We handcraft every YAMA shelter in our small workshop in the Blue Ridge. We believe in designing beautiful shelters that enhance your outdoor experience. We use our shelters regularly and understand how some of the little things can make a big difference. Below are a few examples of how our tents and tarps are constructed.


Tie-out locations on Cuben Fiber shelters are reinforced with radial reinforcements that bridge over the seams for strength. Peaks and some locations on larger tarps utilize a second, offset reinforcement. The tarp material is sandwiched between two offset layers of cuben on either side.  The offset creates a gradual transition in thickness to avoid stress concentrations along the reinforcement boundary.

All corners, peaks and tie-out locations on silnylon shelters are reinforced with a second layer of silnylon. Most peak locations and some tie-out locations are reinforced with a third layer of heavier-duty silnylon. Reinforcements are cut on the bias (45° to the orientation of the fibers) as much as possible to allow the reinforcements to stretch with the tarp.


Tie-outs on Cuben Fiber shelters are constructed from thick cuben fiber with fibers oriented in multiple directions (0°, 45°, 90°) for strength. They are bonded and ‘x-box’ stitched to the tarp. Finally, a piece of laser-cut cuben is adhered to protect the stitching and evenly distribute loads.

Tie-outs on silnylon shelters are made from ⅝” grosgrain webbing with a reflective stripe down the middle. The tie-outs are x-box stitched to the tarp.

Loops of cord are tied to each tie-out. When staked directly to the ground, stakes placed through the loops wear on the easily replaceable loops rather than the difficult to replace webbing. This also allows LineLoc tensioners to be added and removed at will.

Stitch Protection

We laser-cut Cuben Fiber patches to cover stitching on Cuben Fiber tents. Here, a plastic dee-ring has been sewn into a seam. The Cuben patch seals the stitching and provides added strength.


We use size #5 Uretek water-resistant zippers on most of our tarps and rain flys for strength and durability. Size #3 zippers are used on our net-tent doors.

Reinforcement and buckles are located at the open end of zippers on our tarps. On Cuben Fiber tarps, the area along the length the zipper is reinforced prior to zipper installation and taped afterward to seal and protect it.

Pole grommets

Our shelters are supported by your trekking poles or optional tent poles. We recommend orienting your trekking poles with handles up, but if you use the optional tent pole, spurred, rolled rim grommet is installed to keep the pole in place. Vinyl coated polyester protects the tent fabric.

Rear poles on the Cirriform are placed exterior to the shelter. A spurred, rolled rim grommet is set in a piece of vinyl coated polyester which is free to slide on the rear peak guyline. We utilize this method on our net-tents as well.