No 356 – The future of Ultralight Gear – Pt 3

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Published on January 13, 2013 with 3 Comments

The discussion into the future of Ultralight Gear continues this time with Henry Shires of Tarptent.com who starts, as did Ron, by sharing his thoughts on the current state of play from his point of view.


Henry Shires sold his first Tarp tent way back in 1999 and has continued producing shelters based on his lightweight principles since then. He with Ron Moak, Glen Van Peski and Brian Frankle have been the backbone of the ultralight cottage industry which has grown significantly since then.

We continue to touch on numerous topics in this podcast including why he hasn’t explored using Cuben Fiber in his manufacturing, his reflections on completing the TGO Challenge and the social aspects of the crossing, his ideal perfect fabric and how customer relations have played such an important part in shaping his company.

Plus, of course we delve into his rucksack for a hunt around to see what gear he’s actually paid for!

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  1. A really informative and enjoyable listen. I was especially surprised to hear that Henry uses solid fuel tablets. I have long advocated their use as they can double up as wood burner starters. I do wish I had met him on the 2010 tgo Challenge. I am presently seriously considering purchasing his Scarp 1 tent. Its either that or the Tera Nova Voyager Ultralight tent.

  2. Henry,
    We talked maybe a couple years ago, would never expect you to remember, I did up getting one of your tarptents. Has worked great.
    Later this year, we are thinking of backpacking the Lost Coast Trial, any suggestions on rain gear?
    Feel comfortable, that as long as I keep the tent vented property I will be ok.
    This may be close to you, well at least in the same state:) and we have never hiked on the coast, for the most part, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, so dryer areas.
    We are starting to get familiar with the area, tides and the like.
    Any other thoughts, or sites we should go visit to be prepared.

    Thanks
    Jeff

  3. Cool article. I have two of Henry’s tents and they’re awesome. Nothing like a tent that holds three men and still weighs half as much as the other guys’ 2-man tent from the well-known outdoor retailer with three letters in the name.

    I’ve also enjoyed a few email exchanges with Henry (as I have with Glen) and it’s fun to ask questions about their gear, share tips, etc.

    Keep up the good work, Henry!

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