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New 2013 Golite Gear
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Dan S

Locale: Pacific NW
Re: GL Imogene UL3 on 03/01/2013 12:45:56 MST Print View

In case you're not on Golite's email distro:

Golite Imogene

Loren B

Locale: London UK, Greenville USA
imogene video on 05/12/2013 15:24:10 MDT Print View

There is still not much information about the imogene 3 so In case anyone is interested I just stumbled across a new video showing the tent. The video can be found here . Enjoy!

Alex Wallace
(FeetFirst) - F

Locale: Northern California
imogene UL3 on 05/13/2013 11:55:31 MDT Print View

I received mine last week and have only set it up in the backyard so these are just initial impressions:

-I'm amazed at the packed size, which is about the same as my 1 person TT Moment DW;
-the poles (DAC) and stakes (DAC) are very high quality feel very sturdy. The guylines are black? I would have chosen a brighter color, but they do have a reflective tracer so should stand out at night;
-the fabric feels very thin (floor, canopy nylon, and rain fly) and I'm a bit concerned about the durability of the floor on Sierra granite. Time will tell;
-setup is very straight forward and quick to perform. It's a bit difficult to line up the seems of the rain fly in the proper positions. There are hook and loop attachments on the inner of the fly that must be used in order to line everything up;
-it's big! I'm used to much smaller tents and this feels huge to me. I plan to use the tent for our family backpacking trips (me, my wife, and toddler son)
-the single front entry seems large enough for easy ingress/egress and there is a slight overhang that should eliminate rain/condensation on the fly from entering the tent;
-the small pop-up vent is cool, but I'd like to see another towards the rear of the tent;
-with some creativity, it appears that the lower rear of the tent can be cinched up to facilite air flow; and
-I'm happy to report that after the standard hose test, everything remained dry inside. Also, I'm not sure why, but the fabric beads water like glass and dried very quickly - quick than my silnylon tents.

Our family has a trip planned for mid-June, which will be this tent's first trip. Although, I'm doing a solo overnight trip at the end of the week and may just have to indulge myself and bring this palace along. We'll see.

Fitz Travels
Marketing strategy on 05/13/2013 15:48:15 MDT Print View

Their comparable pricing information is more then just a marketing strategy.

Its blatantly dishonest.

Why would i want to do business with a company who frommthe very start is not only insulting my intelligence, but actively trying to hopefully take advantage of my lack of knowledge.

Edited by fitztravels on 05/13/2013 15:51:42 MDT.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Marketing strategy on 05/13/2013 17:42:39 MDT Print View

Why? Because they are still much, much cheaper than everyone else.

Fitz Travels
Your Right on 05/13/2013 18:00:52 MDT Print View

Yea, according to their own comparable pricing comparisons!

No, you are right... They are cheaper in most cases... But i have no clue where they are getting their data from formtheir comparison values.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Your Right on 05/13/2013 19:15:26 MDT Print View

I am with you on the marketing ploy. It is unnecessary given the prices are good anyway. I also find it somewhat disingenuous but my wallet is happy.

(mthirsch) - MLife

Locale: Caribbean
Cinching up the fly at the foot on 05/14/2013 10:02:36 MDT Print View

Eh, I had to order by phone and they seem like a decent company so maybe better to focus on the gear...

Alex, my Imogene 2 instructions actually recommended cinching up the rear guyout like you said, they recommended running the line over a trekking pole or stick if available to raise the fly and improve airflow.

I am used to my five pounder so it seems thin to me as well, I'm going to make a light footprint from plastic dropcloth. The ground is always damp here anyway so I need it.

I really like it on first impression but of course to take advantage of all of the space you'll need to guy it out... aside from the door, four corners, the sides, and the rear. 8 total stakes, all of which are included. The guylines come attached which I thought was a nice touch, maybe prevent someone from losing one.

Henry Shires
(07100) - F - M
Re: Cinching up the fly at the foot on 05/14/2013 10:16:07 MDT Print View

".. you'll need to guy it out... aside from the door, four corners, the sides, and the rear. 8 total stakes"

According to the manufacturer and to Backpacker, the Imogene 2 is "free-standing". Really? I guess it is in the same way as several other models from other manufacturers whose tents need to be staked to make them in any way usable.


Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
"Freestanding" on 05/14/2013 10:24:52 MDT Print View

More and more tents these days are technically "freestanding" but guying them out is required if you want the full interior space. My BA FCUL2 is that way. I was aware of that before I bought it, though.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: "Freestanding" on 05/14/2013 10:41:15 MDT Print View

I set up the Imogene 2 yesterday and it only requires 3 stakes to set up (two for the rear corners and one for the fly) but does come with 8 should you want to guy it out more. I comes with additional guyline and a repair sleeve for the poles.

It is freestanding in the same way that a BA Fly Creek 2 would be except that it has an additional rear spreader pole by the feet so maintains a little more natural shape. In other words, it is no problem to pick it up and move it without collapsing the shelter.

It is huge for the weight.

Edited by FamilyGuy on 05/14/2013 10:42:43 MDT.

