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Old 10-08-2012, 08:22 PM
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Default Sail silk tents

Does anyone know where to buy tents made with sail silk? Years ago I guided
for John Ostashek in the western Kukon. He had some. They were real light
and well made. Ideas anyone?
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:28 PM
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Any idea of the weight. The bop up ones r about 27lbs
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:28 PM
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Does anyone know where to buy tents made with sail silk? Years ago I guided
for John Ostashek in the western Kukon. He had some. They were real light
and well made. Ideas anyone?
Are we talking Egyption sail cloth tents that used to be sold by Blacks Outdoors in Ontario up to the early seventies?

Those were pre nylon days mountaineering tents and very very expensive.

If any of our other AO members know about these tents please comment.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:08 PM
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If you want,get ahold of Sherwood Guides and Outfitters.I worked for the m years ago and we used those same type of tents.If I'm not mistaken,Pete McMahon had them custom made,so he could probably help you out.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:41 PM
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Is sail silk thicker than parachute silk?
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:42 AM
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Most modern sails are made with coated dacron. It's heavy, stiff and noisy and gets leaks if you fold it too tightly too often.

BUT. . .there are some great lightweight tents out there that might be what you're thinking of. Try GoLite - they sell online only now, but they're inexpensive (especially compared to Kifaru or TiGoat) and seem well made. I've used their ShangriLa 2 but I really want the 5.

If my memory is correct, for about $700 you could buy the tent, a lightweight woodstove and stove jack and still come in under 9lbs.

Good luck.
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Does anyone know where to buy tents made with sail silk? Years ago I guided
for John Ostashek in the western Kukon. He had some. They were real light
and well made. Ideas anyone?
I used to have one, it was the best tent I have ever had. We had a sow with cubs come into camp a tear it apart and have not been able to find anyone who makes them. They all say those tents have fire issues.

I to would like to know who makes them or were to get them.
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I used to have one, it was the best tent I have ever had. We had a sow with cubs come into camp a tear it apart and have not been able to find anyone who makes them. They all say those tents have fire issues.

I to would like to know who makes them or were to get them.
I just ended up with a sail silk (egyptian cotton) wall tent in a deal. It is an 8x10 with 2' walls, weighs next to nothing, will make a nice light top pack. It was custom built, but not sure where. Would also be curious if anyone knows

Found an in depth article on sail silk tents...
http://wintertrekking.com/equipment/hot-tenting/
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