• Side entrance with vestibule

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    Very spacious interior; fits big and tall people with ease

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    Free standing wtih trekking poles or substitute poles

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    Back wall pullouts for wind support

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    Dual apex vents with clips to prevent blow open

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    Apex strut lives with fly; never needs to be (but can be) removed

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    5 in / 12.7 cm high bathtub floor

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    Floor can even fit two standard width pads

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    Adjustable venting and storm protection along back wall

The Rainbow is the solo version of our most popular shelter, the Double Rainbow, and includes the same special features. We haven't encountered a solo shelter with more useable space on the market! An exceptional balance of strength, spaciousness, and value, the Rainbow is ideal for people who want a light tent with a large living space.


  • Free-standing (with trekking poles) or staked
  • Hybrid bathtub floor — clip / unclip floor walls for splash, space, views, and airflow
  • 30d, silicone coated fabrics for strength and durability.
  • Abundant netting for views, airflow, and insect resistance; bug proof when zipped up
  • Front beak shields entry/exit from rain, provides gear storage
  • Fast setup — 2 minutes from sack to pitched
  • Quick drying — inside and out in minutes
  • Small packed size — removable strut for stuffing
  • Taut pitch resists wind, sag, and storms; integrated line tighteners
  • Reflective spectra cord guylines included
  • Clip-in breathable liner available


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Sleeps Weight (oz/kg) Floor Width (in/cm) Floor Length (in/cm) Floor Area
Interior Height (in/cm) Stakes (included) Packed Size (in/cm) Price
1-2 35/ 1 40/ 102 88/ 224 24.4/ 2.27 43/ 109 6 x 6in/ 15cm 18 x 4 / 46 x 10 $259


Trekking poles or our alternate pole set can be used to make the shelter free-standing.

The liner is useful for cool, damp conditions or anywhere condensation is unavoidable.

The interior will be cool but the structure is snow load capable, especially when using the grommets up under the cross strut to support vertical trekking /ski poles.

Yes, if you remove the carbon fiber top strut. The strut and folded arch pole can be stored separately.

Our Easton 6.3 series carbon fiber arch poles range from ½ - 2 oz ( 14 - 57 g) lighter than the comparable Easton aluminum 7075-T9 poles. The carbon poles are noticeably stiffer and thus have less flex under wind or snow load. Carbon poles will go from flexed to snapped whereas aluminum will go from flexed to bent. Carbon poles are more susceptible to damage due to abrasion and crushing (via rocks, feet, etc) and therefore require extra care. If you’re reasonably careful with gear, the carbon will be fine but otherwise aluminum is less worrisome.

Yes! Please refer to the "how to seam-seal" video to see the full procedure.

You have several options for seam-sealing your Tarptent which are available for purchase in our webstore:

  • We offer seam-sealing kits ($6-$8) containing premix silicone, a foam brush, and a latex glove in the webstore.
  • We also offer seam-sealing as a service. Please note that seam-sealing is weather dependent and ordering this service may add a few days to the wait time.
  • You should be able to buy the necessary materials for seam-sealing at your local hardware store. An inexpensive product that works well is GE Silicone II clear sealer/glue. It is available as a squeeze tube in most US hardware stores or in our webstore.
  • Every Tarptent comes with a stuff sack, aluminum stakes+stake bag and the necessary guyline cording. The Rainbow includes an arch pole.

    Yes, we use “no-see-um” netting which stops bugs quite a bit smaller than mosquitoes.

     Yes, the fabric is waterproof, however the seams of the shelter need to be seam-sealed.

     Use of a groundsheet depends on the conditions you expect to encounter and your style of camping. The sewn-in flooring is remarkably tough and does not usually require a separate groundsheet. We sell optional Tyvek groundsheets which are very tough and great for sleeping out or taking a break, but generally heavier than you need for floor protection on longer hikes, in most conditions. For use on very rocky ground and desert conditions where puncture wounds are possible, a groundsheet is recommended.