimal shelter for people whose top priority is achieving the lowest weight possible without compromising weather coverage. Designed with thru-hikes and FKTs in mind, the SplitWing and its modular accessories are adaptable to the wide range of conditions that are likely to be encountered on a 4-month-plus adventure.
This bundle includes the SplitWing Tarp, SplitWing Mesh Body, and Removable Vestibule. It's one of the lightest, most versatile shelters around, and with the full system you can optimize it for any of the conditions you're likely to encounter on an extended thru-hike. Save $25 when you buy the shelter, mesh body, and vestibule together. Put the extra money towards your thru-hike shower fund. Or don't.
When used on its own, the SplitWing Tarp is palatial for one and cozy for two. A pair of hardcore UL hikers (or very close friends) will appreciate sharing a shelter that packs down to the size of a grapefruit and weighs less than two packs of ramen per person. At 7.9oz without the 6 included DAC j-stakes (10.3oz all-in), the SplitWing Tarp is damn light. Strategically-placed reinforcements made of our Expedition Series fly fabric keep the SplitWing in one piece when conditions get gnarly.
Unlike most shaped tarps, the SplitWing can be pitched with the front trekking pole anywhere between 105cm-120cm thanks to its front "wings", allowing you to prioritize floor area and storm protection with a low pitch, or provide generous headroom when pitched high. It's closed at the foot end to reduce drafts and increase weather protection.
For added protection, use the vestibule (included with the bundle), which covers the front opening of the tarp, providing 360-degree coverage, perfect for those who are looking for the light weight of a minimal tarp shelter but would rather not give up the comfort and security of a tent.
Add the SplitWing Mesh Body (also included with the bundle) and you'll have all the protection, versatility, and coziness of a double-wall tent but at a scant 21oz trail weight.
To increase the versatility of the SplitWing even more, you can add the removable floor (sold separately) for use instead of the mesh body in bug-free conditions.
Not using trekking poles? Order some SplitWing Carbon Poles from Ruta Locura. These are sized specifically for the SplitWing and come in adjustable or non-adjustable options, providing total versatility for your SplitWing.
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|Trail Weight||21 oz (6 included DAC stakes add 2 oz)|
|Packaged Weight||24 oz|
|Floor Area with Vestibule (no mesh body)||37.8 sq ft|
Floor Area (tarp only)
|27-32 sq ft (depending on pitch height)|
|Floor Area w/ Vestibule and Mesh Body||24.8 sq ft + 6.8 sq ft vestibule|
|Floor Area w/ Mesh Body (no vestibule)||24.8 sq ft|
|Poles||0 (trekking poles not included)|
|SplitWing Tarp Fabric||
10D Nylon 66 Ripstop Sil/Sil
|SplitWing Tarp Reinforcement Fabric||30D Nylon 66 Ripstop Sil/Sil|
|SplitWing Mesh Body Canopy Fabric||15D Nylon No-See-Um Mesh|
|SplitWing Mesh Body Floor Fabric||20D Nylon Ripstop PE 1800|
10D Nylon 66 Ripstop Sil/Sil
This tent was basically everything I was looking for, albeit it has one flaw. I took it on a backcountry hunting trip last week and it performed flawlessly for the conditions we were in (no rain). However, as others have mentioned, the lack of a tub floor is a glaring issue. If we would’ve seen precipitation, there would’ve been very little to keep water out of the tent given a perfect level/crowned campsite is rarely available. Also, the lack of a tub floor allows dirt/debris to enter the tent easily upon entry/exit. If the mesh body was offered with a tub floor, this wouldve been a 5 star review.
Hi Connor! Glad you think the design of the SplitWing is 'almost perfect'. One thing to note, the mesh body is designed so that when it's pitched properly, the edges of the mesh body floor lift off the ground, even when your campsite is less than ideal. Just make sure that mesh body is tight, and I can say from my own experience using the bundle in torrential rain that you won't have any issues with water flowing into the mesh body! Raising the trekking poles at the head and foot of the tarp can help achieve this. Once you have the tarp set up, just extend the trekking poles a little more and the edges of the mesh body will lift right off the ground. Hope this helps!
I purchased the full package about a month ago. I was on the AT this past week. First, the overall quality is great! The weight fell into the range I wanted.
The split wings at the front (from which the name is derived) are so close to the ground that, coupled with the front guy and the pole just off center make it very difficult for even a person of average height, to get in and out of the tent. This is especially problematic when the weather is bad and the vestibule is muddy. Secondly, the lack of a tub floor is a big deal. The perfect, slightly convex and elevated tent site on the AT is a rarity. Nearly everywhere I’ve been in close to 700 miles, tent sites are always a compromise. During a heavy storm, water flooded the tent, flowing across the floor inside in sheets. (Hacks, like increasing the pole height to slightly deform the floor are not great solutions and lead to other issues like making it difficult to properly attach the front vestibule.) This, on a nearly level site. Needless to say, I was not happy. Fortunately, my sleeping pad was elevated enough that my quilt and I stayed dry. The zippers, because they are right on the ground (see comment about lack of a tub floor) and because they are so fine, have a tendency to get dirty from the mud and can be difficult to operate. Finally, even with the side guys staked and taut, the fly and interior net are in contact with each other - especially during a storm where everything tends to sag.
