DIY Pyramid Tent

high_rise_hunter

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Fellas,

Thought I would post up a few pics of the recent shelter I built (well it's 99% completed, I still have 4 tie outs to attach). Very basic 4-sided pyramid shelter pitched with a single trekking pole in the middle. It was a first-of-it's-kind project for me. I would say I'm about a 8/10 on the happiness scale on how it turned out. I've slept 5 nights in it so far with the only issue being at times it can be a little tricky to get a tight pitch along all four corners.

The tent is constructed from 0.51 oz Dyneema. It is fully taped (minimal sewing) besides where I ran one row of stitching down each side of the zipper. Total weight including 16 stakes and 50' of guy line comes in just shy of 16 oz.

Suppliers I used included:
-Rip Stop By The Roll
-Bear Pawds
-Zpacks
 

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530Chukar

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Looks nice so far. The second set of pics didn’t show up. Is the Dynema pretty loud in the wind?


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Shoot. I'll try and repost those pics!

So the first night I slept in the tent (well I didn't really sleep at all) was super windy. Having done a poor job of staking down the tent on the rocky top it made a LOT of noise in the wind. Being my first night ever sleeping in it and sound of the fabric in the wind = a lousy night of sleep. After that night as long it's 1.) not incredibly windy, and 2.) properly pitched, the noise isn't so bad. At least not enough to affect my sleeping.
 
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No, I wouldn't say dyneema is hard to to work with. The taped seams are WAY stronger than I imagined. I used 1/2" double sided adhesive tape and messing around with some scrape pieces I couldn't get them to tear apart no matter how hard I pulled. I will say there are differences between "peeling" apart and "shearing". The seems if "peeled" and much, much weaker than if "sheared" apart. Here is diagram to elaborate on the differences between peel and shear:
 

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