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Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Cricket has arrived on 04/25/2011 20:23:08 MDT Print View

I am thinking, and am likely wrong, but putting the outer in storm mode would drop the height enough to change the geometry of the inner net. I think. Maybe not. Trying to talk myself out of this one.

It may work better as a Solo Trailstar with bivy......?

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
solostar & bivy on 04/25/2011 20:28:21 MDT Print View

that's the route I'm going, figured down the road if I really wanted the inner I get it at a later date- already having the bivy also influence my choice

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Cricket has arrived on 04/25/2011 21:16:29 MDT Print View

"I am thinking, and am likely wrong, but putting the outer in storm mode would drop the height enough to change the geometry of the inner net."

I think you're correct. I might have to cancel my trip this weekend to do some serious house repairs that just popped up, if so, and if it's not raining, I'll play with it a bit more and see what shakes out!

Brad Fisher
(wufpackfn) - M

Locale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
Re: Re: storm pitch on 04/26/2011 17:23:51 MDT Print View

For storm mode I shorten the guylines to a couple inches and adjusted stakes. Regular mode had the guylines at 8-10 inches. This was what Ron suggested with instructions on website.

I'm taking the cricket out Thursday for a 4 day trip in the VA mountains. Not calling for much rain, but the wind is suppose to be 20-24 mph, with gust to 40mph. Going to see how it handles the wind.

Brad

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Cricket has arrived on 04/26/2011 18:03:18 MDT Print View

Thanks Brad - your input on this shelter will define whether I order one. Oh yes, you too Doug....

Brad Fisher
(wufpackfn) - M

Locale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
Re: Cricket has arrived on 04/26/2011 18:13:41 MDT Print View

David,

I'm far from an expert, so keep that in mind. If you are on the fence I would suggest you get the input from several of us and then make your decision.

Brad

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Cricket has arrived on 04/26/2011 18:15:51 MDT Print View

"Oh yes, you too Doug...."

Yeah, sure! We all know I don't know what the heck I'm doing! But I sure do have fun doing it! ;-)

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: Re: Cricket has arrived on 04/26/2011 18:16:20 MDT Print View

Just curious Brad and Doug, what was the lead time on your crickets?

Patiently,
Chris

Brad Fisher
(wufpackfn) - M

Locale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
Re: Re: Re: Cricket has arrived on 04/26/2011 18:20:45 MDT Print View

Ordered March 19, received April 18.

Brad

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Re: Cricket has arrived on 04/26/2011 18:22:22 MDT Print View

Ordered March 9, received April 25.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: Re: Re: Re: Cricket has arrived on 04/26/2011 18:22:25 MDT Print View

Beautiful. I'm hoping Ron's so excited about this new tent that he's just got a big pile that he made to start.

Robert Carver
(Rcarver) - MLife

Locale: Southeast TN
Cricket order on 04/26/2011 18:52:05 MDT Print View

I placed my order on March 25th. So hope to see mine soon.

Brad Fisher
(wufpackfn) - M

Locale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
Cricket Field report on 05/01/2011 16:30:12 MDT Print View

Back from 4 day trip to Mt Rogers area. No rain, but had plenty of wind. Thursday and Friday we had winds from 20-40 mph. We spent most of our time in the crest zone, so we had limited protection from the wind. The cricket held up well each night with some wind deflection as you would expect.

- Setup was easy and quick.
- Plenty of room in the innernet. Never felt crowded and had plenty of headroom to sit up.
- The porch is a nice feature. Didn't have a chance to test cooking in the rain, but it was sure nice for a little sun protection late one afternoon.
- The extra strip of momentum on the innernet helped a lot with the wind.
- Having a view was outstanding. Hard to beat watching first light while snuggled in your sleeping bag.


Things still to test:
- Rain protection. My primary concern is how well will my feet and head be protected in storm mode.
- In storm mode how easy will it be to enter and exit the shelter.

Couple poor pictures. Should have taken more pictures.cricketcricket 2cricket 3

Kathleen B
(rosierabbit) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Cricket, Skyscape, Hexamid Solo on 05/01/2011 16:41:27 MDT Print View

I'd love to see a side by side comparison of the MLD Cricket, the SMD Skyscape (now just pictures until July), and the Zpacks Hexamid Solo tent (with the net flooring). Brad - maybe you could talk 2 people into getting the other two and have a "tent-off" of sorts!

Maybe that happened at the ADZPCTKO this weekend?

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Cricket Field report on 05/01/2011 17:15:39 MDT Print View

Did the wind blow into the open side? or the side that's against the ground?

William Johnson
(Steamboat_Willie)
Luxury Item Found! on 05/01/2011 17:47:46 MDT Print View

Do I see a flask in your picture, Brad? No wonder you forgot to take more pictures. :)

Brad Fisher
(wufpackfn) - M

Locale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
Re: Re: Cricket Field report on 05/01/2011 18:43:51 MDT Print View

Jerry,

I put the back toward the best wind break (still had a little wind, but not bad) and the front into the wind. The extra strip of momentum kept most of the wind out as long as you were laying down.

Brad

Brad Fisher
(wufpackfn) - M

Locale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
Re: Luxury Item Found! on 05/01/2011 18:48:58 MDT Print View

And it was a fine luxury item at that.

Brad

. .
(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Re: Re: Cricket Field report on 05/01/2011 19:58:16 MDT Print View

@Doug: Are the seams on the Cuben version bonded, sewn, or a combination? Did you have to seam seal it?

@Brad: Thanks for the photos and report!

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Re: Re: Cricket Field report on 05/01/2011 20:02:23 MDT Print View

"Are the seams on the Cuben version bonded, sewn, or a combination? Did you have to seam seal it?"

According to the MLD site: The CUBEN version is seam taped and does not need sealing Except the small spot on the outside apex around the external hang loop.