Sep 25, 2009 at 6:38 am #1239626
Hi it's my first post :)
I just got lost at choosing the right materials for my new tent.
Let me start of that long time ago I have bought a crappy tent for just a few dollars but it was really not useful not only because it was leaking very much but it was not comfortable to take the time on rainy weather just sitting in it (because of the small height). I have fixed the leaking thing thou in a very simple way: I have took a PVA glue and stirred it in some amount of watter. Then took a sponge and washed all surface of the polyester tent. Now it has good waterproofness but bad breathability even it is not a big deal to me as the tent has lot of ventilation holes. Surface got some stiffness after that but it is still ok.
Why i am telling you that is i would like to make myself a tent that is more comfortable and is lightweight too. I cannot afford to buy a good one from the store so I look at what I can make myself. I have a few choice of materials but not sure what should I use best. I live in Lithuania and i think we have no silnylon material at the stores, but I have seen much choices of 100% polyester that is used to make a cloth lining. It cost around 1$ for a one meter of a 1.5 meter wide piece. The main problem it has no water resistant coating. We do have few types of Tyvek: http://www.senukai.lt/index.php?cl=detail_search&alist_tab=articles&sKeyWord=tyvek&sCategoryID=—&x=0&y=0
As you see the one tyvek (the one with green color) is not suitable as I think of it's wooly surface which will collect all debris, but the other two is ok I think.
Do you think if I make ground part of tyvtyvek and roof part of polyester coated with PVA glue will be a good choice?
I was searching where can I get cheap silnylon on other countries that could send me it by mail, but found it to be a overpriced to me and then the materials would cost me the same as I would by a good new tent from a store..
Sorry for the messy post and probably a bad English, hope you understood what I am asking and I would really appreciate your effort to answer :)Sep 25, 2009 at 5:02 pm #1530614
Troy AmmonsBPL Member
I would use silnylon for the floor. Tyvek, not so sure, but its cheap.
A lot of people here like single wall tents.
I prefer double wall, net inner with a fly.
You can get .7 oz netting at thru hiker.
Tru hiker also has silnylon, and .9 oz spinaker material etc.
Quest fabrics has silnyln 2nds, zips, poles, fasteners etc.
Not sure if either ships to Europe, but sil shipping should be cheap slowboat.
About the lightest custom 2 person tent with a fly I have seen was a copy done by Tim Marshall of a coleman tent.
It is really light, like 3#. I will see if I can find it.Sep 25, 2009 at 5:12 pm #1530617
Troy AmmonsBPL Member
@tammonsSep 25, 2009 at 5:27 pm #1530621
Tim MarshallBPL Member
i think the weight was just over 2#!!
-TimSep 25, 2009 at 6:01 pm #1530626
Franco DarioliBPL Member
Maybe it helps to understand the question if you keep in mind that the average monthly wage in Lithuania is about 4x less than in the US.
In other words that $5.99 No see Hum is about $24 to Vilius ( I could be wrong…)
FrancoSep 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm #1530634
Walter CarringtonBPL Member
Hi Vilius, Welcome to BPL. Your English is better than our Lithuanian. If you don't understand my English, ask and I will say it differently.
Where do you camp? What is the weather like when you camp? Are there lots of insects, mosquitos? Will it be very windy?
The soft Tyvek is probably better than the green. Here is a tent made of all soft tyvek for design ideas: http://www.tarptent.com/sublite.html
You can search BPL for "sublite" for more data on this tyvek tent. Tyvek makes noise in the wind; wash it with no soap and will be a little less noisy. Tyvek is good for the floor of a tent. I think it is not as good for the top, but might be better than the glue covered polyester. Tyvek breathes (air and water vapor pass through it) but it is waterproof. I think it may not be as good for heavy rain.
If you can't get silicon coated nylon, second best is polyurethane coated ripstop nylon. I don't know how good your glue covered polyester is.
Have you thought of using a tarp instead of a tent? Simplest tarp is a square 2.5 meters x 2.5 meters.
Maybe there are things that are cheaper there than western Europe or USA and you can trade for silnylon with someone. Is good quality down cheap there?Sep 25, 2009 at 8:13 pm #1530645
Sam FarringtonBPL Member
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
Sounds like you don't have a lot to choose from.
There are several tents not in use in my storage room.
One is a Sierra Designs "Bikelite," about 1.5 kilo; another is a Tarptent "Virga," about half that weight.
If you are interested, drop me an email at email@example.com, and I will provide more details.
If you provide me with a mailing address, I will be glad to mail one to you.
Sam Farrington, Chocorua NH, USASep 25, 2009 at 10:47 pm #1530663
@cooldripLocale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
Thanks Sam for reminding me why I love being a part of this community. Me thinks serious trail magic is coming your way my friend!Sep 28, 2009 at 4:43 am #1531142
Thank you for your answers on this thread. I'll start answering the questions too :)
Yes I think the wages in Lithuania are a bit different. 30$ is an amount of money that I get from parents and I spend them on food and stuff for a week when studying at town. I am not saving much of that sum but I do quite good. I have seen thruhicker website but even they don't look so to me :(
I am planning to camp in not so windy areas, we have not so much of strong wind here. Climate is rainy and something like 5 minus degrees of Celsius (23 of Fahrenheit)average winter temperature. Summers are buggy :) lot of mosquito but not o much as there is in northern parts of Europe in Taiga I guess..
And, Samuel, I have just sent you an email message to you to show you my email. If you won't get it it is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you :)
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