The Best Winter Tent Set Up

Discussion in 'Shelters & Accessories' started by el manana, Feb 23, 2019.

  1. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    :shifty: apologies for the 's'.......... i got over excited.....:bag:
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  2. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

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  3. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    @Taz38 Will be when my inner arrives but i may have a mesh one that may just fit temporarilly...
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  4. the wizard

    the wizard Backpacker

    I've put another toggle to the blue cord, so you can strap it lower to the pole:
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  5. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    This looked so good, I was pondering getting one for my old Golite Hex3. Then seeing Ed's pics of using it on your recent trip made my mind up.

    Arrived this morning. Just pitched it in the Hex. Perfect fit. Well made. The only niggle was the pole patch on the groundsheet was 6" forward of centre for some reason; but I can easily put another in the right place.

    Decided to ditch the straps on the Hex and replace with Lineloc3s and 3mm line. Should lose a few gs.
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  6. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Its really good; if I stay strong I might use it solo :)
    ...but have to get strong first :unsure:
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  7. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I'll use it for next training weekend I think.

    It amuses the others to see me with a different shelter each time.
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  8. slovhike

    slovhike Section Hiker

    @el manana some familiar pics at the Pedstrian store:o o:
  9. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Pedestrian asked me if I could send some photos once I had the chance to set it up. He can only do indoor photos for his listings.

    Looks like only 4 left, I don't think they will be restocked again any time soon, if at all.
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  10. slovhike

    slovhike Section Hiker

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  11. Hannay39

    Hannay39 Day Walker

    Can I ask how tall you are Nigel? Thinking about the smaller inner too, but I'm 6'2" and have found some other 3f stuff a bit tight (the Lanshan 2), in terms of length. This guys is 6'1" and around about the 10 min mark of his review it looks like it may be a problem. I've already sprung for the 2 person inner that commenced this thread, but looking for a solo inner to keep the weight down.

    The inner on the new 3f Pisa pyramid tent is much more generous (2.3 x 1m) so I asked Tony at Guangzhou if it would fit their 3f hex pyramid; he replied:
    "This pisa inner can fit the 3 man cangyuan pyramid. but if just buy the inner now, we need contact factory, i am not sure the factory will just sell the inner only now."

    It's still rectangular, not a pentagon, but, if they'll let me, I might go for it as it's got the struts and the length...

    A longer pentagon strut version? Yep, there definitely would be from me.
    Last edited: May 22, 2019
  12. Nigelp

    Nigelp Summit Camper

    Morning. I’m 168cm so a bit shorter than you. The inner does have slopped sides but still loads of room for me each end but may be to short if you are a lot taller.

    Where are you in the UK? If you are down this way (New Forest) you could try it out.
  13. Hannay39

    Hannay39 Day Walker

    Ah that's very kind of you Nigelp, but I'm in London and don't see myself getting down that way anytime soon. Lovely part of the world...
  14. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    I heard back a couple of weeks ago, 3F are definitely interested in doing these but they're in their silly season and will only do bespoke when resources are available. So, I'm confident they will get round to it but I think it wont be until September on unless they get a window of opportunity.
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  15. the wizard

    the wizard Backpacker

    After 14 days of camping in Southern France/Italy I have more experiences with the 3F inner/Hexpeak v4a outer. Didn't had much bad weather, only one heavy thunderstorm at night.
    As you can see in the timelapse video below, the outer has to be pitched a little higher (as expected) and will expose the inner more than the original. This means more ventilation (less condensation) but is more exposed to the elements. However I had no issues with leakage during that heavy rainstorm. If you really want to cover the inner properly more pegs are needed than the minimum of 6. If you use the mid pegging points, there will be plenty of space between inner and outer so I never had any issues with a sagging wet fly touching the inner. It takes a little bit more time to pitch the tent, maybe a couple of minutes more. The easiest way is inner first and throw the fly over the inner. I felt it was even easier to pitch it in the perfect hexagonal shape than with the regular setup (outer first). BTW outer first is also possible because there is a hole in the notch of the inner to put the pole through, but then it will be more fiddly to get the inner nice and tight.
    The bigger inner space felt much more comfortable, I often set it up without the fly when there wasn't any rain forcasted at night and if the nights were not too cold. At colder nights in the mountains, due to the bigger space it didn't feel "warmer" than the regular 1p half mesh inner though. But all in all I'm very happy with it.
  16. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    How do you suspend your inner @the wizard ? Does it hang from an attachment on the apex of the fly? (mine does)

    I agree inner first seems the best for a taut inner, I tried this way in a garden set up but it wasn't easy keeping the pole upright with the inner raised, I had to temporarily attach the inner by wrapping cord around the pole, add the fly, then switch the inner hanger to the hook on my fly apex.

    I thought doing this on a wild camp in a stiff breeze may be a bit of a faff, and fly first may be the better option.
  17. the wizard

    the wizard Backpacker

    Good question! This is how I attach it:
    [​IMG]attachment to the pole

    First I peg out all five corners of the inner floor.
    The pole cap I've got from Aliexpress.
    I've put some cord with a loop through the hole of the cap. A plastic hook is attached with shock cord and a toggle to the apex of the inner.
    I didn't like the black strap with eyelet that is sewn in, it is just too long. I can pull the shock cord taut with the toggle and raise the inner to the top of the pole just underneath the cap.
    It is very easy and fast to pitch the inner, in just one minute I think. Here is another short timelapse video:
    BTW I use a monopod as tent pole, not the lightest option but very strong, stable and versatile.
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  18. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

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  19. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    My pole cap arrived... :)

    Ah... I didnt really think this through did I?... :biggrin:


    My BD poles connect with handles outwards. I could use my Lekis which connect pointy ends out... but the BD flick locks make pole adjustment on a Hex sooo easy...
  20. slovhike

    slovhike Section Hiker

    Added a bit of shock cord to the back panel seam to attach to the fly Tbar. Now inner is pulled back for even more the inner btw. Very nicely made for a fraction of a price.. 20190715_194748.jpg 20190717_063045.jpg
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  21. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

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  22. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

    @slovhike where did you get the little toggles from? I'd like to replace the silly bits of elastic on my scarp with some of those
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  23. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Just search tent toggles on eBay you'll find 1000's
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  24. slovhike

    slovhike Section Hiker

    Its SL3
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