Are small British tent companies any good? For example Trekkertent, Terra Nova, and Lightwave.

Discussion in 'Shelters & Accessories' started by vaguehead, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. Darren

    Darren Trail Blazer

  2. vaguehead

    vaguehead Trail Blazer

    Don't know but I can tell you the secret to gaining weight (beer, pizza and sausages). Put on 10kg+ during lockdown... Ugh.
  3. vaguehead

    vaguehead Trail Blazer

  4. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Grab it quick, it won't be available long.
  5. vaguehead

    vaguehead Trail Blazer

    Yep, buying today. Trying to decide between the T10 Trek XT and G1 Ionix.

    The T0 Trek XT is I assume a smaller version of the T10 Trek XT.

    The mystery is the the G1 Ionix. I can see reference to a G2 Ionix online but the G1 is also described as 2 man on the site so maybe a 1 man... I'm interested in a roomy 1 man tent.
  6. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Which one did you get?
  7. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    The G1 looks great. Not the lightest but a lot of tent for your money, and free-standing.
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  8. vaguehead

    vaguehead Trail Blazer

    The T10 Trek XT. Huge vestibule, generous inner for 1 man, 4 season, 40d fly, really good in wind. Front entrance which is a bit of pain but meh. A tad under 2kg, fine.

    Would I have preferred a Big Sky Chinook or Scarp 1, yeah probably, but the Lightwave will do what I need and for much cheaper. Thanks a lot for the link!
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  9. vaguehead

    vaguehead Trail Blazer

    It was just hard to find any information about it and it weighs 2.6kg I think. The information (YouTube video) I could find was about the G2 and from 12 years ago.
  10. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Good catch. The extra 10" width is well worth the extra 4oz.
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  11. Ed the Ted

    Ed the Ted Trail Blazer

    That looks like a great tent at an awesome price! Nice catch.
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  12. vaguehead

    vaguehead Trail Blazer

    For what I read is a one-man outfit Crux / Lightwave have a huge range of gear. 26 different tents according to this: https://www.lightwave.uk.com/products/tents/lightwave-tents
    The Crux brand has another 6: https://www.crux.uk.com/category/tents-shelters

    32 different tent models.

    To compare Zpacks and Gossamer Gear have 7 and 5 respectively. 13 tents in total (although they do tarps and other stuff). You could add a couple more US smaller gear manufacturers and they'd still have less tent models combined than Lightwave / Crux.

    Even though I think some of their tents are exactly or similar designs just different materials it must be a bit of an organisational / logistical nightmare.
  13. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    The Crux HQ used to be a 10 min walk from my house. The old mill buildings they were in got redeveloped into flats so they had to move.
    There were two people operating it. I got a bargain eVent jacket off them (XXL prototype) for £15 and several broken high quality DAC poles to poach good bits from. And a ripped flysheet for spare nylon.
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  14. simplerandomwalk

    simplerandomwalk Trail Blazer

    How's the T10 Trail for a 1P 4-season tent? Are tunnel tents still good in snow or is semi-geodesic pretty much a requirement?
  15. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    I'm not sure. Its a fairly steep pitch due to the gothic arch poles and the material is very strong. I bought it more for wet n windy conditions, but I'm sure it can handle some snow.

    I managed to quickly pitch it indoors today without breaking any ornaments :biggrin: it stood nicely with just a front and rear guy tied to furniture. Quite easy to pitch all in one.
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  16. bazpoint

    bazpoint Backpacker

    Just as a random heads up, was just idly browsing the Ultralightoutdoorgear basement section and they have the vestibule groundsheet for the T10 XT for £30 if it's any interest to you.

    edit - actually looks to be just the same price on the official site. UOG not especially generous with their 'basement' pricing. Ignore!
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  17. Bmblbzzz

    Bmblbzzz Ultralighter

    There's a phrase I didn't really expect to see in trek-lite. :)
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  18. vaguehead

    vaguehead Trail Blazer

    Ahh, cool. They seem like really good company. I recieved the T10 Trek XT and the quality seems top notch. Although I was missing a pole and had to ring up and ask for one : )
  19. vaguehead

    vaguehead Trail Blazer

    Thanks. This tent seems to be really well made, I'll probably skip a ground sheet for now. Well, I'll take a polycro one for the backpack.
  20. vaguehead

    vaguehead Trail Blazer

    I'm not sure about front entry though. Used to side. Coffin like.
  21. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    It’s the reason i stopped using them but i am probably 40 years older than you.
    Performance wise they can be trusted.
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  22. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Pics?

    I like a tunnel-tent, yes claustrophobic and can be awkward to get in/out (especially a 1-man one), but it works for me.
    Might have a different opinion after actually using this one, but my stealth is also a tunnel-tent albeit a wide one.
    The 2 man one would be better is fair bit heavier (2.4)
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  23. vaguehead

    vaguehead Trail Blazer

    Your stealth?

    I can't put my Lightwave up yet because I'm lacking a pole but as soon as it arrives I will. Might even do a garden review.

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