Tarptent Aeon Review (First Looks)
Mar 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm #3586105
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The Tarptent Aeon Li is one of the lightest solo (1-person) backpacking tents available. Made with Dyneema Composite Fabrics (DCF), the Aeon is a single-wall design featuring a zippered side-entry with a vestibule. The Aeon requires 4-7 stakes and is pitched with a single trekking pole.Mar 29, 2019 at 6:54 pm #3586113Rex SandersBPL Member
Great review, including the video. Liked that you compared the Aeon point-by-point with the Plexamid. Also liked that you addressed several concerns (from people who’ve never used it) with “it’s just not that big of a deal.” Interesting that you found taller bathtubs aren’t always better.
— RexMar 29, 2019 at 7:26 pm #3586119Brad PBPL Member
Yes, thank you for this review. It certainly covered the bases, with the noted exception being how it handles a significant rainstorm. I’d like to hear from folks who have used it in a rainstorm.Mar 29, 2019 at 7:41 pm #3586122avi sitoBPL Member
Excellent review. Really thorough. Looks like a very compelling tent. Thanks!Mar 29, 2019 at 7:55 pm #3586125Brad PBPL Member
Any suggestions on a good, slightly larger stuff sack that people have used and like with the Aeon?
Would the 7×15 version of this REI sack work well? The mesh would give the tent a chance to dry. Not for bushwhacking while carrying on the outside, but on established trails.
Tarptent says the Aeon is 4×14 when packed.Mar 29, 2019 at 8:29 pm #3586132Richard NisleyBPL Member
@richard295Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Great review Ryan… thanks.Mar 29, 2019 at 8:41 pm #3586134Philip TschersichBPL Member
@philip-akLocale: Kodiak Alaska
A lot of good info, thanks.
But no discussion of the overlapping vestibule doors? How hard is it to access the whatever mechanism holds the bottom closed when you are inside? Can you close the doors halfway down but leave a gap at the bottom for air flow? When one side is open and the other closed, does that pitched free edge vibrate/hum in the wind?
Door use and management is a critical part of a shelter. The stupid door on my Altaplex is the thing I like about it the least. A lot of the discussion surrounding TT Notch Li was directed at door complaints.Mar 29, 2019 at 9:36 pm #3586142Ken LarsonBPL Member
@kenlarsonLocale: Western Michigan
Very comprehensive review……Thanks!Mar 29, 2019 at 9:36 pm #3586143
“The max height you can pitch the Aeon is about 47 in (199.4 cm), but a slightly longer pole is useful if the ground is uneven”.
That should be 119.4 cm .
However it can be pitched at 49″/125 cm (on the left)Mar 29, 2019 at 10:53 pm #3586154
I like this shot, given that it isn’t sold as a 4 season tent
In that video the folding and rolling of the tent was a bit too messy.
I gave a demo a few days ago to an SS Li customer on how to do his. It fits easily into the stuff sack if done correctly.
My way is to bring the PitchLoc ends together , then flick the tent up up in the air (holding those struts) so it is stretched out, then go to the other end and fold the fabric in to the strut width, then roll up from the non Pitch Loc end. That way the fabric does not puff up with trapped air.Mar 29, 2019 at 10:54 pm #3586155
Franco – this is just a preliminary review and I don’t have extended experience with the shelter yet. I had some difficulty pitching it over 47” — does it require some restaking or other tricks? I wasn’t able to get the edges to stay taut like in your 49” photo, but granted, I didn’t spend much time trying to figure it out.Mar 29, 2019 at 11:37 pm #3586162
You are way ahead of me. I haven’t had a play with the Aeon as yet, that photo is from the other TT branch, the one in Nevada City. (ask Henry)
BTW, looks like your Kuksa cup is your comfort item. Nice.Mar 30, 2019 at 12:29 am #3586169jscottBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
From the ‘con’ section of the review:
“Hook-and-loop patches on overlapping vestibule doors are not as easy to use as a zipper,”
This may well be true. But zipper failure is a bummer. And given that we hike and pitch in dirt and sand and duff, I applaud efforts to minimize or eliminate zippers.
edit: not zipper size!! I prefer a hefty #5.Mar 30, 2019 at 8:57 am #3586206Monte MastersonBPL Member
@septimiusLocale: Changes Often
First rate video Ryan. Your YouTube following is getting ready to take off..
