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Re: [backpackgeartesters] LTR - Black Diamond OneShot Tent - Jim S.

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  • Edward Ripley-Duggan
    Hello Jim, A few small edits, but this looks great. Nice spot, too. Best, Ted.
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 1, 2007
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      Hello Jim,

      A few small edits, but this looks great. Nice spot, too.

      Best,

      Ted.


      >LONG-TERM REPORT
      >
      >LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
      >
      >Where better to subject a tent to fully exposed wind and weather than a
      >treeless deserted island? I happen to have access to just such a
      >place (OK, there
      >is one tree on the island!) - Sand Island. Sand Island is a small,
      >uninhabited
      >Island on the Great South Bay, which occupies a good size chunk of the South
      >Shore of Long Island. The small island is not much more than a glorified
      >sandbar visited by several hundred gulls and the occasional boat.
      >
      >Access to the island requires a boat and I've been using my kayak to get out
      >there, a 4 mile (* km)

      ### COMMENT: Don't forget that conversion, Jim.


      > paddle from The

      ### EDIT: the

      > Bay Shore waterfront across Great Cove.
      >Weather has been pretty typical for summer on Long Island. Average
      >temperatures have been around 85 F (29 C), and little rain. Storms
      >have been most
      >notable by their absence, but the exposed, unprotected island has
      >allowed me to get
      >the most effect out of the winds available, up to about 25 mph (40 kph).
      >
      >PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
      >
      >The OneShot continues to impress. The small pack size and light weight allow
      >the tent to all but disappear in my pack and there is no noticeable wear and
      >tear.
      >
      >I have begun using the little pockets sewn into the rear interior floor seam
      >to store those little items that always seem to find there

      ### EDIT: their

      > way under my other
      >gear. I normally ignore these pockets, maybe storing the tent's stuff sack
      >there just so it doesn't get lost. But the tight interior space encourages
      >organization and these little pockets do come in handy, especially
      >the one near the
      >head end of the tent, which I can reach easily when lying down.
      >
      >I continue to find little details that I can incorporate into organizing
      >conveniences. For instance, the pull loops on the window zippers are
      >perfect for
      >holding my glasses when I am sleeping. The glasses are well out of
      >the way and
      >easy to find when needed, as the glasses hang just a few inches away from my
      >head. Nice. Another is the interior pole design. The tent fabric stretches
      >tautly over the poles and make an ideal spot to wedge in my
      >lightweight headlamp.
      >I slide the elastic headband between the pole and tent body and then slide it
      >into the best position, with the lamp assembly pulled close to the pole to
      >eliminate sway. The tension hold

      ### EDIT: holds

      > the headlamp right where I want it. If I need
      >the headlamp, I just grab the light assembly and a light tug
      >releases it. Handy.
      >
      >I've found that it is not necessary to sit fully inside the tent when the
      >weather is cooperating. I sit on the very edge of the tent floor at
      >the door and,
      >as the tent face angles away slightly, I can clear the awning and sit fully
      >upright. while

      ### EDIT While

      > this is only an option in good weather, it is a far more
      >comfortable position for sitting, cooking and even eating. Even, as
      >seen in the photo
      >below, while watching the sunset.
      >
      ><<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 1" IMAGE CAPTION = "Sitting outside the
      >OneShot.">>
      >
      >When it comes to dealing with wind, the OneShot has proven to be rock solid.
      >I mentioned the problem with the tent walls blowing inwards previously, but
      >when the tent is oriented so the end of the tent faces the direction of the
      >wind, steady is the name of the game. I estimate the strongest winds I
      >experienced were about 25 mph (40 kph), with the odd gust to 30 mph
      >(48 kph). From
      >inside the tent, it was hard to tell there was even a strong breeze.
      >There was no
      >flapping and the tent body barely flexed. The pre-stressed design
      >really makes
      >for a stable set up.
      >
      >So, aside from the inherent limits imposed by the tent size, is there
      >anything I don't like about the OneShot? Only one thing comes
      >readily to mind -
      >ventilation. The tent is very well ventilated, provided there is a
      >breeze. I was
      >concerned from the beginning that the screens were set so high in
      >the door and
      >rear wall. This arrangement is surprisingly effective, but finally hits its
      >limits on those arm

      ### EDIT: warm


      >, muggy, breezeless nights common in the height of summer in
      >the northeast.

      ### EDIT: Northeast [place, not direction, so capitalized]


      > I would like to see the screens larger, maybe to within 10 in
      >(25 cm) of the floor. This would make the best of any breeze that came along,
      >and also improve the view! In fairness to the OneShot, most tents suffer in
      >these muggy conditions, but I think a little more screen area would
      >go a long way
      >here.
      >
      >SUMMARY
      >
      >So, will I keep using the OneShot in my regular gear kit? Absolutely! The
      >combination of super light weight, minimal pack space requirements
      >and excellent
      >construction are tough to beat. The superior room - when compared to a bivy -
      >makes the OneShot a far more logical choice with only a minor weight penalty.
      >This tent will likely remain my primary tent for the foreseeable future.
      >
      >If Black Diamond could see their way to raising the roof line by a few inches
      >and enlarging the screen area a bit, the OneShot would approach perfection as
      >a solo shelter.
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