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    Ivo Vanmontfort
    BPL Member


    I am making a copy of the soulo (hilleberg).
    (a little higher and longer)
    I have made a framework for the dimensions of the fabric
    some photo's
    "soulo kopie"

    "soulo kopie"

    "soulo kopie"

    MarcD on
    Freestanding winter/summit tent
    was already very helpful.
    Should I make the seams as Hillberg does?
    Or maybe like Roger Caffin doing?
    see diagrammatic cross-section almost at the end
    I fear leaks under stress.
    This is not a tunnel tent but a dome.
    What material would you use for the sleeve (the top part and the part that touches the ground?
    The curve is steep and therefore I think only using sleeves is not easy to build up and break down the tent.
    The Soulo has a neat solution to distribute the stress on the tent fly.
    See photo
    What fabric should I use?
    Cutting the curve with heat to prevent fraying?
    Or only using grosgrain (extra clips?)
    Thank you.

    Franco Darioli


    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    "I fear leaks under stress'
    You will be spending many days making that tent, an hour of seam sealing will put an end to fearing leaks.

    Ivo Vanmontfort
    BPL Member


    Stuart R
    BPL Member


    Locale: Scotland

    It looks like you have made an exact frame to make precise templates for your panels. But a word of warning – if you plan to use silnylon fabric, it has some stretch. If you cut the fabric to the same size as your templates, you will find that the bottom edge of the finished flysheet will lack tension.
    If I were doing this again, I would cut the silnylon panels to the template pattern, then sew them together with a single line of stitching. Then place the flysheet over the frame and check the tension. I would expect to have to adjust the lower part of the seams to increase tension in this area. When adjusted satisfactorily, complete the flat felled seams with the 2nd row of stitching.
    However, if you are using cuben fabric, this has no stretch so you will not have this problem.

    Ivo Vanmontfort
    BPL Member


    Stuart R,
    Thank you for the tip.
    Maybe, you are right.
    I will follow your advice.
    I was thinking,
    A soulo has extern poles
    I sew the fly sheet.
    The poles are longer than needed and I must match them with the tent fly.
    (and not the fly matching with the poles)
    If the pole is to long and when I am clipping the upper part of the fly to the poles , the pole has the intention going to the outside and give tension to the fly (lower to the ground)
    I hope you understand what I want to say.
    English is not my first language.

    marc D
    BPL Member


    Locale: Scotland

    I would be careful with that.

    If I understand it correctly, you want to make the poles longer than they would be in order to put more tension on the flysheet?

    This can cause problems if the pole ends are going into eyelets, they can put too much strain on them and pop them out.

    Ivo Vanmontfort
    BPL Member


    I can tell you that the outer is (nearly) ready.
    The seams under the poles are a little bit flexible
    so I had no problem to bring the sail under tension.

    "soulo kopie"

    "soulo kopie"

    height: 110 cm
    length: 240 cm

    Maris L
    BPL Member


    Beautiful! Well done!

    Stuart R
    BPL Member


    Locale: Scotland

    Very nice, looks like you spent a lot of time working on it.

    Sam Farrington
    BPL Member


    Locale: Chocorua NH, USA

    Beautiful job!
    Did not see your original post – missed it.
    Looks like you have got the tent almost finished, so most of your questions you have answered yourself.

    Does your tent have an inner like the Soulo?
    If so, your fly will just be a 'cap' fly, like the one on the Soulo, and need only a small amount of fabric.
    Since you are building a tent for all conditions, it would not make sense to skimp on just a small amount of fabric for a small 'cap' fly that will be exposed to heavy winds, ice etc. Something nylon, around 30-40 denier and 40-50 grams per sq. meter with a hydrostatic head of at least 3000mm would be durable, and would be light, given the small amount of fabric needed.

    On the other hand, if there is no inner, and you need to make a full fly, that is another story. Then join the search for the lightest material with acceptable water resistance. There are many different opinions about that. I am guessing you are in Europe, where many good fabrics are available from the German companies.

    With good stakes and guylines, the tent looks like it will withstand the weather.
    It might be a good idea to be able to zip up the vents a bit under the 'cap' fly, though, in case of monsoon type rain.

    It is now a moot issue; but I think that the conventional lap felled seam with the pole sleeves, or clip connecting pieces sewn into the seam as you have it, is as easy to make and strong as any other method. Because the clips do focus the stress over a smaller area than sleeves, some companies reinforce the tent fabric in the vicinity of where the triangular clip connecting pieces are sewn into the canopy seams.

    Even though the tent is red, I'm green with envy.

    Ivo Vanmontfort
    BPL Member


    "soulo kopie"

    "soulo kopie"
    The tentfly is ready and I can give you the weight
    poles: 600gr
    tentfly with umbrella: 914gr
    tentfly: silnylon 45D
    For the sleeves I used Groundsheet Nylon, PU coated, 120 g / sqm
    The Pu coating is on the inside,
    afterwards it was better that the Pu was on the outsite.
    (now, there is more friction)
    For the pole shoes and the curved
    Tent hook connection (cut with a soldering iron)
    used Cordura, 1000D, PU-coated, 350g/qm
    "soulo kopie"
    Afterwards I think it would have been better using something like
    Nylon, 210den, TPU coated both sides.
    the dimensions of the Soulo copy are:
    length 240 cm,
    height 110 cm,
    width base and head: 73 cm
    In the middle: 173 cm

    some extra photo’s:

    Anthony Britner


    Locale: North Wales, UK

    You have certainly done a good job here.

    marc D
    BPL Member


    Locale: Scotland

    Professional looking work. Well done!

    Eric Blumensaadt
    BPL Member


    Locale: Mojave Desert

    Ivo, you are GOOD at cutting. Cutting is the heart of any fabric construction, be it clothing or tents.

    I should hire you to make my "ideal" 4 season tent. :o)

    Ivo Vanmontfort
    BPL Member


    Made a new one.
    Soulo transformed for right-handed people.
    Now I can lay down, leaning on my left arm,
    look outside,
    And prepare my food with my right hand.
    It is the detail that is important.

    Mike B
    BPL Member


    Locale: Colorado

    Wow this is very cool.

    The patience and care you put into this is awesome.

    Great job.

    Ivo Vanmontfort
    BPL Member


    thank you mike.

    was last weeks in sarek (sweden), no complaints about my work.

    some pictures of my tent in the scene.

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