Friday 14th March – SUCCESS
Apart from MANUFACTURING QUALITY!!!!
So having pondered on this, I decided after measuring poles and sinkage and stuff, that the REAL height of the pole above ground level was actually just on 130 cms
BOB was correct in the height issue.
I probably am also getting better at pitching it.
I would have got a pole extender from BOB, and possibly still will when he gets them sorted for the Flip Click Poles.
But being bloody impatient, and NOT happy with the idea of Gaffer Tape or Ski Straps, I bust out and bought from Absolute Rock a pair of CHEAP, but quite OK Trekking poles that extend to 150cm (145 above Ground).
These are NOT the lightest, and they are ONLY 2 parts.
They are also looking at them NOT the most robust.
BUT.. They weigh NO no than my old Pacer Poles, and come as a pair with the benefit that
- I don’t have to carry 3 poles (1 for the tent)
- I can double pole and I think that will easily make them rigid enough.
So I set about putting it up as I would.
Pitching out the 1st 4 main points (door closed).
Then lightly the back point.
Opened it up and set up the POLE (at 136cm above ground level height), so extended to 141cm
Did door up and staked out the rest.
Adjusted pole to be upright.
Put the inner in as per instructions.
Putting in Front first, then back 2 outers and finally the centre back.
I am still going to change the inner guys to 2mm shock Chord, because I think it will make it better, but I did not bother for this pitch.
DID use 2 of the very small purple stakes that came with the HEX to pin the front of the inner to the ground.
Not needed, but makes it MUCH easier to get the tension and the height correct.
Attached the inner to the TOP hook and adjusted height (again on 3mm Guy).
This is MUCH, MUCH better.
In fact, RESULT!
Far more room inside.
Inner away from the outer, and also INSIDE the outer when up.
I am now thinking that I will probably take the Hex to Aviemore and also on the Daunder.
I will probably still take WENDY WARMLITE on the Challenge though
We shall see after the next 2 pitches.
I will do another trial pitch in garden before I go, to make sure I am happy.
Below are some NEW pictures of the successful pitch
|Need to work on fine tuning the outer to remove some of the pull lines.
But it is NOT cut on a catenary curve like the TS, so this may be impossible
|Rear anchor, slightly lower.
I am still going to use a Blizzard Stake at the back.
|Looking in through door.
With correct height, the TUB now works
|Also, there is NOW clearance at all the inner anchor points, but no real slack to hang in
|Ample Clearance now on ALL the inner points
|Inside now there is more room.
I will I think also get better adjustment when I change the guys to shock cord.
|I am 5′ 10½” and there is ample room now I have it right.
I do however think that anyone over 6′ would struggle
|Sunny view from the door.
There is a huge amount of space in the porch area.
I will probably take my TS ½ Groundsheet to use in this
My only major change was the heftier 3mm guy ropes and the use of PROPER pegs.
The Shock Cord change to the inner is NOT necessary, but I do think it improves it.
In high wind I think you would still get slip through the guy rope adjusters, and I may change these for better ones.
But I will see what happens in the Cairngorms at the start of next MONTH
SO BOB sorted.
You were totally correct with Pitch Height.
NOT all is rosy in the Garden!!!!
I was looking at changing the 1mm slidy slippy cord to 2mm shock cord on the inner
Whilst doing this I looked at both the outer and the inner in detail.
Now I have already said that this is a good value bit if kit,
BIT it ain’t to the quality of MLD and Oookworks stuff.
I do NOT know where LUXE get this manufactured.
BUT I can say that they REALLY need to look at quality control.
AND since I need this for a an expedition in the next 10 days, I have fixed the issue with some hand sewing.
But I REALLY Really Really Really should NOT have to do this.
The quality of my MLD TS and OOOKSTAR was second to NONE!!
BUT the following pictures show some of the (IMO) shoddy manufacturing standards that I have seen on my HexPeak.
LUXE really need to get on top of this.
This is potentially a great shelter, let down by the people manufacturing it.
I say manufacturing….!!!!!!
Looking at people I know on TWITTER.
I am NOT the only person to question THIS ……………..
You need to get this sorted out ASAP!!!!!!
I have contacted you about this
Of course Had I not paid £159.00 to buy this, I might not be blogging about it.
I may have been feeding back to LUXE issue they could have then fixed and thus created the GREAT SHELTER that this OUGHT to be!!!!
Some flaws in the HexPeak Manufacturing Process!!!
And I have found others as well…..
|Tear in floor of inner.
as well as signs of worn material.
I Have NOT even used this in the hills!!!
|Another view of poor quality control on the inner
|SO large a hole, this pencil gives perspective
|The poor stitching on the top loop.
I believe that according to LUXE, you should be able to hang the shelter from this
Bloody sure I wouldn’t.
I have emailed LUXE about these issues!!