phil parker wrote:The main symptom was that the bottom of my sleeping mat was soaking wet in the morning (lightweight inflatable) and depending on the weather, was difficult to dry out before packing away and arriving at my next destination. A symptom I don't get with my Hilleberg (and other mountain) tents!
Yep, sounds like condensation. A wipe with a camping towel, or a fleece or similar will generally do enough IME. The thicker the groundsheet (and compared to most these days Hilles have thick ones) the less likely it is to happen, because it's harder to draw heat through it, but in the right (wrong!) conditions I've had the Kaitum quite damp inside too.
khain wrote:The porch on my Nallo leaks quite badly and when I contacted Hilleberg about it they told me that's just the way it's made - the silicon coating makes the outer very strong but it can't be taped so the stitching can leak. It also shakes about a lot in strong wind, which apparently makes it less likely to break in storms but is annoying.
The stitching on an untaped seam can indeed leak, though to be honest I think that's the first time I've come across a Hille that does. That doesn't help you, of course, but some seam taping goop (any good outdoor shop doing camping stuff should have some) is all you need to seal them up so they're waterproof. Takes a few minutes and can be messy but it's not hard and it does work.
To solve the shaking in strong winds add more poles and make it geodesic. Now it's a Jannu, and it's quite a bit heavier and it costs more! One downside of tunnels is certainly that they're typically noisier than geodesics of the same size, and if you want a very quiet night it's worth considering. As are earplugs.
khain wrote:A free-standing 3-season tent with side entrances is probably a better choice for cycle touring, though there isn't a great choice in the UK.
If you want that and a Hille then the Rogen may well be your boy. I've yet to see any of the 3 season ones in the flesh so will not comment much more beyond saying it looks nice on paper, until (no surprises here) you see the price...
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