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sherpa

Trail Blazer
Crux have actually launched a few new tents this year:


Some years ago i used their assault tent for 10 days. Not impressed with the fabric.

I owned and extensively used (wore out) a Rab summit bivi tent - the eVent was far superior. Guess their own fabric is cheaper…?

Mentioned elsewhere on trek-lite is that Crux/Lightwave is pretty unique in that just one person is behind quite an extensive range of products
 

Ed the Ted

Ultralighter
Sure, if you think £750 for a one person, single wall, DCF tent, that weighs over a kilo, is reasonably priced...Personally I think its a total rip off, especially when my larger Jumper Home Mountain House 1.5p DCF tent weighs a mere 326g (or 448g with the groundsheet included), and yet it only cost me £350.
I'm reasonably sure the intended use of the crux tent is high mountain mountaineering, so there isn't much point comparing the two taking into account only weight and price (or at all)
 

sherpa

Trail Blazer
I'm reasonably sure the intended use of the crux tent is high mountain mountaineering, so there isn't much point comparing the two taking into account only weight and price (or at all)
absolutely - but these summit type tents have potential for short backpacking trips in inclement weather.

near bombproof in high winds.

but thats because they are small/low. often 220cm long, but with severely inward sloping ends, painfully short in use.

the Crux is made of dcf8 so will be tough. but condensation will be a problem.

the beauty of the Rab tents was the eVent - they coped well with condensation. Rab no longer uses eVent….

the only Crux x-tex fabric tent i would give any consideration to is the S22 - 2 doors essential for cross venting. not sure if the Crux has kickstands on the doors - if not just use a couple of suitably sized twigs which make a huge difference & can be utilised in all but the very worst weather :biggrin:
 

Ed the Ted

Ultralighter
I wouldn't carry something as heavy as the Crux up Everest!
Tents that can survive, and keep you alive, in that environment are just heavier. There's no way around it. Have a look at this Rab expedition tent for comparison. These tents are made and used by people who really know how to push the envelope in horrendous situations that we could probably never understand or experience.

 

Teepee

Thru Hiker
I love my little Latok summit bivi (more of a hooped bivy than a tent IMO) It doesn't get much use, is frustratingly low, but it's a fantastic 'Stay alive' shelter. A real dependable self standing bolthole that still works when it's really cold and windy.
It's my Hebridean summit shelter and goes with me to the Arctic.
Rab Latok Summit.jpg
In the Torne valley just before lockdown.
 

Norrland

Ultralighter
Only thing I don't like about bibler style tents is that they have floors. Surely their best use is winter conditions at high elevation. Personally I like to be able to dig a ledge inside my tents in winter for more sitting/standing space. I think for anything other than serious escapades up the side of mountains with little space for pitching they can stay at home. They're for serious nutters doing serious business.
 
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Ed the Ted

Ultralighter
Only thing I don't like about bibler style tents is that they have floors. Surely their best use is winter conditions at high elevation. Personally I like to be able to dig a ledge inside my tents in winter for more sitting/standing space. I think for anything other than serious escapades up the side of mountains with little space for pitching they can stay at home. They're for serious nutters doing serious business.
Quite right, serious nutters who just want a weather resistant tube to crawl into and not die. Not quite the same as my idea of a nice time camping.
 

Teepee

Thru Hiker
Only thing I don't like about bibler style tents is that they have floors. Surely their best use is winter conditions at high elevation. Personally I like to be able to dig a ledge inside my tents in winter for more sitting/standing space. I think for anything other than serious escapades up the side of mountains with little space for pitching they can stay at home. They're for serious nutters doing serious business.
Yes, not the best design for living in. They are very good in really soft powder or needle snow that won't set up and that floor stops them blowing away just by chucking some kit inside or getting in.

What annoys me the most is rain/snow falling in the door. It's really hard to get in without bringing lots of the outside in with you.
 

Norrland

Ultralighter
I've got an event one, but use my Unna instead. I'll not really be out in conditions warranting it, so another thing to add to the decluttering list..

I was using an Unna one time I went on a guided winter expedition in absiko and I pulled back the inner a bit to make a sitting ledge. Then when I went to sleep I ended up rolling into the ledge while in the inner and snapping a few of the coupling holding the inner to the outer. Good times.
 

Taz38

Thru Hiker
I sold my 2 tough (winter) tents 😓 as I've come to realise I rarely camp on summits (or in thick snow), but useally (and sensibly) find a sheltered area lower down.

I would like a 2 man winter tent one day mind.
 

Norrland

Ultralighter

New range of tents from "The Free Spirits". Gear is on the higher price range for Ali express but looks pretty nice. Can see they're trying to copy Hilleberg a bit with their "red label" and similar colours and tent styles. Can't find much info or reviews though. The "enran pro" also comes with DAC featherlites

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Norrland

Ultralighter
TFS are also behind Pretents, which is a more reputable brand with more reviews.
Interesting. Should be decent quality stuff then. Would prefer to order direct from them though as not sure I'd like parting that much money on a third party Ali seller as they are terrible at communication
 
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