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The US-made Double Rainbow is Tarptent’s hottest mannequin. Weighing in at simply 1.2kg, it provides a shocking quantity of residing area for 2 riders, mixed with a really minimal packsize. We check out the newly up to date 2019 mannequin, testing it out tenting within the US, the UK, and France.
Jun 5, 2019
The Rainbow was the primary Tarptent – and single pores and skin tent – that I owned, purchased in 2009 after I was using throughout the Americas and slowly transitioning to a extra minimal, bikepacking setup. It helped me ditch my conventional, 2 pores and skin tent with much less of the compromise that I initially feared. In any case, in contrast to barebones tarps, the 1kg Rainbow pitches like a tent and is totally built-in with mesh partitions and a tub ground. Given the lengthy journey that I used to be on, I cherished its inside area – loads of room to perk up after an extended day within the saddle – and the large entrance opening for morning vistas. In truth, the tent is so roomy you may even match a comfy using associate in there, too.
The 1.2kg Double Rainbow is mainly an even bigger, barely heavier tackle the identical system: it has an identical single apex hoop, however the entire tent is wider with two zipped porches, which means it may well sleep two individuals on extensive pads, with stretching room to spare. In truth, the 2019 model I’ve been utilizing for the previous few months is even larger than the unique Double Rainbow: it boasts a 33% wider apex and its 5cm wider internally. Maybe extra importantly for bikepackers, it’s totally stuffable too, which suggests it stows very well right into a small seatpack. Like different silnylon Tarptents, it has a 5,000 mm hydrostatic head stress score for the fly and three,000mm for the ground – heavier responsibility than many light-weight tents. As my longterm evaluation of the Bowfin recommended, this implies it ought to deal with each repeated rainfall and UV degradation nicely.
I’ve at all times appreciated a tent that pitches simply, with minimal faff, particularly after using all day. As soon as I’d obtained to grips with the way it works, setting the Double Rainbow up proved to be a really fast course of, taking simply two or three minutes; even my six 12 months previous son Sage had it honed very quickly. There’s a helpful video right here that runs you thru the method; match the brief cross beam first, run the total arch pole by means of a sleeve, choose up the slack in rigidity at both finish of the tent, then work your method round six factors to peg it down. Be aware that should you’re a hiker, you may set the Double Rainbow up freestanding, utilizing the built-in sleeve ends to cup your mountaineering poles. There are extra man line attachment factors on pullouts on the arch sleeve and perimeter hem, however except you’re trying into the eyes of a tempestuous storm, it’s unlikely you’ll want them, because the Double Rainbow is a stout tent that doesn’t flap round within the wind.
Inside, the Double Rainbow feels remarkably spacious. Its 224cm (88in) lengthy, at 185cm (6’1″), there’s completely no method my head or toes can contact both finish. The identical goes with sitting up; there’s a number of room to spare (107cm/42in). The general width of the tent can also be very beneficiant, providing ample room for 2 extensive, luxurious pads (132cm/52in). Most significantly, the Double Rainbow provides a really usable area with little loss within the corners. Anybody as much as round 6ft4in (193cm) can actually sleep with toes outstretched! I at all times discovered single pores and skin tents liable to condensation, so all this further residing area reduces the prospect of unintentionally brushing the foot of your down sleeping bag in opposition to the tip of the tent, or your puff jacket in opposition to the perimeters.
There are two doorways, so no clambering over your associate to get out within the evening for a pee. Plus, you every get your individual porch for stashing gear. The fly pulls again in a wide range of methods – held in place by a plastic clip. My favorite? Absolutely open panoramas to both facet.
As for inside trimmings, there are two small mesh facet pockets, preferrred for stowing a telephone. However don’t count on the form of refinements that we’ve come to count on from huge manufacturers like Massive Agnes, with the likes of headphone ports, LED lighting, and all the remainder. The Double Rainbow is easy, lean, and purposeful.
By way of airflow, there are two vents on the high, and you may unclip the bath ground too. Together with the double door design, this implies the Double Rainbow fares higher than some. The within of the tent is basically mesh and options clips for becoming an extra, breathable liner ($30, 110g). Though this eats into residing area, it’s designed to further heat and shield sleepers in opposition to attainable drips from condensation. It’s a pleasant contact, because it offers the tent a helpful, modular versatility. With the liner fitted, Tarptent grant the Double Rainbow a three+ season score and say it’s prepared for gentle to average snow loading.
