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Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout vs Trekker

Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout vs Trekker

Six Moon Designs are a very well known brand in the US, but are not so well known in the UK. They create lightweight, high quality and affordable backpacking equipment. Today we are doing a Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout vs Trekker comparison.

Key things you need to know before buying either of the Skyscape tents:

  • They utilize a hybrid double wall structure.
  • No poles are included.
  • No stakes are included.
  • They are not seam sealed. For the Skyscape Scout you have to purchase Gear Aid’s Seam Grip Plus FC (Fast Cure) to seam seal yourself. If you buy the Skyscape Trekker directly from Six Moon Designs they can seam seal the tent for you for an additional charge, or again you can purchase Gear Aid’s Seam Grip Plus FC (Fast Cure) to seam seal yourself.
  • These solo use tents should be plenty big enough for most tall people and there are two decent sized porches giving lots of room for bags and muddy boots. As always with tents this shape, the walls slope quite steeply, so when you add your sleeping mat you’ll find the usable length is reduced quite a bit. However, since the sleeping area is a whopping 103” (262cm) long you should still have plenty of room.

What is a hybrid double wall tent?

A hybrid double wall tent is an increasingly popular construction for ultralight backpacking tents, where the inner mesh is effectively attached to the outer canopy, so the tent comes as one piece. There is typically a mesh wall (with door) between the vestibule and sleeping area. Having this double wall construction helps keep any condensation away from you, in comparison to single wall tents where condensation can sometimes be a problem.

The Scout costs about $100 less than the Trekker… let’s check out why and dive straight into the specs of these two tents.

Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout spec:

Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout

The Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout has taken its design from the popular Skyscape Trekker – the main difference being that it uses the more cost-effective 190T polyester fabric.

Dimensions:
Outer canopy: L 120” (305cm) x W 76” (193cm)
Sleeping area: L 103” (262cm) x W 48” (122cm)
Height: 45” (114cm)

Six Moon Designs Skyscape dimensions

As you can see from the diagram, the Skyscape Scout is a hybrid double wall tent and therefore only has the one height measurement.

Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout inner

Weight:
40oz (1136g) (does not include bag, stakes/pegs or pole)

Fabric:
Outer canopy: 190T polyester
Floor: 190T polyester
Netting: 40D No-See-Um
Zipper: #5 YKK

Waterproof:
HH details not provided by Six Moon Designs.

Poles:
No poles included. All Skyscape models use two 45” (115cm) poles to create an A-frame structure. You can use trekking poles or buy Six Moon Designs’ collapsible aluminum or carbon fiber poles. The carbon fiber poles are lighter, but cost more.

Seams:
Not sealed. You have to purchase Gear Aid’s Seam Grip Plus FC (Fast Cure) to seam seal yourself. It’s not a particularly difficult job, it’s just something to bear in mind.

Seasons:
3 season

What’s included:
Tent, stuff sack, guy lines, spreader bar. So you’ll need to buy poles and stakes/pegs separately.

Pack size:
15″ X 5″ (38cm x 12.7cm)

Where can I buy it?
Six Moon Designs US – CHECK PRICE

Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker spec:

Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker

Dimensions:
Outer canopy: L 120” (305cm) x W 76” (193cm)
Sleeping area: L 103” (262cm) x W 48” (122cm)
Height: 45” (114cm)

Six Moon Designs Skyscape dimensions

As you can see from the diagram, the Skyscape Trekker is also a hybrid double wall tent and therefore only has the one height measurement.

Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker inner

Weight:
28oz (790g) (does not include bag, stakes/pegs or pole)

Fabric:
Outer canopy: 20D Silicone coated polyester
Floor: 40D Silicone polyester
Netting: 20D No-See-Um
Zipper: #3 YKK

Waterproof:
Outer canopy: 3000mm HH
Floor: HH details not provided by Six Moon Designs.

Poles:
No poles included. All Skyscape models use two 45” (115cm) poles to create an A-frame structure. You can use trekking poles or buy Six Moon Designs’ collapsible aluminum or carbon fiber poles. The carbon fiber poles are lighter, but cost more.

Seams:
Not sealed. You can either get Six Moon Designs to factory seam seal the Trekker for you (additional cost), or you will have to seam seal yourself.

Seasons:
3 season

Vestibules:
2

What’s included:
Tent, stuff sack, guy lines, spreader bar. So you’ll need to buy poles and stakes/pegs seperately.

Pack size:
15″ X 5″ (38cm x 12.7cm)

Where can I buy it?
AMAZON US – CHECK PRICE

Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout vs Trekker – key differences:

  • Trekker is made from better fabric.
  • Trekker weighs less.
  • Trekker costs more.
  • Trekker has the option of being seam sealed by Six Moon Designs (additional charge).

Both these tents represent fantastic value for money. For backpacking, bikepacking and wild camping where ultralight camping is essential for you, then a Skyscape tent is certainly worth considering. If you are on a budget, then the Scout is the one to go for. You’ll have a bit more weight, but it’s still lightweight and a great value tent.

If you’re interested in looking at another great 1 person backpacking tent, check out our article on the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 tent.

General disclaimer: This article has been compiled on a best effort basis from research on the manufacturer’s own website. We do not guarantee the information/data we have given is correct and cannot be held responsible for incorrect information. Always do your own spec checks before making a purchase.

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