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  • #1468762

    Roger Caffin
    Moderator

    @rcaffin

    Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe

    Good on you Henry! Continuous improvement.

    Cheers

    #1468855

    Charles Jennings
    BPL Member

    @vigilguy

    Locale: Northern Utah

    I ordered and received the Tyvek version due to its lightweight and breathability. Here are my thoughts on a "porch". Why not take a lightweight tarp and set that up over the entrance? Wouldn't that work, using trekking poles to suspend the tarp, on the outer corners of the tarp?

    #1468923

    Christopher Smith
    Member

    @schmitty

    What strength / durability differences between the tyvek and the silnylon? I am very interested in the sublite and trying to decide what would be my best choice. Most of my outings are four season in the Sierras. which of these two would be the most appropriate for my conditions and have the best durability and strength? Are either of these tents weather proof enough to use in most weather conditions with a down bag or would a bivy sack in conjunction with the tent be recommended for wet conditions?

    #1468927

    t.darrah
    BPL Member

    @thomdarrah

    Locale: Southern Oregon

    IMO if I was planning to use the Sublite as an all season, do everything, shelter I would go with the silnylon version. If the Sublite use was limited to three season trips only I would select the tyvek model.

    #1469030

    Tom Bender
    Member

    @shovelman

    Locale: Out East, sort of

    Is Tyvek only possible in white?

    #1469140

    Henry S
    BPL Member

    @07100

    Yes, from the manufacturer. Tyvek will take a dye so you can stain it if you wish.

    -H

    #1469146

    Joe Clement
    BPL Member

    @skinewmexico

    Locale: Southwest

    Make a pink sublite, LL Bean would be all over it.

    #1469513

    Dave Heiss
    BPL Member

    @daveheiss

    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    Henry, if you're still looking for input on the Tyvek version, I would like to see the front window/vent be enlarged to match the size found in the Silnylon version. That way you can have views out the front (plus looking up)without adding a screen to the side entrance.

    #1470728

    Tom Bender
    Member

    @shovelman

    Locale: Out East, sort of

    Are the side vents closable? A problem with a lot of tents is that they get fine sand blown in during the day in the desert.

    #1471315

    Denis Hazlewood
    BPL Member

    @redleader

    Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul

    I hope folks are still looking at this thread. I received my Tyvek Sublite a few weeks ago and was able to test it's breatheability for the first time on the coast north of Bodega Bay. The weather was clear, cool, humid and mostly windless.

    The tent set up very easily using my LuxuryLite Trail Sticks trekking poles. I used a short piece of spectra core line, and a found stick, to make a toggle to attach the tent to the hand loops on the poles. The ground was fairly flat and it was easy to get a nice taut pitch.

    The tent is everything Henry advertised. I had packed for an overnight backpacking trip and the tent is roomy with plenty of room for me and all my gear. The only things left outside were my shoes and LuxuryLite pack frame.

    I woke several times during the night and checked for condensation. There was never a hint of dampness and I look forward to more testing in more difficult conditions.

    When I ordered the tent I also ordered the optional aluminum poles, to be used in lieu of trekking poles. When pitching the tent with the optional poles, if I moved the pole tips away from the tent to the maximum allowed by the tent configuration, I noticed that the optional poles deflected in a sag curve when I tried to get the same taut pitch I was able to achieve with the trekking poles. If the pole tips were moved inboard the curve disappeared but the pitch was "soft" and not taut. This loose pitch would be a problem in windy conditions. I fiddled with this for a while and found that the optional poles sagged less if I only used the (EDIT "lower") Velcro pole "clips". I need to play with this system to see if I can get it to work in a "looking good" pitch.

    Having to get in and out of the tent several times during the night, I noted a modification that might be worth some thought. The silnylon tent floor, and the bug screen between the silnylon and the tent door, are both black. In the dark you can't tell the difference. Especially wearing heavy socks. Several times I stepped on the netting by mistake. This is liable to degrade the netting and allow infiltration of "creepy crawlies". I would suggest the netting along the bottom of the door be replaced, either with Tyvek or by extending the floor material out to the door zipper.

