Once I knew that my old tent was far too heavy, I wanted a shelter that would be small enough for me to maximize body heat to interior airspace yet large enough to contain my pack as well.
I quickly decided on a medieval cloak, made out of lightweight green canvas, with a Tyvek interior to waterproof it, and a lightweight polar fleece lining. The picture shows the cloak layout at 9 foot diameter with a 4.5 radius. As I am 5’7 the cloak will end about midcalf.
I still intend to use my spear as a hiking staff, and it can also serve as a center pole as well. The support harness is made of a stainless steel ring just a little larger on the interior diameter than the thickness of my staff to allow it to slide over the bronze buttcap. It will come to rest on a thick rubber retention ring that stays on the staff/spear.
Once I am stopping for the night, I will lay out a circular piece of Tyvek for a ground cloth. This circle has a 2 inch hole in the exact center. Through this hole my spear goes into the ground and the support harness gets placed over and down the spear shaft, coming to rest on the retention ring.
Around the cloak’s neckline are 4 stainless steel D-rings, sewn on with green nylon strapping and permanently secured with a copper rivet. I take the support harness which has 4 nylon straps ending in steel snaphooks, and I hang the cloak from the spear by attaching the snaphooks to the D-rings.
Around the bottom of the cloak are 5 canvas stake loops, sewn and rivetted to the cloak. Using these and 5 lightweight aluminum stakes I secure the bottom of the tent, matching it to the edge of the Tyvek ground cloth.
The doorway secures by means of three cloak clasps (embroidery frogs) and a line of velcro stays that run the length of the door opening.
Inside goes my pack and my sleeping bag and pad. Over the top of the spear can also go a plastic baffle, 8 inches in diameter with a hole through the center to keep rain out of the tent.
I estimate the cloak weight to be under 4 lbs.