The Swiftline's unique, asymmetric design allows us to pack a ton of comfortable space and versitility into a lightweight and reliable tent. Due to this asymmetry, however, it will take some practice to learn how to set up. Follow these instructions, and as you become familiar with the shelter, you'll find that the Swiftline pitches quickly and easily.


Orientation

Before pitching, figure out how you'd like your body oriented for sleeping. To align the shelter with this orientation, grasp the corners of the floor at the head end of the shelter (the end nearest the zipper). Shake out the tent so that the floor roughly falls where you want it. Then proceed with the steps below.



Step 1

Locate the tie-out (1) closest to the zipper and stake the guyline. Use about half of the guyline length.



Step 2

Stake (2) so the edge is close to taut (you want it a little loose). Use about half of the guyline length.



Step 3

Pull (3) so that the crease formed between (3) and (1) is at a right angle to the edge between (1) and (2). Stake the guyline so the the fabric between (3) and (1) is slightly loose. Use about 3/4's of the guyline length.



Step 4

Position one of your poles under the peak at (4). The pole should be behind both flaps with the tip pointed up and seated in the grommet. It should lean inward slightly with an approximate length of 119 cm, or 46". Stake out the guyline attached to (4). Using more of the guyline's length will provide better stability.

For extra security, pull the shock cord loop tied to the floor around the base of the handle. This will help minimize movement if you happen to bump the pole from inside the shelter.



Step 5

Using the upper zipper pull, unzip the top of the zipper and insert one of your poles through the resulting opening. Insert the tip of the pole in peak's grommet at (5). Take care not to catch the netting on the pole tip as you place the pole. Pole length should be approximately 115 cm, or 45". Using more of the guyline's length will provide better stability.

For extra security, pull the shock cord loop tied to the floor around the base of the handle. This will help minimize movement if you happen to bump the pole from inside the shelter.

Tip! You can get some additional ventilation by leaving the top portion of the zipper open. Place the prop behind the zipper in the associated sleeve to help keep the opening propped open.



Step 6

Stake out the guyline at (6). Use most of the guyline's length.



Step 7

Stake out the guyline at (7). Use about half of the guyline length.



Step 8

Run the guyline at (8) to the stake that you just placed for (7). These lines share the same stake.



Step 9

Stake the guyline at (9). Vary the position the stake to adjust the gap between the flaps (more gap = more ventilation).



Step 10

Pull out the corners of the tub-floor by clipping the shock cord at each corner to the the associated stake point. To vary the length of the cord, use the techniques below.



How to adjust shock cord length

Because the shelter allows for variation in your stake placement, it is sometimes necessary to shorten the shock cord to adapt. There are several ways to do this and the most common are illustrated here.

  • Clip the cord directly to the end of the guyline (longest option).
  • Clip the cord back to its origin to form a large loop. Simply run the loop around the stake.
  • Clip the cord to the webbing loop at the bottom corner of the tub to form a loop. Run the loop around the stake.
  • Clip the cord to the corner of the tarp. Run the cord around the stake.


Flap adjustment

You can vary the amount of airflow in the shelter by adjusting the position of the smaller flap as shown. Move the stake away from the shelter to increase the gap and ventilation.



Pitching Configurations

The Swiftline allows for several pitching configurations. First pitch the shelter completely zipped up (closed). To open up the shelter for views and ventilation, you can then roll back parts of the rainfly to varying extents. Leave the stakes in place to both keep the floor pulled taut and so that you can quickly redeploy the walls if the weather changes.