The Net-Tent is a tent-like enclosure made of netting that clips very simply under a Ray-Way Tarp. We offer several designs and sizes, please see our Order Form.
Ray used a 1P Spitfire during his TransAm-2010 cycling trip. Notice the excellent ground coverage under the 1P Tarp after a heavy rain (despite the steeper pitch to avoid the trees on either side).
We offer three basic types of Net-Tent kits (with various options) All three models look about the same, and have the same waterproof bathtub floor.
1) The Net-Tent with Door-Flap closure is the lightest, and also the easiest to sew by a wide margin. Recommended for blocking flying insects such as mosquitoes and back flies, and the vast majority of crawling ones. This version of the kit will make a one-person or a two-person Net-Tent.
Keeping the bugs out: Our Net-Tent with Door-Flap Closure comes without zippers to add simplicity and to save weight. To keep the bugs out, you simply lay the the netting headwall extension (door-flap) on the floor, and then place a few objects (water bottles, pillow, clothing bag, etc) on top of it, or you can tuck the door-flap under the floor. You can make an even better seal by placing the headwall extension flush with the edge of the bathtub extension of the floor, and rolling them both up a few times. Then you would place some weight (water bottles for example) on the roll to hold it in place. This method is very effective. But if camping in a place where the bugs are especially numerous, you might prefer a zipper closure instead.
Ray used a 2P Net-Tent with zipper closure on his 2011-Moto-Prudhoe trip.
2) The Net-Tent with zipper closure would be the most suitable for most people, because it keeps the ticks out better than the flap version, and it is easier to sew than a Spitfire. The zipper version is a bit heavier than the door-flap version, due to the weight of the zippers - but not by much. And it takes a little more time to sew, again because of the zippers. But the design is very simple with only four pieces of netting to sew together (like the door-flap version). Order the one-person version, or the two-person version. Ray used a 2P Net-Tent with zipper closure on his 2011-Moto-Prudhoe trip.
The Spitfire version of the Net-Tent, 11.6 oz.
3) The Spitfire version of the Net-Tent is a one-person netting enclosure designed to fit under a Ray-Way one-person tarp. It comprises 10 pieces of netting and extra seams for strength. And again it has a zipper closing door. This model is its more durable because of how the seams add strength, so it would be more suitable for a summer-long hike. However, it takes more time to sew.
Ray used a Spitfire on both his 2009 AT and 2010 thru-hikes, and on his TransAm-2010 cycling trip. Comes in a one-person version only.
See the next page for more info about the Spitfire.
See our Order Form for even more info.
Our Ray-Way Net-Tent Kit comes with full sewing instructions.
The kit also contains the no-see-um netting for the roof, side walls, headwall and footwall; urethane or silicone nylon for the floor, and all the suspension lines, reinforcement material, cord locks and suspension hooks.
The cord locks included with this kit (for the adjustable suspension lines) were custom made expressly for Ray-Way Products to be small and lightweight.
* One-person flap or zipper closure: Floor 81" by 31", Height: 24", Bathtub Height 4".
* Two-person flap or zipper closure: Floor 81" by 49", Height: 30", Bathtub Height 4".
* 1-P Spitfire Size XL: Floor 85" by 35", Height: 27", Bathtub Height 5" (4" wider, 3" taller, and 4" longer than standard 1-P)
* 2-P zipper closure X-Large: Floor 91" by 59", Height: 34", Bathtub Height 5". (10" wider, 4" taller, and 10" longer than standard 2-P)
We feel that our Net-Tent flap or zipper model is plenty wide. But should you want to make it wider, you can. For the flap model, the materials that come with the Kit will make a 1-person or a 2-person. With these materials you can make a 1-person as wide as you desire. Or you can make a 2-person Net-Tent 12" wider than normal for the silicone floor, or 8" wider for the urethane floor.
* Our basic Net-Tent with flap closure, 1-P or 2-P, is 81" in length. You can order the X-Long which you can make up to 12" longer.
* Our basic Net-Tent with zipper closure, 1-P or 2-P, is 81" in length. You can order the X-Long which is 6" longer.
During the 2011-Moto-Prudhoe trip.
* The completed one-person Net-Tent with a silicone floor weighs only 9.0 ounces!
* 1-P Net-Tent w/ zipper and urethane-coated floor (or Spitfire) weighs 11.6 oz.
* 2-P Net-Tent with urethane-coated floor: 19.1 oz.
* 2-P X-Large: 24.6 oz
However, in most cases the Net-Tent would serve also as the groundsheet. So when figuring your load and adding the weight of the Net-Tent, you would subtract the weight of the groundsheet. For a small Net-Tent, the resulting increase is minimal.
Note, too, that the Net-Tent can be used as a groundsheet - with or without the tarp - when the bugs are not a problem. Simply spread it on the ground, floor side down, fold the netting on top of the floor to keep the netting clean, and lay your insulating foam pad on the netting. This gives you an additional layer under your pad, for a little more comfort and warmth. This option can be especially attractive when carrying a minimal foam pad.
For more info about this, please refer to The Ray-Way Tarp Book Essential.
Note that the Extra-Large 2-P Net-Tent with zipper closure fits under our standard size 2-P tarp. But because it is quite a bit heaver and more bulky that our standard size 2-P Net-Tent, it is designed primarily for car camping (or motorcycle camping) where its weight and bulk is not so much of an issue.
Urethane-coated nylon floor
At order time, you can choose a urethane-coated nylon floor or a silicone-coated nylon floor. Please see our Order Form. Most commercially manufactured tents come with urethane-coated floors. This material is more durable and not as slippery as the silicone nylon, but is heaver.
Despite the weight increase, Ray uses a urethane floor whenever he uses a Net-Tent, which is on most of his trips.
Standard size two-person Net-Tent on our "CA Mountains & Coast" trip
Standard size two-person Net-Tent on our "CA Mountains & Coast" trip
Extra-Large Two-Person Net-Tent used during Ray's 2013-07-GDRx2 trip. This photo, and the one that follows, doesn't give a very good idea of how much larger the Extra-Large Net-Tent is, compared to the standard size, shown in the photo above. But the first time I used it, I found the size difference was huge.
Extra-Large Two-Person Net-Tent used during Ray's 2013-07-GDRx2 trip.
If you have an existing Net-Tent with a floor of silicone nylon, and find that the floor is too slippery, you can undertake one of two modifications: 1) Sew stake loops at each of the four corners of the bathtub floor and carry two extra stakes for the uphill side. Leave the downhill loops un-staked to save weight. Or 2) replace the floor with urethane-coated nylon, available from us.
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