Hi All, here's my responses to comments and questions:
Richard: Of course the FF Hyperion and WM Flight are also similar to the Alpini. I chose to narrow it a bit by listing the MOST similar jackets. Since the Alpini is an anorak, I chose to list other anoraks with similar insulation.
Gerry: I went on the winter camping trip with BPL Senior Editor Mike Martin, and we used Mike's Hex. Here is Mike's response on how we set it up: "The ski tip is used without any special padding. I know from experience that the Hex pole needs to come up to my chin on level ground. My skis are a bit longer than that, so I knew I would have to dig down a bit. I used a stuff sack filled with snow under the bottom of the ski. If the tent is a bit droopy, just shovel a bit more snow under the sack. Finally, I leave
the tiedown straps (or cords in the case of my modified Hex) loose until after the center Ski/pole goes up. Then the final pitch can be adjusted by cinching down the straps.
All that said, we had a pretty sloppy pitch when we used the tent. We should have spent more time grooming the site, and the deadmen could have been located a bit better. But, we were cold and tired, and there was no wind that night, so it was "good enough".