Paul Andronico
(Jakesandwich) - MLife

Locale: S.F. Bay Area
UL3 Photos on 05/14/2013 10:49:21 MDT Print View

Rear of Tent

Fron of Tent

Two Long Insulated Air Core Pads

Single Vent at Front of Tent

Jake's Foot at Corner

Fly from Rear

(mthirsch) - MLife

Locale: Caribbean
Correction on 05/14/2013 13:43:49 MDT Print View

I didn't mean it *had* to be fully guyed out, but for maximum space (using with two people) and the best ventilation, yes. Just like with any tent I guess. But with one door maximum space inside might be more important.

I personally don't care about freestanding or not, I selected this tent based on the weight, design, and price.

Edited by mthirsch on 05/14/2013 13:48:03 MDT.

Tim Drescher
(timdcy) - M

Locale: Gore Range
Re: Your Right on 05/14/2013 14:41:06 MDT Print View

"... But i have no clue where they are getting their data from formtheir comparison values."


Edited by timdcy on 05/14/2013 15:17:53 MDT.

Barry P
(BarryP) - F

Locale: Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
Re: imogene UL3 on 05/14/2013 15:28:04 MDT Print View

I also purchased one with that 20% coupon. It took me about 30 minutes with the first setup. It was weird.

I’m not a big fan of pole and hub connections. It becomes unwieldy in straightening out the mess. I would have liked just 3 separate poles. I have a SD Sirius 3 that has a hub and never looked forward to setting it up.

The instructions are sewed into the stuff sack; nice. I just didn't understand the terms initially. The 2nd time only took 10 minutes. There are a lot of things to do-- like using the 6 velcro straps on the fly to wrap to the frame-- that slows me down. Anyway, the puzzler for me is--- how do you connect the fly to the corners with ease? The first time I pinched my fingers. Now I’m more alert. And then disconnecting the fly from the corners is another Chinese puzzle. I’m afraid if I use brute force, I’ll break the small thin rod that it attaches to. The thin rod can be seen in Paul’s 5th pic above. Any tricks for attaching and detaching the fly? Is this going to be hard below freezing?

And family guy, how did you set it up with 3 stakes? It seems like for full volume and breathability, all 8 stakes are needed.


Alex Wallace
(FeetFirst) - F

Locale: Northern California
Re: Re: imogene UL3 on 05/14/2013 16:01:44 MDT Print View

Interesting. On my first attempt I had the inner setup in probably less than 2 minutes. Insptected everything, opened it up, laid in it, etc. Next I draped the fly over the poles, connected each end and then the corners. Probably another 2 minutes, tops. I walked around and tighted the fly down and didn't like how the center seem was way off of the center ridge line pole, so I unhooked it to see what was going on. I decided to use only two of the velcro tabs (the ones that line up with the hubs) on the inside of the fly to keep it lined up, which is something I've always skipped on other tents using these. Re-connected the fly, tightened everything up and all looked good. Once familiar with the setup, I can't imagine it taking more than 5 minutes all together. All bets are off if it's windy, raining, and on a rock slab though...

Re connecting and disconnecting the fly to the corners. I used a bit of a side to side rocking motion and yes a bit of "brute force," but nothing that I felt was difficult or at all concerned with. I'd say give it some umph and don't worry about it.

(mthirsch) - MLife

Locale: Caribbean
setup on 05/14/2013 16:10:38 MDT Print View

Setup was easy for me... I guess because I am used to traditional double wall tents. It is just like our 4-person Sierra Designs family tent... including the "Jakes Foot" connectors and hub... but tiny and light. You will get used to the connectors very quickly; I struggled with them until I learned the technique. The velcro to connect the frame to the fly is standard on traditional tents from what I have seen. You don't have to use it except in very windy conditions IMO. It adds strength when guyed out for structural purposes.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Re: imogene UL3 on 05/14/2013 16:25:26 MDT Print View

Hi Barry, yes the Jakes Feet are interesting but one you realize how the work, it goes up in about 3 minutes or so.

Pegs? One for the vestibule, and two for the rear corners. Use the same pegs for the inner tent. That would be the minimum.

This is for the Imogene 2

Edited by FamilyGuy on 05/15/2013 08:58:07 MDT.

Paul Andronico
(Jakesandwich) - MLife

Locale: S.F. Bay Area
Setup a little challenging - UL3 on 05/15/2013 16:37:08 MDT Print View

I am a newbie, really only familiar with traditional crossing pole tents. For me, the poles took some getting used to with the connectors that hold the front and rear poles to the main center pole. But in general I would rate setting the main tent up as "easy" once you have done it a couple of times. The fly is definitely the more difficult part because there are clips (easy to miss) that attach to each end of the main center pole, and the center of the fly does not want to line up with the ridge pole unless you use the velcro straps. Not too big a deal, but certainly more of a pain than attaching the fly to a traditional 2-pole tent. I feel that this tent will withstand wind and rain very well, as it has a low, slim profile and the fly comes down very low to the ground. The latter point makes me a bit nervous about ventilation, as it only has one at the back end of the tent. I am taking it into the Desolation Wilderness for three nights with my son in June, and will give more feedback then.

Edited by Jakesandwich on 05/15/2013 17:52:53 MDT.

Kyle Phakkhonkham

Locale: Western New York
Z30 quilt on 05/23/2013 16:21:49 MDT Print View

Has anyone had any experience with this revision? I noticed these were on sale and for 221.00 shipped seems too good to be true. I was going to wait for a Katabatic Palisade but at nearly half the cost and no wait I'm seriously tempted. This would be my first light bag and I'd rather spend the money on a quality product from the get go.