I have taken my Contrail into very windy conditions and while fighting through the night I have pondered on some possible modifications. I welcome any suggestions especially if you have done any of these.
1st: A zipper on the opening flap. I am tired of feeling like I am trying to put a size M jeans on a L person. When the wind is blowing hard on the summit and you have to get out to restake or whatever, getting back in, velcroing the flap shut becomes a night of holding the two sides and pray to catch some sleep. A simple zipper would dramatically improve this problem. Extra weight? yes, worth the storm improvement of the contrail? F. yes. I am new to mods and never really done any sewing, but now is as good a time as any to learn. Has anyone performed this mod or have a suggestion to the location that would possibly allow a dual system of velcro and zipper?
2nd: Additional guy line attachments. Even in the best setup as shown in countless youtube videos for storm weather, there is still problems of gusts pushing the single wall onto my down bag and/or "popping" the sides with an almost shotgun bang sound. Yes, the tent is extremely taut and guyed correctly and dropped low and the bottom middle support set up. It is does not matter when 40+mph wind hits the side. I know the locations I would place additional guy lines but do not know how to add the attachments on the contrail in a reliable manner that will hold and not ruin the tarptent and if sewing into silnylon requires special anything. Any ideas to how I can go about doing this and/or ideas on your own additional guy setup to improve storm ready contrail?
If you don't believe the contrail needs these mods then please do not respond to this thread. I am looking for help, not a debate. However, if it is that you don't think these mods are possible because of design issues etc then I am all ears.
Also, do you have any other mods that have improved your contrail for strong winds besides what is mentioned above?
Your help is greatly appreciated and any mod will be reported back with the affect on conditions