The 2015 Tent Thread

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by mick chopps, Jun 25, 2015.

  1. DidSurfNowSki

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    Going the sleeve route so I don't need to stuff around with the elastic cord.

    Pole dia is 9.5mm, these are 10.2mm

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    Heading out to Fyshwick tomorow to get a Mont Firefly. Hopefully it will be tough enough to handle some nasty winter weather etc. Any thoughts on this purchase appreciated. @skifree ?
     
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  3. mr

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    looks a nice design. do you want it for 2 or a big one for one?
     
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    Mostly 2 for 3 seasons walking and climbing and 1 for Winter.
     
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  5. skifree

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    Very happy with ours. Mostly used in Tas. We tend to use our Mont Epoch for snow. Just cos it has a little more space, and a couple ?? More poles.
     
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  6. Kletterer

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    So hard to decide
     
  7. skifree

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    If you want 1 tent do the FF.

    If you want the best tool for the job you need more than 1 tent.
     
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  8. mr

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    agree - im pretty sure im up to 8....

    hilleberg soulo (current fave), 1 person 4 season
    macpac olympus, 3 person 4 season
    macpac nautilus, 2 person 3 season
    a thing from anaconda cant remember the brand, 3 season 3 people
    the 'festival tent', 2 drunks or stoners regardless of weather
    kids singleskin, 2 small persons in summer
    the coleman mansion in a bag, 6 persons, be lucky if its 2 season
    the 9m yurt, 4 season has had over 12 sleeping persons
     
  9. Hyst

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    Al depends on your size and needs of space. We are 2 small people and can do with a 2 person tent. We use Helsport Ringsted 2 together, and I use it alone as well.

    http://www.helsport.no/ringstind?___store=english

    It is like a religion: either Hilleberg or Helsport tents.
     
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  10. mr

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    i have a friend who is convinced it rains every time he puts up his helsport
     
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  11. Kletterer

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    Got the Firefly and footprint. No Epoch till the new model comes out in 4 months time.
     
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  12. Chaeron

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    Very happy with the workmanship & materials of my one man 3 season Mont Moondance (after a season of use - more than lived up to expectations, so the firefly should be good for an Aussie winter. I made sure to buy the separate footprint as evidently the floor is less durable than required - probably an issue for the Firefly too.
     
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  13. Time

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    what is the new model?
     
  14. Kletterer

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    Definitely needs the Footprint. Should go ok but will still need to be mindfull of where I pitch it re. wind
     
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    A few changes to the current Epoch . Not sure exactly what.
     
  16. Time

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    hopefully dynema rope with reflective thread instead of the current rubbish which absorbs water and freezes.
    Be nice to see some changes for it to be able to pitch the outer first, as well as some internal guyout points and more easily double polled. i'd also like the foam block on the side to be refined to a better solution.

    other than that best tent i've owned, even if it shredded tomorrow i'd buy another one in a heart beat.
     
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  17. Tanuki

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    Hey DSNS, how did the Vango go in the snow? @DidSurfNowSki
     
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  18. DidSurfNowSki

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    Really good. I ended up getting a pole repair kit from the UK and bought a pipe cutter from Reece to cut the aluminium poles to the correct size. I've also upgraded my groundsheet to a dupont tyvek.

    From the weekend...

    [​IMG]
     
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    Just tried out the Aldi tent peg set
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    I'm a fan.
     
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  20. skifree

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    Nice hammer shaped rock you've included there.
     
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  21. Chaeron

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    Mont Moondance did well on Eskdale Ridge above treeline in reasonably strong winds and low temperature (below freezing) - however, insulation-wise wind comes in under the flysheet, so not optimal.
     
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  22. Moondog55

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    Winter tents really do need valances, very few tents come with them these days.
    Removable ones are best but I have sewn them onto tents in the past, any cheap waterproof fabric can be used; after all they may need to be cut off if they have frozen in place and you really do need to move in a hurry.
    An alternative is to extend the height of the bathtub floor up the walls 300/450mm ( or brush the walls with a silicon solution for a quick cheap fix)
     
  23. Time

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    Looks like all my wishes pretty much came through!!! still not really pitchable outer first (but much easier to do inner/outer combined pitch)...but otherwise good changes!
    http://www.bogong.com.au/mont-epoch-tent.html
    http://www.mont.com.au/epoch-tent-sunburst-tangerine
     
  24. skifree

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    We have an Epoch, for 2 person snow tent it is the ducks guts.
     
  25. Time

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    Agreed - my current one has outlasted 2 sets of poles and still going strong
     
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    3.6 kg, about as heavy as my old Olympus used to weigh. Bomber but heavy.
     
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  27. Moondog55

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    Going up to the next size in poles is a very expensive exercise but I have oftened wondered if it would be worthwhile in the long run
     
  28. skifree

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    But bigger inside than an Oly.
     
  29. Time

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    Since double polling i've had no problems. just take them when i need them. Much prefer that than larger poles.
     
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