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76698EDIT: REPOST: Owner Review Tarptent Squall 2 - Brad Banker

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  • Hollis Easter
    Nov 2, 2008
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      Hi Brad,

      Thanks for your work on this review! I appreciate your quick response.

      A few small spelling edits this time, along with some questions about
      the Tarptent's setup method and design. Please REPOST the text and HTML
      once you've gotten the chance to make the edits.

      There are several places in your review where I get confused because of
      very long paragraphs or sections that run together. I think it would
      make a big difference just to add a few line breaks; my eye might have
      an easier time reading that way.

      BGT Editor

      > Product details mostly as listed on manufacturer website, with some
      > explaination or expansion by me:

      EDIT: explanation
      Edit: I'd put some white space above the "Product details" line.

      > Dual trekking poles support; front poles available.

      EDIT: If you're adding your own explanation of things, I'd like some
      here. I still get hung up on the "Dual trekking poles support" thing. How
      about "Tarptent is supported by one or two trekking poles; additional front
      poles are also available." ?

      > sleeps cold at temperatures several degrees warmer than it's rating.

      EDIT: its

      > morning. My dog was no worse for wear in the morning. I have since
      > used this tent for all different types of weather from summer heat to

      Edit: I would place a paragraph break before "I have since used ..."

      > difficulty. I summer conditions with the humidity in the south, it

      EDIT: _In_ summer conditions (missing n)

      > took some some practice pitching the tarp to get maximal ventilation
      > and reduce condensation. In heavy rain with warmer temperatures, I
      > have to pitch the tarp high for maximal ventilation, but adjust the
      > floor higher to decrease splash and mist accumulation on my gear.
      > Fall and spring temparatures are where in my opinion, this setup

      EDIT: temperatures

      > shines. No condensation, light weight, quick and easy to set up and
      > take down.

      Comment: Thank you for adding this section. It's acceptable for an
      Owner Review as it stands, so I'm not going to ask for further
      information. However, since you're soon going to be a Tester (!), I
      wanted to share a piece of information.

      When testing gear for BGT (as opposed to writing about your own gear),
      there are some different rules. Most of them are detailed in the
      Survival Guide. One of our conventions for gear testing is that we explain
      where we test our gear and what the conditions were like. It's worth
      cultivating the habit of doing this even in ORs, because it will make you
      stand out among the other Testers.

      So, for example: I'm going to be sleeping out in my backyard tonight,
      testing a new insulation system for my hammock. I might write that as
      "November 2, 2008: Potsdam, NY. I slept out in my backyard while testing
      the _____. The temperature was about 28 F (-2 C) when I went out, with
      an overnight low of 20 F (-7 C). Wind speed was about 5 mph (8 kph)."

      > Tent setup:
      > The Tarptent is a single-walled design with a single curved pole that
      > is inserted into the rear part of the tent for a hoop style support.
      > The rear of the tent is anchored by an ingenious method of one
      > guyline loop across the back, and another with another line attached
      > to the primary line tied together. To erect the tent, anchor the
      > longer loop with the stake and pull the tent forward to create even
      > tension from back to front. There is a front guyline that is staked
      > to the ground to maintain tension in the front, and two guylines off
      > the front lateral corners that are staked into the ground as well.
      > The Tarptent webpage shows several other ways to set up the Tarptent.

      EDIT: Now that I've seen the photographs, I need to ask you to clarify
      some things here. To a veteran Tarptent user like you, your description
      of the setup method probably makes a lot of sense; tyros like me are
      left struggling.

      I'm not sure how many guylines come from where and attach to what
      things, and how that holds anything together--I'm even unsure about
      which end of the tent is the "rear" and which the "front". Again, this
      probably makes sense, but I'm not getting it.

      In this situation, it's often helpful to include a photograph that
      identifies the pieces you're talking about. If you annotated the first
      Tarptent.com photo to show where the primary line, guyline loop, etc.,
      are, that might be an easy solution. Even if you include a photo, the
      text will need some revision, but the photo might make it easier.

      If my request isn't clear, please tell me so I can try to fix it.

      Comment: I like the first photo you include from Tarptent.com, although
      it's a bit too distant to make out much detail. The other stock
      photographs tell me more about the beautiful landscape than about the
      Tarptent, and they're very similar to each other. For future reviews,
      then, you might also include photographs that specifically depict interesting
      things about the piece of gear.

      > There is also an detached floor option and one may also purchase the

      EDIT: a detached

      > also recommeneded pitch the tarp as close to the ground as possible

      EDIT: recommended to (two edits)

      > I have used 1 and 2 trekking poles to set up my tent. There are 3
      > grommets in a row along the top bar of the tent over the entrance
      > with which to insert the pole ends This allows for two different
      > setups. Two poles on the outside, or one pole in the center. I
      > assume one could use all three grommets and do three poles, but it
      > would be difficult to enter the tent. I do notice a significant
      > difference in stability in using two poles on the outer two grommets.

      Comment: This is so much clearer now! Your comment about the difference
      in stability is _exactly_ the reason people come to BackpackGearTest:
      real-world information about how it works. Great work.

      > tent. She prefers a tent with double walls and doors on either

      EDIT: remove extra space before 'tent'

      > tent floor. I would rather replace the Tryvek. I have had no rips,

      EDIT: Tyvek

      > tears of signs of abrasion on the tent, but I tend to take care of my

      EDIT: tears or signs (not tears of signs)

      > General observations: This is my first single-wall tent, so learning
      > to manage, minimize or eliminate condensation in the main compartment
      > was something to get used to. The better I get with estimating

      Comment: You did a really nice job of altering this statement to make it
      clearer. Thank you.

      Nice work on this. We're getting really close!

      BGT Editor
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