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  • #3586105
    Ryan Jordan
    Admin

    @ryan

    Locale: Central Rockies

    Companion forum thread to: Tarptent Aeon Review (First Looks)

    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.

    #3586113
    Rex Sanders
    BPL Member

    @rex

    Locale: California

    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.

    Thanks!

    — Rex

    #3586119
    Brad P
    BPL Member

    @brawndo

    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.

    #3586122
    avi sito
    BPL Member

    @avisito

    Excellent review. Really thorough. Looks like a very compelling tent. Thanks!

    #3586125
    Brad P
    BPL Member

    @brawndo

    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.

    #3586132
    Richard Nisley
    BPL Member

    @richard295

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    Great review Ryan… thanks.

    #3586134
    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: 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.

    #3586142
    Ken Larson
    BPL Member

    @kenlarson

    Locale: Western Michigan

    Very comprehensive review……Thanks!

    #3586143
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    “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)

     

    #3586154
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    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.

    #3586155
    Ryan Jordan
    Admin

    @ryan

    Locale: Central Rockies

    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.

    #3586162
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    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.

    #3586169
    jscott
    BPL Member

    @book

    Locale: 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.

    #3586206
    Monte Masterson
    BPL Member

    @septimius

    Locale: 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.

     

    #3586211
    James Marco
    BPL Member

    @jamesdmarco

    Locale: Finger Lakes

    Excellent review! Thanks, Ryan.

    #3586217
    RVP
    BPL Member

    @tunaboy999-2

    Locale: 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.

    #3586255
    Dan Durston
    BPL Member

    @dandydan

    Locale: 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?

    #3586258
    Ryan Jordan
    Admin

    @ryan

    Locale: Central Rockies

    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.

    #3586459
    Bill in Roswell
    BPL Member

    @roadscrape88-2

    Locale: 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.

    Cheers,
    Bill in Roswell, GA

     

    #3586502
    Henry S
    BPL Member

    @07100

    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.

    -H

    #3586552
    Bill in Roswell
    BPL Member

    @roadscrape88-2

    Locale: Roswell, GA, USA

    Thanks, Henry! Yup, I am signed up. I’m sure demand will be through the roof!

    #3586690
    John Macri
    BPL Member

    @jpmac55

    I’m signed up, too.

    #3587383
    Eric Blumensaadt
    BPL Member

    @danepacker

    Locale: Mojave Desert

    Ryan,

    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.

    #3588379
    peter t
    BPL Member

    @petersonallen

    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? Thx

    #3588383
    rubmybelly!
    BPL Member

    @sleeping

    Locale: The Cascades

    When looked at loosely, it’s, you know, the middle of April. Just sayin’…. :-)

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