Thanks Henry for contributing. Yep my own fault, and why I'd never make a warranty claim for that, but I'd rather have my stupidity resolved at home than in the middle of a 5-day bike tour (my average) so I've learned something but probably no-one else did?
Stitching coming undone, yes absolutely correct it was not strong enough, but having seen the shape the fly takes (before the stitching came undone), I firmly have the view that the guy should NOT attach there. It might make sense further up at the apex. My point is a strong peg on strong Dyneema will tear the Notch apart if the guys are at that same point I stitched. Take the stitching coming undone as a warning that particularly spot isn't the best spot. My bad stitching just meant no SilNYLon tear. Best attached at the apex possibly? Loop stitched around the ring at the apex? I don't have the solution but I know now that point, where the plastic reinforcer meets the join going down to the porch zip, its the wrong angle for the guy attachment.
Great tent. I figured it all out eventually. Sat in it now with 15mph winds reminding me I need to trim the noisy MYOG Tyvek groundsheet protector a little more...
I'm close now to packing up and next this Notch will get used for a 10 day trip.
So wrap up. Pros:
- two vestibules (amazing, for the weight)
- lightweight (truly is)
- the inner floorspace I think is enough, its long+narrow but enough for me. I'm sat in it now and the width is ample, sat cross-legged, plenty of knee room.
- masses of headroom. Deep joy.. I'm "normal" height and I find this a good height for real living with the problems of getting clothes changed and packing up needing the height. That was one issue which drew me to the Notch.
- versatile (I can turn this into handling a variety of situations), the height adjustment is stellar.
- can be made storm-worthy with little added weight
- excellent condensation management (why I looked at TT in the first place having only owned Tera Nova, Coleman, before)
- out of the box its flappy, easily fixable though with guys for little weight
- use with trekking poles, or light winds. That means if someone isn't walking with trekking poles, its probably wiser to consider another tent.
- ermmmm that's all!!!! (great tent).
Henry, thanks for designing the Notch, I hope my input will improve it..