After umm–ing and ahh–ing for more than a year, I’ve finally taken the plunge and bought myself a Go Lite Shangri-La 3.
It arrived this morning from those lovely folk at Backpackinglight.co.uk after a bit of email tennis with Bob asking whether I’d fit or not without brushing the walls.
I needn’t have worried. I’ve just put it up in the garden and it’s huge.
I have bought the shelter and the Go Lite groundsheet. This is not the lightest option by any stretch but my reasoning is as follows…
This is my ‘winter’ shelter… or at least, my shelter when the bugs calm down. I have a way of combining my walking poles so will not need the hefty adjustable pole which reduces things by over 300 g.
Therefore, I have the tent and groundsheet coming in at under 1.5kg (not super light, I know) yet have all that room to do my back stretches and the added protection of a full groundsheet for the colder months.
Assuming I get on with this tent, I will investigate some bug-proof addition for next summer. Some of the US manufacturers have options here and the weights are more than acceptable.
So, first pitch and what do I think…
Build quality is good and consistent with my positive experiences using a Pinnacle pack. However, I will be sealing those seams.
The main shelter is supplied in one stuffsac with pole and a small sack of six Y pegs. The ground sheet comes in another sac.
The great news about this shelter is that it is a doddle to put up… took about five minutes.
Admittedly, the hexagonal ground sheet helps with peg placement but the technique sans groundsheet is very well demonstrated on YouTube.
Simply put, peg out the corners, put the adjustable pole into position and then tighten down the straps at the six corners… ‘simples’.
The ground sheet has bungee loops at ground level and some additional clips to raise the sides of the sheet and make a bathtub. I struggled to get this effect at first (see photos) as I’d pitched the shelter low to the ground. Unhitching the bungee loops soon remedied it, though.
A full ground sheet has its draw back for wet gear, cooking, access etc, but the Go Lite groundsheet unclips easily and you can adjust the floor coverage to suit.
For all those fellow lanky folks out there, I can lay ‘width across flats’ without touching the walls and, preferably, ‘width across corners’ despite the pole obstructing a little. I’m 6’6”.
The door is large, giving great views, and secured with a light press-stud at the base. No two-way zip though, which is a shame, although I’m told that next year’s version will have one, along with another vent and improved vent ‘hoods’.
An additional tension strap also can be found at the base of the door for extra security and zip ‘protection’ – I guess .
Mid way across the base of each face is a small webbing strap to which further bungee loops can be added for more security.
I now need to experiment with different pitching heights so I’m ready for bad weather or those times when I need more ventilation.
So far, so good, though.