I agree with other comments regarding setup not being intuitive. I did 5 trial runs at home before I went out. They were worth the time. I can’t imagine going out without ever having set up this tent. I also agree with the comment about insufficient stakes. I too purchase an extra set. Without them, the side guys cannot be used. They are essential to prevent contact between the fly and the net. Even then, they don’t really fully do the job.
I generally liked this tent but believe improvements to the floor design will take it to the next level. I understand such improvements are in the pipeline.
Finally, I will say the customer service is very responsive to inquiries!
I've thought long and hard about how I felt about this tarp/tent. Having lived and worked with a seamstress/upholsterer, I can tell you that this is constructed well of quality material. The design is excellent for what it is and our test run on the Spit in Homer, Alaska showed that it holds up well to hard wind and lots of rain.
The biggest complaint I have about the bundle is the fact that the mesh body does not have a tub floor. Every time we got in and out, we would pull sand, sticks, stones or whatever was in front of the mesh body into the tent. After 3 days of use, it was quite dirty inside.
The setup is not intuitive and we struggled with it in the wind and rain, even though we practiced beforehand. I was not able to figure out how to get the footprint hooked up while putting the tent down, so we ended up not using it. Trying to figure out a new tarp/tent system and setup the footprint at 10pm in 20-40mph winds with sideways blowing rain proved too much. After about an hour, we had it set up like we wanted. For those that like to tie out all the guyouts, be aware that you will not have enough stakes. I bought an extra set, too, and still did not have enough and I could not find the ones I wanted in Homer (lightweight, 7"+ in length).
After getting it set up, we slept in it over night. I had heard this material stretches and that we would have to adjust it; we really did. After the first night, our sleeping bags were soaked. The rain had caused the material to sag which ended up resting on the mesh body; in essence, it became a single wall tent.
When we woke up the next morning, the rain had stopped and the wind died down, so we were able to adjust it more. I played with the height of my poles and the side guyouts and tried it a second night. It was not as bad as the first, but still, the material stretched and then sagged. We had our first stake failure and the foot area collapsed. Our feet were completely soaked the next morning.
For the third night, it did not rain, but was a bit windy. I adjusted the stakes again, piling even more rocks onto the stakes and lines and it was more comfortable than the previous two nights. We woke up the next morning with our backs slightly soaked, as we had both rolled over a bit while sleeping and touched the mesh wall enough to touch the outer tarp/fly.
Overall, we had mixed feelings about the Splitwing Bundle. For one person, this may perform much better. The stakes that came with the tent are entirely inadequate for the sand and tundra, especially with strong winds. Even with several stones piled on top, they would come loose at the worst possible time, which was while we were sleeping. It is an extremely lightweight, well-constructed shelter that can house 2 people.
Some suggestions: Offer longer stakes, and the chance to add more, during the checkout process. I would have happily paid extra for that. And please, add a tub to the floor. We had sand and water coming in, making for a dirty sleeping experience. That may be our specific use-case scenario, but it's what we experienced. If a new one is designed, I would happily throw away the current one for that design and carry the extra 2 or 4 ounces, or whatever it is, to get that feature.
In the end, I'm expecting to learn how to use it better and expect that we will have awesome experiences with it. We're planning on a multi-day trip on Kesugi Ken in the Denali Range. That is quite a bit different than Homer's environment and I can come back and update the status with what we observe during that trip. I'm excited to learn how to use this better!
I have to confess that I'm a hammock camper. I hunted around for a system to use when I know I'll have to sleep on the ground. I was leaning toward a bug bivy & tarp set up when I came across this. I am so glad I purchased it!
One of the things I like about a hammock is it's much easier to get my creaky old body in & out of a hammock than it is to get out of a tent. Crawling out of the mesh tent is easier than other tents I've used where the door is at the head. This is one area in which the fact the door goes all the way to the ground helps. The downside of that design is that dirt from outside gets inside pretty easily, but because there's no lip there detritus shakes out pretty easily.
I'm about 166 cm tall, and I can sit upright at the door of the tent. This gives the tent a delightfully spacious feel. I doubt I'd ever want to share the space with another full-sized human. I plan to introduce my dog to hiking, and there will be plenty enough room for the both of us. The material is downright diaphanous - so much so I have concerns about what his claws may do to the floor - and it's quite slippery. You'll want something like GG's 1/8" foam pad to keep your inflatable sleeping pad from sliding around.
Shortly after receiving the bundle, I set it up in my parents' yard in Western Washington on a rainy night. The all-night drizzle resulted in a couple of small (< 2 cm) spots of water. I credit my lousy job setting it up for allowing water to get in at all. I use a down quilt, and properly set up I have no doubts the tarp will keep me dry even in a rain.
Took this on the JMT this summer, and on several climbing trips. It weighs very little and takes up little pack space, has a minimalist feature set without being rudimentary, and gets the job done. It’s just the right size for me (6’2”, 185 lbs) and has enough space for my gear too. Actually the Splitwing is even big enough for two, but your feet might overlap. Like any small shaped A-frame tarp it’s a little tricky to slide in to, and it took several practice tries in the back yard before I got efficient at setting it up. Wrapped around me like a cloak the fly protected me and my pack from an afternoon shower, but I haven’t had it out in a multi-day Thor vs Zeus thunderstorm yet. The materials seem top-notch, and the construction was flawless. Not a ragged edge, poor seam, or flimsy attachment in sight. I’ll definitely be picking up more Slingfin gear next time I’m in the market.