New Brooks Range Rocket Tent
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Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
New Brooks Range Rocket Tent on 07/23/2009 21:43:10 MDT Print View

From the Outdoor Retailer Show:

http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2009/07/23/outdoor-retailer-brooks-range-rocket-tent.html

Price notwithstanding, it is interesting as a winter shelter. Anyone know what this fabric is and how durable it is, given this is where the cost is coming from?

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
hmm on 07/24/2009 00:31:14 MDT Print View

Hmm.....that one person laying in it appears to take up the whole tent.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
New Brooks Range Rocket Tent on 07/24/2009 08:11:12 MDT Print View

Yeah - we are not talking about card playing room here, but as a winter bomber assault tent, who can argue with the weight? The price maybe....;)

Raymond Estrella
(rayestrella) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
New Brooks Range Rocket Tent on 07/24/2009 08:29:04 MDT Print View

I bet it won't work for tall folks. Since it is called a two-person tent I will assume that two pads can fit in it. At 21.5 sq ft that means that it can only be 40 in wide by 77 in long.

Maybe they plan on people sharing one pad. Then it could be longer.

Interesting fabric though. Sails are made to take a lot of UV and abuse.

scott burgeson
(DrDystopia) - F

Locale: Upstate NY
breathablility on 07/24/2009 09:26:08 MDT Print View

Wouldn't this turn into an ice cave with two people breathing in it all night?

Edited by DrDystopia on 07/24/2009 09:27:19 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
New Brooks Range Rocket Tent on 07/24/2009 09:38:07 MDT Print View

You mean like every other winter specific tent in really cold conditions? Yes, probably unless the fabric is some eVent knock-off.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: New Brooks Range Rocket Tent on 07/24/2009 09:41:42 MDT Print View

It looks promising, and the weight is defnitely right. The blue fabric on the vestibule looks as though the it is Cuben Fiber (does CT^3 = Cubic Tech 3?). Glad to see they are making use of it if it is.

I'd be willing to try one out...but funds wouldn't allow for that right now. :(

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Re: New Brooks Range Rocket Tent on 07/24/2009 10:09:25 MDT Print View

Hey- Pretty much guarantee that the fabric is Cubic Tech, they do an aluminized version, a little heavier than we might care for, but IIRC it's 1.5-2 osy.

nicolas frazee
(nicolas) - F
tent on 07/24/2009 16:38:22 MDT Print View

an article on trailspace confirms it is the CTF3. my question is, why not make this a one person tent, then make a bigger version using 2 sets of poles and 2 probes for a 2 person tent? ...

Andrew Browne
(andrew_browne) - MLife

Locale: Mornington Peninsula AUSTRALIA
Brooks Range Rocket Tent on 03/30/2010 01:47:22 MDT Print View

It's been nearly 12 months since a post on this tent. Has anyone out there got some first hand experience. On the surface it looks good, if you're not a big person, but does it live up to the mauufacturers expectations?

Kai Larson
(KaiLarson) - F
Seems nice on 06/03/2010 00:15:15 MDT Print View

I just bought one of these.

It seems well constructed. For one thing, I didn't have to seam seal it myself. All the seams are taped. Tent body weighs 1 pound 7.8 ounces, after adding several feet of trip-tease guylines, so weight without the guylines is very close to the 1 pound 6 ounces that it is advertised at. Space is reasonable for two people, particularly because it has a vestibule. It's not spacious, but it does seem livable. The tent came packaged with the set of poles (ridgepole is 5.7 ounces; pair of side poles is 5.4 ounces,) and a groundsheet (weighs 2.9 ounces)

There is a probe extender that is used in the event that you want to use an avalanche probe in place of the ridge pole, and the probe is too small. It weighs 2.4 ounces. My Camp carbon fiber probe was a little bit too short, even with this extender, but my Komperdell carbon probe (6.2 ounces) is long enough (with the extender.)

