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Topic - Alpkit Delta lightweight tent

Nigel Modern on 25 Jan 2013
I don't know if anyone else has taken the plunge - see their website: http://www.alpkit.com/shop/cart.php?target=product&product_id=16865&category_id=253

10 out of 10 for integrity Alpkit. I am happy to recommend your stuff.

I pitched one for the first time yesterday and I think the problems are easily solved:
1. Make sure the main pole ends are angled as vertical as possible by shortening the distance between them using the available adjustment.
2. Fully tension the inner at the same points using the available adjustment.
3. Tension the 'too flappy' inner by linking the inner tent 'back door' loop (the thing you roll the door up with) to the outer tent 'back door' loop - I used some 2mm cord.

This achieves reasonable and I think sufficient separation of inner and fly. If not..we'll see - I don't think single hoop tents can be expected to stay perfectly dry in very exposed wind and rain conditions. I'd probably have the back up of a lightweight bivvi bag available (replaces a survival bag) to keep my sleeping bag dry anyway.

More reliable separation at the ends of the tent would be achieved by stitching together about 4-5cm of seam at the ends of the inner where the groundsheet meets the inner tent fabric. An easy job but I'll hang fire just yet.

A bargain at 60 and once they've got the gliches sorted out you'll have to pay a lot more. I'm not sure what Alpkit mean by lightweight features compromising durability. Poles and fabric look good quality.

Ditch the pegs for 10 Ti-Pins.

Due to a glitch on the website (or my cluelessness) I accidentally bought 2 and just debating whether I send the other one back or not. I'm hoping one of my mates wants one.
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