- Feb 8, 2020 at 3:25 am #3630406mik matraBPL Member
@mikmikLocale: Brisbane AUSTRALIA
After checking out the stats for the Aeon Li (88inch internal length) vs the Plexamid (90inch internal length) I am puzzled why TarpTent would claim to be able to fit a hiker up to 7foot tall in their Aeon and yet that claim is not made by Zpacks?!!
From looking at reviews and internet stats the Zpacks has an 8inch high bathtub floor vs the (what appears to be) a 4-6inch buthtub floor in the Aeon. PLUS, you can guy line out the sides of a Plexamid to create more room.
So what gives? How come you can’t fit a 7foot hiker in the Plexamid?Feb 8, 2020 at 9:19 am #3630422bjcBPL Member
My guess is the pitchloc corners on the Aeon increase the inner volume enough to keep feet and head farther from the end walls. End walls that simply go up at an angle to about a 48″ peak tend to be pretty close to feet and head, even at a 90″ length. I’m 6’2″ and when you add pad and quilt loft, I’m pretty close to the fabric on a similar mid to the Pleximid.Feb 8, 2020 at 9:44 am #3630424Todd TBPL Member
@texasbbLocale: Pacific Northwest
Floor length is a very nearly worthless stat. It obviously has to be at least as long as you are tall, but values above that may or may not mean anything at all. How close is the ceiling to head, feet, elbows? I have a TT Notch, which works (though barely) for me because the inner wall actually slopes *outward* at the ends. I haven’t tried the Aeon, but I’m skeptical it’ll really fit even me, much less a 7-footer.
–A bitter six-foot-fiverFeb 8, 2020 at 3:18 pm #3630476Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Todd is correct, t’soften not just floor length but interior “head space” that determines usability of that floor length. Due to its PitchLoc ends and side CF rod the Aeon design gives more head space than other solo ‘mid designs.Feb 9, 2020 at 12:58 am #3630516mik matraBPL Member
@mikmikLocale: Brisbane AUSTRALIA
Okay ta everyone, that makes senseFeb 14, 2020 at 8:14 am #3631252Paul TBPL Member
Darwin just made a video about the return of the Altaplex which is claimed to be good for up to 6’6″ users and is very light.Feb 14, 2020 at 9:08 am #3631258H WBPL Member
Here’s a 6’4″ person on a 3″(?) pad and a fat pillow. It’s close. A 7footer in the Aeon? Not sure on that.Feb 14, 2020 at 2:13 pm #3631287Alex HBPL Member
If you have a 2.5 inch thick pad such as a thermarest xlite there is no way you will fit at 7′.
I would say somewhere between 6’4″ – 6’6″ is probably the maximum. If you had a thinner foam pad it would be doable higher. It also depends on what kind of sleeper you are. If you like to spread out you might have to adjust the way you sleep. If you sleep in the fetal position you could get away with being taller.
For reference I am 6’2″ and its a pretty close fit give or take a couple of inches. Personally I think even an inch less room would be quite annoying for me because I like to spread out a bit, and I already rub the bottom of the tent with my sleeping bag which results in a damp bag when there is condensation. I wish there was more room for me. However I adjusted to the amount of room I have pretty quickly so its hard for me to say how much less room I could take.
You will also need some way to keep the pad from slipping in the tent. There isnt much margin for error as to where you can put your pad. I use a thinlite pad under my Xlite and it does the job very well. It also has a host of other uses which is why I bring it. Apparently you can also use seam sealant but I have not tried that.
I will say that its an absolutely amazing shelter. It’s very reliable and easy to set up and can handle storms surprisingly well when pitched low to the ground. I haven’t had any issues so far durability wise after about 30 nights. The fact that you get full bug netting and a reliable, quick set up that can fit a tall person for just slightly more weight than a skimpy tarp and bivy set up is pretty amazing.
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