More videos of shelters in windy conditions will be a surefire hit (Dirigo 2, SS Li, Duplex).
Also Ryan, I appreciate your willingness to endorse the Aeon over the Plexamid. It took some courage, but people who are getting ready to cough up $535 plus for a 1P tent need a good honest review. I really do wish TT would offer the .74 and camo option though.Mar 30, 2019 at 10:02 am #3586211James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Excellent review! Thanks, Ryan.Mar 30, 2019 at 1:02 pm #3586217RVPBPL Member
@tunaboy999-2Locale: Mid Atlantic
The Aeon is 2.5 ounces lighter and $65 cheaper than the Notch Li. Notch has double wall, double door. Are there any other advantages of the Aeon over the Notch? i.e livable space, storm worthiness, accommodating a dog, etc.Mar 30, 2019 at 5:03 pm #3586255Dan DurstonBPL Member
@dandydanLocale: Canadian Rockies
The Notch Li is a double wall tent, so it’s heavier but also has the modular and condensation management benefits of a double wall.
Ryan: How are you pitching this with 4 stakes? Not staking the strut at the back center presumably?Mar 30, 2019 at 5:51 pm #3586258
Staking the center back wall strut is not necessary if you’re in still conditions if you really crank down on the back corners. However, even in slight wind, it helps a lot.
I tend to stake everything all the time, however – it creates a more taut structure that provides smooth surfaces for condensation to drip down.Apr 1, 2019 at 5:52 am #3586459Bill in RoswellBPL Member
@roadscrape88-2Locale: Roswell, GA, USA
Hi Franco. Does Henry have a date of arrival estimate for the next batch of the Aeon Li. Run an auction for them for all I care. Just as long as I have a Fair Shot at getting one on this round 1.
Bill in Roswell, GAApr 1, 2019 at 2:35 pm #3586502Henry SBPL Member
Bill, we will have a lot of them in production over the next 6-7 weeks and we expect to open ordering in mid April. Do sign up for the Aeon Li notification list, if you haven’t already, as that way you’ll have first crack at ordering and receiving.
-HApr 1, 2019 at 7:13 pm #3586552Bill in RoswellBPL Member
@roadscrape88-2Locale: Roswell, GA, USA
Thanks, Henry! Yup, I am signed up. I’m sure demand will be through the roof!Apr 2, 2019 at 4:47 pm #3586690John MacriBPL Member
I’m signed up, too.Apr 6, 2019 at 8:31 pm #3587383Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Thanks for that excellent review. I keep going back to the video and seem to learn something new each time I view it. And then I look at Youtube reviews of other Dyneema ‘mid tents for comparison and it reinforces your verdict on the AEON.
Henry Shires’ clever re-design of the genre has once again shown what was needed for improving a basic design. It’s one thing to improve just one area such as venting. But to also improve interior space, better open door protection and all with fewer stakes needed is impressive.Apr 11, 2019 at 11:47 pm #3588379peter tBPL Member
to Ryan, rehashing a more general question : almost all mids – including your Locus Gear – use the beefier .75 oz sq yd DCF. Do you have any concerns whatsoever with TarpTent’s option to only offer their DCF tents in 0.5 oz DCF? I do know that while ZPacks offers versions in both weights, Joe does remark that’s the .75 oz is not really needed… agree? ThxApr 12, 2019 at 12:17 am #3588383rubmybelly!BPL Member
@sleepingLocale: The Cascades
When looked at loosely, it’s, you know, the middle of April. Just sayin’…. :-)
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