trekkertents ?

Discussion in 'Shelters & Accessories' started by ozzy1977, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. liamarchie

    liamarchie Ultralighter

    The stealth 1 is very cramped and more of e bivvy to be honest. difficult to get in and out in wet conditions without getting everything inside soaked with your wet gear. Thats a problem with front entry tents.
    Also you'd have to lie on your stomach to cook which was a pain for me. the stealth 1.5 might solve some of these issues, but i doubt by much.
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  2. rudidercoole

    rudidercoole Hiker

    I am aware of the fact that trekkertent is 100% scottish.

    Still, i am wondering how the stealth performs in high wind compared to a mid.
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  3. Jurassic

    Jurassic Backpacker

    I have a Stealth 1 (made of the heavier fabric with a solid inner rather than mesh). I've not used it in really strong winds but I'd imagine that you'd have to be careful choosing a pitch. The end profile is tiny so I reckon it'd fare well if pitched end into the wind but even with the extra side guys out I reckon a strong wind from the side might be an issue. I bought mine due to the tiny packed size and light weight but I'd echo the comments above in that it's a pretty miserable place to spend more than a couple of wet nights. I bought it to replace a Luxe Hexpeak (which was a bit short for me) and it's really a totally different proposition, far less comfy and spacious for anything other than sleeping in. It has it's place in my tent armoury but I've just bought the newer Hexpeak V4a (which is a bit bigger than the original) to supplement it as I missed my old Hexpeak so much.
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  4. rudidercoole

    rudidercoole Hiker

  5. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    I've used a Golite Hut 1 (similar shape) in pretty extreme winds and it did just fine. Side on to a gale is ok so long as the ridge is tight and the ground is suitable. Take a few peg choices (long and thin wire stakes for weaseling round subsurface stones, wide V pegs for soft ground, etc). Just lower the poles a bit and spread it wide.
  6. Gonathras

    Gonathras Trekker

    Looks like they don't offer tents in 30d Silnylon anymore, the tents I just checked are all now only available in 20d Silpoly or 40d Silnylon.
    Some of them (I don't remember all the prices, maybe all did) also went up in price by 20 pound
  7. SteveMat

    SteveMat Summit Camper

    Hi folks, I just got quite a good deal on a used Trekkertent Edge 1 off eBay - sold my Akto for the usual reasons (though I did like the psychological sense of security it gave me) and bought the edge for about half the money! For certain trips it looks pretty darn good. Initial impressions - it tumbled out of the (too small imo) stuff sack in a tangled mess of dyneema and various other cords - it's not the most intuitive shelter to pitch, but the build quality and fabrics used are very good, excellent in fact. Alas it looks as though I will have to pack it length ways in my ULA Circuit but that's not the end of the world.

    Anyway, I only had a bit of time but I managed to sort of pitch it using my pacer poles, but I was just wondering if anyone else here owns this shelter and can give me some pitching tips. Esp, does anyone know what markings to set the pacers at for optimal pitching and what angle they should be at etc. Also, on my initial pitch, the inner was really loose but the outer felt quite taut. I know another poster on here didn't like this tent but I think it will be fine for me once I get the hang of pitching it properly! It seemed pretty sturdy even just going by the little time I had and the small footprint is handy as well. I've emailed trekkertent to ask for their instructions but suspect it might take a while for them to reply. Thanks in advance, Steve.
  8. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    This thread might help
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  9. oreocereus

    oreocereus Ultralighter

    There is scant discussion on the Drift 2. I know a couple of people here have used it. How's it been going for folks? I'm considering it or the Yama Swiftline for a 2p shelter.. Stratospire a bit too heavy, 2p x-mid too far away, and I prefer silpoly as a fly material for no sag.
  10. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    We had one. Did 2 weeks with it on our first Pyrenean trip in 2015. The solid inner (first they made) needed tweaking/remaking so it was returned. 6 months later got a full refund as our shelter had still not been sorted out. Despite repeated Comms.
    It was about 1.3kg with required pegs.

    It was a nice shelter. At the time was sad to not get it back, but felt I had been fobbed off enough. Ordered a Strat 2.

    The triangular door panels on the Drift all sagged a little between the top angle due to not being sewn taut enough. My newish MLD Cricket is similar. Tarptents are always spot on in my experience.

    Drift possibly a bit easier in the wind but the very big main panels pushed in somewhat under a blow.

    Having used a Stratospire 2 for over 100 nights since, we much prefer the Strat. Its not much heavier (the extra weight due to extra fabric n struts, really). And much roomier and easier to manage. Much quicker to pitch as goes up in one. Stretch is really not an issue in my experience with any silnylon Tarptent.Just work with the fabric/shelter you have and pitch/adjust accordingly.

    For me, the main difference between silpoly and silnylon was weight and softness/stuffability. Bearing in mind that nylon is significantly stronger, but soaks up more water temporarily, I'd consider all these criteria more significant than perceived sag (which is mitigated by shelter design and good pitching) when choosing.
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  11. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    We had a Drift2 but the outer vestibules wasn’t equal sizes and inner sides that ran parallel to the fly draped
    inwards, I raised my concerns and sent it back, forward near a year of being Constantly fobbed off I asked and received a refund. Regards to Tarptents I echo what @Mole says, but we went for the Swiftline 2 and so far been great in the UK and have no regrets. Both the Strat and the Swiftline are very good tents.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
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  12. Taz38

    Taz38 Section Hiker

    Shame...the Drift looks good on the website. Communication is pants, no one ever reads/reacts to emails, I'm not a phone call type person. But I'm happy with my Stealth, a few little tweeks needed (awkward toggles on doors, no loops inside to hang anything) sofar its performed well.
  13. oreocereus

    oreocereus Ultralighter

    Cheers for that guys. It doesn't look quite as a dialled in as the Swiftline or Strat, but it is an improvement over a basic a-frame/mid I think. Might be tossing up the latter two options then.

    I've got a bathtub floor from TT. Communication was fine, and it arrived only a day or two after initially quoted. But seen enough people have troubles to be wary if I was ordering.
  14. Taz38

    Taz38 Section Hiker

    I noticed they do solid inners as well now...ooh...
  15. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    The X-Mid (should) weigh less :angelic:
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  16. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Drift ( the symmetrical version) is a basic shape. Pretty much like tents I used in my youth. A transverse ridge tent ( without a ridge pole). Like the Saunders Basepacker or Combat tents ( a "lightweight" rival to Vango force 10s at the time)
    The only new design aspects are using walking poles, the guy arrangement and modern fabrics.
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  17. Charles42

    Charles42 Trail Blazer

    The problem with TT is it is mostly a one man band . Marc is TT .Hence delays in communication,particulary
    outside of Winter . It took ages to sort out my DCF Phreeranger . I think he did try to train somebody up ,but
    found it too costly in the end . The quality of his work is generally first class though.
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  18. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    I never had a problem with communication from Marc, nearly always replied within a couple of days.

    Achieving agreed delivery dates can be the problem so I would always ask how full the order book is. As @Charles42 says I wouldn't have an issue with ordering again in Winter as long as the backlog was reasonable.
  19. Taz38

    Taz38 Section Hiker

    My tent took 8 weeks which was fine. Quality was good. Emails are never replied to. I do realise he's a one man set-up. Might order the solid inner one day...

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