The Outdoors Station

No 356 - The future of Ultralight Gear - Pt 3

Episode Summary

The discussion into the future of Ultralight Gear continues this time with Henry Shires of Tarptent.com who starts, as did Ron, by sharing his thoughts on the current state of play from his point of view. Henry Shires sold his first Tarp tent way back in 1999 and has continued producing shelters based on his lightweight principles since then. He with Ron Moak, Glen Van Peski and Brian Frankle have been the backbone of the ultralight cottage industry which has grown significantly since then. We continue to touch on numerous topics in this podcast including why he hasn't explored using Cuben Fibre in his manufacturing, his reflections on completing the TGO Challenge and the social aspects of the crossing, his ideal perfect fabric and how customer relations have played such an important part in shaping his company. Plus, of course we delve into his rucksack for a hunt around to see what gear he's actually paid for!

Episode Notes

The discussion into the future of Ultralight Gear continues this time with Henry Shires of Tarptent.com who starts, as did Ron, by sharing his thoughts on the current state of play from his point of view. Henry Shires sold his first Tarp tent way back in 1999 and has continued producing shelters based on his lightweight principles since then. He with Ron Moak, Glen Van Peski and Brian Frankle have been the backbone of the ultralight cottage industry which has grown significantly since then. We continue to touch on numerous topics in this podcast including why he hasn't explored using Cuben Fibre in his manufacturing, his reflections on completing the TGO Challenge and the social aspects of the crossing, his ideal perfect fabric and how customer relations have played such an important part in shaping his company. Plus, of course we delve into his rucksack for a hunt around to see what gear he's actually paid for!