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George L Privett
(gprivett)

Locale: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Sublite under snow on 02/23/2009 23:35:45 MST Print View

The tent seems to handle "light" snow reasonably well. Check out these photos.

http://bushwalk-tasmania.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1484

George

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
Re: Sublite under snow on 02/23/2009 23:38:10 MST Print View

They were posted here on BPL some time ago...!

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Sublite under snow on 02/24/2009 07:28:11 MST Print View

Thanks George- I hadn't seen these!

John Haley
(Quoddy) - F

Locale: New York/Vermont Border
Re: Re: Sublite under snow on 02/24/2009 08:08:46 MST Print View

Doug and others, too....

As I mentioned in my original thread, I sent the Sublite Sil back to Henry for inspection and repair. He determined at that time to change the connecting material from a 3/4" length to a 1 1/2" length. This will increase the strength of that point at least double what it was. In addition, all future Sublites were going to have that change made. I believe that the change will make the Sublite fully capable of handling a really significant snowload.

Link to original post/test:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=17449

Justin Marney
(gotascii) - M

Locale: Shenandoah
Sublite with bug screen on 02/24/2009 08:32:51 MST Print View

I second redleader's question: How soon can I put in an order for a tyvek sublite with a bug screen because that would be my version of the perfect shelter at the height of bug season.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Tarptent Sublite on 02/24/2009 09:22:15 MST Print View

Looks like they're on the web page now.

Justin Marney
(gotascii) - M

Locale: Shenandoah
Tarptent Sublite on 02/24/2009 12:04:51 MST Print View

And the order has been placed! Wicked. I'll post some photos as soon as its here.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Tarptent Sublite on 02/24/2009 19:20:21 MST Print View

Joe,

What's up? I looked on the website and just see the "old" version.

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
Re: Re: Tarptent Sublite on 02/24/2009 19:27:40 MST Print View

Denis, if you go to the order page it mentions the zippered mesh door.

Henry Shires
(07100) - F - M
Re: Re: Tarptent Sublite on 02/24/2009 21:48:58 MST Print View

>What's up? I looked on the website and just see the "old" version.

No updated photos yet but we did update the specs--door adds just over an ounce. Same price (for now, anyway). The two changes from the prior version are the separate zippered mesh door and the larger apex clip to better spread the load in case of snow.

-H

Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Video Tour of the Tarptent Sublite on 03/26/2009 13:11:50 MDT Print View

This video was just added. Enjoy the tour!
Warmly,
Addie

Jim Sweeney
(swimjay) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
video tour on 03/26/2009 14:53:17 MDT Print View

Addie, did you mean to post a link? Where would we find the video tour?

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: video tour on 03/26/2009 15:25:06 MDT Print View

James,
Click on the link to the Sublite Review and pan down.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Tarptent Sublite Tent Review on 04/01/2009 02:53:15 MDT Print View

Forgot about this thread.
I have the Sublite Tivek with mesh door. The door looks exactly like in the sil version.
I forgot to take any pics of the door itself but you can see the zip in this shot.
As mentioned in another thread it handles condensation very well, in fact as the Scarp fly was wet outside and under the top inside, the Sublite remained dry apart from a small area at the apex where it felt damp but not wet. It also protects very well from the hot sun giving (fully zipped up, both doors) the same temperature inside as in the shade outside at 39 c (102 f). It took a decent amount of rain over two days still remained dry inside. Having both the bottom vent and the Tyvek door open it feels pretty airy and not claustrophobic at all as I sort of expected.
Pretty easy to set up, not as fast as the Contrail (for me) but should be easier for most. And yes, I can see how the Sil version can be a 3.5 type shelter.
Franco
Sublite inside

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Tarptent Sublite Tent Review on 01/10/2010 21:20:58 MST Print View

To anyone who has experience with the SubLite, I have a question:

How does it work with baskets on the trekking poles? Do the baskets get in the way of the apex attachment? Do they need to be removed to "thread" the poles during set up?

Thanks!

-Mike

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Re: Tarptent Sublite Tent Review on 01/10/2010 22:42:22 MST Print View

IMHO it would probably require removal of the baskets. If the baskets were in place they might push into the Tyvek and possibly cause abrasion.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Tarptent Sublite Tent Review on 01/11/2010 02:48:17 MST Print View

From the Sublite page on the TT site :
Sublite pole baskets

From memory I had the snow baskets on my BD when I first tried that (wider than the one in this pic) , but cannot find pictures of it at the moment.

The fly is connected to the poles via hook and loop,you just need to insert the tips into the two apex "pockets"

Franco

Edited by Franco on 01/11/2010 02:56:50 MST.

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Tarptent Sublite Tent Review on 01/11/2010 11:54:31 MST Print View

Cool! Thanks.

The snow baskets on my poles are very hard to remove, but it looks like it should work just fine. :)

-Mike

James Lantz
(jameslantz) - F

Locale: North Georgia
Trekking pole baskets on 01/11/2010 18:43:28 MST Print View

Mike,

I have set my Sublite up with both GG Lightrek 4's & REI Peak UL's (Komperdell)with the baskets attached & have had no problems with them even in strong winds. The baskets do not touch the Tyvek.

kevperro .
(kevperro) - F

Locale: Washington State
Re: Tarp, covering the door on 12/03/2010 12:55:39 MST Print View

This was my thought too. If you want those features and expect to wander into continuous heavy rain just carry an extra small square tarp. Set it up in a flying triangle and enjoy a very large vestibule and extra rain protection over the lower body of the tent also.

An extra tarp adds a lot of versatility and if you have a long known relatively dry trip you just leave it at home. A silnylon 6'x6' tarp would probably work. That with guy lines and a few extra stakes is around 8-9oz. That still keeps your overall weight to around 28oz. which is excellent considering the versatility.

I think I just talked myself into it.