Reading around forums and in products, I see descriptions and weights for a "fast pack" setup for tents.

What does this mean and what is it used for?

  • Never herd of the phrase so I can't provide an answer. But it brings an association. There are two strategies when packing a tent after use (consequenctly unpack it next time) 1. fold inner and outer separately 2. remove the poles and roll everything else together.
    – Vorac
    Commented Sep 10, 2020 at 2:04

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"Fast pack" refers to setting up a tent with just the fly, tent poles, and usually a groundsheet. You leave the inner body behind. For example, here are the fast pack instructions for the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 tent, which is designed for this setup.

Fast packing saves a significant amount of weight, but makes you more vulnerable to insects and cold.

A similar lightweight shelter option is to use a tarp and your trekking poles.

  • That link is broken. It now redirects to their home page.
    – Loduwijk
    Commented Sep 3, 2019 at 17:44

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