Terra Nova Ultra 2 two man tent
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Martin Rye
(rye1966) - F

Locale: UK
Terra Nova Ultra 2 two man tent on 07/13/2011 05:41:20 MDT Print View

I had a look recently at Terra Nova's new two man 920g the Ultra 2. Info on my blog at: http://summitandvalley.blogspot.com/2011/07/terra-nova-day-out-part-two.html Also they are doing a range of UL packs made of cuben and Dyneema

Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Locale: LawsonEquipment.com
Nice on 07/13/2011 09:26:02 MDT Print View

Nice overview. Looks like Terra Nova is stepping the bar up again. I don't agree with their use of a .51oz flysheet or that the tent will be made in China but I do like the new design. The price is a bit nuts though. The pack is also nice with more of a "normal" price.

Yuri R
(Yazon) - F
Yea right.... on 07/13/2011 10:41:55 MDT Print View

Even if i twas on 50% off sale for only £600 - i wouldn't touch it. Especially since they have some basic design issues (one of them is the long zipper on the exit. Half of the tent manufacturers make this mistake and do not understand why their sales are not as high as they hoped. Trying to reach all the way into a an extended corner (especially after chilly night when water condensed on the inside of a fly) is not the most pleasant exercise for a sleepy hiker and an invitation for an impromptu cold shower. They should have reduced the weight and made it easier to reach by moving it to the side and making it vertical (thus shortening the zipper, making it super easy to reach and pull.

It's a small thing, but if one is paying that much money, why buy something that isn't 100% user friendly?

. .
(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Terra Nova Ultra 2 two man tent on 07/13/2011 10:48:25 MDT Print View

I am pleased to see more flies being made out of Cuben and hope to see others getting into it, such as Big Agnes (wink, nudge).

Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Locale: LawsonEquipment.com
Translucent Cuben on 07/13/2011 11:16:15 MDT Print View

I also think the translucent cuben is a mistake for a fully enclosed shelter. They should be using an opaque or reflective version of the material. The translucent cuben acts like a greenhouse in a fully enclosed shelter because it doesn't block the suns radiation. I measured an olive drab cuben mid to be 20 degree's hotter inside then outside.. Outside it was 92 degrees with 75% humidity, Inside the fully zipped up shelter was 112 degrees with 95% humidity. It wasn't even a really sunny day so I imagine in some situations there could be even more a temp. differential. I think these compaines are forgetting that shelters are intended to shelter you from all the elements not just certain ones. When 90% of the people, backpack in the summer this is a major issue I have never heard anyone talk about and is the reason I switched to a reflective cuben fiber material.

Edited by Mountainfitter on 07/13/2011 11:17:37 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Translucent Cuben on 07/13/2011 11:31:55 MDT Print View

Lawson, you must live in Florida or something.

There are many parts of the country where it gets cold at night. Even in the middle of summer, it dips below freezing along the John Muir Trail. Sometimes it is well below.

If my cuben fiber shelter raises the inside temperature by _anything_, then that is a good thing.

--B.G.--

James Klein
(jnklein21) - M

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Translucent Cuben on 07/13/2011 11:44:02 MDT Print View

Greenhouse effect would be nonexistant in the dark.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Translucent Cuben on 07/13/2011 11:49:15 MDT Print View

"Greenhouse effect would be nonexistant in the dark."

It works pretty good before sundown. That gets everything dried out and warmed up inside, and then the shelter can be closed up. That results in it being more comfortable by dawn.

--B.G.--

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Translucent Cuben on 07/13/2011 11:51:51 MDT Print View

I bought the Brooks Range Rocket tent, which is the reflective cuben. Set it up in the yard the day I got it (a bit over a month ago?). It was a warm day. It was a whole lot hotter in the tent (good thing it's my winter tent).

For many of us, though, we don't use our shelters until dark anyway. I'm never in my shelter when there's sun shining or daylight present, not even in the rain.

Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Locale: LawsonEquipment.com
non-exsistant on 07/13/2011 12:08:23 MDT Print View

Hi Doug,

It would of been much hotter if the material was translucent.

Hi Bob,

The greenhouse effect would only raise the temp. during the day when the suns radiation is at full power and this would only apply to fully enclosed shelters, not tarps. Its the same reason the inside of your car gets really hot during the day but not at night. With that said, at night a fully enclosed shelter built from this same translucent material could actually yield a colder shelter then one built with opaque or reflective materials because the material cannot reflect your bodies radiation.

Best Regards,
Lawson

Edited by Mountainfitter on 07/13/2011 12:11:27 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: non-existant on 07/13/2011 12:24:31 MDT Print View

"The greenhouse effect would only raise the temp. during the day when the suns radiation is at full power"

No, actually the greenhouse effect would raise the temperature during the day regardless of whether the sun is at full power or not.

This greenhouse effect works pretty good before sundown. During this time, the heat gets everything dried out, and the inside air is warmed up. It prepares the shelter for a cool night.

--B.G.--

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Re: non-existant on 07/13/2011 12:41:02 MDT Print View

"No, actually the greenhouse effect would raise the temperature during the day regardless of whether the sun is at full power or not."

That's completely true, especially if the shelter is set up low enough to keep the draft out. Even a tarp pitched in an A-frame, if it's pitched low, would build up a bit of a temperature differential before convection got the air moving. With the sun veiled by clouds or near the horizon, it will just be slower.

