Receiving much fanfare and praise in the last few years, we have definitely seen the Double Rainbow and its Tarptent sisters on the trails a lot more lately. This spring was a chance to get out once again and re-evaluate the Double Rainbow head-to-head with its backpacking tent competitors. It is a good value for a durable, extremely comfortable, lightweight shelter — but it is not without its flaws. We think that its set-up is more finicky than it first appears, and are disappointed with how much condensation it accumulates on the interior.
If you're interested in purchasing the Double Rainbow for your backpacking season, be aware that it is not sold by major commercial or online retailers. You can order it directly from the manufacturer. Make sure you order it with plenty of lead time as it comes from a small company that can only produce so many at once — but we didn't have to wait for our order any longer than from a big retailer this year.
Tarptent offers a single-occupancy version of this tent as the Tarptent Rainbow. For $260 (compared to the Double's $289), the Rainbow shaves a few ounces off without compromising livability. If you're looking to travel solo but are intrigued by the award-winning Double Rainbow, the single Rainbow could be the perfect fit.