Re: EDIT: Will's TARPTENT SQUALL FIELD TEST REPORT
- WOW! Really nice review, and you obviously had a more-fun summer
Just one thing I thought I would mention, in case it is still
available for edits:
> Frost occurred when the temperature dropped well below freezing. Wedid not have condensation under dry/low humidity/breezy conditions.
Ventilation is the key factor to avoid condensation. However, there
are many occasions when there is not enough air movement to avoid
condensation. To "manage" condensation (especially when there are two
people in the tent) we found that it is important to orient the tent
to maximize ventilation, raise the front of the tent, tie back the
netting door and front beak (bugs and weather permitting), keep the
tent taught, and use the side tieouts to maintain enough inside
clearance so we don't contact the inside of the tent.
EDIT==> "keep the tent taut..."
- Two other little things:
> Wind and wind-driven rain coming in the front of the tent deserve aspecial mention. Normally I tried to locate the tent so the rear was
in the anticipated direction of wind or rain. If I guessed right, the
Tarptent easily handled the wind and rain. If I guessed wrong and the
wind or wind plus rain came from the front, it was less comfortable
because the tent tended to inflate like a sail. The defense was to
lower the front of the Tarptent to 42 in (106.7 cm) and re-stake the
front three guylines to make the tent taught, have the front beak
down, zip the mesh front door closed, and place boots or rocks on the
bottom of the front mesh door to hold it down away from the tent
> > DISCUSSION
> > A. The Tarptent Compared to a Conventional Tarp-Compared to a
> conventional tarp, the Tarptent is faster and easier to set up, can
> be set up anywhere, and provides better bug and wind protection. In
> addition my gear is less likely to blow out of the Tarptent while I
> am away, and critters are less likely to get in.
> **There should be a comma after addition, "In addition, my gear..."
> I really like the simplicity and versatility. However those
> come with the cost of carrying extra weight.tarp
> **There should be a comma after however, "However, those..."
> The Tarptent Squall weighs 17oz (.48 kg) more than my one-person
> and 12 oz (.34 kg) more than our two-person tarp.EDIT==> need space between 17 and oz.