Trekkertent Phreeranger - Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Shelters & Accessories' started by el manana, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. Charles42

    Charles42 Trail Blazer

    Meant to add ,I have one of the original Phoenix goretex Phreerunner tents. Must
    be getting on to nearly 4o years old now. Apart from the goretex ( still perfectly breathable
    and 100% waterproof ! ) the rest is in a sorry state . Did have a word with Marc about
    restoring it but would be too expensive. Hence my interest in the Phreeranger.
    The Phreerunner was a great tent , never any condensation ,and no problems in
    heavy weather .
  2. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Hi @Charles42 - its a nice space, the vertical walls give decent head room across a lot of the inner. I like how both the inner doors zip open to fully expose the porches and the inner is wide enough to get all my gear in. Its probably not as big as the SS1 but as a space its really functional and growing on me.
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  3. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    If only the door zip went as high as the crossing pole :(
  4. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    It was noticeable when I used it first time :) but doesn't affect me or make any real difference.

    The design matches the original, it did make me wonder why Phoenix didn't extend it to the crossing pole.
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  5. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    I'm sorely tempted el but have to think of my old knees and hips.
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  6. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Who’s going to be first to get the Dyneema Composite version? Clue: not me :eeker:
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  7. Charles42

    Charles42 Trail Blazer

    Why not Robin ? Expensive I expect but do you perceive some design faults etc ?
  8. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    I’ve got rather a lot of tents :oops:
  9. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    You'd be brave if it's a new fabric to the manufacturer, give them time to work out the niggles etc
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  10. Charles42

    Charles42 Trail Blazer

    Actually , Mark has worked with Cuben before ,having made some custom orders ,so hopefully
    he knows the material by now.
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  11. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

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    el manana Thru Hiker

  14. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

  15. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    It's a really nicely made tent.

    Bounces about in the wind.

    The entrance zip height is way too short for my tastes.
  16. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Section Hiker

    My Phreeranger is a single sided entrance, I'm not sure why I would want two entrances. The inner is solid and I had it made as a one-person tent i.e. the inner is not as wide as standard, which is a 1.5 person tent. This means that the porch is much larger than standard (the flysheet is standard).

    I chose the 20D Sil-Poly version (no longer in stock I believe), it weighs in at 990 grams including pegs, tent bag and peg bag. Its a brilliant tent, easy to pitch, good living space, very stable, steep sides shed snow and condensation just drops to ground level. Trekkertent can do custom builds, so I think you could ask for a solid inner as opposed to mesh. I'm not sure I would want to pay that price to save 260 grams or so (diminishing returns). I agree that the entrance zip height is short but no worse than a Laser and you get used to it.
  17. Charles42

    Charles42 Trail Blazer

    Since it went ' live ' on the website Marc has had orders for over 6 of the cuben Phreerangers.
    I chatted to Marc quite a while ago when he first mooted the idea ,but unfortunately due
    to serious illness of his Mother and setting up a new workshop ( his 3rd )delays have occurred
    Up and running now and his usual helpful self .
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  18. MaxO

    MaxO Day Walker

    Any news from the DCF Phreeranger owners? :)
  19. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Just posted this here from the winter shelters thread in case of thread drift.

    I assume everyone is aware that the "standard" cuben version has only one fly door, the rear porch is just a storage area - it doesnt have a fly door zip and just a small zip on the inner for storage access.

    It was something i discussed with Marc when i ordered my Phreeranger as i didnt really want a second porch but decided against in the end. One of the reasons Marc managed to get the Phreeranger weight down to 1kg (his Phoenix copy original @ 1.5kg) was by switching from the larger irregular pentagon shaped inner to a rectangular inner - less groundsheet material makes quite a difference apparently.
  20. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Section Hiker

    I had my Phreeranger made with a narrower inner, so that I had a larger porch. Still plenty of room inside though.

    I did go for the white inner though, which I prefer but I certainly didn't appreciate that the yellow inner fabric was lighter. Which is maybe why mine comes up at 960 grams instead of the quoted 890 grams!
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  21. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    I think i spoke to you on the FB group @ZenTrekker - I remember you saying you went for a narrower inner. Mine came in about 100g heavier as well, but I'm more than happy that I got a Phreeranger for close to 1kg for what i do outdoors.

    Marc only used the white inner fabric when i spoke to him(i did ask, I like yellow inners). That said, the white inner fabric he uses is excellent quality.
  22. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Section Hiker

    I'm really happy with mine also. I see others with tarps and whatsit-mids and all sorts of weird and wonderful shelters and quite often they come in heavier than the Phreeranger!
  23. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    EB Flysheet acquired recently...a bit saggy from overnight rain and condensation

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    I think i prefer the EB fly to the standard fly but theres not a huge amount in it.

    Having tried the various permutations i think my preference would be the EB flysheet with the original shape inner. I have no need for a rear door and porch, I think i would prefer extra inner space.

    I might order an original inner...because i can, and i have no common sense.
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  24. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

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  25. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    Did Marc supply the EB fly as a stand alone?

    Looks good to get that extra room. Much weight penalty?

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