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Re: Ultralight solo tent recommendations

Postby maverick » Thu May 14, 2009 2:58 pm

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Re: Ultralight solo tent recommendations

Postby Cloudy » Tue May 19, 2009 7:22 am

The easy solution would have been to have had Henry seal it for you at extra cost if that option is still offered. What I usually do is buy a couple of tubes of SeamGrip, rub the seams down with denatured alcohol and paint the stuff on with a very small paintbrush being careful to coat the threads and fill the holes. I tend to believe that care here will pay off later. I do this in sections and let it dry. Sprinkle talcum powder on the dried SeamGrip and rub it in - otherwise it will bond with itself when you fold the tent. I would do the major seams at the very least. I haven't had much luck with the thinned silicone caulk method of sealing so I settled on the labor-intensive method I've described. You can do it while watching TV...

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Re: Ultralight solo tent recommendations

Postby MountainMinstrel » Wed May 20, 2009 11:05 pm

Just follow the directions Henry gives you. It was not very hard to do.
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Re: Ultralight solo tent recommendations

Postby markorr » Sun May 31, 2009 9:30 pm

Anyone interested in selling me your Tarptent Contrail at a good price or trading it for a BD Firstlight?

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Re: Ultralight solo tent recommendations

Postby oldranger » Sat Jun 06, 2009 6:01 pm

Mark,

Having a Contrail myself I'd have to say "Fat Chance" or "Slim Chance." Take your choice, oh yeah somehow they mean the same!

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Re: Ultralight solo tent recommendations

Postby markorr » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:44 pm

thanks :( I called Tarptent, but the Contrail is backordered for at least a month. bummer
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Re: Ultralight solo tent recommendations

Postby snusmumriken » Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:16 pm

Looks like somebody at Backpacking Light is selling a used Contrail.
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin ... d_id=21561
PS. I don't know this person, so can't vouch for them.
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Re: Ultralight solo tent recommendations

Postby markorr » Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:22 pm

thanks, they're selling a floorless version. I kind of like the idea of keeping the mosquitoes out.

Random question - I'm off to Mineral King in a few days, does anyone know where to buy chicken wire in San Francisco? or what else works to keep marmots out of the undercarriage of your car? Does plastic work?
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Re: Ultralight solo tent recommendations

Postby ERIC » Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:40 pm

markorr wrote:thanks, they're selling a floorless version. I kind of like the idea of keeping the mosquitoes out.

Random question - I'm off to Mineral King in a few days, does anyone know where to buy chicken wire in San Francisco? or what else works to keep marmots out of the undercarriage of your car? Does plastic work?


Here's a photo of what one HST member did to keep them out, and here's a thread from a while back where this subject was discussed.

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Re: Ultralight solo tent recommendations

Postby MountainMinstrel » Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:04 pm

Someone on the Backcountry Forum has one for sale at $125. I do not know them and they are new to the forum but...

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Re: Ultralight solo tent recommendations

Postby MountainMinstrel » Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:19 pm

There is another one for sale by a regular on that same site. this one is 130.
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Re: Ultralight solo tent recommendations

Postby Charles2 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:00 pm

Here is a vote for the Fly Creek over the Contrail. I have had both and prefer the Fly Creek for several reasons: Smaller footprint, more wind-firm and fewer problems with condensation. My Fly Creek, with stakes, lines and a 24" x 72", light Tyvek ground cloth weighs 33.0 oz. The Contrail, seam sealed and with a non-skid coating applied to the floor. plus lines, stakes and ground cloth weighs 30.3 oz. The advantages of the Fly Creek are, to me, worth the extra three ounces.

The Contrail has a somewhat larger vestibule and is longer overall; I have had problems fitting it into tight quarters. OTOH, I'm not sure I'd recommend the Fly Creek for someone very much taller than my 5' 10".

For me, the big issue is condensation though. I have had condensation on the inside of the Contrail on several occasions under conditions where the Fly Creek has stayed dry. I have recently returned from a trip with the Fly Creek in the Rincon Mountains here in SE Arizona. Two of the three nights I was out there were intense thunderstorms. But, no leakage and no condensation. With the Contrail in similar conditions, I have had condensation but no leakage. But, with condensation and lots of big, fat, raindrops hitting the fabric the condensation gets knocked loose and onto your sleeping gear - not good!
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