On August 3rd the SlingFin monkeys departed California for what would be a week long adventure at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City! For those of you who don’t know, Outdoor Retailer is a huge outdoor industry trade show where people from all over the globe come to geek out on the new gear debuting for the next season. Needless to say, we couldn’t wait to be a part of the fun again this year!
Rolling in EARLY Tuesday morning, we set up our small encampment in Tent City and awaited the visitors we would be receiving the next several days. We had a prime location right by the entrance to Tent City from the street and also the convention center itself, garnering extensive foot traffic!
One of our favorite things about attending OR is that we get to put faces to the names we see on emails and also meet new interested parties. We were able to sit down and geek out over tents with people from all over the United States and also from other countries.
One of our “biggest” eye-catchers was our freshly debuted Kahiltna Dome, as seen being set up in this photo. Five meters in diameter, it stood out in Tent City attracting all kinds of attention. We also debuted our lightweight 4-season tent, the WindSaber. Keep an eye out for it in the future! As for now, you can see it in the topmost picture. It’s the tent with the orange fly in the foreground.
Our 3-season backpacking tents were also show stoppers. The weight to volume ratio is a true story that caught most people’s attention. The 2Lite and CrossBow2 series both provide more body and vestibule volume than most other tents in the same weight class. Not to mention the dry entries the vestibules also provide! We currently have ALL models of our 3-season tents in stock and ready to find new homes.
And it wasn’t all work and no fun… SlingFin monkeys will be SlingFin monkeys! We got put up by a S.L.C. local who owns a boxing gym. We of course had to don their boxing robes and get our sweat on in the gym! Until next next time, go forth and adventure!
Big things are occurring at SlingFin! We’ve got reviews in Gear Institute
, SlingFin backpacking tents are starting to hit store shelves and we’re seeing pictures of these tents staking claim in the outdoors! Our friend took a 2Lite tent this past weekend on her backpacking trip to the Lost Coast and shared her pictures with us. Not a bad place to pitch your home for the night!
Here’s a recent pic of Jacob Schmitz slacklining at EBC with a lovely backdrop. I’m referring to the SlingFin BFD (7m dome), but the Himalayas are quite pretty too. Read more about the expedition on Mountain Trip’s website. http://mountaintrip.com/everest/mount-everest-expedition-2015/
Here’s another recent pic from Eskimos Iceland.
SlingFin HardShell tents in Iceland
Our Korean Superstar Jin recently took 2 protos of the CrossBow 2 tent on his recent summit of Mt. Yariga-Take in the Japan North Alps. Here are some photos and feedback from his trip.
Performance wise, these two tents were OUTSTANDING with proper setup.
o There was very strong wind all through the night on top of the Mt. Yariga-Take because of typhoon but both tents performed well with no issue at all.
o There is no question that CrossBow2 tent is very strong with trekking pole setup but even with wing pole setup (supposed to be weakest setup), I didn’t see any issue even under typhoon, if setup properly (proper pitching and guying)
Light Weight Tents! Love it!
o Both tent were light (2.1kg and 2.5kg)! That’s really good weight as strong double wall tent that we can actually use for 4 seasons!
o All the mesh pockets inside were VERY useful as always!
o Tent body provided me more than enough space for solo climbing with very comfortable headroom as well
o Vestibule provided me big space to hold 2x100L back-packs. Great!
“the ability to use the single tent for a wide range of applications makes it appealing for those whose adventures cover all the seasons”
the CrossBow 2 in it’s many forms
SlingFin tents were recently used as part of a training session with Tyler Armstrong. Tyler is the youngest to summit Aconcagua and has many more summits in his sights. The mountaineering training session took place on the north side of Mt. Adams and was led by Robert Link and Lhawang Dhondup.
This time from Jökulheimar (Glacierworld) which is a mountain hut really close to Vatnajökull Glacier.
check out these pics of the LFD on Kilimanjaro (courtesy of Ryan Waters from Mountain Professionals)
Base Camp smiles
SlingFin LFD (5m dome)
Come visit us at the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City. Our new CrossBow 2 was picked by backpacker.com as one of their favorite tents of the show. http://www.backpacker.com/outdoor-retailer-new-tents-2014/gear/18855?page=5
SlingFin’s home in Tent City