Jun 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm #1290708
First off, I'm a dedicated hanger. But I do 4-5 trips per year where I have to go to ground. I'm looking to lighten up on my tent, and a friend here highly recommended the Scout. I just want to get some opinions from other owners of this tent. I do know there are lighter and better options, but I really don't want to spend a bunch of money on a piece of gear that will rarely get used. It looks like the best bang for the buck. But I sure like that Notch…Jun 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm #1884068
@maynard76Locale: New England
Well, they both have pros and cons. I have the Scout but never seen the Notch in person.
-Wider more room.
-possible problems with the foot end sagging and collecting condensation- but will need to use it more to see it that is a real problem.
-one piece easy set up
-true double wall
-not as wide
I think it comes down to how much room you need to sleep vs how much vestibule space you want.
You may also look at Lightheart tents.Jun 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm #1884089
I know you're looking at the newer shelters, but there are some other tents in that price range and weight, maybe even cheaper. One that comes to mind is the Eureka Spitfire Solo. It was my first solo tent and I still have it around for a back up. You can find them on sale or Ebay for around $90.00 and if you don't use the fly it comes in at a respectable weight.
http://www.sunnysports.com/Prod/CategoryID_2145/Context_2144/Sort_Relevance/DescSort_0/Filter_brand%3dEureka%3aflid_2145_4%3d2159/Page_1/ERKTSF.htmlJun 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm #1884092
I actually thought about the Spitfire. But for about $30 more I can get the Scout. And I know where there's a Notch right now for $220. I like the idea of not packing around tent poles.Jun 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm #1884100
My friend has the Scout, but personally I prefer the Eureka, poles and all, just my preference though. I think the Spitfire is easier to set up and has less filldle factor for me. My friend also owned a Spitfire, but sold it, and when the Scout went on sale he couldn't pass up the great deal.Jun 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm #1884102
Hahaha! Your talking about Kevin, right? He's the one that told me about the Scout!Jun 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm #1884103
Yep!Jun 5, 2012 at 5:57 am #1884129
I have had my Scout for about a year now and I still think for the $, it is hard to beat. Mine weighs 33.5 ounces seam sealed and I bought it used once on BPL forum for $90 shipped.
Sets up in 2-3 minutes, never had condensation problems. I added the two guy lines at the foot and head to help keep it taut. I usually go with a couple other guys, one hanger, and the other has the Skyscape Trekker. They are 9.5 ounces different in weight, but $100 difference in price.
Point is, I don't think you can find a better tent when considering price vs. weight under $100 used or $125 new.
Just my two cents.
JasonJun 5, 2012 at 6:50 am #1884142
Jason, by using the bottom guyout, does it keep the tent of your feet? I use a Big Agnes pad and a Montbell bag. That combo along with my size 13 hoof might be a little tight.Jun 5, 2012 at 7:20 am #1884158
I have the NOTCH. It sets up fast and easy once you do it a few times. It is really a great tent. You have the option of pitching high for great ventilation, or low for a bomb proof storm shelter. I love having the two vestibule's. Pack and gear one one side, exit and entry on the other. I mostly use the fly for a shape tarp. Sealed sealed and all it comes in at 18 oz. It is plenty long and wide. The only thing that can happen is if you have it pitched high and get a rain during the night you will get splash. I solved this problem by sewing a 6" wide piece of no see um mesh all along the bottom. Now I have almost the perfect tent/ shape tarp.Jun 5, 2012 at 7:49 am #1884169
Yes it helps with the feet. I use a guy line at both the head and feet to help with this and keep any rain or whatever causing sagging. I usually am a side sleeper in the fetal position apparently so I actually keep my pack at the foot end also. I am 6'0 200lbs and find it with adequate room on the sides for ditty bag or light and with room to put my pack at the feet.
I can try to take a pic of the guy lines or anything else in the next day or two if you want?Jun 5, 2012 at 7:54 am #1884170
Just a quick note about the Notch. Recently when using it, the rainy weather and drop in temps conspired to create some condensation on the inner. Given it was raining when I was packing up, I quickly unclipped the inner tent (45 seconds) and left the outer standing. I packed the dry inner into my pack and then disassembled the outer and packed it in an outer pocket. When I arrived at camp later in the day, I reversed the process and was greeted with a completely dry inner.
