Tanks are essentially a sewn fabric ‘box’ in which to wrap your toboggan load. They are tidier, and easier to handle than a tarp, with the disadvantage of being less versatile (ie. they will not serve well as a ground tarp in your tent if so desired).
We went all out when designing our tanks: they are made with 1000 denier Cordura in the bottom half for extra durability and 400d Cordura in the top flaps to keep weight as low as possible. We selected simple, 1″ steel “g-hook” buckles for light, resilient closures that won’t get brittle in extreme cold temps, and polyester webbing. Webbing handles at either end and loops to permanently connect the tank to your toboggan round out our tanks.
Our tanks have a generous overlap of fabric on all four sides, that combined with the simple buckles makes securing your load before lashing a breeze even with mittens on!
Sizing Your Tank:
Tanks are often (but not always) sized to cover all of the ‘soft-goods’ on a toboggan, with the ‘hard-goods’ (like stoves or wannigans) left uncovered. As an example, if you are using a 10′ toboggan, you will have ~ 8′ of packable space. If you plan to place a stove of ~ 2′ length at the front or rear of your toboggan, you will likely want a 6′ tank. Some travellers (particularly those sharing a large toboggan among two people) like to use two smaller tanks. The advantage being that both people can keep their gear separate, and the smaller tanks are easier to move about at camp.
Note: A tank provides a convenient way to cover your load, but you will still require an independent lashing system to secure the load to your toboggan. All LotN toboggans come standard with a lashing system, but we can also sell this independently if you have a tob. without a lash system.
*Please contact us for more information on custom tank lengths.