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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby AlmostThere » Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:06 am

I have to say, after going from tent to tent for the past seven years in search of my alpine shelter of choice, I've found a safe haven in the Lightheart Solo. Space, double wall, ample ventilation, and the tent survived a deluge in Evolution without a leak. It has the side entry I like and I can actually stand inside on the tent floor in sock feet before stepping into my shoes due to the angle of the canopy.

The ultimate foul weather shelter and keep-it-clean option is the hammock - however, I do like the Lightheart for being less than 2 lbs and weather worthy. I've gotten rid of a Tarptent Sublite Sil, Sierra Designs, etc and settled on this one. My criteria were specific and it absolutely had to be lighter than the hammock - it's one of the few that managed to do that.



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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby Wandering Daisy » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:13 am

Thanks for that review! The Lightheart Solo may be my next tent.
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby sparky » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:29 am

Richard,

All Skyscape models utilize a dual (trekking or optional fixed length 45" or 115 cm) pole support structure, slightly offset from the center of the tent


The Skyscape employs Hybrid Double Wall construction. Over 80% of the canopy is separated from you by a mesh wall, keeping that wet canopy at bay.


a nice 34 oz tent for $125 is a pretty darn good deal

I am also shopping for a new tent. Maybe I should look at hammocks again....
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby Wandering Daisy » Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:01 pm

Does anyone know if the new double wall Tarptent Moment has two separate units (fly and tent) or are the two connected in such a way that you cannot separate them? I cannot tell from the photos on their website and specifications do not clearly indicate this.

Lori- is your Lightheart Solo the standard or a custom made one? What is the advantage of getting the custom made?
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby RichardNixon06 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:22 pm

Yea that lightheart solo looks like a good tent but I don't want to pay extra for stuff that I don't need. Is it worth it to get the custom or the solong 6 or are they just luxuries?
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby oldranger » Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:55 pm

WD

The Momement is a true double wall tent. Check out the instructions at Then hit specifications then set up and it shows that you can set up the either the fly or the netting separately. I'd be interested myself except I don't think 25" wide exped downmat would fit without pushing out the walls at the corners.

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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby Wandering Daisy » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:31 pm

Thanks for the information. I guess I should have poked around on their website more. I currently use the single wall Moment and for me, it is too big if anything. I like the tent; hate the condensation - mainly because if I turn the tent inside-out to dry, it is a real pain to figure out how to get it right side out. It is shaped so that it is really hard to dry - nothing really hangs straight- numerous little tucked in areas that do not dry. Basically I have to re-set it up mid day to dry it out. Big pain. The zipper is broken so I am now trying to decide to replace or repair. I am not sure I want to put up with another year fighting the condensation either.

Also, does anyone know if any tent has mosquito netting that has bug repellant in it? My mosquito head net has the repellent -smells a bit odd but does work. Right now I can have 100 mosquitoes sitting on the tent netting ready to attack the minute I have to go out! I am a bit leery of spraying the netting with repellant - I think if it got on the sil-nylon it would do damage. I am planning on being in mosquito conditions for about a month this summer.
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby maverick » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:52 pm

Moment DW looks good especially with the double wall, dual entry and
two vestibules, but my Rainbow weighs the same, has more interior room,
and costs almost $30 less.
Here is a good thread on the Lightheart: http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthr ... heart-Tent
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby Rockyroad » Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:27 pm

Maverick, what advantage does the Rainbow, or even Moment, have over the Notch, which is 7 ounces lighter? I'm about to order the Notch but maybe I'm overlooking something? I think I'm ok with the smaller interior room of the Notch and I always use hiking poles anyways.
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:11 am

I feel hoop or dome design tents are more wind-worthy than those set up with shaper angles that are required using trekking poles. In a wind you need a really tight pitch to reduce flapping noise. The Moment does produce some interesting noise in a wind - not flapping but I still wear ear plugs at night. For a long time I though some creature were outside my tent!

Also, I often use my trekking poles after I set up.
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby maverick » Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:21 am

Rockroad,

The Notch is a decent tent with great new features, but using my trekking poles for
a tent is a deal braker for my style. When basecamping I would want access to my poles
for dayhikes/climbes, also my pancho/tent combo which is use as raingear and as an
emergency shelter is with me (as other gear) on all excursions and my trekking poles
would be needed for its setup.
Also my Rainbow has been through some incliment weather so it has gained my trust.
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby Rockyroad » Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:31 am

WD and Maverick,
Thanks for your input. Decisions, decisions. Now I'm seriously considering a Rainbow.
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