EDIT: REPOST: OR The North Face: Spectrum 33 Tent (2006 model)
> EDIT: REPOST: OR The North Face: Spectrum 33 Tent (2006 model)Elizabeth,
here are the edits for your reposted version. Good progress - please
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Elizabeth Teel"
> Product Information:
> Product website:
> M5UEDIT: please be consistent in the abbreviations you use (I'd go with
> style: ultralight, single wall
> listed capacity: 3 people
> MSRP: $299
> listed minimum weight: 4 lb 5 oz (1.96 kg)
> listed packed weight: 4 lb 12 oz (2.15 kg)
> tested weight: 4lbs. 11 oz (2.13 kg)
just "lb" on the tested weight).
>Edit: You didn't have any firsthand experience then regarding its
> The Spectrum 33 is an ultralight tent included in the North Face
> Flight Series of equipment and apparel. According to the
> manufacturer's website, the Flight Series products were designed for
> lightweight packing on short, fast trips. I am not an ultralight
> hiker, but was none the less lured in by this tent's structural
> stability and light weight.
structural stability, right? Which makes this a point of projection.
Easily fixed by calling it "apparent" structural stability - or
inserting what it was that led you to assume structural stability on
> Treating it as a two person tent, though - 4 lb 12 ozEDIT: metric conversion is needed (throughout the text)
> is still light. I have even started taking it on solo trips if theEDIT: dito
> weather looks foul. My previous tent was a true 3 person tent but
> weighed close to 9 lb.
> The light weight of the Spectrum 33 is achieved chiefly because itis
> a single wall tent made of sil/nylon.EDIT: I'm told you likely got this information from the Campmor
website. It is erroneous. What is usually referred to as SilNylon is
a Nylon weave where the individual strands were coated with silicone
before weaving. The resultant material is very slick, hard to work
and nearly impossible to coat (and usually woven so tight it becomes
waterproof and non-breathable). The tent fly on the Spectrum 33 is
made from a Nylon weave which was coated with silicone on one side
> I was a little worried when buying a single wall tent because in theof
> past I have woken up to water dripping down on me from inside walls
> poorly ventilated tents. Each exhale contains water vapor,EDIT: "to exhale" is the verb. I believe the noun you are looking for
> so thevapor
> water formed while my friends and I slept. Over a few hours, the
> condensed on the tent walls and began raining back down on us.<snip>
> When I bought this tent, I overlooked my worries about condensationEDIT: same "projection" issue as above. Here, a few words about what
> because of the tent's structural integrity.
made you assume it has such integrity would be much appreciated. You
may then wish to rephrase the next few sentences so the reader gets
an account of a) this is what I thought when I bought it (regarding
its structural integrity) and this is how it turned out (which may
require nothing more than saying it turned out you were right).
> Living in the SoutheastI've
> means that I can often use 3-season gear year round. I wouldn't
> recommend the Spectrum as a true 4 season tent by any means, but
> been able to use it all winter in the South without ever fearing itweight
> being weighed down by light snow or ice that formed in the night.
> While the tent has never shown weakness while set up, the light
> materials sometimes worry me in general. As someone who does notto
> usually use ultralight gear, I have been paranoid that "normal" wear
> and tear may add up quickly. On the plus side, this has prompted me
> take better care of the tent. I'm a little more careful about whereI
> set the tent up, a little more careful how I set the tent up, and aEDIT: how it's
> little more careful how its
> stored at home. After a year of use, theany
> only sign of fragility that I've seen is a slight bend in one of the
> tent poles. The bend is so minor, though, that I have not noticed
> effect in either setup or stability.<snip>
> There are a few additional features of the Spectrum 33 that are nice
> even if they aren't very important. First, the tent comes with a
> compression stuff sack. Without the poles or tent stakes, the tent
> be compressed to approximately 8" x 9" (0.20 m x 0.23 m). This helpsComment: Curious. I've seen glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls before, but
> the tent fit neatly into my pack. Second, there are glow in the dark
> tabs on each zipper.
they usually did not glow in the dark any more when I would have had
use for them. But I tend to set up camp late, so the pulls don't get
much sunlight (they're in my pack most of the day) and in the small
hours of the morning when I may be contemplating a potty break they
no longer glow.
> Photo #1: Spectrum 33 with two 20" (0.51 m) wide sleeping padsinside
>EDIT: I do need to see the photos. What you need to do is to go to
> Photo #2: Close-up of Nano-Knuckles with cross poles
> Photo #3: Whole tent from side (vestibule not staked out)
> Photo #4: Spectrum 33 with two people inside
the backpackgeartest.org website, log in (this may require
registering first if you have not already done so, you also do this
on the website, top left) and go to the "test" folder and the "Owner
Review" subfolder. There, you can click on "upload file" which will
get you to a prompt screen asking you to designate a file to upload
and designating the pictures to upload with it.
Once you've done that and have checked that the review looks the way
you wanted it to, please repost again (with the few additional edits
above incorporated) and PROVIDE A LINK TO THE HTML VERSION. Snipurl
or tinyurl is appreciated, as long links tend to break in Yahoo. I
will then give your hmtl version a (likely final) once-over. Please
do make sure that the manufacturer link in the html version is
clickable. Should you encounter any problems with your upload, please
contact the nice folks at
Good work on the edits from last time. I'm looking forward to giving
you the "OK to upload" on your first OR!