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Re: Tent Set Up Methods In Rain or Wind

Postby FeetFirst » Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:21 am

Wandering Daisy wrote:I also have a Tarptent Moment. I disagree that it is easy to set up. I battled a steady but fickle 30 mph wind a few weeks ago.

I'll agree that we disagree :D I've set the tent up many times in significant wind with minimal fuss. Definitely not more than any of my other tents. Just last week at Jabu Lake I got slammed with gusts that you could lean into with most of your weight. I'm not sure the exact wind speeds, but I'd say easily over 30 mph. I normally stake out one end before the pole goes in and yes, football size+ rocks are added over the stakes, or deadman'd if the ground doesn't comply, for added anchor support. I also utilize the two guyline attachment points mid-way up the pole sleeve in winds, which really help minimize the pole from flexing.
I'm still rather convinced that you can achieve more than you've ever dreamed of if you just lower your standards.

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Re: Tent Set Up Methods In Rain or Wind

Postby sparky » Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:24 pm

OF course, no tarptent can stand up to REAL wind.

I remember laying in my tent in Humphries Basin, sick from the altitude after fleeing for my life from lightning as my Tarptent Squall was pretty much flattened in my face every few seconds from large gusts.

I decided right then and there I would purchase a new dome tent.....which I did. It is so heavy though.....I am back to the tarptent after 5 or 6 trips. At least until I am assaulted in another violent storm.
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Re: Tent Set Up Methods In Rain or Wind

Postby overheadx2 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:32 pm

I had the same problem with my tarp tent. Works great under nice to good circumstances, but gets a little droopy and flattened with a lot of rain and wind. This season I purchased a Big agnes Slater 2 which is free standing and only a few oz. heavier. For the money and weight the tarp tent is great, but there are some drawbacks.
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Re: Tent Set Up Methods In Rain or Wind

Postby Wandering Daisy » Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:18 am

I have had a love-hate relationship with EVERY tent or shelter I have owned! Every one has had its flaws. Luckily, none has ever totally failed. I just looked at an internet review webpage of light weight tents. Even their "best rated" tent gets a medium rating for what essentially is weather-worthiness. The other criteria- livability, ease of set up, cost, weight to me are meaningless unless the tent keeps you dry. Why else would I even take a tent in the first place?

The Tarptent Moment is pretty wind-worthy once you get it set up and if you can keep it set up tightly (problem with stretch in rain). I have found that in a wind you must close the vestibule in order for it to be stable and really tie down the guylines. Our 2-man Mountain Hardware Spire (a 4-season mountaineering tent) is much better in wind and rain, but the stupid thing weighs nearly 6 pounds by the time you add all the tent pegs and lines!
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Re: Tent Set Up Methods In Rain or Wind

Postby WillieCash » Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:51 pm

Set up Superfly tarp first.

Leisurely set up my hammock underneath second.
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