As for packing it away once more, the Double Rainbow comes with a generously-sized stuffsack, so it’s simple to roll out and stow, even with frigid fingers. This stated, I most popular to pack the tent poles in my framebag (Tarptent even off tent sleeves you can velcro to your downtube if yours is simply too small), and the tent individually. This ‘stuffability’ is a very nice bonus for bikepacking, because it opens up quite a lot of packing choices.
Over the previous few months, I’ve weathered a fair proportion of combined European climate within the Double Rainbow, each with my son and with associates. The bath ground is minimize good and excessive, and it may well even be raised by clipping in at both finish throughout increased throughout heavy rainfall. I’d level out that facet entry tents – in contrast to tunnel tents with prolonged porches – are at all times a bit of tough to enter and exit in heavy rain. The perfect tactic is to half open from the underside and dive in or out, although should you’re a hiker, you may really use your mountaineering pole to increase the porch outwards in gentle rain, by the use of unfurling an extra panel that rolls away into the door. With reference to water, notice that the tent doesn’t come seam sealed. You’ll be able to ask Tarptent to do it for you ($35) or purchase the $eight seam sealing package and do it your self. Whilst you’re at it, it’s price ‘portray’ some sealant strips alongside the within of the bath ground, to assist forestall your air mattresses from slipping and sliding round.
On an identical notice, I’d advise utilizing a footprint, like a bit of Tyvek (Tarptent will promote you one for $17, 193g/6.8oz), should you’re on an extended journey, or pitching the Double Rainbow on desert flooring, to minimize the prospect of puncture wounds and to thrust back common abrasion. Formally, Tarptent reckons you gained’t want extra safety for almost all of makes use of, however I’ve observed a couple of tiny holes in my Bowfin, so I’d advocate utilizing one.
I also needs to point out that the six, 15cm Easton Aluminum Nano stakes supplied aren’t my favorite alternative, even when this set are superb up to now. They deal with compacted earth completely nicely – of the type we’ve had in Europe. However over time, I’ve not had a lot luck with them when circumstances have been much less beneficial. If I’m headed for rockier climes, I swap them out with MSR Groundhogs, or comparable.
This apart, I’ve used Tarptents sufficient prior to now to really feel assured that the Double Rainbow can deal with month in, month out use, within the circumstances that bikepackers are prone to expertise. All light-weight tents will ultimately put on out and zippers will fail, so it’s good to see that Tarptent provide a restore service, which prices $20 and upwards.
Lastly, there’s the value. At $299, I’d think about the US-made Double Rainbow to be strong worth for cash, although you’ll have to consider the price of seam sealing it, together with $eight for a restore package, and some for added guylines, that are at all times helpful to have.
Extraordinarily spacious inside for a light-weight two individual tent, with loads of gear space for storing
Stuffable, suits completely within the backside of a seatpack
Fast and simple to pitch
Modular design – add in an additional lining for wintery temperatures, or very humid environments
Hardwearing for its weight
Wants trekking poles to be freestanding
Hole aliminium stakes are liable to bending; I desire stronger stakes for rocky circumstances
While the bath ground is comparatively strong, a Tyvek footprintis a superb funding for long run use, particularly within the desert
Further man strains aren’t included
Seam sealing isn’t included both; you are able to do it your self for $eight or pay an extra $35 and have Tarptent do it for you
Weight 1.2kg (42oz)
Packed Measurement 46 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm (18 in x four in x four in)
Ground Space 224cm by 132cm (88in x 52in)
Place of Manufacture USA
Producer’s Particulars Tarptent
My favorite tents provide a soothing area to decompress after a day’s experience and promise a refreshing evening’s sleep, regardless of the climate. The Double Rainbow undoubtedly does a terrific job at each. It’s additionally comparatively reasonably priced, and it’s sturdy. The tiny pack dimension is an actual boon for bikepacking specifically, as the entire tent will be simply stuffed into the underside of a seatpack. It’s a pleasure to pitch and hand around in; like Dr Who’s outstanding Tardis, inside residing area feels particularly beneficiant and the excessive ceiling and plentiful size cater particularly nicely to tall people. There are lighter two individual, totally enclosed tents available on the market, however they’re both dearer, or provide much less usable inside area.
Sure, single pores and skin tents have some inherent compromises. You’ll have to take care to not brush up in opposition to the tent’s sidewalls when circumstances are humid, and you may’t pitch the inside tent by itself for bug-free stargazing. However within the case of the Double Rainbow, there’s sufficient room to largely the negate the previous, and with each doorways tied proper again, not less than you may benefit from the promise of merely superb views come morning.