Alterations to the tent
This will be an interesting thread Nobby and I'll give the designer some UK feedback over time.I agree with you about the vent card supports being a bit 'soft'. My upgrade would be to take two 6 inch lengths of 'loop' and 'hook' velcro. Stick them together and sew 4 inches on each side, leaving an inch at each end which can 'open' like a flower.
Then cut a 4 inch length of fibreglass or old 6mm aluminium tent pole, and force that down the centre.
When the velcro was closed at both ends it would hold the pole section in place so it isn't lost, but when they were both open they would stick to the velcro on the tent and hold the vent fully open more positively.BTW the pole you are getting is the same design style as the origonal Hex 3 pole, with the sliding 'ring' to lock the pole in place. As opposed to the current, 'sprung nipple clip' style pole.
I see we have a couple of things in common, a recumbent trike and a Mini Peak II
I don't actually use mine but was involved in the changes between the first and this version.As you discussed the right pole is very important with this type of shelter.In my view ,one that can be adjusted from inside is a lot better than a fixed one..(I use Black Diamond flick lock with a connecting segment between two of them reversed) .
As for those vents from memory there was no change from the original version so I must have thought that they were OK...In my opinion top vent don't need to be all that large.Bottom vent should be large enough to promote cold air coming in, however top vents are there to expel hot air so using the chimney effect they should be small enough to keep the pressure up.I do remember fiddling with the spacer that keeps the vents open but forgot what I did.(I just had a look at it, probably just added a stick held in place with a rubber band.. one of the reason I have several thick rubber bands with me in the bush)
BTW , in mine the two ends of the spreader have loops in one and hooks in the other so there is a right and wrong way to attach it.I noticed that BPL lists 145cm as the correct height . Originally it was a bit less to accommodate the use of many shorter hiking poles but it does sit better at around 145 cm...Very easy to set up if you follow the instructions...
nobby wrote (see)
... The Golite pole is very easy to adjust to retension the fabric from inside the tent but the cheap trekking pole I am using in the Mini Peak was impossible to alter with cold, wet hands.
Do you need to alter the pole's actual length? If you pitch with the pole sloping slightly (i.e. not quite vertical) you can adjust its effective length to retension the fabric just by moving the bottom end of the pole to bring it closer to vertical, easily done with cold hands.
the original Hex 3 pole design with the sliding 'ring' to lock the pole in place
absolutely fine, until someone accidentally knocks the ring/washer - then the thing collapses!
best way of using it (if clumsy like me) is to set its length, then place it in with the adjustment bit up top then it's out of the way. (do it a little long and offset like Frum suggests for adjustability)
You can offset a Hex pole a surprising amount - we had 2 (adult and 12yr old)sleeping one side and one the other...
@frum - that's a clever idea. I should have thought about that before buying the new pole :0). Otoh, a fully open trekking pole isn't the easiest thing to carry on a bike. @Mole - I'd just assumed that the washer adjusting bit went to the top
maybe it should! I started with it at the bottom when I first had the tent and sort of carried on.
I just found it much harder to adjust length in situ (under compression)with it up that way
(I usually used trekking poleswhen carrying it anyhow )
Well, for £75 its a hell of a lot of tent. I think it was Monty in the original thread you raised, who said that he didn't think the inner would be midge proof.
Not sure whether it will be or not but I'm dreaming up a "mod" already. I've got an old transverse ridge tent (well, two of em!) called a caravan Kaipak. Its got a full length doorway on each side and so has the inner. So I'm thinking of using the original as a template and having a bash at knocking up a copy with my inner. If it works, both doors can be used to get in and out of the tent.
I've only had it up in the front room (sort of!) but its remarkable value and if its reasonably weatherproof, then its going to be a good light and comfortable shelter.
Hopefully, I'll have my super duper mod to take with me as well, when I get out next weekend
) Don't think we'll have to wait long!
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