/ Alpkit Tents
I was wondering if anyone had any experience of the fairly newish alpkit tents? I'm looking for a two person tent for all seasons and was originally drawn to either a Terra Nova Quasar or the Mountain Hardware Trango 2.
I've been increasingly looking at the Alpkit Kangri as an alternative as spec and sizing wise it seems very similar but is less than half the price.
Any opinions - both good and bad will be appreciated.
Spent a long weekend in one last year and from what I can remember its half the price because its half the spec.
Thanks for the heads up about being able to hire one sleavesley.
Antigua, are you able to elaborate please? Thanks
I'm not an expert on the tent and only spent a long weekend with it but was interested when I realised that I'd be sharing a Kangri tent.
First observation was that it seemed quite weighty for what it was but the biggest issue I had was there was no ventilation between the inner and outer. It was without a shadow of a doubt the biggest condensation trap I've ever slept in. I was woken one morning by drips of water falling on my face (have pictures somewhere) I'm not sure now old it was but the poles looked more curved that I would have expected and getting some of the pole sections to connect to each other needed a bit of (careful) twisting and pushing to get them locked in.
On the plus side it looked well made. I'd definitely go for the hire option as the tent will have been well used.
I had a week in a Heksa recently and, other than the door zips being tight, it was awesome and far less pricey than anything else that big and that strong.
The Kangri is pretty great IMHO. Just got back from a wet week in the Lakes. If you vent the tent properly, (inner and outer zipper configurations will allow this), you will not get condensation problems! The tent stood up extremely well in a windy, 12+ hour rain onslaught in Seatoller, no water ingress into the inner, or vestibules at all, and it was really raining, enough so that people in bad pitches were vacated by the management for fear of being washed away! There was slight flapping of the flysheet on an exposed wild camp however, the ground was considerably uneven and there were no elevated features to guy off.
I have had problems with the poles, twice. It appears that we received one pole with a whole additional section which bent unreasonably over time. This initial pole was replaced free of charge, only for me to notice that it was a section longer when the replacement pole bent. This is not a problem with the tent itself, and Alpkit have taken the whole tent in for a full service, clean etc...
All in all, I've been extremely satisfied with my Kangri, and Alpkit have gone beyond their responsibilities with any problems I've had.
speaking as a general consumer thats the other point its important to compare the actual price offered rather than the RRP.
Was surprised to note that Snow & Rock are offering 20% off all purchases with a BMC card.
Thank you for all your replies
Alex, I particulaly enjoyed your blog.
The inner is usually exposed for <2minutes, it's treated with water resistant stuff and once you get into it, it warms up and dries off.
I've had years of camping in 'inner-first' tents and have never had a problem putting them up in the rain.
Yeah, the inner is water resistant so doesn't wet out, and is very breathable, so once you're in, if wet, any beaded water evaporates pretty quickly.
As the previous two posters have said, it's not an issue. Having had a pitch inner first tents for the last ten years, pitching it in the rain on a regular basis (this is the UK after all), it's never been a problem.
The poles can only be put in from one side of the tent - I could see this could be an issue on really cramped pitches although it hasn't been for me so far.
Otherwise a good solid 4 season tent without being too heavy to readily carry.
In reply to everyone
If there is anymore feedback on why anyone might feel it's half the tent for half the spec. We really need to hear it. The tents will see a revamp at some point so all feedback, especially bad will help make them even better next time
The Wintergear Sapphire was a great tent and the first of these 4 pole geodesic designs but it's inspiration (as far as i have read) came from the earlier geodesic designs being used in the states. I cant think of many new tents that haven't been inspired something else. So although it similar to the Quasar we didn't set out to copy the design, we just had the basic 4 poles as a starting point and then designed our tent round this basic geometry.
What we did do is go through am exhaustive process of refining the design. Porches, storage, construction, materials.
I'm very happy with our tents, but like a lot of the gear we use it's and emotive and personal thing. We can't please everyone, but we do listen. I'm reading this forum and thinking we have done a pretty good job. Some issues to improve, but there are well priced and well built. The only thing we have been caught out by is the level of discounting with tents and assume that like waterproofs that no body pays full price for them. This does have implications, mostly not to order so many of them so you have to discount them at the end of the year.
The hire scheme works really well, probably about of half of people hiring ending up buying, but we had a lot of people go for a Heksa in Winter. When you split it up between four (cost and weight) then it's much, much nicer then two little tents.
I'd love to see an Alpkit version of the BD Megamid/light.........
Hey Nick, maybe a couple of minor/irrelevant things:
As the door zips can get pretty far away when closed, instead of having two sets of zips, perhaps you could have openable portholes in the vestibules, (hook & loop?), and maybe use some midge-net to back it, so as to aid venting? Also, maybe a couple of dividers in one/some of the internal pockets, so as to be able to fit bottles of beer in without them sliding down when someone moves!
Beer bottles in sidepockets will mean that the mesh gets strained, I always put beer bottles in a shoe, usually in a porch so I can't spill it inside the tent.
The door zips have lots on configuration, I almost always use the zip doors so that there is a gap at the top and I zip this down and step out of the tent. This is the best way to avoid condensation and be able to zip the door shut when inside the tent. In almost all weathers I very rarely seal everything up. Even on tarps you get condensation so vents are not the whole solution.
I agree that there are plenty of zip configurations, and the one you mention works well, as long as you zip down the innermost mesh zip also, and is the one I tend to use also, though this doesn't work so well when you have an expedition size pack in the vestibule, as it means you end up standing on the lower part of the door when trying to exit. It wasn't really an issue with condensation I was trying to address, it was more a way to reconcile the need to vent whilst keeping the door zipped closed, (which gives rise to the two-way zip), and the desire to not stand on the lower door, as this naturally will lead to damage. These things however, aren't a problem with a smaller pack in the vestibule.
So I've bought it. At that price for a mountain tent, its worth a punt is it not?
I think it's probably one of the best tents at that price.
What happened to the Delta? It looks like an interesting combination of Phreeranger meets Phreebooter.
Will you be bringing the modified tent into range in the foreseeable future? There seem to be many people looking for an updated Phreeranger out there without the expense of an Akto.
To be honest, we where all caught by the Delta, we bought a lot of them. They weren't quite right so we did the only thing we know and just told people what we thought was wrong with them and why we couldn't charge full price. I thought it might take 3 to 4 years to clear, based on last summers sales, and this year the stuff has flown out and we sold way more than we have forecast.
I'd hope to revisit the lightweight tent arena, but it's not a priority at the moment.
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