Company Brings the World's Strongest Tents to the Appalachian Trail

Published Sep 17, 2016

The Appalachian Trail is hard but nothing like climbing Mt. Everest. One tent maker started by creating tents for extreme mountain climbers, and now they are bringing their work to the Appalachian Trail.

SlingFin is a small outdoor company in Berkeley, California. They've been making tents since 2010 (though their crew has a deep history in the outdoor industry). What gives their tents their high-end value is their patented web truss design, making them extremely durable. SlingFin founder, Martin Zemitis, says they are the strongest in the world.

"We are known for making the strongest tents for their weight in the world ... on the mountain, our goal is to always be the last tent standing in the storm." - Zemitis

Now, SlingFin hopes to enter the Appalachian Trail market with a new line of super strong and lightweight backpacking tents.

SlingFin Adapts for the Appalachian Trail

In 2015, SlingFin adapted their unique designs and patented technology to bring us a line of light-weight backpacking tents perfect for the Appalachian Trail. The 2Lite and 2Lite Trek are a super durable and livable 2-person tent, yet they are still lightweight and packable. The CrossBow 2 is a backpacking tent for all seasons.

Here's an overview:

CrossBow 2

  • Converts to cover any range, from 4-season mountaineering use to a lightweight StormPak (with no tent body)
  • Has a new add-on mesh drop-in for the StormPak (new for 2016)
  • Utilizes their patented WebTruss technology, making it super strong
  • Provides a floor plan of 32 sq. ft. with vertical sidewalls and a dry entry
  • Includes 2 doors and 2 extra large vestibules (11 sq. ft. + 11 sq. ft.)

2Lite and 2Lite Trek

  • Weighs slightly over 2 1/2 lbs.
  • Packs into 12 1/2 in. x 6 1/2 in.
  • Requires the same amount of stakes as a standard freestanding tent (4 body + 2 fly = 6 total)
  • Provides a floor plan of 28.5 sq. ft. with vertical sidewalls and a dry entry
  • Includes 2 doors and 2 large vestibules (10.7 sq. ft. + 10.7 sq. ft.)

SlingFin prides themselves on building the strongest tents for their weight. And for that, we welcome them to the Appalachian Trail tent market.

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