The GP Small has been a mainstay of East Wind for years.
Like the Medium, the GP Small is available in either cotton duck canvas or polyvinyl.
GP Smalls can (and should) be fitted with a liner which provides both improved insulation as well as a brighter interior.
Interior volume is minimal and as such, the GP Small is quite easily heated.
GP Smalls are designed to be interlaced either with other GP Small tents or they can be fitted with a vestibule.
GP Smalls are fairly roomy tents however the hexagonal footprint makes it difficult to efficiently use the space.
You can get a manual for the GP Small here:
Selecting a GP Small
- The GP Small is a fairly affordable option but does require a quite a bit of labor to purchase and maintain.
- The canvas tents are generally fairly old. They will quite typically be found with a great number of patches and repairs which are fine so long as they are solid.
- You will want to carefully examine the patches to be certain that they are secure and that the glue holding the patch has not dried up and started to crumble. If the patches are loose, plan to repair or replace them prior to the event.
- Carefully examine the condition of the duck canvas. Once the canvas starts to rot, it tears quite easily. If you are unsure, use a butter knife seeing if you can push it through the material. If you suspect dry rot do not bother taking it to East Wind, it will come apart in very short order.
- Check your canvas for water repellency. If water runs off like a ducks back then it is in good order. If not, then invest several gallons of canvas treatment such as Nikwax or Canvak.
- The polyvinyl tents are all a good bit newer but have a few issues of their own.
- The polyvinyl tents have cotton canvas webbing reinforcements running along the seams. If the vinyl tent was stored wet, the cotton webbing will fail leaving the vinyl unsupported and prone to catastrophic failure in high winds.
- Early polyvinyl tents were not well sealed along the seams. If the seams are not properly hand sealed, these tents will leak severely.
- Expect the zippers to not work. Consider any GP Small with working zippers to be a fluke. For the most part, plan to use the wooden toggles, they work just fine.
- GP Smalls are frequently sold without poles. Poles can be manufactured easily enough.
Components that are required to put up a GP Small
Tent Fabric section
10'3 foot center pole
6 5'8" side poles
2 6'2" door poles
Pair of GP Smalls linked, vestibule attached
GP Small interior with liner