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  • #3759249
    John W T
    BPL Member

    @bilbby

    Hi Jon

    I’ve used a XPro2 for 8 nights with 4 or 6 stakes depending on wind and if I want to 1 hand the zipper.

    The first 2 nights my pitch had the issues you’ve point out in the pictures. The 3rd night I concentrated on getting the corner to corner seam taught and the stakes at +/-45 degrees to the corners. After this the perimeter has been tight even with just 4 stakes.

    Between the tension and possible wind load I didn’t trust the supplied 6″ stakes so I used 7-8″ stakes at the corners.

    The biggest issue I had is getting use to the larger footprint.

    #3759332
    John K
    BPL Member

    @kaptainkriz

    I’m noticing a pucker in the video on the long side of the door, down low where the bathtub is attached. I received mine and have the same pucker. Have you noticed this and have you found a way to mitigate it (and is it even necessary)? I’ve tried loosening the bungees a little and it helped some, but not fully. Pitched easy and more stable than I expected with just 4 stakes.

    #3759333
    Dan Durston
    BPL Member

    @dandydan

    Locale: Canadian Rockies

    Glad you’re finding the pitch easy and stable. That pucker is normal. The floor connects to the fly there and the floor is under some tension, so it does create a dimple on the fly at that point.

    #3759334
    John K
    BPL Member

    @kaptainkriz

    Thanks Dan! The more I mess with this the more I like it. Hoping to get it out in the field this weekend. 🤓

    #3759349
    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    I appreciate the video update, but the staking section was exhausting. Whew! It seems that only the four corners use line-locs, and all the other stake points are elastic loops which seem to cause very steep pull angles and minimal discretion in stake placement. It brought to mind the very interesting pull-angle insights that DD expounded on in this discussion.

    #3759353
    R L
    BPL Member

    @slip-knot

    Locale: SF Bay Area, East Bay

    Older youtube vid pitching the 1P.  Method works for any rectangular or square tent.  Geometry in the field. Triangulate the square to find center of the opposite side.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aNTuurDEFE.                                                    Apologies if this has been presented before.

    #3759358
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    That method is money!

    #3759361
    DirtNap
    BPL Member

    @dirtnap

    Locale: SLC

    Hi guys, have the OG Xmid, the new Xmid 1 (HUGE improvements and well worth the cost) and now the Pro, which I’ve never taken into the field. One thing about that video is that it doesn’t really work with the 2 person, read the comments in the video. I’ve gotten pretty good at the old “eyeball” trick and can usually get the square right the first time. Although it’s nice to have some extra cord on the corners in case you hit rocks etc.

    But I’ll tell you, I have over 150 nights in my Xmids and it’s still a little bit of a spitball getting the head position just right due to the “clocked” inner. Does the hive mind have any tricks? Meaning: I have a fairly square site that slopes a bit. I find myself laying out the inner, which I usually keep attached, then proceeding from there. A rather sloppy method that I would like to tighten up. Any tips would be swell!

    EDIT: One issues V1 vs V2 I have is that the struts to hold open the vents are shorter by a good inch or two. I’ve found the vents sag a bit. Would be nice if they were longer like the old ones. But the rest of the changes, particularly the net tie outs on the inner and slightly larger inner are really great.

    #3759369
    Dan Durston
    BPL Member

    @dandydan

    Locale: Canadian Rockies

    For orienting the inner, I throw out the tent onto the ground while holding one end of it. Like this, I know the sleeping position angles a bit to the left, so I throw out the tent in a direction that is a bit to the right (by about 20 degrees) so that the inner inside that angles left will be about right.

    #3759380
    DirtNap
    BPL Member

    @dirtnap

    Locale: SLC

    Dan, thanks for the reply. Very helpful. Always learning new stuff about this amazing tent. It’s a huge resource that you’re so engaged in not only the design but the user experience of these tents.

    #3759388
    R L
    BPL Member

    @slip-knot

    Locale: SF Bay Area, East Bay

    Sorry.  Didn’t mean to hijack the thread.

     

    #3759673
    John W T
    BPL Member

    @bilbby

     

    Hi Philip

    I can’t think of a scenario when it needs to go from low to high so re-pitching done in the video isn’t necessary.

    It will be easier to start off high and lower it if a storm comes in. Double staking the guy lines may work if the ground/sand/snow allows it but more than likely I’ll be laying rocks/logs across the guy lines.

     

    #3759780
    John W T
    BPL Member

    @bilbby

    Made some changes yesterday

    Easier to know which is the top or bottom

     

    Magnets holders for the bug mesh. I’m guessing this added 4g. Made with 1″ (15/16″) DCF tape cut in half then folded over. Tabs at the end are 1″ DCF tape folded over.

     

    Couple more Velcro tabs to hold the vent close and 10′ of Lawson guy line at the peak

     

    Longer guy lines with a longer tail to pull and bigger eyes to double wrap stakes. Orange on 2/ yellow on 2.

     

    Prusiks on each corner using the shock cord taken off the tie outs reduces the tension on the bottom corner and add tension to the top. Makes the rods stand up so the edge of the floor across the ends is up 1/2″-1″.

    Also put guy line on the other (doors included) ties out to reduce the chance of damaging the DCF when driving stakes in.

    #3760226
    DGoggins
    BPL Member

    @hjuan99

    Locale: Mountain West

    Longer guy lines with a longer tail to pull and bigger eyes to double wrap stakes. Orange on 2/ yellow on 2.

    I like your mods! Clever stuff. Though, just so I’m clear…you have big eyes, so you can double wrap 1 eye over your stake. Though….why? Were you wanting more friction against the stake so it doesn’t slip, or worried about a single loop getting abraded or ?

    #3760268
    John W T
    BPL Member

    @bilbby

     

    DGoggins

    Everything you mention + it’s easier on the fingers pulling stakes with the guy lines.

    #3760307
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    John W T – I like (and will shamelessly copy) everything you did. Also planning on replacing all guylines with Lawson Glowwire.  I HATE the tiny linelocks that come on it so will replace all of them with linelock 3s and add 2 on the peak guylines.

    Question – where did you source the magnets?

    #3760342
    John W T
    BPL Member

    @bilbby

    It’s UL so I understand the choice of line locks. I’ll use a tucker’s hitch for the peak.

    The magnets are 1/4 from Lee Valley Tools.

     

    #3760344
    Roger Caffin
    BPL Member

    @rcaffin

    Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe

    The magnets MAY stuff up your compass bearings if you are not careful.

    Cheers

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