Dec 3, 2007 at 5:10 pm #1226095
Does anyone see why this design wouldn't work? It's going to be made out of Silnylon, and the poles are going to be my Leki hiking poles.
It is 4ft high at highest peak, with 6'6" fully covered for sleeping. The front is so high because it is made as a vestibule for me to sit under during rain. The back is low to save weight because I don't need the room near the "foot box".
Let me know about any questions. Thanks!Dec 3, 2007 at 5:27 pm #1411135
Here's a better pic of the tent with the measurements.Dec 3, 2007 at 5:41 pm #1411142
That's not so different from this
A tad shorter and somewhat lower at the foot.Dec 3, 2007 at 7:22 pm #1411164
a curve in the fabric takes out some of the looseness.Dec 26, 2007 at 12:19 pm #1413744
may it's just me but i think 6'6" is really tight. i'm 6'2" so maybe i'm taller than you?? i like 9' ridges, yeah it's long but i never have to worry about the weather. I like ultralight that still works. It doesn't matter how light it is if you're soaked.Jan 1, 2008 at 10:35 am #1414422
@archnemesisLocale: England, UK
Seriously consider putting a door on the front and/or back. I've found that a door gives better weather protection for weight than the extra fabric required to do the equivalent as just tarp.
I've done a lot of tarp camping this year in the UK and so have weather tested lots of designs.
A closed end is the minimum weatherproof design:
Simple with doors both ends here:
I've also started to use a mixture of toggles and velcro for door closures because of weight and simplicity.
I've not worried about caternary ridges too much – a decent bit of tension in the guy ropes is often good enough…
I'm 6ft tall and I've found that although a 2.5mx1.8m flat tarp will weather a storm if pitched low and in shelter it is far from a fun way to spend a night. A shaped tarp with doors weighs less and gives more weather protection.
I also must declare that I match the tarp to the weather – if good weather is expected I take a smaller and lighter tarp…Feb 28, 2008 at 10:42 am #1422384
It took me forever, because I got busy, but I finished this tent!!! It really is an awesome tent for my first project. The only bad thing about it is that I found out the the fabric that I'm using is really a ripstop nylon with a DWR finish on it. However, I am still real pleased with the design, and I am probably going to put a door, bug netting, and tie-out loops on the tent. I just want to completely finish this project that has really turned into a prototype. Thanks for the input, and I'll try to get a pic or two up, but my camera is out of comission right now.Feb 29, 2008 at 9:50 pm #1422595
I have had several projects turn into prototypes, and every time the next version turns out better. Aside from realizing things you could have done better, I find the whole process much easier the second time around.
Good luck on the next edition, looking forward to photos.
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