Apr 30, 2010 at 11:43 am #1258383
Who can spell out for me the main differences between the original Contrail and the latest version of the Contrail? I have one but don't know which version and am looking for some obvious visual things that would tell me how old this thing is…or if it is the currently selling version.
JeffApr 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm #1604240
@deljohnstonLocale: Heart of Dixie
It says nothing on the site about a newer one, so I am only going with what they DO have on the site. It says that the new feature for the **2007** model is an adjustable rear canopy. Nothing else is mentioned.
I am sure you could email Henry and ask. He always seems helpful.
Hope this helps a little.Apr 30, 2010 at 7:07 pm #1604363
Thanks. I know I have read that there are differences in the "cut" of the tent as well. Just not sure if there is an easy way to differentiate between the different versions of the Contrail.Apr 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm #1604447
@backfeets1Locale: Midwest.... Missouri
Look..into..my..eyes……You need a new tent. Check out the new 2010 Sublite Sil on the Tarptent.com web site. I have the sublite sil and found it to be a little cramped on head room. (I'm 5'7") The new version addresses that concern and adds vestibule space, side entry, head room biased toward one end, and increased ventilation. I've been in some pretty nasty weather above treeline in the older version and was amazed at it's resistance to wind. The perimeter netting ventilation works well to control condensation, but it can be sealed up fairly tight for wind/warmth issues. I once measured interior/exterior temperature difference at 40 deg exterior to 53 deg inner.Apr 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm #1604458
There are three versions of the Contrail
2006 version : the one on the Contrail product page
2007 version : there is a link to it on the above page. You can drop the tail on this one.
2008 version the one that Franco goes on and on about it..(but kept secret by HS)
a boring shot and a couple of shots in action.
There are several differences here.
The tail is easier to drop
The mid guyout point on the boxed-end (tail…) has been strengthened (just for me)
The fabric now covers part of the vertical wall of the rear end.
The rear tie out points have been simplified.
Re-designed tensioning lines between the floor front corners and the beak.
The fly now is attached under (on the inside) the front beak. (easier to do from the inside)
FrancoMay 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm #1604746
Still not sure which version I have. I believe the velcrow which closes the front beak is on the underside and runs all the way down to the tie out…however, the rear struts raise and lower with velcrow only. I do not appear to have the 2007 option. So…not sure what I have.May 1, 2010 at 11:46 pm #1604845
The one the left (rounded end) is the current version, the other (square end) is the original. Only the current version has the "round" end.
You cannot slide the back down on the original. Therefore if you can slide the back down but don't have the fabric continuing past the edge at the end ,yours is the 2007 model.
FrancoMay 2, 2010 at 11:20 pm #1605174
Thanks Franco. How much different is the "cut" between the two? Does the newer 2008 model set-up tighter than the 2007 version?May 3, 2010 at 5:51 am #1605204
That was pretty minor. I was happy with the way the original worked for me but the latest is nicer .
For a taut set up you need to pay attention to the angle of the guylines and make sure that the back is parallel to the front.
As I mentioned before the floor is always a good indication. If you have a smooth flat floor most likely it is set up correctly.
FrancoMay 3, 2010 at 6:11 am #1605211
Mark McLauchlinBPL Member
@markmclauchlinLocale: Western Australia
My wife thinks I am an idiot but the contrail is still one of the sexiest tents I have seen (yes I own one too)
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