Apr 6, 2010 at 7:27 am #1257370
This is the second MYOG tent I have made using the 20yds of sil-nylon I purchased from OWFINC. It is 110" long, 70" at its max width and 58" at the peak. Weight before seam sealing was just under 1.5 pounds including the pole, 6 MSR Needle stakes, a real floor, all lines and stuff sack. I was concerned with pack size so the pole was made into 5 sections. Using a bit of math I came up with the optimal cut length for each individual pole section. This minimized the overall pole length when stored. The top pole did not require an insert to attach another segment and the bottom pole has a 3/4" end tip. The 58" 5 segment pole ended up being as short as possible when broken down which is 13". The eyelets were aluminum so weight is next to nothing. I have one eyelet placed so the pole is perfectly vertical and another eyelet 5" offset if I need more usable interior space. I tried a 10" pole offset but it would require a much stiffer pole to work well. The bathtub floor is a single piece with 4" of no-see-um mesh attaching it to the main tent. Running the entire width of the floor is 3/4" grosgrain. This adds additional reinforcement to the eyelet area and makes for easier setup. If I stake out the 2 ends of the grosgrain I have a solid place for the pole to attach.
The tent is almost large enough for 2 people in a pinch. If I played with the pole placement it would probably work. For me and my gear it is pure luxury! I am 6'1" and the length is enough for me to stretch my arms and feet a fair amount. The high peak makes for more usable floor space as well as head room.
Apr 6, 2010 at 10:32 am #1594815
That's a slick setup. Nice work. I'd love to see some pics of the inside.Apr 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm #1594891
@biointegraLocale: Puget Sound
Nice work!Apr 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm #1594897
Pls be sure to report back on how is does vis-a-vis condensation (request triggered by the recent discussion about the necessity of vents)
Also, would you be willing to add an inside pic of the pole attaching to the peak?Apr 6, 2010 at 4:13 pm #1594952
The pole has a rounded tip and the peak is reinforced with cordura. The pole does not attach in any way at the peak.Apr 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm #1594977
of what material is your pole? And can you please add some pictures and maybe descriptions of how you join the 5 pole segments?
Nice tent btw.Apr 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm #1594983
@brooklynkayakLocale: Atlantic North East
This shelter looks really weather proof, but the pitch in the pictures looks like it would be prone to condensation issues.
I may be wrong though, as I can't tell from the pictures?Apr 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm #1595000
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> the pitch in the pictures looks like it would be prone to condensation issues.
Reckon! And how!
But you could add some high vents maybe?
CheersApr 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm #1595010
Its hard to tell from the picture but The front & back are about 8" off the ground and the sides are around 4". Between the floor & tent body is 4-8" of no-see-um mesh around the perimeter. I'm going to use it like this and add vents if needed. Adding a vent after that fact should be no problem. I may add some type of gear loft as well. The zipper is also exposed so I have been thinking about adding a flap to keep it leak free. I do have a bathtub floor after all but I don't like taking baths in my tent.
The pole is an Easton Nano Light from Quest Outfitters. It uses 3/16" shock cord, a dome end tip #4030 and grommet end tip #4038. The assembled 58" 5 segment pole weighs 2.5oz.Apr 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm #1595014
@brooklynkayakLocale: Atlantic North East
I'm only going by the pictures. The ventilation is probably fine.Apr 6, 2010 at 7:01 pm #1595030
the nice thing about the high angle and ample space between the walls and floor is condensation should run off and out the mesh and not drip on the floor! I don't think small vents do very much and unless you have a big problem with condensation i'd say it looks good as is.
-TimApr 11, 2010 at 11:43 am #1596771
It looks like a great tent!
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