I'd guess that a reflective coating would reduce that effect, by letting less of the heat through the fabric.

Venus, however, is evidence that you don't have to let a lot of heat through the fabric in order to warm it up. All you have to do is keep a small amount more than you lose, since it has an insanely high albedo, and ends up absorbing a lot less energy into its atmosphere than Earth does, yet it's a tad warmer ;)

Then again, this is one of the selling points behind tarps. You don't have to pitch it that low when it's hot, in which case even a slight breeze will keep the interior cool(er) by constantly recycling the air inside, and thereby circumventing the greenhouse effect.

Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Locale: LawsonEquipment.com
Not trying to argue.. on 07/13/2011 13:07:59 MDT Print View

I think you two are missing the point and trying to argue over semantics. No matter how you slice it, a fully enclosed translucent shelter is going to be hotter in the middle of the day then one made from an opaque or reflective material. Period.

You guys should check out Phil Werner's (sectionhiker.com) review of the the MLD cuben duomid. http://sectionhiker.com/mountain-laurel-designs-doumid-cuben-fiber/

The author addresses this issue in the unexpected section. He says "Cuben Fiber transmits a lot of light through the walls to the interior of the shelter." he then talks about how this is beneficial for bugs at night but "The downside of this is that the Duomid becomes an oven when it is warm and sunny. So much so, that you can't remain in the shelter when you want to lie around in the afternoon and read. It's for this reason, that I probably won't use the Duomid in summer conditions and will opt instead for a flat tarp."

Edited by Mountainfitter on 07/13/2011 13:09:39 MDT.

Martin Rye
(rye1966) - F

Locale: UK
Ultra 2 on 07/13/2011 13:51:03 MDT Print View

Interesting comments. Having never used a cuben shelter I would not know or comment on the effects of weather on them. Yuki comments like yours are noted by Terra Nova. One thing I found out on my visit and talking to the design team, and staff. Was how much they read on the web about views, comments and reviews of their products. So maybe some ideas like yours will filter through to them.

I think the use of cuben is a small thing still with Terra Nova. But as they learn more about using it we will see more and more tents from them made with it. Cost will come down I am assured as they master making tents with it and reduce the time they take to make kit.

My friend Terry made a video of the Ultra 2 http://terrybnd.blogspot.com/2011/07/terra-nova-voyager-ultra-2-solar.html

Also views form another friend at the preview http://backpackingbongos.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/terra-novas-new-range-for-2012-a-sneak-preview/

James Klein
(jnklein21) - M

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: non-existant on 07/13/2011 14:51:36 MDT Print View

"During this time, the heat gets everything dried out, and the inside air is warmed up. It prepares the shelter for a cool night"

Ahh, good point/idea, though this sounds like a condensation trap trap to me.

James Klein
(jnklein21) - M

Locale: Southeast
Re: non-exsistant on 07/13/2011 14:59:44 MDT Print View

"...could actually yield a colder shelter then one built with opaque or reflective materials because the material cannot reflect your bodies radiation."

This is only true if the material is "translucent" with respect to radiation with frequency in the Infrared band (thats what our bodies emit at night...unless we are really hot). You cannot tell if something is translucent/opaque/reflective with respect to IR by looking at it under visible light.

Important fact though for during daylight hrs (seems like a pro in the cooler days and a con in hotter...).

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: non-existant on 07/13/2011 15:10:11 MDT Print View

"Ahh, good point/idea, though this sounds like a condensation trap trap to me."

If the shelter space is still cool and moist during the day, then often there is a lot of condensation inside during the night. However, if the shelter space is warmed up and dried out during the day, there isn't much moisture left inside for night. The moisture of exhaled breath doesn't take much air movement to eliminate.

--B.G.--

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Translucent Cuben on 07/13/2011 15:34:29 MDT Print View

I only use a tent for warmth and appreciate the greenhouse effect when it happens.

I recall one trip in particular where it was snowing off and on with brief shots of sun poking through the clouds. I was very cold and wet. I set up the tent and a brief period of sun brought the temps up to about 70F. It felt wonderful!

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Not trying to argue.. on 07/13/2011 17:29:59 MDT Print View

"I think you two are missing the point and trying to argue over semantics. No matter how you slice it, a fully enclosed translucent shelter is going to be hotter in the middle of the day then one made from an opaque or reflective material. Period."

I'm pretty sure that no one is disagreeing with that. I even asserted that I expected you to be correct, but I haven't experienced it myself (yet), because it won't transmit as much energy into the shelter from the sunlight.

I actually noticed it even when tooling around with a Trailstar. I put it up when I was camping in the desert, but I pitched it low and without a door in order to make seam-sealing easier, and when I lifted an edge to climb inside the difference in temperature was easily noticeable.

On the side of curiosity, have you found it to make a significant difference in warmth in colder conditions? I ask because I so rarely end up with heat being the problem, since I do most of my trekking in the Cascades and Olympics.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Translucent Cuben on 07/13/2011 18:14:32 MDT Print View

Translucent cuben fiber shelters are especially good for passive melting of snow. You simply fill up a plastic sack with clean snow and put it inside the shelter. It beats burning up all of that fossil fuel.

--B.G.--