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Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: "Should I Buy A Hexamid Solo?" on 04/01/2014 12:08:00 MDT Print View

"I think that the design will allow gusts to enter and turn the tent into a sail. But the majority of owners don't complain about this."

Possibly to prevent post purchase dissonance.

Barry P
(BarryP) - F

Locale: Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
Re: Should I Buy A Hexamid Solo? on 04/01/2014 13:08:32 MDT Print View

Easily yes.
I do not have extended beak. I have the original run. With seam sealing it’s 8oz (also with line). Add 1.6oz for 8 Ti stakes. And then 1.5oz for the polycro and it has protected me in ugly storms; <12oz for protection.. Mine was $275 but now it has raised to $295; but the new taped seams sound nice.

It has been great not retentioning after an hour as compared with silnylon. Or if it’s raining during the night, silnylon will sag but not the hexamid. It’s such a simple concept-- that it’s beautiful. The small pack size allows me to take a smaller pack.

I have WAY LESS condensation as compared to my tarptents (Rainshadow, Double Rainbow, Virga).
That’s why the hexamid has been my goto tent. Here’s my little tent backpacking in Arches National Park over the weekend:

Hexamid 3/28/14 Arches NP

-Barry
-The mountains were made for Tevas

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Should I Buy A Hexamid Solo? on 04/01/2014 14:05:52 MDT Print View

"Should I Buy A Hexamid Solo?"

NO! Get a hammock/tarp.

wiiawiwb wiiawiwb
(wiiawiwb) - F
Step Two on 04/02/2014 04:00:34 MDT Print View

It's these decisions that are maddening. Once it's made to go with the ZPacks, my very next thought would be, "I'm dropping $400 beans on a solo shelter. For a little extra I can get a two-person Zpacks and be set for good. Hmmm..."

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Step Two on 04/02/2014 10:55:21 MDT Print View

"Possibly to prevent post purchase dissonance."

My twin is rapidly approaching its 1 year birthday. I had to break the news to it that no Chuck E Cheese birthday party until I see how it does in a wind storm. If I see a windstorm in the forecast, I'd probably play it safe and bring my mid. On the chance I get caught up in a windstorm that wasn't in the forecast, my general plan is to stake the tarp to the ground and hold onto my @$$ for dear life. It may do well but as of now, its untested for me. I have the twin groundsheet which I can roll up in as a bivy in a pinch.

In a situation of very high humidity, low temperatures, persistent rain, and the beak lowered, I found condensation was heavy. The spray from the energy transfer from the raindrop to the condensation created a misting effect but I would just occasionally wipe down the inside with my towel. My sleeping bag didn't get pelted with too much mist and the DWR made that a non-issue. Had I not been sharing the Twin with my daughter, I would have just left the beak up and moved towards the back.

I do recommend going with a twin or duplex. The few extra ozs are well spent for the extra room.

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
"Should I Buy A Hexamid Solo?" on 04/02/2014 11:06:41 MDT Print View

I had the exact same misting experience in my solo during a night of very heavy rain. Turned out o.k. but it was a bit disconcerting since I wasn't used to this sort of thing. Luckily the winds were mild where we camped during this storm, but the whole experience got me wondering about this tent. A bit higher up the winds were pretty bad. a tent failure in those conditions would have been disastrous; it was snowing 5oo feet higher from out camp.

Again, time will tell.

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: "Should I Buy A Hexamid Solo?" on 04/02/2014 11:24:03 MDT Print View

"I had the exact same misting experience in my solo during a night of very heavy rain. Turned out o.k. but it was a bit disconcerting since I wasn't used to this sort of thing. Luckily the winds were mild where we camped during this storm, but the whole experience got me wondering about this tent. A bit higher up the winds were pretty bad. a tent failure in those conditions would have been disastrous; it was snowing 5oo feet higher from out camp."

As far as the misting experience goes, at the time it was happening, my reaction was "Hmmm... not too crazy about this." Upon reflection, it really wasn't that big of a deal for me or my daughter and I think it was a fair compromise for the benefit of carrying a complete shelter that weighs in a bit over a pound. Spoke with a gentleman that day who was using a BD single wall tent who had the same problem. A lady who was camping near me was in the two person Fly Creek and she said that condensation wasn't a problem for her.

Again, it's all a matter of personal preference but I'd rather deal with the condensation than carry a heavier shelter. This was a rare occurrence and the majority of the time, condensation isn't a problem for me.

Since I have the tent version with mosquito netting, I wouldn't take it on a trip with snow in the forecast personally and bring my mid. I'm all for simplifying my kit but there are times when it's nice to have a few options in your quiver of shelters.

Ralph Wood
(visualscapes) - MLife

Locale: Northern CA
I love my Hexamid solo plus on 04/02/2014 15:11:49 MDT Print View

so much that I'm getting a Solo without the screen paired with an ultralight bivy for ultimate in shelter lightness. My solo plus has been through ferocious winds on the coast in the Channel Islands (direct exposure 40-45+ mph) with no problem. Also went through an extremely nasty hail/thunderstorm in the North Cascades on a PCT section hike last year.

This summer I'm going to do some High Sierra backpacking and will mostly "cowboy camp" in my bivy, but will be happy to carry the 7oz of Hexamid just in case things take a turn for the worse.

I did a ton of research and for the size shelter you get (full coverage in a storm) nothing really compares. With my bivy, total shelter weight will be right around 12.5oz.

That's pretty hard to beat!

Edited by visualscapes on 04/02/2014 15:12:39 MDT.