Hi everyone, I'm the guy on the video.
If you have any questions, I'll be pleased to answer.
I've read your "advices" :) , about how to pitch a Warmlite.
Well, I probably didn't pitch the tent as well as specialists would do, but I'd like to comment some comments.
> looking carefully at the first video, you can see that the sides are not as taut as they should be.
Hum, well then I'm not strong enough ! Both times I've pitched by first stretching with the stakes, then pulling on the tensioners as hard as the stakes anchoring permitted.
> In the second video of the Warmlite, at least one front pole section has been twisted during installation so that instead of an arc, you have an arc on one side, and a concave shaped pole on the other. Once the pole is correctly flexed, it will not do this by itself, as evidenced by the correct installation of the poles in the first video, where the winds appeared stronger.
In the second video, YES indeed the front pole has twisted ! But it did it itself with the pressure of the wind. I've tried to put it back strait, to pull harder on the tensioning system, it was always the same: after a few moments, the pole started to twist. I've event took it out to see it the parts were well positioned (they were).
> Has that guy ever pitched a tunnel tent before, never mind a Warmlite!?
Yes, a Vaude during 17 days across Iceland North to South :), and in the Pyrenees many times. And my semi-tunnel/tipee home made shelter in many places, Iceland also, from East to West this time ;) .
> You don't try to get the tail end standing first. 15-20KM isn't wind. That's a gentle breeze! If he had tried to pitch like that in a proper blow, he probably would have trashed the tent.
Yes. But as you said it was a gentle breeze, what was the problem to pitch it like that when it's gentle ?
> Regardless, the Warmlite needs side guyouts.
I TOTALLY agree. Even when the tent is well tensioned, side guyouts are the only way to prevent the arch shape of the poles to deform toward the lee side.
This is a major misconception to me.
My Warmlite tent can handle strong winds from rear quite well, but it has a really poor side wind resistance.
The pole twisted by the wind was the summum of misconception, but perhaps my pole as a defect...