Pitching the 2P Swiftline - 3rd generation (current)

Note: I plan to add more information & illustration over the coming days, but these instructions will get you started with basic pitching of the Swiftline.

The Swiftline's unique, asymmetric design allows us to pack a ton of comfortable space and versatility into a lightweight and reliable tent. Due to this asymmetry, however, it will take some practice to learn how to set up. Follow these instructions, and as you become familiar with the shelter, you'll find that the Swiftline pitches quickly and easily.


Before pitching, figure out how you'd like your body oriented for sleeping. To align the shelter with this orientation, grasp the corners of the floor at the head end of the shelter (the end nearest the zipper). Shake out the tent so that the floor roughly falls where you want it. Then proceed with the steps below.

Step 1

Stake out (1). This is the corner located closest to the YAMA tag.

Step 2

Stake out (2) so the edge between (1) and (2) is taut.

Step 3

Pull the corner at (3) so that the tension between (3) and (1) is balanced with the tension between (3) and (2). Stake out (3), then loosen the guyline at (3) and (2) a few inches each.

Step 4

Using the upper zipper pull, unzip the top of the zipper near (4) and insert one of your poles (handle down) through the resulting opening. Insert the tip of the pole in peak's grommet at (4). We strongly advise covering the pole tip with your thumb during the process as to avoid catching it on any of the tent fabric or netting.

Tip! You can get some additional ventilation by leaving the top portion of the zipper open. Place the prop behind the zipper in the associated sleeve to help keep the opening propped open.

Step 5

Repeat step 4 at (5). This pole should be slightly longer, about 130 cm (52"). Tension the lines at (4) and (5) so the ridgeline is pulled taut between the two.

Note that the pole at (4) should have a slight inward lean to it. For extra security, place the handle of the pole through the shock cord loop tied to the floor. This will help minimize movement if you happen to bump the pole from inside the shelter.

Step 6

Stake out (6) so that the adjacent panels are evenly tensioned. You may need to adjust the other stake points.

Step 7

Stake out (7) so that the adjacent panels are evenly tensioned.

Step 8 (optional)

Stake out (8) and tension lightly to improve wind security and provide a little more tarp overhang.

Step 9

Pull out the corners of the tub-floor by clipping the shock cord at each corner to the the associated stake point. Tension at needed to evenly pull out the floor.

Pitching configurations

The Swiftline allows for several pitching configurations. First pitch the shelter completely zipped up (closed). To open up the shelter for views and ventilation, you can then roll back parts of the rainfly to varying extents. Leave the stakes in place to both keep the floor pulled taut and so that you can quickly redeploy the walls if the weather changes. Here are some of our favorite configurations.