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Litehiker

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Tarptent in the UK
« on: 20:20:47, 08/04/19 »
As a Tarptent fanboy (I've owned 4 of them) I have noticed a fair amount of TT owners in the UK. With the import tariffs being so high I'm wondering why this is.


And now Henry Shires has come out with a bevy of new Dyneema tents after resisting the  trend for years. His latest is the AEON, a solo 'mid that solves most of the 'mid problems very cleverly. Should I go to a TT Dyneema tent I think I'd opt for the Notch Li with 2 doors/vestibules.


I like Tarptent for their great designs, made in USA quality and great customer service. Tough to get all 3 in one company these days. I suppose you Brits feel the same about made in UK tents.


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Re: Tarptent in the UK
« Reply #1 on: 03:06:33, 09/04/19 »
Have you considered an DIY effort?

richardh1905

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Re: Tarptent in the UK
« Reply #2 on: 09:42:01, 09/04/19 »

By a strange coincidence, I've just mentioned the Tarptent Scarp on another thread!


There are similar small companies in Britain - TrekkerTent for example - http://www.trekkertent.com/home/

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Re: Tarptent in the UK
« Reply #3 on: 09:47:26, 09/04/19 »
Should I go to a TT Dyneema tent I think I'd opt for the Notch Li with 2 doors/vestibules.



Looks like a decent ultra lightweight twin walled tent.


Only 4 pegs supplied though! Think that I would want a few more here in Orkney!

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Re: Tarptent in the UK
« Reply #4 on: 10:02:29, 09/04/19 »
I always fancied a Tarptent Rainbow, but what always got in the way was knowing that I could buy nearly 3 Chinese 'Tarptents' tents for the price of one USA tent. Unfortunately, for me, in money terms, it was no contest! The Chinese model (Targa 1) in my view also has one particular design advantage over the Tarptent, which is the inner half circle door which can be unzipped to store items outside of the actual sleeping area. My Marmot tent has a similar zipped area, which I use all the time, I can keep my walking sticks out of the way but I can also grab them instantly if needed. All of my other stuff which I may need, Uriwell, small bottle of water, etc, can be near to hand and I don't have rummage through my rucksack in the middle of the night to find them.

In the end I became so bamboozled by all that I was reading and I was comparing and contrasting with other makes as well, I decided to buy none at all and just decided to stick with the tents I already have.

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Re: Tarptent in the UK
« Reply #5 on: 10:49:08, 09/04/19 »

Looks like a decent ultra lightweight twin walled tent.


Only 4 pegs supplied though! Think that I would want a few more here in Orkney!


I have the standard slinylon version, with just the four supplied pegs, one at each end and one on each door, it sags when you open the tent. I've added two guys, there's a linelock already sewn in at each apex, this makes it a good tight pitch.


[size=78%]http://donthaveone-owen.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-new-tent.html[/size]


I took it to Sarek in Lapland for two weeks, [size=78%]http://donthaveone-owen.blogspot.com/2016/09/sarek-europes-last-wilderness_21.html[/size][size=78%] on a couple of nights it proved to be just a bit too light. Heavy wet snow partially collapsed it one night and rain came in on another. I've since re-doped the seems and that has hopefully cured the leaking. I also used it on the final leg of my Cape Wrath trail walk [/size][size=78%]http://donthaveone-owen.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-far-north-west.html[/size][size=78%] again just a bit too light for highland storms lucky I was near a bothy. It is a very good ultra light tent and i wouldn't hesitate to use it for more sheltered camping. But for camping high in the mountains the trekkertent wins every time. [/size][size=78%]   [/size]

richardh1905

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Re: Tarptent in the UK
« Reply #6 on: 11:17:27, 09/04/19 »
Thanks again, Owen - not for me I suspect.

I'm going to drop TrekkerTent a line and ask for details of their updated Saor.

Edit - and some gorgeous photos on your blog!
« Last Edit: 11:20:54, 09/04/19 by richardh1905 »

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Re: Tarptent in the UK
« Reply #7 on: 12:49:58, 10/04/19 »
By a strange coincidence, I've just mentioned the Tarptent Scarp on another thread!


There are similar small companies in Britain - TrekkerTent for example - http://www.trekkertent.com/home/
Karl has a scarp2  O0

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Re: Tarptent in the UK
« Reply #8 on: 16:07:57, 10/04/19 »
Don't see too many of these in the Highlands. Apart from,as mentioned on here the problems with wind gusts, the biting insect season would definitely be a big problem when using a tarp.

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Re: Tarptent in the UK
« Reply #9 on: 07:40:14, 11/04/19 »
Karl has a scarp 2  O0


I have and I'm very pleased with it. It's a palace for one ,plenty of room for two and even with me and two of my teenage children there was still room for gear inside. It stood up to a real battering when camped at 700 M on the side of Scafell Pike, the corner strut arrangement is a brilliant idea and works a treat.
I was lucky that I have a friend who works in America and he brought it home for me when he returned home for Christmas so I didn't pay any extra charges. He did claim that he couldn't fit his children's Christmas gifts in his luggage cos of my tent but hey ho I got my tent so it's all good :D
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Re: Tarptent in the UK
« Reply #10 on: 08:42:00, 11/04/19 »
I was lucky that I have a friend who works in America and he brought it home for me when he returned home for Christmas so I didn't pay any extra charges.

He risked being stopped by Customs!

richardh1905

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Re: Tarptent in the UK
« Reply #11 on: 09:54:55, 11/04/19 »
He risked being stopped by Customs!



In theory, yes, but in practice highly unlikely.