Apr 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm #1288544
@wim_depondtLocale: The low countries
I have been leeching this forum for a while so I thought to share some of my experiences.
I am the (recent) proud owner of a Tarptent Sublite Tyvek. My faithfull Jack Wolfskin Gossamer is hereby officially retired and thanked for after about 15 years of faithful and reliable duty (the bloody thing didn’t want to fail…).
The reasons why I choose Sublite Tyvek
– it’s light. It weighs 599 on my scale, after seem sealing. (boy, what a joy to ditch the 1,4 kg Gossamer)
– it’s breathable, of course courtesy of Dupont (Tyvek).
– it’s pretty closed of, except close to the ground (but that’s similar with the Gossamer)
– it’s got ample space and … I can now decently sit upright (again, what a joy to ditch the Gossamer, 80 cm high)
– its construction seems gale proof, thanks to it’s A-frame (but the jury is still out there – can’t wait to hoist it up the Alps and Pyrenees for some profound testing – will report back in summer).
– raised foot end, preventing my sleeping bag to touch the Tyvek.
– The lack of vestibule, but not really an issue for me, considering it’s light weight
– It’s a tat heavier than advertised, even without seem sealing. But I believe it still remains the world’s lightest commercially available breathable tent
– It cannot cope with prolonged rain. I understand the Tyvek utilized has a hydrostatic head of about 1000 mm (compared tot 5000mm of my Gossamer).
Well, I normally carry a Golite Poncho/Tarp – 210 grams – and had a look if I could fit it around my Sublite Tyvek and hey, without any extra’s I could attach to the front pegs and the rear rods. I had a first test this weekend in the lake district. No thunderstorms but prolonged (horizontal) rain. The Sublite passed the test with honors. The Tyvek was damp everywhere but significantly less where it was covered by the poncho. Perhaps this combination might be a real winner for extended trips to exposed and wet areas. Again, I will report back in summer.
Maybe an idea for Tarptent to make a custom made poncho that can also serve as a cover for their (future) Tyvek models?
WimApr 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm #1865796
Cool idea. I've been tempted to glue a cuben cover to the horizontal surfaces of my Sublite, just to give it a little longer use in big rain. I don't think the vertical sidewalls would be much of an issue. Of course, I can't remember the last time I got rained on either.Apr 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm #1867946
@coreyfmillerLocale: Eastern Canada
I want to cry right now! I really reaaaally wanted the Sublite but I was very concerned about the rain aspect. So I ended up spending all my cash on fabric to make some of my own stuff.
Ah well, maybe next year. Great idea and multi use!Apr 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm #1867964
@daveheissLocale: Pacific Northwest
Very innovative combination of tent and rainwear. More room and protection than a plain poncho-tarp, and still multi-use. Great idea!
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