The outer fly first set up is really nice and may be a consideration for you.Jun 5, 2012 at 9:29 am #1884208
Mike VBPL Member
I also have a SMD Scout and have been very impressed with its performance in some pretty rough weather, it seems like every trip I have done so far this year has resulted in some pretty gnarly storms overnight.
A few observations I have made so far in over 40 nights of use:
*The poly doesn't stretch in the cold/wet, so I have never needed to re-tension which is nice.
*I have only had rain spray under the fly once in a high wind/heavy rain storm while I had it pitched a little higher than recommended, although the spray was not significant enough to wet out my bag.
*I have only experienced notable condensation once on a night with 8+ hours of rain when the temperature dropped significantly; even then it was not significant enough that I wasn't able to manage easily enough with a pack towel.
*On hot humid nights when the mosquitos are out in swarms, using the tent in bug tent mode with fly tied up is a godsend.
*The tent has been very stable in the wind. I have been in gusts up to 30mph without issue.
As far as foot room, there is a tie out for a guy line right above the foot of the fly that you can use to get a bit more height if needed.
The Notch also looks like a very nice shelter, but I think you are talking apples and oranges if you are looking at the price tags.Jun 5, 2012 at 9:42 am #1884215
I've also been looking at the Scout recently, also interested in a cheap'ish solo tent for certain outings. Has anybody used it with tent poles, and not with trekking poles? I don't use trekking poles and so have been wondering how stable it is otherwise. … Once I add weight of poles I might be inching toward weight of Spitfire or other double wall tents. Thanks.Jun 5, 2012 at 10:40 am #1884228
I bought the tent poles from SMD as I do not use trekking poles either. They are a minimal weight IMO and cut to fit this setup exactly.
I guess the differences between the scout and the spitfire are:
– 10 ounces in weight
– 4.88 sq ft inside area
– 5" in height
– 6" in width
– You can adjust your ventilation from inside the tent on the door side without having to take off the rain fly of the spitfire
– If you use trekking poles, saves the weight of tent poles
– Has an optional porch from SMD to add
Check out the links for more info and videos
Video Review (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDT_XXDWRn4)Jun 5, 2012 at 10:49 am #1884231
Thanks Jason, and sorry for hijack OP. Do you find the tent to be sturdy enough then in wind, etc. with tent poles? I supposed, properly guyed out, all would be fine. I would just be interested in hearing about actual experiences with poles.Jun 5, 2012 at 11:19 am #1884241
If I can get that Notch for a better price I think I'll go that route. If the seller is firm on the price then I'll order a Scout. I noticed you don't see either one for sale used very often. That's a pretty good indicator for both tents.Jun 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm #1884274
I'm 6ft 3 with a 13 shoe and fit in the Scout fine with a 78in BA pad. I really like my scout and would buy it again. My only complaint is I wish it had a 2nd zipper in the mesh for a door, it would be worth the weight penalty IMO.Jun 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm #1884276
First off I use the 5 initial guy lines also adding two more at the feet and head. I have not experienced really windy conditions here in the southeast. Most of my camping is lower elevations with the highest I have camped being 4000". I have had this set up in a hard down pour that lasted 6-7 hours with very minimal spray inside. You can guy this down to the ground if necessary. I have also used this in a winter trip with temps in the single digits. I woke up the next morning with snow on the tent, but none inside. Come to think of it, the winter trip was probably the windiest conditions also.
The only drawback I have had so far, is I want to upgrade to the skyscape X cuben fiber model of this same tent. $450 is hard to let go of though :)
JasonJun 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm #1884444
I've looked at both offerings (notch/skyscape). For my use, the notch really hits all the high points. Double wall, two doors, big storage, and a net inner that can be purchased with partial material walls. That's great for dust and for trapping heat when it gets colder than you think and you sleep system could use a little help. OP, good luck in your choice.Jun 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm #1884448
I can't believe how much I'm stressing this decision, considering how little it'll be used. But I'm thinking the Notch is going to win out. Double doors, little to no condensation, dry entry in the rain. And I freaking love the way its modular. One more main question first. Will a 78" pad fit in it?Jun 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm #1884452
Can be seen here as well http://www.tarptent.com/notch.html and then click the arrow twice to see the photo. 76 x 25 x 3 pad dimensionsJun 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm #1884455
Looks like the Notch wins :)Jun 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm #1884467
Congrats on the decision, this thread has convinced me to go after a Scout. :)Jun 6, 2012 at 8:11 am #1884540
Congrats to both of you, both great tents!
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