Shelter News - a thread for new shelter talk

Discussion in 'Shelters & Accessories' started by theoctagon, Aug 14, 2015.

  1. Charles42

    Charles42 Trail Blazer

    It's certainly quite a lump. Waiting on a dcf Strat 1 :)
  2. Charles42

    Charles42 Trail Blazer

    Had an email from Zpacks confirming they are no longer making the Altaplex. The
    Plexamid replaces it .
  3. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    That’s a shame, as that’s a large lump to pack for a Cuben shelter
  4. Clare

    Clare Section Hiker

    There's a camo one on eBay at the moment.
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  5. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Ditto. I was thinking about why a flat top is useful and can only think that it allows them to use the cuben at standard roll width rather than having to add the small infill panels we see on many mids at the peak as well as shave a little weight. I dont think the extra headroom claim amounts to much given a 122cm pole height. Yes other mids narrow at the top but are generally taller anyway and if using a dpte its no different. So in summary i think the design is economics led rather than consumer benefit led.
  6. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    ^ I concur. The flat top has to be quicker to construct too as the tape is applied to straight edges .
  7. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I assumed it was to give some of the advantage of the two pole designs? Its one pole right? I think zpacks have always been efficient in their cuben use, makes sense! Making a duplex copy made me realise how optimised it was re biggest shelter for min amount of fabric and work. I guess same for hexamid, not a criticism.
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  8. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    I dont see it changing the geometry enough to give any benefit. Guess we need a lot more vids and reviews etc to get a handle on why its a benefit.
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  9. Piiber Teravhammas

    Piiber Teravhammas Summit Camper

  10. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    ULOG are going to start stocking TFS tents soon.
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  11. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Some of you may know Dan Durston from BPL or his blog Into Cascadia. He's now got a tent being produced via Massdrop. It looks like an interesting variant on the offset pole design.
    Massdrop link for those who are signed up.
    BPL forum discussion link for the others.
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  12. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    I do like the Black Stealth Bomber look of the YMG Cirriform

  13. Franco Darioli

    Franco Darioli Trail Blazer

    Nice pitch. Apart from the shape, it does look like a metal skin in that shot.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2018
  14. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

  15. liamarchie

    liamarchie Ultralighter

    anyone noticed the blurb on the Oookworks website about him packing it in? was thinking of selling my inner, might be a collectors item now :rolleyes:


    I'll only be making nests to sell as in-stock items until my back orders are fulfilled, and then that's probably it.

    I'd like to say it's been fun, but in reality it's been an unrelenting nightmare that's destroyed my health and any semblence of a normal life for the past 6 years.

    I'm done with making some of the best gear in the world, while at the same time living in abject poverty. I'm done with the constant worry of finding the money for materials. I'm done with the constant worry of someone wanting a refund and it setting me back for months and the knock-on effects that ensue. I'm done with never being able to buy myself anything or take a break. And most of all, I'm done with abuse and threats from folk who have no ******* clue what I sacrifice in order to try and keep people happy.

    I believe there is money to be made at this, just not by me. A business like this requires capital and enthusiasm. I've never had the former and I'm completely out of the latter.
    If someone thinks they'd like to give it a go, I'm happy to sell ownership of my designs and provide training. Just drop me a line.
  16. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    I think its for the best. Quality was never his problem, running a business was.
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  17. liamarchie

    liamarchie Ultralighter

    Quality is brilliant i'll give him that.
    Looks like people will have to go to MLD directly or Trekkertent maybe? not heard good things about bearpawdd
  18. oreocereus

    oreocereus Ultralighter

    That’s a shame. I’m not surprised it ruins your health, I always think this when I see people running as one-man-bands. Hope he’s able to get his life back.

    I did get a custom tub from TT recently, really good quality and design.
  19. tom

    tom Section Hiker

    Thats a really sad read. Too tight margins/self- exploitation is not uncommon in the cottage industries but doubly sad when its somebody who deserves much respect.
  20. Taz38

    Taz38 Section Hiker

    Very sad, not easy for a one- man set up.
  21. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Hope He can make something of what he has learned and use it to his advantage
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2018
  22. Franco Darioli

    Franco Darioli Trail Blazer

    Sad about Ookworks but I have seen something very similar every few years with individuals starting off really well and then slowly running out of the initial euphoria and getting buried by one problem after another.
    On a better note (maybe...) Tarptent has posted a bit of a teaser on FaceBook about a new shelter coming out soon.
    Any guesses ?
  23. Brendan

    Brendan Trail Blazer

  24. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

  25. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    No idea how long those'll last in most people's hands.

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