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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!

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.

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 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.

The Theory Works® Shop is here!

Accessories - pegs, cord and stuff sacs
Well, the website has been public for a while, but without a shop. Behind the scenes we have been toiling away, trying to get everything in place for a fully featured web shop. And here it is!

Now that The Theory Works® shop is here, We have plenty more content to add, about the products, information about the shelters, instructions, and support articles. So feel free to stop by regularly and see what’s new.