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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby epa611 » 17 Nov 2017, 10:38pm

My mum was a machinist for Andrew Mitchell who sewed the Vango tents in the early 70's in Shetleston in the east end of Glasgow. I had several growing up

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby mercalia » 17 Nov 2017, 11:25pm

some info about conquest

http://www.wildernessleisure.co.uk/merdina-mk1-tent-2911-p.asp

"They were purchased by Vango in the early 1970’s who desperately wanted to enter into tent manufacture but had no idea and thus the Vango Force 10 range was born and this very tent was rebranded the Force 10"

Iseem to remember seeing some really super duper expedition class tents made by Conquest for high altitude work hence the orange colour?

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby Graham O » 18 Nov 2017, 1:38am

I'm not sure that story is correct. Both the Force 10 website and Wikipedia say that the F10 tent was introduced in the '60's, which is in line with my memory. Plus Conquest and F10 were on sale at the same time and competing.

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby Gattonero » 18 Nov 2017, 9:29am

mercalia wrote:
Gattonero wrote:...
Pack size and weight?
Otherwise, is comparing the nutrition of a bag of oranges against two apples :)


bl****dy heavy. I once did carry it on the back of my dawes 1-down on a trip to the then Ridgeway YHA ( now sadly gone ) Pack size about that of the Thermarest mondo King. These days is one I would use on a m/c trip


There you go.
not sure I'd like to carry 4kg big pack for a 1-2 person tent, just because it has to last decades. Not that I support disposable stuff, but it's a personal choice 8)
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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby pjclinch » 18 Nov 2017, 10:32am

PDQ Mobile wrote:I
I always liked the orange for living in, it was always summery sunshine in there.
Lousy for secret wild camping though.


As I understand it, the idea of the bright orange was specifically the bright aspect of the interior and not (as I used to assume) sticking out in a landscape. In a similar vein, having used green tents by choice for years my first Hille was a red one because it was an end of stock offer I could actually afford, and I really liked the warm quality light, just like the F10.

mercalia wrote:Says a lot that a tent that is maybe 40 years old is still in good nick and works as good as new. Any one here have a plastic tent they can say that of?


That probably says more about the state of synthetic tent coatings 40 years ago than anything else. The first silicone elastomer coatings came from Hilleberg and Saunders in the late 70s and I think they'd be among the first with a credible chance of still being going after all this time. Even at the back end of the 80s, ten years later, silicone coats were still rare and pretty expensive so the tents from then would be relatively rare, though Hille have a picture of a 30 year old Nammatj taking some pretty serious flak on their website. My Dad's Spacepacker Plus is a "youngster" at 28 or so, but still in fine fettle.

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby mercalia » 18 Nov 2017, 12:36pm

Graham O wrote:I'm not sure that story is correct. Both the Force 10 website and Wikipedia say that the F10 tent was introduced in the '60's, which is in line with my memory. Plus Conquest and F10 were on sale at the same time and competing.


maybe. One intersesting thing is that both companies ( wildernessleisure and Conquest) are/were in Fareham wonder if there was/is a connection maybe ex-employees bought up the old Conquest stock?

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby mercalia » 18 Nov 2017, 12:43pm

Gattonero wrote:
mercalia wrote:
Gattonero wrote:...
Pack size and weight?
Otherwise, is comparing the nutrition of a bag of oranges against two apples :)


bl****dy heavy. I once did carry it on the back of my dawes 1-down on a trip to the then Ridgeway YHA ( now sadly gone ) Pack size about that of the Thermarest mondo King. These days is one I would use on a m/c trip


There you go.
not sure I'd like to carry 4kg big pack for a 1-2 person tent, just because it has to last decades. Not that I support disposable stuff, but it's a personal choice 8)


more like 8kg - it was the only tent I had at the time :oops: is a 3 person tent I think. and the groundsheet makes a joke what passes for groundsheet in modern tents - no foot print needed

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby pjclinch » 18 Nov 2017, 4:06pm

mercalia wrote: the groundsheet makes a joke what passes for groundsheet in modern tents - no foot print needed


I think most of the "need" for a footprint is marketing and inexperienced people going out and buying up what they think they might need, instead of what they actually need.

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby Gattonero » 19 Nov 2017, 12:26pm

Depends a lot where and how people camps.
For sure, it's good to keep the mud away, less to clean on the more expensive tent. The footprint has to be cheap, it's a sacrificial part.
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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby Jezrant » 23 Aug 2018, 12:17pm

Never thought about taking a photo of my tent before seeing this thread, but here's a couple that sort of show my Helsport Borgefjell SL. Not a place you'd cycle to, but a nice spot -- Loch Coruisk before climbing the Dubh Ridge.
First time posting a piccie here so bear with me. The Helsport is the green one. Don't know what that other tent was that my friends were using. Ah, rubbish photos. I'll make a concerted effort to photo my tent better some other time. :oops:
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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby PH » 23 Aug 2018, 1:41pm

Jezrant wrote: Ah, rubbish photos. I'll make a concerted effort to photo my tent better some other time. :oops:

Well they don't show the tent very well, but great photos anyway.

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby Jezrant » 23 Aug 2018, 2:06pm

I'm new to this concept of taking photos to show off your tent. It's just a place to pass the night.

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby pjclinch » 23 Aug 2018, 3:26pm

Jezrant wrote:I'm new to this concept of taking photos to show off your tent. It's just a place to pass the night.


Try to see it as a means of spending the night in an awesome place, where you might be taking a picture anyway...

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby Jezrant » 23 Aug 2018, 3:44pm

I get that Pete. It's just a means to an end.
Stunning photos, btw. The second one (somewhere in Scotland?) reminds me of that dreamy 2-parter on the Beeb with the chappie who rowed a currach up the West Coast of Ireland.
Hah, just spotted the two open entrances on the tent (Kaitum?). Nice one. :)

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby pjclinch » 23 Aug 2018, 5:34pm

Jezrant wrote:I get that Pete. It's just a means to an end.
Stunning photos, btw. The second one (somewhere in Scotland?) reminds me of that dreamy 2-parter on the Beeb with the chappie who rowed a currach up the West Coast of Ireland.
Hah, just spotted the two open entrances on the tent (Kaitum?). Nice one. :)


Top one is a Kaitum 3, lower one is a Tarra. The Kaitum is overlooking Loch Etive, parked at about 600m, second is an island somewhere Oban way on the West Coast.

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