If you are doing research before joining the more than 80,000 customers that have rented our camping and travel gear, or have already received your camping gear rental package from us, here's where you can learn a bit more about the setup and operation of a specific travel or camping gear item before you head out on your next trip.
The information below provides more details on how to set up the Big Sky "Soul 2" two-person tent we rent, but we encourage you to give us a call or find more resources online if more details are needed. For more information on this rental item including rates, check out the main product page at Rent Tent - 2-person Tent for Backpacking. There are more how-to pages on nearly all of our most popular rental items; find most at our video and user guide to rentals main page .
This 2-person rental tent is a slightly smaller model than our upgraded design for a 2-man backpacking tent. In the stuff sack find the body, fly, 2 poles, and some stakes. Bring light cordage with you if you want additional guy-out line options.
The 2 longer poles will support the body in a "X" structure
Insert the pole ends in each corner and then attach the body clips along the length of the poles
Here's what it should look like with the poles setup. All of our rental tents have internal storage pockets to keep your smaller personal belongings off the tent floor.
The practical interior camping area for you and your gear is about 45" across at the tent head and 6.5' long. If you want more elbow and sleeper room for you and/or gear, go with what we call our 2.5-person backpacking tent.
Drape the fly - if needed - over the body. Note that the fly-body attachments are red on one side of the tent and black on the other. This allows you to better align the body and fly.
Below is the tent will the fly fully on, and note the front entrance. Note the 3rd cross pole also supports the fly - there is a small pocket on each side in that area into which the pole should be inserted to give it the desired tension and support.
Here is an overview video about our rental backpacking tents