I haven't done anything other than set it up on my back yard, but it looks more sturdy than you'd expect from such a light weight tent. The fabric seems a lot like cuben fiber.

Edited by KaiLarson on 06/03/2010 00:16:12 MDT.

Kai Larson
(KaiLarson) - F
Rocket Tent Update on 07/05/2010 00:28:46 MDT Print View

An update after getting some actual field use of the Rocket Tent.

http://www.larsonweb.com/shelter/id9.html

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Rocket Tent Update on 07/05/2010 07:35:45 MDT Print View

Thanks for the info!

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Brooks Range on 07/05/2010 08:24:01 MDT Print View

I like the design of this shelter. I wonder what it would weigh in Silnylon?

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Brooks Range on 07/05/2010 09:16:38 MDT Print View

"I wonder what it would weigh in Silnylon?"

42. The units are left as an exercise for the reader.

:)

peter tooke
(petersont) - M

Locale: NYC
specs? on 07/13/2010 07:21:27 MDT Print View

Hi -
How tall are you? What is the total inner length? Useable length?
I am nearly 6'3" & quite broad shouldered... might work nicely as a solo if specs pan out.

thanks-
pete

Don Roth
(AlpineAmbitions) - F

Locale: Based in Boulder - Working All Over
Rocket Tent. on 07/13/2010 07:56:59 MDT Print View

I've used this tent for two expeditions in Chile last September. It seems that everyone has picked up on all the sexy features of this tent. It weighs nothing, is fully waterproof...

Has anyone ever been in a tent that can prevent this in winter conditions? The shape of the Rocket Tent allows you to point the "tail" directly into the wind, and therefore keep the door open just a bit. I found that I was able to keep it dry enough most of the time. CT3 is not the most breathable fabric in the world. If you completely close yourself up in this tent, condensation will form.

I know that a friend of mine that is 6'3" can lay in it completely flat. I wouldn't recommend it for a base camp shelter. It is definitely small. It's an assault tent for sure.

This tent would not be the same if it was made of silnylon. Ct3 has a really cool "bulletproof" feeling. It also has great thermal properties. It retains heat well. It also reflects sun, so the tent stays a touch cooler on those scorcher, glacier days.

It is very resistant to wind and does not stretch. However, it is not puncture proof. You have to be careful with sharp objects and rocks underneath. This includes the probe that serves as the center support pole.

It seems like this group of people is interested in a serious mountain tent. The Rocket Tent is exactly this. Yes, at 600 bones, it is a bit pricy, but if you've spent thousands of dollars to get to a big peak, the little extra could make a difference. The weight difference is really incredible.

I hope this helps. I'll keep following this thread.

Edited by AlpineAmbitions on 07/13/2010 08:01:53 MDT.

Matthias Schnapka
(Polarpics) - F
Brooks Range Rocket Tent A2 on 08/14/2010 20:00:05 MDT Print View

A few nice images about this tent in use would be fine.

Many Thanks

P.S. I`m thinking pretty hard to buy one of this tents.......but I`ll use it for Solo long distance trekking and hikking in the highlands of Iceland or Scotland.

nanook ofthenorth
(nanookofthenorth) - MLife
... on 08/14/2010 20:45:24 MDT Print View

Thanks Don, big help there. Seems to me that the Firstlight Tents are just about the perfict winter tent for snow. Windproof, mostly snowproof, they are light and breath. I see the Rocket as more a summer mountaineering tent capable of being used in the high alpine but delicate for use on rocks/bivy correls/ect.
Am I wrong? Very curious but the cost, delicacy and 'nichness' make me think otherwise.
Usually if I'm climbing in the winter I dont have a probe or poles, seems more of a ski tour thing is anything.
Cheers, Rob

Kai Larson
(KaiLarson) - F
compared with Firstlight on 08/15/2010 19:39:34 MDT Print View

One of the big advantages of the Rocket Tent over the Firstlight is the vestibule. In harsh weather, I really like the convenience of a vestibule, for cooking and gear storage.