Thanks for all the replies.
So condensation is unavoidable and someone said a tent outer close to the ground (e.g. Akto) will suffer worse, a very open outer (like well off-ground Tarp) is best and also if you get a steep-sided (I guess an A-frame type?) then condensation can roll down quicker. My TN LC is already fairly open outer but I know condensation is just clinging to its insides and immediately overhead the fabric is practically horizontal.
What about if you treat the outer sheet's inside with a DWR so condensation rolls (better) down the inside? I did that about 10 years ago with a fairly high-sided tent and I was quite happy with that, it was just some brand I forget of paint-on waterproofer.
There are these type of tents which are very steep-sided and a single-skin with a mesh all around the bottom, I found an example of the Tarptent Sublite making use of hiking pole style with steep sides. I wonder if the internal condensation will run outsude the mesh and not in the mesh to the groundsheet? The model I link above looks unlikely to windstand a strong wind but the ideas seem to address weight, condensation, privacy, keeping the wildlife out. A more sturdy looking one is the Contrail.
I've been searching the above Tarptent, and its shown this issue of condensation was discussed many times (sorry). I'm probably not going to be able to improve in my context on the TN LC.
If you want something similar to the Tarptent system, you could probably buy the single skin tent of your choice and get Oookworks to sew in perimeter netting and a groundsheet. If Oookworks won't, you could order the tent in the states and have it shipped to Bearpawwd for them to do the work and forward the tent to the UK.
Some tents such as the Golite SLs have attachment points or a groundsheet, which means you can have the groundsheet bathtub style above the netting so no worries about condensation running onto it.
So its Trailstars this year.
Last year it was Scarps.
The year before duomids.
The year before that shangrila's.
The year before the year before the year before it was the Laser.
I sense the people on here are not at all gullible..
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My equipment cupboard is well stocked with the second hand cast-offs of equipment that just isn't as cool as it was a year or two ago, purchased at a knock-down price from dissatisfied OM, UKC and miscellaneous Ebay denizens.
Please don't discourage people from chasing after the Next Big Thing, because I'm really banking on them selling their Scarp 2s next year. I quite fancy one of those
My 1-man tent before my TN LC was a Coleman Viper. In hindsight I can see it had less of a condensation problem than my later TN LC due to its steeper sides, plus it had a roof mesh area protected from rain via a flap which was a guy attachment, mesh both sides meant also no condensation from the person. Was cold in winter though.
Looking at the amount of fabric, I don't know why that design isn't used now? Massive porch too. It was made of cheap tough fabric over twice the weight of my TN LC but that design made with more epensive lighter fabrics would be better I think against condensation.
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