    I would also like to see a few small tie-out loops be added to the inside of the tent to allow for hanging a flashlight and, in my particular case, a place to hang my glasses. In making Tyvek ground cloths for this tent, and my Evolution 2P, my experience with Tyvek and Tyvek Tape has shown me the ruggedness of this material. I will probably fit my Sublite with a few tie out loops

    In the rear view photo, posted in Will's review above, there appears to be a tieout, on the edge of the tent body, mid way between the trekking pole and the foot of the tent. On the top view photo I think I can see the same tieout loop. This feature is missing from the production model tent and might be useful in windy conditions. I would also like to see an optional bug screen door, so you could have more ventilation for those no-available-shade-pitched-in-the-hot-sun afternoon naps. If it clouded up you could reach out and close the Tyvek door. Snug as a bug. I really like this tent.

    Here are a few photos:
    Tarptent Sublite door side
    Tarptent Sublite door side view
    Tarptent Sublite back side view
    Tarptent Sublite back side view
    Tarptent Sublite front view
    Tarptent Sublite front view
    Tarptent Sublite rear view
    Tarptent Sublite rear view
    Tarptent Sublite pole detail
    Tarptent Sublite pole attachment detail (excuse blurry cell phone photo)

    #1477083

    Henry S
    BPL Member

    @07100

    All,

    Just a quick note to say that the next version of the Sublite (Tyvek) will have a separate mesh door. The new production run will finish up in the next couple of weeks.

    Henry

    #1477094

    Denis Hazlewood
    BPL Member

    @redleader

    Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul

    Henry,
    When might we place an order for the new Sublite version (with bug screen)?

    #1478360

    John Carter
    Member

    @jcarter1

    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    I had a thought about the Sublite Tyvek in heavy rain. If one were to take a GG polycro ground cloth and duct tape it to the inside roof, directly over the sleeping bag area, would that adequately protect from drips? It would only be an emergency setup, but it might add that extra bit of confidence in the event of an unexpectedly strong storm. It would also give the polycro dual use as groundsheet/double wall inner. Any thoughts?

    #1480127

    Henry S
    BPL Member

    @07100

    Sure, sounds feasible to me. A better way to attach would be to use the included glue to attach some velcro patches or hooks in strategic places. The ground cloth can then temporarily attached as/if necessary. Always happy to provide bits of scrap fabric, notions etc.

    -H

    #1480162

    John Carter
    Member

    @jcarter1

    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    Very cool, thanks for the response! I like the velcro/hook idea; that way the ground cloth could be kept up against the apex.

    #1480264

    George L Privett
    Member

    @gprivett

    Locale: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

    The tent seems to handle "light" snow reasonably well. Check out these photos.

    http://bushwalk-tasmania.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1484

    George

    #1480265

    Ashley Brown
    Member

    @ashleyb

    They were posted here on BPL some time ago…!

    #1480289

    Doug Johnson
    BPL Member

    @djohnson

    Locale: Washington State

    Thanks George- I hadn't seen these!

    #1480296

    John Haley
    Member

    @quoddy

    Locale: New York/Vermont Border

    Doug and others, too….

    As I mentioned in my original thread, I sent the Sublite Sil back to Henry for inspection and repair. He determined at that time to change the connecting material from a 3/4" length to a 1 1/2" length. This will increase the strength of that point at least double what it was. In addition, all future Sublites were going to have that change made. I believe that the change will make the Sublite fully capable of handling a really significant snowload.

    Link to original post/test:
    http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=17449

    #1480303

    Justin Marney
    BPL Member

    @gotascii

    Locale: Shenandoah

    I second redleader's question: How soon can I put in an order for a tyvek sublite with a bug screen because that would be my version of the perfect shelter at the height of bug season.

    #1480312

    Joe Clement
    BPL Member

    @skinewmexico

    Locale: Southwest

    Looks like they're on the web page now.

    #1480345

    Justin Marney
    BPL Member

    @gotascii

    Locale: Shenandoah

    And the order has been placed! Wicked. I'll post some photos as soon as its here.

    #1480463

    Denis Hazlewood
    BPL Member

    @redleader

    Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul

    Joe,

    What's up? I looked on the website and just see the "old" version.

    #1480465

    Ashley Brown
    Member

    @ashleyb

    Denis, if you go to the order page it mentions the zippered mesh door.

    #1480500

    Henry S
    BPL Member

    @07100

    >What's up? I looked on the website and just see the "old" version.

    No updated photos yet but we did update the specs–door adds just over an ounce. Same price (for now, anyway). The two changes from the prior version are the separate zippered mesh door and the larger apex clip to better spread the load in case of snow.

    -H

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