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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 2:44 am 
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No Limits Blackwell Peak Tent - Mini Review

Compression bag: 104g / 0 lb. 4 oz.
Pole bag: 16g / 0 lb. 1 oz.
Red tent pole: 176g / 0 lb. 6 oz.
Gold tent pole: 438g / 0 lb. 15 oz.
Tent body: 738g / 1 lb. 10 oz.
Tent fly: 644g / 1 lb. 7 oz.
10 Tent stakes (10g ea.): 100g / 0 lb. 4 oz.

TOTAL: 2216g / 4 lb. 14 oz.


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Contents spread out in the yard.

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Pics of the tent body with poles. I'm 6'1" and when I lay in the tent, either my head or feet are touching the sides. If I turn diagonal I don't touch. That would be a problem if I were sharing the tent with someone else.

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Most of the seams on the tent fly are pre-sealed. There are a few (zipper seams, vent window seams) that are not. Shouldn't take long to seal those, though.

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Pics with the fly on and the front and rear doors open. The rear door is more of an emergency-hatch (it's tiny). :) There are guy lines that really make the fly taught and the entire tent feels sturdy on a windy day.

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A couple of interior photos.

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Photos with the fly closed and the vents open.

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There's only a little bit of vestibule space in the front and none in the back of the tent.

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My initial thoughts (from a solo-bikepacking point of view)...

Pros:
  • Extra room within the tent body for other gear.
  • The guy lines help make the tent very sturdy in a strong wind (no movement at all).
  • Internal hook for hanging a light or other gear.

Cons:
  • No room to sit upright in the tent.
  • My head or feet touch when not laying diagonally.
  • Very little vestibule space
  • Bright color scheme (personal preference)
  • Can only exit the tent from one side.



If you found this useful, you may also be interested in the No Limits Pack and Pedal mini review: viewtopic.php?f=48&t=1374

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 2:46 am 
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I'll post a photo of the tent packed up and the packed measurements soon...

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 3:34 pm 
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Free-standing is a HUGE plus in my book. You can pitch the inner tent anywhere in your campsite and then fine-tune it into a more optimal location without dismantling it. Also, all those poles make it fairly bomb-proof.

If you (more specifically -- your sleeping bag) is touching the inside of the tent, and there's a lot condensation, you run the risk of soaking through that part of your bag. So you may be able to lie in it diagonally without touching, but that may be a different story when you're in a puffy bag. Just something to beware of.

For extra ventilation along the lower sides, it would be nice if there was a way to unbuckle and slide the fly upwards along the corner poles and secure them. Then, when the weather goes pear-shaped, you can reach out through the entries, re-attach the fly corners and snug them down into "storm mode" with the corner straps.

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 10:41 pm 
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Yeah, I agree on the free-standing part. Both of these tents fall under that category.

I was able to pull the fly taught and it wasn't touching the mesh. I wonder how much condensation would actually form on the mesh?

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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2015 1:43 am 
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marpilli wrote:
I wonder how much condensation would actually form on the mesh?


In my most recent experience: enough to wet out about a square foot of my down sleeping bag where me knee was pushing it against the mesh inner tent. And I had complete tarp-mesh separation there.

That was on a particularly humid night, and the inside of the tarp was extremely wet; so there was probably moisture dripping from the tarp to the net tent.

Even if the ambient humidity isn't bad, consider that an average human can exhale a liter of water during a night's sleep.

I'm not saying that tent is a bad design, I just advocate for as much ventilation as you can practically manage.

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