German surplus shelter halves

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  1. Foilist

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    I recently got a strong urge to get some surplus flecktarn stuff. These shelter halves are a heavy canvas; I wouldn't want to carry them far, but I can set them close to the fire in the winter.

    Varusteleka is selling complete pairs of these for $30 bucks. Together, the make a tent. Alone, a lean to or a poncho. How could I resist?

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    I used the poles from both sets to make it roomier, but you could make a really low lean to with one pole set.

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    Flecktarn works pretty well around here!

    Grabbed a field shirt and smock as well. Good stuff, and dirt cheap!
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    BlueDogScout Where is all the shelf stable bacon??? Supporter

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    How does it look as a poncho? I was looking at pup tents for the grandkids. I was looking at the stansport scout style tents. But this might be better lol
     
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    I haven't tried it as a poncho yet, or in pup tent mode. I'll add those to this thread later.

    I would have loved this as a kid - better late than never!
     
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    BlueDogScout Where is all the shelf stable bacon??? Supporter

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    Same here lol
     
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    Tent mode.
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    Porch mode.

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    I'm really having fun messing around with this, setting it up in different spots around the property. I'm actually looking forward to some rain later today. My wife must think I'm insane.

    When you fold and button the side flaps of the awning portion, it not only gets them out of the way, but forms storage pockets.

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    Yea the grandkids are getting these lol
     
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    Mehr Zelt in meinem Welt!
     
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    The Austrian shelter-halves are lighter because they're not canvas. They're only in OD green, though.

    On another thread I detailed how to use a single shelter half to create a low-drag shelter for strong storms.
     
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    Do you have a link to that thread?
     
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    My favorite camo pattern!

    Good looking shelter-
     
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    I had a couple of those so-called "dackelgarage". Loved the print, but they are way too small. And I am no big guy with 170cm length!
    Plus the print bleaches out rather quickly when exposed to the sun frequently. Especially the green turns to an almost lichen pale.
     
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    That rules me out... I'm not going to pick which end hangs out of the shelter 7 inches.
     
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    It would be quicker just to summarize.

    1. Plan to pitch it across the most likely wind direction

    2. Select two trees or other tie-off points that are far enough apart to fit the shelter half's long dimension, sort of like a hammock. Ensure that the shelter site isn't a low spot! It's best, obviously, if the grade slopes a bit away from the shelter site on at least one side. Added: It really helps if the site is behind some kind of windbreak

    3. Tie the triangular ends of the shelter half off to the two trees. You'll have to experiment with the height a bit, but the initial tie-off points should be about 2.5 feet off the ground. Stretch it fairly tight, with plans to adjust later.

    4. Secure the windward edge right down on the ground; stake securely. The idea is to allow the wind to easily deflect up and over the shelter.

    5. You can use guy lines to help pitch the leeward edge a bit off the ground, for slightly more internal height, ease of entry, etc. You probably won't have to use poles. Added: The intended low "covered wagon dome" profile should be showing.

    6. Make adjustments to the height of the ends, and the tightness/placement of the guy lines and edge stakes. Added: The first time or two, this may take a little time.

    Sorry. Grandfatherly duty calls. Will be back to finalize this later.
     
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    Thanks
     
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    I have a "Dackelgarage" too. OK I'm from Germany so it was brutally cheap (10 €) I believe, but as it was said above, it is small. I totally prefer the polish tent. IMG_20170412_161129.jpg
     
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    I've almost pulled the trigger on those so many times, Flectarn is one of my all time favorite camos, it's a shame the German Gov stopped selling stuff to the civilian market.
     
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    Did a rain test today. I set it up in pup tent mode and spent a few hours inside reading with a Kindle while a fairly heavy shower came down.

    The fabric, which I had sprayed with water repellant, didn't leak. However, I got some leaks through one of the arm slit flaps that was creased funny, and through a spot on the peak, where I had missed a button connecting the two halves together. I'll call those operator error and say I was pretty impressed by its water repellancy.
     
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