- Sep 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm #3557547
Matt DirksenBPL Member
@namelesswayLocale: Mid Atlantic
“but this thread I understood to be about getting into the tent directly from the side”
looks like that’s precisely what the Bergans tent does:
Sep 27, 2018 at 10:28 pm #3557584
- This reply was modified 3 weeks, 3 days ago by Matt Dirksen.
Franco DarioliBPL Member
I see now…
what we see there is the end of the tent (narrow side) not the long side…
I had this version in mind…Sep 28, 2018 at 2:41 am #3557615
Edward John MBPL Member
My experience was in the 2 man version.
Perhaps the larger 3-P version behaves differently?
If the floor plan on the inner tent was square and there was a third pole in the middle would that also change the way the tent behaves>?
I am becoming more interested because I have the makings of 3 polesSep 29, 2018 at 4:30 am #3557755
Sam FarringtonBPL Member
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
Franco and Edward,
As often happens, the term ‘side entry’ or ‘lateral’ are not entirely clear.
The photos on the first page(s) of this thread suggest that the OP raised different options in readers’ minds.
For a solo and perhaps even a 2P tent, the best option I think is to lengthen the distances between the pole ends of each hoop so that one end is at the sleeper’s head, and one at the foot. This leaves the structure with hoop openings on each side of the sleeper that are better suited for placement of vestibules. Alternatively, putting the door(s) on the side of the tunnel shape, as in Franco’s image posted above, has some shortcomings and only one advantage I can see, which is the large porch. That is fine for campground use, but not what I would take above timberline, or to the very windy terrain in Scotland, Australia or even the open prairies in the USA.
Edward’s image of a Bergans tent, linked above, shows the hoops are spaced widely apart, suggesting that the tent is a 2P or 3P tent. How hoops separated that much from each other could clap together in the wind is a mystery to me. But I can see how with enough wind pressure, hoops angled away from each other at the peaks, and joined at ground level could pull out supporting pegs and clap together, like the closing of a clamshell. My argument has been that such an event is much less likely to happen if the hoops angle or cant outward at the peaks, coming together at their base. It is a basic matter of leverage, where a support is not vertical; but rather canted or angled toward the wind so that the tent will be less likely to blow over onto the occupant. Hence, the hoops on tunnels from the late Jack Stephenson’s tents were angled away from each other. Protection from the force of winds hitting the tent between the hoops can be addressed by side-guys, as well as gothic arches formed by adding an elbow at the top of each hoop. I think this approach creates a more wind stable tent, with the added advantage of side entries protected by vestibules, which is what the OP may have been looking for.
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