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  • Robert Patterson
    Six Moons Designs Lunar Solo Tent Application: Please accept my application to test the Six Moons Designs Lunar Solo Tent. I have read the BackpackGearTest
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2004
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      Six Moons Designs Lunar Solo Tent Application:

      Please accept my application to test the Six Moons Designs Lunar Solo
      Tent. I have read the BackpackGearTest Survival guide, Version 1202,
      have mailed my Tester Agreement to Shane, and agree to abide by all
      the requirements of this test. If selected I would prefer a heavy
      floor although I would be equally happy to test the lightweight option
      to give both a fair run.

      Personal information:
      Name: Rob Patterson
      Age: 20
      Gender: Male
      Height: 5 feet 9 inches (1.6 m)
      Pants Size: 30 waist, 30 inseam.
      Weight: 150 pounds (68 kg)
      Email address: robpatterson5@h... or robpatterson5<at> hotmail
      Address: Kingston, Canada.
      Date: Nov 1, 2004
      Backpacking Background:
      I'm an avid backpacker usually with a minimum of 30-40 bag night a
      year, and have hiked through most of Canada. Because of a number of
      factors I tend to be use heavy to mid-weight gear but am looking at
      moving towards lightweight backpacking. Thus far, I've always used
      tents, and heavyweight backpacks. I also am an avid white-water
      paddler, long distance canoeist, and in the winter ski downhill,
      cross-country (skate and classic), climb (rock and ice) and with luck
      this winter will learn to snowshoe. More recently I've returned to
      school in Southern Ontario and have became an active member of my
      University's: Climbing, White Water and Outdoors Clubs which run trips
      and seminars every weekend.

      Field information
      Right now I'm back at school and have joined the White Water,
      Outdoors, and Climbing clubs. Where I'll be doing everything from fall
      hikes, to road biking, to cross-country and downhill skiing, to even
      snowshoeing, as well as rock-climbing in the fall and Ice climbing and
      some small Alpine routs into the winter. Add into this Kingston's
      infamously windy and wet weather and you run into the ultimate test
      area for the tent. Weather wise I'm anticipating a cool wet fall and a
      fairly substantial and very cold winter. So it looks like I'll get the
      pants to put the gloves through everything from dry windy conditions,
      to a wet and rainy fall, and into a very cold windy and snowy winter.
      Temperature's should range between 20 C to -25 C (68 F to -13 F).
      Terrain wise Southern Ontario and Eastern Québec is densely forested
      and moderately hilly, although I'm planning a late fall
      backpacking/climbing trip down to the Anarondacks.

      If selected for the Six Moons Designs Lunar Solo Tent test, I plan to
      evaluate it according to these criteria:
      One of my biggest questions about Tarptents is their effectiveness as
      a storm shelter. Specifically if selected for this test, I want to
      look at how the Lunar Solo deals with heavy rains, or moderate snow
      loads in forested conditions. I plan to evaluate this by looking at
      how well the Velcro door prevents rain and snow from entering, if
      there is any issues with windblown rain through the mesh lowers, if it
      is possible to raise and lower the coverage of the sides of the tent,
      to what degree the silicon-nylon stretches out under rain, and if
      there are any condescension issues with the tent under fully sealed
      storm conditions. Also I'm curious to see if the canopy wings and
      vestibule provide sufficient coverage that the non-bathtub floor
      design is not an issue for heavy rain. If selected I will evaluate
      this through about 20 trip nights through the winter and spring in the
      forested conditions of Southern Ontario.

      Wind resistance:
      Along with storm resistance, this is one of the most important
      qualities for me in a tent, and if selected, I plan on evaluating the
      Lunar Solo's wind resistance in its various coverage options.
      Specifically I'm curious how well the modified hexagonical design
      deals with wind loading, if it is at all possible for the wind to come
      up underneath – carrying it away like an umbrella, if it is possible
      to lower the coverage of the sides to minimize this, how well the
      Lunar Solo deals with wind catching it with a fully open or
      semi-opened vestibule, and how easy or hard it is to sent up the tent
      under gusting conditions. Southern Ontario particularly Kingston, is a
      great location to evaluate this because of the often windy and varied
      conditions associated with having such a large body of water just down
      the street. If selected this tent will see around 20 trip nights
      during the test period, including a sea-kayaking trip on the famously
      windy Georgian Bay if the test goes on into early to mid summer.

      Like storm and wind resistance an important aspect of tent design, if
      selected, I plan on looking at how well the tent ventilates and to
      what degree condensation is and is not an issue through extensive cold
      and rainy weather testing. Basically what I'll be looking for here is
      that if the mesh lowers provide sufficient space for air movement,
      even in still conditions; if I can raise the coverage of the wings to
      promote ventilation, and if the tent design allows for high-low

      Internal Space and comfort:
      This appears to be one of the major selling points of this tent and if
      selected I want to look at how much usable space the tent actually
      gives me, how much space there is to spread out and organize my gear
      (both in the tent and vestibule), if I can cook in the vestibule, how
      comfortable it is to hang out in the tent in both fair and foul
      weather, if the mesh cargo pocket is well situated and properly sized
      to take small items, how easy it is to get into and out of the tent
      proper with its offset door, what the atmosphere inside the tent is
      like, and what the view from the huge door is like. Again if selected
      this will be tested through around 20 trip days thought the test

      Set up:
      Basically what I want to know here is how easy is it to set up the
      Lunar Solo, focusing on how easy or hard is it to set it up on my own
      and in bad weather. Specifically if selected, I hope to figure out
      what is the quickest and easiest way to set up the tent after along
      day on the trial. I want to look at how well the equalized corner tie
      outs work, looking at both their performance and their ease of use; as
      well as the performance of the "easy tensioning adjustment", does
      pulling on one strap really tighten up the whole pitch? And how easy
      is it to tighten her up or loosen things up? As well I want to look at
      how well the trekking pole support works, if its possible and
      beneficial to raise or lower the tarptent's profile, and if it really
      needs, and how the design benefits from, the use of two poles. As well
      as establishing all of this I want to look at how the VERY lightweight
      tent handles in heavy to moderate winds, as I'm setting it up; and if
      its possible to set up the tent with frozen hands or if the pitch is
      reliant upon finicky adjustments? If selected I plan to evaluate this
      through extensive use thought the winter and into the spring.

      So if selected for the test, I hope to answer all these questions
      through extensive and frequent weekend use thought the test period.
      And I also feel that this test plan is in line with the marketing of
      the Lunar Solo, which places it in my view as a lightweight 3+ season
      tent for the experienced camper. I plan on using the tent for my
      skiing, climbing, snowshoeing, biking (either hanging it or bringing
      along a telescoping tarp pole form home) and hiking adventures thought
      the rest of the fall and into spring. Overall I'm anticipating around
      20 nights worth of backcountry use with this tent, in late fall to
      late spring conditions.

      Thank You for the chance to apply. My owner reviews are:
      -Patagonia R2 Jacket

      -Arc'Teryx Hybrid Jacket

      My previous tests are:
      -Cloudveil Beanie

      -HSSC Fluid Hydration Pack

      And I am currently testing:
      -Redledge Thunderlight Escape Jacket – FR posted
      -Vargo Ti Stove – IR posted
      -Black Diamond Carbon Fibre Flintlock Poles – IR posted.
      -Granite Gear Aptitude Gloves – test not yet started.
      -Outdoor Research Motion Fleece Balaclava - test not yet started.

      I've also applied to test the new BA sleeping bag.
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