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April

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Re: Best budget tent for wild camping
« Reply #30 on: 21:16:58, 03/03/20 »
Also in the setup booklet it says " optimize weight by leaving pegs, inner cabin etc at home if not needed on trip? whats the inner cabin? If it's the inner tent how does the flysheet stand up.

I think it is the inner that can be pitched alone not the outer.

See the info on the ultralightoutdoorgear website below
https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/equipment-c3/tents-shelters-c25/one-person-tents-c74/svalbard-1-si-tent-p3840

Some tents can be pitched outer only like our MSR tents if you use the footprint. I'm not sure if the Svalbard has this option. We can also pitch our MSR tents inner only but we never have, at least not for long; in this country rain is nearly always on the cards ;)
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Re: Best budget tent for wild camping
« Reply #31 on: 11:55:19, 04/03/20 »
I'm not sure about Svalbard, I was reading about it last night and the suggestion was that if you are a taller person the angle of tent inner would easily touch your head when you are lying down? I prefer the MSR shape and design, similar to my Marmot where the designers have tried to keep almost straight walls and maximum height space all along the length of the tent lying down space.

I now have a footprint for my Marmot but originally I used a couple of pre-measured strings with small loops at each end to fit the end of the poles which then kept my tent sprung loaded and upright when I needed to fit the outer tent first (in rain) and then fit the inner afterward. This facility also allows me if I want to, (I don't!) to use my tent just like a sleeping/day area and not have to bother with taking the inner tent with me. I might have done this if I could have purchased an outer tent made of waterproof and thinner material at the same time but unfortunately, it doesn't exist.

Upon reflection, I wasted my money with the footprint, its thin material so I still take another groundsheet with me because I just don't have the confidence in it. It never has but I've always thought that if it's placed on the ground as my one and only groundsheet it could easily tear or puncture. My other reason, of course, is that I also like the area between the outer and inner tent to be covered by a ground sheet and the foot print does not do this at all.

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Re: Best budget tent for wild camping
« Reply #32 on: 12:38:36, 04/03/20 »
I can recommend this:


https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/equipment-c3/tents-shelters-c25/tarps-c43/gatewood-cape-tarp-shelter-p9838


I used it on Offa's Dyke last year, just half the weight of my tent (Terra Nova Laser). Mind you, it did not stop the snow blowing in near Oswestry Racecourse. It has bags of space.

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Re: Best budget tent for wild camping
« Reply #33 on: 13:13:58, 04/03/20 »
Hi I enquired from Wiggle and they didn't know what the short pole was for - very strange.
As I can't test out the length at the moment (live in a town, no garden) I'm 6' 1" - should I have any problem with this tent? It just seems pretty short.

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« Reply #34 on: 13:42:54, 04/03/20 »
I am 6' and it is fine unless you intend to host a party. I can get all my kit in there and me and room to spare. The only downside is remembering not to roll off your karrimat when asleep.

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Re: Best budget tent for wild camping
« Reply #35 on: 13:53:59, 04/03/20 »
Hi I enquired from Wiggle and they didn't know what the short pole was for - very strange.

I wouldn't expect Wiggle to.  Email or phone the manufacturer - [email protected]  01524 548040
https://nordisk.co.uk/contact/contact-info
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Re: Best budget tent for wild camping
« Reply #36 on: 14:16:58, 04/03/20 »
The pole is a very light carbon fibre affair. I think I read you can use a tracking pole, but I have not tried.
It folds in three. The Cape rolls up into its own bag and is the size of about three clenched fists.

kinkyboots

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Re: Best budget tent for wild camping
« Reply #37 on: 15:22:03, 04/03/20 »
A little confused though by the approx. 6" long aluminium tube which appears to have no function - it is not mentioned in the set up process - elucidation please!

Is it the one shown top right here? https://nordisk.co.uk/svalbard-1-si-spare-poles/na/p/467/1788

If so I'm pretty sure April is correct and it's a temporary bracing tube/sleeve designed to fit over the outside of the other main poles across any breakage and be taped into place. It's purely for emergency use should you manage to snap one of the main poles whilst out in the great outdoors and could potentially stop your trip being ruined or cut short. Obviously if you ever did manage to snap a pole it should be replaced at the earliest opportunity.

EDIT This link confirms that I'm correct https://www.reddit.com/r/CampingandHiking/comments/2zpf3b/just_bought_a_new_tent_nordisk_svalbard_1_si_it/



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Re: Best budget tent for wild camping
« Reply #38 on: 15:33:03, 04/03/20 »

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Re: Best budget tent for wild camping
« Reply #39 on: 17:19:26, 04/03/20 »
Hi I enquired from Wiggle and they didn't know what the short pole was for - very strange.
As I can't test out the length at the moment (live in a town, no garden) I'm 6' 1" - should I have any problem with this tent? It just seems pretty short.


As others have suggested, it is almost certainly an emergency tent pole repair sleeve.
« Last Edit: 21:42:47, 04/03/20 by richardh1905 »

alan de enfield

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Re: Best budget tent for wild camping
« Reply #40 on: 19:05:50, 04/03/20 »
I bought a set of these a couple of years ago (a 2 offer accepted) which I think are the same as the one being discussed.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4pcs-aluminum-alloy-tent-pole-repair-tube-single-rod-mending-pipe-accessories-S/174210377714?



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Re: Best budget tent for wild camping
« Reply #41 on: 17:39:47, 11/03/20 »
I would be most interested to hear how you get on with the Svalbard in bad weather.

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Re: Best budget tent for wild camping
« Reply #42 on: 18:23:16, 11/03/20 »
I would be most interested to hear how you get on with the Svalbard in bad weather.

The wind test video they did may give you some idea although it's difficult to tell which end of the tent is actually facing into the wind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nPrvXpDSsg

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« Reply #43 on: 19:31:08, 11/03/20 »
The wind test video they did may give you some idea although it's difficult to tell which end of the tent is actually facing into the wind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nPrvXpDSsg
  That was porch into wind.  Side on might be more interesting.
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« Reply #44 on: 20:20:07, 11/03/20 »
  That was porch into wind.  Side on might be more interesting.

A tent like that is usually pitched tail end to the wind, so I'm really not sure what they hoped to prove in the video.