Some Hex 3 questions...

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rik_uk3

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Get it where you can, save money where you can, all my stuff from the states is "used camping equipment" from a friend:cool:

My latest was a large stainless steel coffee perculator, with post it came in at £12, ideal for use with a stove or open fire

Had a midnight breakfast tonight, lit up on my out the back 'Test Pad'



 

Regnix

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I've just returned from a hiking trip in Wales with my Hex 3 and for the first time water got into the tent through one of the vents.

I'd pitched at Llyn-y-Foel in extremely strong winds and light rain, but sometime in the night the wind direction changed which caused rain to be pushed up through one of the vents. I found the tent pole was wet and many droplets of water had landed on my sleeping bag. I think that had I been using the inner it may not have ingressed as much into the tent, but I'm now going to investigate ways I can solve this issue as I do love the headroom in the Hex and don't bother with the inner at altitude.
 

Prophecy

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My main problem with the Hex 3 is not lack of a porch (although is frustrating in bad weather), but the lack of a footprint for it.

I carry a separate groundsheet (Highlander thingy) which of course is rectangular and so too big one way, but too little the other and has to be folded under.

This often comes out from under the tent though and when it lashes down, but puddles develop under the tent collected on the groundsheet.

:(
 

Don Redondo

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My main problem with the Hex 3 is not lack of a porch (although is frustrating in bad weather), but the lack of a footprint for it.

I carry a separate groundsheet (Highlander thingy) which of course is rectangular and so too big one way, but too little the other and has to be folded under.

This often comes out from under the tent though and when it lashes down, but puddles develop under the tent collected on the groundsheet.

:(
How about cutting it to shape? or better still, just cut a bit of polythene sheet if you really think you need a footprint
 

Prophecy

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How about cutting it to shape? or better still, just cut a bit of polythene sheet if you really think you need a footprint
Was just about to do that tonight with a new cheapy tarp sheet thing, but I don't think it's wide enough.

If the Hex 3 was a square, what size would it be? 8'x8'? I did find out once, but can't remember now.

And if I were to cut it to shape, which I plan to do once I get it wide enough, I think it would fray as it's only the woven type material. I suppose I could burn the edges to seal it though!
 

Don Redondo

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it would fray as it's only the woven type material. I suppose I could burn the edges to seal it though!
yup, if you can get hold of a hot knife to cut and seal in one go that's great. Otherwise using a straight edge and a soldering iron works too.
 

Regnix

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For a ground sheet I use a really thin polythene sheet, which I fold into two (spare material incase of tears). When packed down this sheet could very nearly fit in my trouser pocket and is really light.
 

rik_uk3

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I think the floor for the Golite Shangri-la 3 is fine to use with a Hex 3, email Golite to confirm (they are very quick to answer questions)
 

Prophecy

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I think the floor for the Golite Shangri-la 3 is fine to use with a Hex 3, email Golite to confirm (they are very quick to answer questions)
I already use the inner with the shelter, but I always thought you'd need something more to protect it from wet and thorns on forest carpets?
 

Podcast Bob

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Just thought I would let people reading this thread know that we are shortly expecting stock of the a 'half-hex' floor which I've designed to fit the Hex/SL3. Cut to shape, 2/3rd of width floor coverage, can be rotated to suit the angle on entry. Not bath tub, but with flat edges and available in two weights.

I found the flexibility of having an area to cook on etc and sort wet kit out to be ideal on the last Cape Wrath trip I did in May.

http://www.backpackinglight.co.uk/product367.asp
 

hammock monkey

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hey, Podcast Bob!

enjoyed the podcasts for a few years now, so much good info.

my fave advice was from a Chris Townsend Q&A
PB: What do you look for most of all in tent placement?
CT: a beautiful view when i first poke my head out!

love it.
i used to listen to the podcast while running in cambridge on cold winter nights - kept my mind off the rain and wind a treat - keep up the good work man!
 

Lithril

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Excellent idea Bob, may have to get myself one of those. Used the Shangri-La a few times now and really love it, lack of porch isn't a problem as there is plenty of space, we've been using it with the nest and if we really need more porch space we just unclip a corner and pull it in slightly. The only problem with the nest is the base isn't that waterproof, we're going to silicon seal it this week.
 

Silverback

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The only problem with the nest is the base isn't that waterproof, we're going to silicon seal it this week.
How are you going to do that Lithril? Spray, brush on etc. - I have the nest and have found the same thing. I had considered a footpint to place beneath but silicon might be the way to go
 

dommyracer

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Is the nest floor not completely waterproof then?

What I'd love is a 'nest' type thing that only covers half of the tent, thus affording a nice big sleeping area and a porch as well.
 

Silverback

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Is the nest floor not completely waterproof then?

What I'd love is a 'nest' type thing that only covers half of the tent, thus affording a nice big sleeping area and a porch as well.
No Dom it isn't and it is a lot thinner than I would have liked, presumably to keep the weight down to a minimum. I would have personally prefered a bit more substance to the floor and put up with the additional weight. I have had tents with the common plastic weave type groundsheet that have done the job admirably well and cost a lot less than the nest :( . That said it's still a cracking set up and i won't be parting with mine anytime soon :)