Re: New gear:
Finally had a chance to test the Easton Kilo 1P on a short trip. Unfortunately, I can't say that I can reccomend it and I will be contacting Easton Mountain Products regarding my concerns. I've been in alot of different high-quality, lightweight tents and make a few myself and I've got to say that that was about the wettest I've been in a tent when it didn't even rain.
There are several key issues that I see. Very poor ventilation. I was pretty wet just due to the fact that most of the moisture I was giving of breathing at night (most adults give off about a quart of water at night breathing) ended up as condensation on the inside of the fly. A tent with good weatherproof ventilation is worth its weight in gold to you being able to travel/hunt day after day because ventilation goes a long way to keep you warm and dry in your tent.
Two other issues I could fix in minutes on my sewing machine at an added weight of probably 1/4 oz. but there are a couple of other issues, such as a pole that is simply not strong enough and walls that are not vertical enough so that you can't even sit up without touching the wall that are not an easy fix. Another is the fact that if with noseeum inner walls, when you sew the noseeum inner wall to the approx. 6" watertight floor wall material, the fell seam must be constructed in such a way that the noseeum is on the outside of the floor wall material at the seam. That way, if moisture does get on and drip down the noseeum inner wall, it will 'flow' down the to the outside of the tent. As it stands now, this tent has the noseeum part of the fell seam on the inside, so if water does 'flow' down the noseeum to the floor wall, which it did, it then drips right on the tent floor.
Hindsight is 20/20 and I'm kicking myself for not being critical enough and noticing these issues right off the bat. Sometimes you just have to 'try something on' to know for sure. I'll be sending an email to Easton. Too bad.
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