ADVANTAGES OF A FLOORLESS SHELTER

Choosing to utilize a Kifaru floorless shelter can be a hard decision for some users looking to make a change. Most consumers are concerned about one of two things: 1) the elements (rain mostly) flooding under the tipi/shelter, and 2) bugs getting inside. However, after using our shelters a couple of times you’ll quickly find that both of these concerns really are not issues at all.

 

Regarding water running underneath the shelter in heavy rain: this shouldn’t be a problem if you set your camp up properly.  This means on a bench or high area and staying away from low areas where water likes to pool. You can also setup a UL bivy sack and/or a ground cloth if the area you’re camping in is already damp. Most people use Tyvek for a ground cloth (a material used for construction).  This is a lightweight and inexpensive option that works as good as anything.

 

If bugs are the concern, you have a few options to combat the issue. Burning bug coils helps build a force field around one’s shelter. Keep in mind if you are using a dual-walled shelter with a zipped- in bug net, the bugs that do get inside the net won’t have the option to escape; whereas, a Kifaru floorless shelter will let them escape without issue. Another option to utilize with a Kifaru shelter is a hooped or bug net-type bivy sack. This will add a little weight, but if you’re dealing with bugs then the weather is likely hot and muggy and having the wind flowing through your shelter will be a welcomed option.

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I too was worried about a few things when I made the switch to the Kifaru floorless shelter, but I quickly discovered that the good things about a floorless shelter far outweigh the bad. It’s always nice to keep your boots on (no floor= no mess) and the weight savings is a huge bonus as well (just to list a couple things). Furthermore, if you consider the option of adding a stove, taking the route of a floorless shelter for a “do-all” home in the backcountry is an easy choice.

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When you compare a floorless Kifaru shelter with a 4-season tent with the same square footage, you’ll see that the floorless/stove combo is not only lighter, but will also give you a heated shelter to help dry your clothing and boots, keep you warm, and cook food and boil water (depending on the model of Kifaru stove you choose).

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To help you get the exact size shelter you need, Kifaru offers a multitude of different tipis and tarps. If you’re wanting an ultralight heated shelter for year-round use, the Supertarp with an 18” Smith cylinder stove gives you ample room and can be pitched off the ground for summertime/warm weather.  Or it can quickly transform into a bomb-proof, 4-season shelter that weighs 3 lbs (stove included) and can be heated to 80+ degree temperatures inside.  If you compare that to a standard 4-season shelter, you’ll be looking at a 7+ lbs load and no option to heat the inside of the shelter.

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Kifaru offers several larger tipi options as well (24, 16, 12, 8, 6 and 4-man). These tipis are a great option for car camping or backpacking alike. They work great as a lightweight alternative to a wall tent and will save a ton of weight and space when using horses or aircraft/helicopter travel. The parts for an 8-man tipi with stove, when split up between 3 people, amount to roughly 3.5 lbs per person. That’s a really lightweight set up for a shelter you can stand up in and a stove that can provide you with warmth, food and hot water!

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Kifaru shelters are 100% made in America with American components. We stand proudly behind that and hope you’ll give us a chance to earn your business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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