Golite Shangri La 3: Hex to Mid Conversion
A very versatile shelter, the Shangri La 3 has been my go-to for everything from fast solo trips to trips with the kids. At only 23oz. for the body, it’s light enough to justify carrying solo yet easily large enough for 2 adults and plenty of gear, 1 adult and two kids, or three adults in a pinch. The only issue I’ve had with it is the large footprint, especially when traveling alone. The huge hex shape requires a large site, limiting solo site selection opportunities. Some time ago I found that by staking four corners (as opposed to six), I had a mid almost identical in dimensions to the Mountain Laurel Designs Duomid, only ~6″ shorter in length and width. The Shangri La 3 in mid configuration is ~4’6″ x 8’6″. In it’s original hex configuration, it’s about 8-9′ in diameter…a large footprint indeed. The mid setup nearly halves it’s footprint. The only thing it is lacking in mid configuration is a stake loop in the center of the long wall. As this long wall is 8.5′ long, it certainly needs a mid anchor point for wind stability. I sewed two on today using 3/4″ webbing and a 2″ square of cordura, seam sealing with silicone.
Here are some images:
1. Prior to sewing on stake loop, green arrow pointing to where it’s attached. The excess fabric is rolled up inside in this view.
2. This photo shows the stake loop sewn onto the fly, outside:
3. This photo shows the interior and the stitching pattern; I used an x-box inside of a square for the reinforcement.
4. Finally, a photo showing the location of the new stake loop relative to the factory loop used for the hex configuration:
I’m pleased with the results and anxious to get out with it. In addition to creating a more versatile shelter in regards to pitching options, I believe it will also handle snow loads better in the mid configuration due to increased wall steepness. If the MLD Duomid is considered decent in this regard, I don’t see why this wouldn’t work just as well; I believe the walls are slightly steeper. Another advantage is a faster pitch. Staking the front two corners, then the back two, and finally the side midpoints, it’s far easier to achieve the geometry of a rectangle than a hex, resulting in a faster, better pitch with less tensioning/re-staking.
The only additional modification I’m considering is sewing on 4-6 additional high guy out points (identical to the stake loop I just did) for increased wind stability/snow load handling.