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Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Tue 18 Jun, 2019 6:51 am
by Kristin
Has anyone bit the bullet and bought/tried the Strat Li?

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Thu 23 Jul, 2020 8:00 am
by Petew
Also curious about this.

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Thu 23 Jul, 2020 8:59 am
by coimon
Yep, I've had one for a while now. What would you like to know?

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Thu 23 Jul, 2020 10:21 am
by Petew
Cool, thankyou.

Happy with it? Plenty of room? Did you get the solid or mesh inner?

Tossing up between this, a duplex, a Bonfus Duos and maybe a DR Li.

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Thu 23 Jul, 2020 1:39 pm
by coimon
Very happy with it, great tent.

Loads of room, palatial for one, I use it as a two person tent. Fits my partner and myself plus some gear without issue. Big vestibules. Big footprint to match, but is manageable with the ability to peg vestibules flat and pitch vestibules over objects like rocks and roots. I've even put pegs for guylines into tree stumps before and it pitched fine.

I got both mesh and solid inner.

Never owned a zpacks product, but I wouldn't go near them. Too much smoke for there not to be a fire.

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Thu 23 Jul, 2020 2:08 pm
by Petew
Thanks coimon,

I own a bunch of Zpacks stuff and it's fine. However, a mate has a duplex and the finish around the zip is a mess.

I think if I go down the Stratosphere Li route I'd get the solid inner and make a bathtub floor to suit (when using fly only) to cut some weight.

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Fri 24 Jul, 2020 8:57 am
by Zapruda
Petew wrote:Thanks coimon,

I own a bunch of Zpacks stuff and it's fine. However, a mate has a duplex and the finish around the zip is a mess.

I think if I go down the Stratosphere Li route I'd get the solid inner and make a bathtub floor to suit (when using fly only) to cut some weight.


Just throwing my 2c out there...

For years I owned different Zpacks tents and was somewhat satisfied. When I bought my first Tarptent in 2018 I was blown away! The construction, design and quality were light years ahead. I resigned myself to never buy another zpacks product again...

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Fri 24 Jul, 2020 10:54 am
by north-north-west
I'm so glad I signed up for the 2pp XMid before seeing this thread. Or am I . . . ?

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Fri 24 Jul, 2020 11:10 am
by Petew
If they made the 2p xmid in DCF I'd be in like Flynn.....

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Fri 24 Jul, 2020 1:04 pm
by north-north-west
Petew wrote:If they made the 2p xmid in DCF I'd be in like Flynn.....

If they made the 2p XMid in DCF it would cost approximately three arms and a leg. Might even be worth that if you can afford it.

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Tue 18 Aug, 2020 4:50 pm
by cams
Bit late to the party, but my wife and I recently got the Strat Li too. Figured we didn't spend a heap of money on our planned Canada trip, so we'll get another tent.

Only got the solid inner. Have used it a couple of times now. Pitching has gone more smoothly than I expected, although probably still has room for improvement. Dealt with a bit of wind and rain easily on one night, although noted there was more breeze flowing through compared to our Scarp 2. Sides of the fly don't pitch as close to the ground.

Contrary to Coiman's experience though, I'm definitely finding it to be on the tight side inside. Especially compared to the Scarp 2 which may be a bit unfair. I'm 185cm, and when I'm laying on a thick air mat like a Ether Lite it's pretty unavoidable to be making a lot of contact with the inner.

Only very early experiences though, and for the weight I'm definitely willing to keep experimenting.

Build quality seems excellent as I'd expect from Tarptent. I love the magnetic keeper straps for the fly, but I'm a bit confounded as to why they still persist with the silly elastic tie's for the inner keepers. Probably my most hated feature of the Scarp 2 as well. Every time I use it I tell myself I'll figure something better out for this but never get around to it.

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Sandy soil made us realise how critical the pegging is. Should have brought bigger pegs this day.


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Both inner and outer were encrusted with ice this night, so I was getting a lot brushing off onto my sleeping bag and head. But the conditions were horrendous for condensation. Zero wind.

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Fri 18 Sep, 2020 10:32 pm
by jjoz58
I have the LI but haven't had as much use as I would like because of cancelled trips this year. I use it for 1 as I like the room and all my gear inside and it is a palace and so nice to set up just an inner on a nice night. I have just the net inner at the moment. I own a duplex as well and have used it over 220 nights including the AT without any problems, but I did say I would get a double wall when a decent one came along. It will get a workout next year on either the PCT or this years cancelled trips the Bib and TA.

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Wed 21 Oct, 2020 8:40 am
by Tortoise
Are you around, Cams? Or does anyone else in Tassie have one that I could see in person?

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Wed 02 Dec, 2020 6:07 pm
by Drew
Contrary to Coiman's experience though, I'm definitely finding it to be on the tight side inside. Especially compared to the Scarp 2 which may be a bit unfair. I'm 185cm, and when I'm laying on a thick air mat like a Ether Lite it's pretty unavoidable to be making a lot of contact with the inner.


I was surprised when they released this tent that they made it so much smaller than the original Stratospire. I've had the 2P Strat for a few years and its palatial size is one of the selling points. My partner and I love having all that space inside, plus room for gear in the vestibules. Sure, it has a big footprint, but there's room in the vestibules for rocks, shrubs etc if you don't have enough space. I'm in no hurry to fork out for a DCF tent but when I eventually do I'll want it to be spacious.

Re: Stratospire Li

PostPosted: Thu 03 Dec, 2020 9:19 am
by Franco
At the time the reason had to do with the available width of the DCF rolls.
The Chinese manufacturers have come up with a better way of bonding the floor panels (if needed) and that is how the DR Li does have a wider, than the SS Li, floor.
However there is no plan fr a larger SS Li because of course at this size it is also a bit lighter.
A different , wider, 2 person shelter may happen in the future.