INITIAL REPORT: GoLite Trig2 Tent
- Initial Test Report
Initial Test Report
GoLite Trig2 (Three Season/Two-Person Tent)
Personal Biographical Information:
Name: John (Jack) Corrigan
Age: 40 years old
Height: 5 feet 10 inches (1.8 meters)
Weight: 175 pounds (79 kilograms)
Torso: 20 inches (51 centimeters)
Email: jack@... mailto:jack@...
Region: Fredericksburg, Virginia (Spotsylvania County)
UTM Coordinates (NAD27): 18S 283312mE 4227231mN
Report Date: 1JUN2004
I have always been one to do the outdoor thing as compared to the
organized sport thing. It started as a youngster in the Boy Scouts and
continues today as an adult. The majority of my experience has been in
Pennsylvania but I have hiked, camped or paddled in New York, California
and even Alaska. I am also currently a volunteer search and rescue
canine handler. Although search and rescue doesn't always result in an
overnight or multi-day trip, I am required to be prepared, equipped and
trained for it. Training a search dog results in many hours of trekking
through the outdoors.
My "style" is best described as recreational camping, mid-weight
backpacking (2-3 day treks), day hiking, flat water paddling, hunting
and canine search and rescue activities. My last extended (more than 1
week) outing was the summer of 2001, as a volunteer for the Armed Forces
Eco-Challenge in interior Alaska. I also include two of my four dogs in
most of my outdoor activities.
Manufactured By: GoLite
Manufactured Date: 2004
Manufacturer URL: http://www.golite.com http://www.golite.com
Listed Weight (body + 11 stakes): 2 pounds 15 ounces + 6 ounces (1330
grams + 165 grams)
Delivered Weight (body + 11 stakes): 2 pounds 13.5 ounces + 5.8 ounces
(1290 grams + 164 grams)
Note: Weighed on a digital 0-25 pound postal scale.
Additional Product Information:
MSRP: 199.00 US Dollars
Listed Height: 4 feet (122 centimeters)
Listed Area: 33 feet2 + 13 feet2 (3 meters2 + 1.2 meters2)
Testing locations will be in the Mid-Atlantic region primarily northern
Virginia and northeastern Pennsylvania. Base Camp VA (home) is
conveniently located near many local, state and federal recreation
areas. In addition the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park
are only a few hours away. Base Camp PA (cabin), which is located in the
Endless Mountain Region of Pennsylvania is also located near state parks
and state forest areas, as well as lesser known trail systems such as
the Loyalsock Trail.
Now that I am living in Virginia trips to our cabin are less frequent,
maybe once or twice every three or four months. But Shenandoah National
Park, Washington National Forest and Jefferson National Forest are soon
to be regular trekking spots.
Description of Location:
The terrain of the testing locations is varied, and ranges from flat low
grass and lightly forested regions to mountain "elevations" of 200 to
3500 feet (60 to 1100 meters). Trail systems range from established foot
paths to undeveloped logging roads and even the occasional bushwhack.
This test series (initial report through long term report) will be
conducted from approximately June into December.
I have lived in Northern Virginia for almost a year now. Spring has
proven to be very changeable, with very cold to very hot and everything
in between. Summer averages 85°F-98°F (29°C-37°C) with humidity. Fall is
by far the most enjoyable season, starts out mild and eases in nicely to
winter. Winter averages 35°F-55°F (2°C-13°C) with frigid nights and a
couple of snowfalls a year. Then again, I'm not a meteorologist!
However, I am an all season, all weather tester and will record actual
weather conditions in the specific test reports.
The GoLite Trig2 arrived in excellent condition. The single-wall
pole-less shelter was shipped rolled in its own stow sack. Eleven
Y-stakes with stake sack were also included. Attached to the stow sack
was a hang tag with manufacturer and product specific information.
Inside the stow sack, there was also a single page (weather proof
printed sheet) of setup and care instruction in English and one other
language. This sheet stated that nine stakes were included when all
other documentation lists eleven.The shipping box also contained a very
informative and sharp looking product catalog. To top it off, there was
a personalized and very BGT friendly letter from Kim, a co-founder and CEO.
The Trig2 canopy is made from 30 denier 1.76 ounce/yard2 (60
gram/meter2) SiLite (silicone-impregnated ripstop nylon). The door and
side panels are made from 20 denier 1.6 ounce2 no-see-um nylon mesh. The
bathtub floor is constructed of 70 denier 2.2 ounce/yard2 (75
gram/meter2) 3000 millimeter waterproof polyurethane coated nylon. Both
the tent's stow sack and the stake sack are made from the SilLite and
have a drawstring/toggle closure, nice touch. Visual inspection did not
show any rips, tears or workmanship errors. All the zippers worked
smoothly. The stake loops and guy lines are reflective.
Initial backyard setup was completed according to the enclosed
instructions without any trouble. I used two 48 inch (122 centimeter)
wooden dowel rods for this setup. The Trig2 is flexible and can be setup
with and without poles. My test plan will include using both options.
Inside the Trig2, there are two (one on each side near the door) small
mesh pockets. The mesh goes all around the base and the nylon side
panels can be rolled up when storm protection is not needed. This
shelter also has an integrated vestibule.
The GoLite Trig 2 surprised me with its lightweight materials and canopy
with integrated floor and vestibule. At this point, I do not foresee any
changes in my test plan. I along with one four-legged companion will be
using this shelter exclusively during the test period. I will however be
paying particular attention to the durability of materials, ventilation
and rain protection of this integrated "one-piece" shelter design. For
this region, I anticipate an extended three season use.
Jack Corrigan, Cyber and Drager
18S 283312mE 4227231mN (NAD27)