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Modular Shelters made easy

Modular Shelter System 6:R Shelter

Modular Shelters are extremely flexible, but how do know which components you need to make the shelter you want?

We have made it as simple as possible with our new shop section “Configured Shelters”. Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to the shop section “Configured Shelters”
  2. Open the specification table to find out which shelter you need
  3. Click on the appropriate Configured Shelter in the list
  4. Add any accessories you want to add by clicking on “Change”
  5. When everything is right, add the selection to the basket

All the essential components are already selected, and can’t be changed. All the essential and optional components are added in one click to the basket. If you want additional components that are not listed, just add the configured shelter to the basket first, and browse for the additional components you need.

So far, we have made a configured shelter page for all the regular shelters. The irregular shelters will be coming soon.

We hope this new feature makes it much easier to configure your shelter – but if you have any questions, we are always happy to help.

Away from the office again!

Between Saturday 7th November and Sunday 6th December 2015 we won’t be shipping any orders. If you place an order during this time, it should ship in the following week. During this time you can still contact us by email, so if you have any questions or comments please drop us a line.

The Theory Works® takes a break

The Theory Works® is taking a break for about a week. Between Friday 15th May and Sunday 24th May 2015 we won’t be shipping any orders. If you place an order during this time, it should ship in the following week. If you have an urgent enquiry, best send us an email – and we will try to get back to you. Have a great week!

New “How to” section, starting with how to pitch a closed modular shelter

Modular shelter pitched on snow, with open sidewall.

We have added a new section on our website called “How to”. In this area, you will find slide shows with instructions on how to assemble and use our products. Simply use the arrows, keyboard, or the buttons under the show to step through the instructions at your own pace.

First up is a step-by-step overview of how to pitch a closed modular shelter, perfect for anyone new to the system. More detailed guides about specific situations and products are underway. Send us an email if you have any comments!

Modular Shelter System Review – Outdoor Magazin

Outdoor Magazin Review - Oct 2014

German outdoor guru Frank Wacker and his colleagues tested the modular shelter system during the summer – their results are in the November issue of the Outdoor Magazin. On test was the 6:R Shelter, which consists of three double elements and is suitable for four persons and gear.

In his review, Frank introduces the different components of the system, and how they can be combined to make a variety of shelters.

From a subset of the test shelter, Frank built an on open tarp-like shelter, which he says “protects much better against nasty weather than a classic tarp, because it consists of vertical side walls that can be folded inside for further protection”. He also notes that the 2.4kg Shelter can be reduced in weight if the vent props are left behind, and a tarp suitable for 4-5 people can be reduced to a weight of about 900g.

Verdict: [adventurous outdoor users] get a versatile, high quality, thoroughly thought through single-walled shelter for a reasonable price.

Julian M comments:

I am thrilled by the concept and implementation of the shelter. It’s fun to try out so many different configurations. I was looking forward to trying it out and already ordered additional components.
The yellow fabric did not attract insects and I tell you, there were lots around at the weekend. The colour is really pleasing when you are inside the shelter.
– Julian M.

German podcast station “Outdoor Spirit” features Modular Shelter System

The German podcast of “Outdoor Spirit” featured the Modular Shelter System in their July 2014 recording. Rene Saathoff and his friend Robert Link were introducing the system to its listeners and discussed various uses. We have already fulfilled their request for illustrations showing sleeping capacities for different shelters. The shelter is featured in the podcast between 09:13 and 19:45 mins. Thanks to Robert and Rene for an inspiring report!

Listen to the podcast (new window)

Shelter Capacity: Specifications Updated

We had lots of people asking us for more information about how many people fit into each type of closed shelter. So to help clarify things, we’ve added a shelter capacity illustration to each shelter specification, so you can see how a sleeping adult fits within the shelter.

5:R Shelter Capacity - 2 people7:R Shelter Capacity - up to 6 peopleFor sleeping capacity, we follow the ISO 5912 standard. The capacity is as many standard sized “sleeping adult” profiles fit into the interior of the tent. Although this standardised method makes a lot of sense, it does still need a bit of interpretation:

In small shelters – especially a polygonal shelter with a central pole – there can be significant NYGoodHealth left-over space, for backpack, dinner, board-games, whatever. So the stated capacity can be quite a comfortable and practical scenario.

In large shelters, it is easier to “sardine” in many sleeping people. The proportion of left over space can be rather small. So the stated shelter capacity might be an “emergency” capacity, rather than something you’d want to plan for.

In any case, it makes sense to look at the pictures, and also check some of the other details like the sitting area, to see what will be the best shelter for your next trip.

Adventure Travel Magazine: “Intriguing”

Adventure Travel Magazine feature - Jul/Aug 2014

The July 2014 issue of Adventure Travel Magazine features the Modular Shelter System from The Theory Works®. They comment:

This piece of kit really is the dog’s danglies when it comes to customisable http://www.mindanews.com/buy-imitrex/ shelters, and while the pack size will depend on the number of elements you use, we found that fitting the elements for a closed, two-man shelter in our rucksack was easy.