EDITS: REI Cirque ASL 2 Tent/Andy M.
- Hi, Andy-
It appears that you have taken a thorough look at the Cirque tent and have
related what you saw. I looked at your HTML version. It looks great, with
a nice use of pictures. Your links worked for me. I made several
suggestions about breaking up run-on sentences. I stopped towards the end
pf your report. Please go back through and consider breaking up more of
them. Also, I would be more comfortable with your holding off on listing
problems that you feel you MIGHT encounter until you use the tent and can
report on your findings. For example, you say you are concerned that the
tent might be too small to use with a second person and that you might have
to store your gear differently. From past experiences, both with my own
reports and from reading those of others, it seems that we generally
discourage pointing out problems before they are encountered. Between
sleeping in hammocks and working with Scouts, I�m accustomed to hanging my
pack from a tree, not keeping it inside my sleeping area. Actually, once my
food, utensils, and other �smellables� are hung, there isn�t much left TO my
pack. I imagine if I did much more winter backcountry camping, I would want
more �stuff� out, too.
You will find specific edits below: EDITS are the ones I consider critical
and Edits are suggestions.
You already know that this report is late and I hope you will make your
edits and upload ASAP.
REI Cirque ASL 2 Tent
Test series by Andrew Mytys
Warranty: Every REI product is 100% guaranteed to meet the customer's high
standards. Buyer's may return or exchange items by mail or at any REI retail
****EDIT: Buyers should be plural here, not possessive, so please drop the
�orange-black on the front wall - such an arrangement would make it
difficult to confuse which pole end aligned with which grommet, as the
colors would always match correctly. The user would then only have to be
instructed to align the colored pole tips with the colors on the webbing,
and to cross the poles crossed on either wall.
****EDIT: ��Cross the poles crossed�� sounds odd. Would �cross the poles
on either wall� or ensure the poles cross on either wall� convey your
To attach the fly, I centered the beak of the awning against the length of
the floor, making sure that the Cirque's "skylight" was positioned above the
netting on the tent's ceiling. The fly attaches
to the body of the tent along its center and at the sides near where the
tent poles cross using hook-and-loop fasteners, and also along the floor at
each corner using a strip of webbing with a grommet in it that attaches to
the tips of the tent's poles.
***Edit: The last sentence runs on too much. I suggest that either you
break it up or add more punctuation to separate thoughts into related
segments. You might try this: The fly attaches to the body of the tent (1)
along its center, (2) at the sides near where the tent poles cross, and (3)
along the floor at each corner. (Add how the top attaches to the fly.) The
side-crossing attachments use hook-and loop fasteners, while at the floor
corners use a strip of webbing with a grommet in it to connect to the tips
of the tent's poles.
Once the fly is attached to the tent, it can be further secured bytightening
the webbing found at each corner. The two vestibules integrated into the fly
are then staked out, solidifying the tent's
stability. The tensioning system that's been mated with the vestibule
pullouts is simple and effective to use - once the loop end of the cord has
been staked out, the cord's other end is pulled until the
pitch is taut, then it is wedged into the cleat's slot to "lock" it in place
- no tying of knots is required, and should the fabric stretch out a bit the
fly can be readjusted by pulling on the cord again and locking it into
place. This "locking cleat" design can be seen in the image at the right.
****Edit: The above paragraph has another run-on sentence. Consider
replacing the dashes with periods and capitalizing the words following each.
These phrases look as if they could well stand alone as sentences.
Each vestibule can be opened a bit over half-way, and there's a hook that's
found in the lower corner of the vestibule that allows it to be pulled back
and secured to the opposite corner so that the vestibule remains open,
allowing for free access to the tent's door.
****Edit: You guessed it-run-on. Consider this: Each vestibule can be
opened a bit over half-way, and held open by a hook found in the lower
corner. This allows the door to be secured to the opposite corner so that
the vestibule remains open, allowing for free access to the tent's door.
Users can also opt to unsecure the vestibule's pullout from the stake, roll
it up, and secure it under the Cirque's awning.
****Edit: Dictionary.com lists only insecure for a definition/synonym for
unsecure. I imagine in some circles it is used frequently, but you might
consider �release� in this case.
The interior of the Cirque is extremely generous in size for the solo
backpacker. It has a 40 inch (102 cm) peak height, with a large amount of
ceiling space occupying a height at or near this peak. I can sit up
comfortably in the Cirque for extended periods of time without feeling
cramped, and there's plenty of space to the sides to change clothes, etc.
