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EDIT: LTR - Terra Nova Zephyros 2 Tent - Brian Hartman

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  • ftroop94
    Brian, hate to see you were soaked! ... EDIT: Please remove this from the FR portion of the the report ... Those are the only errors I found in the report!
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 4, 2012
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      Brian, hate to see you were soaked!

      Following are your edits:

      >>I will post my Long Term Report in approximately two months so please check back then for further information. Thank you to Terra Nova and BackpackGeartest.org for the opportunity to test this item.

      EDIT: Please remove this from the FR portion of the the report

      >>The hyyperlinks at the TOP of the report that link to the FR and LTR are NOT working...see if you can correct that.

      Those are the only errors I found in the report!


      --- In backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com, Brian Hartman <bhart1426@...> wrote:
      > Steven,Below is my Long Term Report for the Zephyros 2 tent. The link to my HTML report is:
      > http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/test/TESTS/LTR%20-%20Terra%20Nova%20Zephyros%20Tent%20-%20Brian%20Hartman/%c2%a0
      > http://snurl.com/25g4zk9%c2%a0
      > Thanks,
      > Brian
      > During the long-term test period, I used the Zephyros 2 for a total of five nights on two separate trips to Brown County State Park in Southern Indiana.  My first trip was for three nights over Labor Day weekend where I encountered wet weather and temperatures in the low 80's F (28 C).  My second visit was for two nights in mid October.  This time the weather cooperated and conditions were perfect the entire weekend with mostly sunny skies and daytime highs in the upper 60's F (20 C).  I hiked approximately 14 miles during this trip over hilly terrain with nighttime lows in the mid 50's F (12 C).
      > Early September Trip:
      > Location: Brown County State Park, Southern Indiana
      > Trip Description: Backpacking
      > Distance: 5.2 mi (13.2 km)
      > Length of Trip: 3 days / 3 nights
      > Weather Conditions: Storms and rain the first two days
      > Precipitation: 1.4 in (3.6 cm)
      > Temperature Range: 70 F (21 C) to 82 F (28 C)
      > Mid October Trip:
      > Location: Brown County State Park - Southern Indiana
      > Trip Description: Backpacking
      > Distance: 14 mi (23 km)
      > Length of Trip: 2 days / 2 nights
      > Weather Conditions: Clear and breezy
      > Precipitation: 0.0 in (0.0 cm)
      > Temperature Range: 54 F (12 C) to 68 F (20 C)
      > During this test period, I had the opportunity to test the Zephyros 2 in heavy rain and winds as storms rolled across Southern Indiana over Labor Day weekend.  After arriving at the Park and hiking for several hours in soggy conditions, I decided to take advantage of a brief respite in the weather to set up camp amid several large trees in the area.  I was already wet and didn't want to risk running out of daylight or getting caught in an extended downpour while still on trail.  Pitching the tent went relatively well and it was relatively easy to pound the pegs into the water-logged ground, although I somehow managed to bend one of them slightly while hitting it with a rock.  Once the tent was erected I dragged my wet backpack into the vestibule and proceeded to unpack my belongings and make dinner.  Afterwards I spent an hour or so wandering around camp before turning in for the night.  From just after 11pm till 4am in the morning it poured down
      > rain and although no water leaked through the flysheet or up through the tent floor, I somehow managed to get soaked.  When I first awoke I wasn't exactly sure what happened and suspected a leak in the roof but after donning my headlamp and looking around it became obvious that water had come in over the top of the tent floor.  Once daylight came I could see a small gulley that led from a nearby hillside right to my tent.  In this case, a ground cloth may have helped divert some of the running water under the tent.  It also may have helped if I had picked a higher spot to pitch my tent or if I had dug a trench around it the night before.  Unfortunately, I had taken my tent site for granted as it had never been a problem for my other tents which have high-walled bathtub style floors which prevent water run-in.  In the future I will have to be more cautious about where I set up camp with this tent.  One other note is that the storm produced fairly
      > heavy winds but they did not seem to bother the tent much and the flysheet remained taut.
      > Although I am not happy with the design of the tent floor I do like the design of the door.  It is tall and wide and positioned such that it was very easy to get in and out of the tent while in Brown County without soaking my back on the wet flysheet.   Because the zippers run almost straight up and down they are easy to open and I didn't have to stretch really far to reach them.  Finally, the flap covering the zippers did a great job of keeping out the rain.
      > SUMMARY
      > The Zephyros 2 has proven to be a credible backpacking tent and one that I will continue to use in the field thanks to its lightweight design and compact size when folded.  It is roomy enough for me to stretch out in at the end of a long day, ventilation is great and there has been minimal condensation inside the tent so far.  I also like that I can pitch the Zephyros 2 in the rain without getting the inner tent wet.  Unfortunately it has a few significant shortcomings such as the design of the tent pegs and the fact that the floor has no sidewalls on three sides, thus allowing streams of runoff to enter the tent during heavy rains.  With the addition of new stakes and a ground cloth to help protect the floor, this tent is a decent and lightweight alternative to my other backpacking tents.  This concludes this test series.  Thanks to Terra Nova and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test this tent.
      > This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
      > Copyright 2012.  All rights reserved.
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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