Jan 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm #1283767
An eVent shelter is now available… the new Khufu eVent Shelter
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how I look at it with my recent desire to simplify) I won't be buying it. Just wanted to give the heads up to others, that you can now buy a full-size eVent shelter. (this one is about the same size as a Duomid)Jan 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm #1820601
@maynard76Locale: New England
Just want to chime in and say I had a good expeirence with Locus gear when I ordered the duo pole extenders. Solid workmanship and customer service.Jan 6, 2012 at 3:45 am #1820638
Jotaro is a craftsman and a perfectionist. He is constantly testing out his gear himself, way up in the Japan Alps and in the rest of the world, all year. And the workmanship is flawless (his offerings wouldn't sell in Japan were they any less). I can't afford one of his beautiful shelters at the moment, but I very much want to buy one of his Khufu shelters when I can, not just for having a well-made shelter, but for the joy of having something so beautiful. When I saw in person his cuben Khufu back in 2010 when he, Glen, and a number of other UL hikers in Japan went hiking west of Tokyo, I was entranced by how "jewel-like" it was. You have to see one to see what I mean. And if you do any of your own sewing and patterning, you will fall in love with the craftsmanship, it's that special.
Plus, you don't have to wait forever to get one of his items.Jan 6, 2012 at 6:46 am #1820665
They never went away. RAB has been selling them.Jan 6, 2012 at 7:05 am #1820675
Yes, I know, and for quite a while, at that. But the Summit Extreme is not quite sized for the average person's needs in backpacking. It is an alpinist's tent with low headroom. Garnered BPL's Highly Recommended rating in 2007.
The eVent Khufu is something for the rest of us.Jan 6, 2012 at 8:45 am #1820760
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
Had a look but I dont see any specs.
StephenJan 6, 2012 at 8:49 am #1820762
Using Xe.com as a currency converter the Khufu eVent Shelter comes to $596.81.
Ain't cheap but she sure is pretty!Jan 6, 2012 at 8:52 am #1820765
Here is the eVent Khufu's page, with specs.
eVent is expensive. But actually it's not bad for a shelter made in Japan.Jan 6, 2012 at 8:57 am #1820766
It's a great looking shelter, and likely a great use of the fabric. But until a $1 = $1 = $1, I suspect most will be just fine with the MLD Super Mid at half the cost.
On another note, I wonder if GE relaxed the restrictions on making "tents" out of eVent? Last I had heard it was a no-no and that's why Rab calls theirs a "bivi".Jan 6, 2012 at 9:00 am #1820769
@mikefaedundeeLocale: Under a bush in Scotland
I don't see the point of eVent as a fly. Surely its strength is the breathability, and you would use it on a fully sealed shelter?
Maybe i'm not seeing it properly.Jan 6, 2012 at 9:03 am #1820770
@edhyattLocale: The North
For Info: the Rab Summit Bivvy has as much headroom as my Hilly Unna – Rab measure to the top of the door, not the apex of the tent (so I read…I've not measured it). I can easily sit up in mine.Jan 6, 2012 at 9:04 am #1820771
I can see use in a fully-enclosed 'mid (or any other single-wall shelter) when buttoned up and pitched to the ground. It's bound to breathe better than sil in a similar environment.
If it's off the ground and ventilated, though, that would definitely change things.Jan 6, 2012 at 9:17 am #1820778
GE has jurisdiction in the States and probably the UK, but not in Japan. I doubt very much that Japan would ever allow a non-Japanese company to dictate legal matters within Japanese borders.
Locus Gear has other iterations of the Khufu, too… silnylon, cuben, and tyvek.
In Japan very often you are camping way above treeline on very steep terrain, on very small sites, with incredible winds, and little chance of descending to a safer place (because likely as not you won't find a suitable site due to the steepness of the terrain) so pitching tight to the ground is often necessary. Having a breathable canopy keeps the condensation down when pitched low. Humidity in Japan is very high so condensation happens easily and often. A significant portion of mountain tents in Japan have breathable canopies, even a special Gore-tex tent fabric developed specially in Japan for the Japanese market, called X-Trek.Jan 6, 2012 at 9:18 am #1820781
This mid is most intriguing. I was under the belief that GE frowned upon use of eVent as a shelter material if were are able to sit up because of fire retardation laws. Unless these only apply to Canada and the US. Consider the ID Wedge, for example.
I think I want one but this would break my New Years resolution…..
Edit: Miguel answered my question above.Jan 6, 2012 at 9:26 am #1820787
That's what I figured Miguel, but then why would GE allow the sell of eVent by it's vendors to Japanese companies? Or does it not and this is "backdoored"? :-)Jan 6, 2012 at 9:31 am #1820791
Chris, that I don't know. Sorry. But consider that many of the world's best outdoor fabric are pioneered and designed in Japan. Pertex, for example is now a Japanese company. And Mont-Bell is a leader in lightweight and waterproof outdoor fabrics. Perhaps the fabric that Jotaro is using was improved upon here? There might be differences in the way it was manufactured.
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