My review of use can be found here. Following is my product description and initial review.
Borah Gear, own by John West, is a small company that produces several bivys, ultralight tarps/shelters, backpacks, and down apparel. Customer service is excellent; you can email John directly and in my experience he replies within a day or so.
I will be giving my initial review of the Borahgami now and give a fuller review as I use it over the next few weeks. I plan on testing this shelter’s durability, ability to protect from rain/wind, ease of set up, ventilation, and space. There are a multitude of pitching options, but I will be particularly discussing the A-frame setup as shown in the picture below. I have also included a short video in which I sit inside while it rains. To watch click here
- Manufacturer: Borah Gear
- Year of Manufacture: 2013
- URL: www.borahgear.com
- Model: Borahgami
- Color: Grey
- Claimed Weight: 13.3 oz (377 g)
- Measured Weight: 13.35 oz (378 g)
- Main Body Dimens. (L x W): 90 x 96 in (228 x 243 cm)
- Wing Dimensions: 48 x 48 x 68 in (122 x 122 x 178 cm)
- Included Stuff Sack: 12 x 8 in (30 x 20 cm), Silnylon, .3 oz (8.5 g)
- Setup Dimens. (L x W x H): 90 x 68 x 34 in (228 x 172 x 86 cm)
- Setup Ground Coverage: 42 ft (12.5 m)
- Material: 30 denier silnylon
- Velcro closure doors
After placing an order, one will typically expect to to wait a minimum of 2 weeks before receiving the shelter. Since Borah Gear is a smaller company, some of their larger items are not made until the order is place. The obvious negative of this is that it requires planning on the consumers part to ensure they will get the a product by the time they need it. A positive of this is that the consumer can make special requests.
The couple weeks I had to wait to get my “Borahgami” in the mail only grew my anticipation. Upon receiving the product in the mail, I was impressed by its weight at and stuff size. Intellectually I knew to expect a 13 oz tarp tent to be…well… 13 oz. But I couldn’t help but be impressed by how nice it felt in my hand. My previous shelter was an 8 by 10 flat tarp that weighed 32 ounces, which by many standards is light, but this was a whole new kind of product exposure to me. The first friend I showed the shelter to weighed it in his hand, grinned, shook his head, and said “You ultralight people…”
As seen above, the shelter sits loose in its stuff sack about the size of a 1-liter water bottle. There is room within the stuff sack for guyline, 10 stakes, my Gossamer Gear polycryo ground cloth, and a little bit left over. My only complaint here is the stuff sack itself. To reduce weight there is not cord lock system; if you wish for the suck sack to stay closed I have to tie the cord in a knot. This is only a minor inconvenience.
After removing the shelter from its stuff sack, I laid it out flat to inspect. There are a total of 14 pull tabs that I have marked with colored X’s in the picture below. The red X’s are the tabs that anchor the shelter directly to the ground, the blue X’s are for where the trekking/tent poles go, and the green X’s are extra 2 tabs that are for more pitching options.
Minimally, only 8 stakes are required for setup: 3 along each side of the shelter and 2 for tying down the guyline connected to the poles at the blue X’s. When the wings are closed they share a stake. I will most likely carry 10 stakes so I can stake down the middle tab on each wing for better security. Each wing has velcro tabs to keep the door closed securely. It will be helpful to see how this velcro holds up after a lot of use. I have no reason presently to assume that it won’t, but this will be a major factor in determining the shelter’s durability and longevity.
Setup was easier than with most flat tarp setups because there is a pre-prescribed height and width if you are going to optimize the wing’s as doors. In addition to being used as a door, the wings can be used as vestibules. Leaving some opening allows for better ventilation. Note also how to optimize the addition of two trekking poles.
It is important to me that my primary shelter have enough coverage and room for two people. I will be using this as my primary shelter during my longer trip from Chattanooga to Nashville; after that trip I will be able to comment on spaciousness better. For now, I find that there is plenty of room for one person to stretch out, have gear wherever, and be able to cook (alcohol stove) underneath the coverage. I suspect that two people will have room to sleep and keep gear, but will have to coordinate leaving the shelter and moving around. However, there seems enough room for two to play cards. In the picture below I have my Regular size Therm-a-Rest ProLite, North Face Blue Kazoo sleeping bag, Gossamer Gear G4, Gossamer Gear ground cloth, and my cooking system.
Thus completes my product description. To summarize, I will be testing the shelter’s durability/longevity, spaciousness, functionality, and ventilation. For now, I am very pleased with this shelter. I have included some more pictures below showing more pitching options.
Disclaimer: Borah Gear provided the “Borahgami” for testing and review. I did not purchase with my own money, but this will not affect my review. I believe that for companies to grow and for their to be trust between a company and their consumers there must be a mutual respect and honesty.