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Shelters vary drastically in type, function and weight.  The lighest shelters are bivouac ("bivy") sacks and tarps, while free standing tents typically represent the heaviest type of shelter (See Graph Below).  Bivy sacks and tarps provide minimum shelter while a tent typically provides better shelter and insect protection.

Shelter Comparison

* Floor area estimated at 12.5 square feet for Bivy Sacks
** Tarp floor area estmated at 50% of the tarp, weight does not include ground tarp, line or poles

 

Tent Comparision Chart

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Manufacturer/
model
Pricesleeping
capacity
weight
(oz.)
floor
area
(sq.ft.)
vestibule
area
(sq.ft.)
free
standing
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1  $300  1  35  22  5  Yes
 MSR Carbon Flex  $450  1  42  17  9.5  No
 Mountain Hardware Sprite 1  $170  1  45  17.5  5  No
 MSR Hubba HP Tent  $350  1  48  17  9.5  Yes
 The North Face Mica  $229  1  50  18  6  Yes
 Marmot EOS 1P Tent  $225  1  51  22.8  6  Yes
 REI Quarter Dome T1  $199  1  52  14.6  6.2  Yes
 MSR Huba Tent  $250  1  54  17  9.5  Yes
 MSR Skinny One  $200  1  57  15  5  No
GoLite Utopia Shelter  $275  2  42  43 0  Yes
 Integral Design Siltarp (8'x5')  $75  2  7  40  0  No
 MSR E-Wing Shelter  $79  2  7  44  0  No
 Integral Design Siltarp (8'x10')  $145  2  14  80  0  No
 Integral Design Siltarp (9'x5')  $170  2  16.5  45  0  No
 GoLite Shangri-La Shelter  $175  2  29  49  6+6  No
 MSR E-Bivy  $80  1  10  N/A  0  No
 REI Minimalist Bivy  $90  1  15  N/A  0  No
 Integral Design Micro Bivy E-vent  $210  1  18.5  N/A  0  No
Outdoor Research Micro Night Bivy  $129  1  19  N/A  0  No
Black Diamond Lightsabre Bivy  $200  1  26  N/A  0  No
Integral Design Unishelter Ex Bivy  $320  1  31  N/A  0  No

 The shelters above represent a small sample of the available shelters.

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