The slope of the walls is relatively steep, allowing me to lay down inside
with a lofty winter sleeping bag rated to hold individuals
up to 6' 6" (2 m) in length without touching any walls.
****Edit: �In the vernacular,� people misuse lay down, but FYI, the correct
form is �lie down.�
While the tent seems to be a palace for one person, I'm a bit concerned as
to how it will work out with two hikers sharing the interior. As it is a
four-season shelter, I expect that I will have a
lofty sleeping bag, lofty clothes, and other "bulky" gear inside - I look at
the remaining floor space around me and ask myself, is there enough room
left over to share? Tight quarters, should this prove to be true, is
necessarily not a bad thing in a four-season tent, as this translates into
less unused air space and thus a potentially warmer interior. On the other
hand, hugging walls can create issues with condensation. Is the Cirque best
reserved for solor hikers and "couples," or can two strangers share the
space without feeling awkwardly close? I look forward to testing this
shelter in the field and reporting back my experiences.
****EDIT: Spelling �solor hikers� should be solo hikers. (Have you beer
hanging out with some Boston folks? Here many seem to drop �r� from endings
where they belong, only to add them where they don�t belong.
***Edit: Another �vernacular� thing. Many people add back to reporting,
but the �back� is redundant.
The Cirque comes with two mammoth mesh pockets that take up much of the
walls at the head and foot of the tent. There's plenty of room to store
flashlights, hats, gloves, 1st-aid kit, socks, even pants. The Cirque also
has many small loops hanging off its ceiling that can be used for suspending
cord, a gear attic, or schwag pockets.
****EDIT: For the edification of your readers, either explain �schwag� or
use a more commonly accepted word, please.
I'm not saying the vestibule doesn't have enough room for my gear by any
means - I'm just saying that it's small enough to where I'll have to alter
the way I normally lay out my gear, particularly when I'm sharing the tent
with another person. As you can see in the image to the right, a pair of
running shoes already takes up a good deal of floor space under the Cirque's
***Edit: Vernacular/style issue: ��it's small enough to where I'll have
to alter the way�� I will chalk it up to �style,� if you prefer, but please
know that this is not grammatically correct. Better from a form
perspective: ��it's small enough that I'll have to alter the way��
Pole Repair Tube: The pole repair tube is something new for me. I expect
tent materials and designs to be durable to the point where I don't have to
worry about repairs in the field. Given that this is a four-season tent,
however, I could see that the weight of a wet snowfall onto the roof of the
tent could be of concern. Essentially, the pole repair tube is a short
section of hollow aluminum tubing that has an interior diameter large enough
to accommodate the outer diameter of the Crique's main poles. If a pole
should break, the break in the pole would be taped, and then the pole repair
tube would be centered over the break and taped into place.
***EDIT: Spelling error: Crique's. Perhaps you were hearing echoes of
Steve Erwin�s. �Crikey!�
Guyline and Tighteners: The Cirque comes with three sections of guyline with
line tighteners attached that can be attached to various pullouts along the
fly's parameter to provide additional stability in inclement conditions.
****EDIT: I suspect you meant �perimeter,� not parameter, above.
Instructions for using the line tighteners are found on the tent's stuff
Overall Initial Impressions:
The REI Cirque ASL 2 tent is a departure from my typical lightweight
backpacking habits, taking me back to my formative backpacking years when I
carried a "bombproof" shelter. Given the cold, wet weather that's typical in
my area of the country throughout fall and winter, and the short days that
result in low-mileage hikes with lots of time spent in camp, I'm actually
glad to have that extra level of comfort associated with a tent.
****Edit: 47 word sentence.
My initial impressions, overall, is that the Cirque is a reasonably
lightweight solution for a four-season shelter, and that it provides ample
amounts of interior room for the solo backpacker, with plenty of interior
space such that sitting up inside the tent, or stretching out without
touching an interior wall, is not an issue.
***EDIT: �initial impressions�is� Should be are.
In the coming months, I will be testing the various design features of the
Cirque and reporting on how they function in the field. I am particularly
interested in how practical the interior space of this
tent will be for two people, as well as being able to report back on the
shelter's ability to withstand interior condensation build-up and, quite
possibly, a few nights of unseasonable warm-weather to test out my theory
that this tent is actually a "convertible" tent that can work in either
non-alpine four-season or warmer three-season conditions.
****Edit: You have 69 words in the above sentence. Consider breaking it
- Rats! Wrong list!
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Rosaleen Sullivan"
> Hi, Andy-
> It appears that you have taken a thorough look at the Cirque tent and
> related what you saw. I looked at your HTML version. It looksgreat, with...