Hey Guys! I took this tent out this weekend. It performed great. Was greeted with a torrential downpour in the morning too... but only the sound of it! We stayed completely dry. It felt extremely secure.
I'm on the go right now so I'll follow-up with more details. I also still need to weigh everything.
But check out my new pictures!
As for the tent issue, this is what Bob told me, which seems to resolve the issue way more than previously:
"Use non-elastic cord for stakes.
Use elastic cord ONLY for fly… elastic cord should NOT be used for stakes."
A couple more tips:
1) Attaching the fly Velcro to poles is option, but it will keep the fly better aligned with poles and interior tighter… if Velcro is not attached to the poles, the pole can be “pulled in” similar to the first setup causing the interior netting to sag too much
2) The elastic cords are adjustable… they do NOT have to be super tight… if too tight, the seams will not align with poles… the reason for the elastic cord so the fly tightness is “self-adjusting” (compared to NON-elastic stake loops because the tent should be as solidly connected to the ground as possible.)
3) the elastic cord was designed to be easy to be replace if it ever wears out
4) Fly hooks/rings/webbing are color coded… “red” is foot/narrow end… so when setting up tent, just look for “red” and connect accordingly…
I noticed another thing on the attached picture you took…
It appears the poles may not be straight line from one stake diagonally to the other stake… since everything, including poles, are very light weight it is easy to distort the shape…. it is easy to pull the ends/pole tips wider than they should be, then the fly will not fit correctly.
I recommend putting the 1st stake in, then staking the 2nd stake diagonal to the 1st next rather than staking next to 1st stake… it is easier to see that the poles are in a straight line from one stake diagonally to the other stake…. then add the 3rd stake and add the 4th stake diagonally in a straight line to the 3rd stake… does this make sense?
Setting up the Evolution correctly will make everything fit and work better. After the interior is set up look down the poles, if the poles are not in a straight line it is best to realign the stakes so they are in straight line rather than trying to add the fly when the interior is not set up correctly…