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Snugpak Ionosphere 1 Person Tent, Olive Green
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- Small and compact
- Low profile with a 5000 mm PU coated fly
- Single entry and all seams are taped
- Troll Weight: 1.2kg ; Package Weight: 1.52kg
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Snugpak Ionoshere A low profile, one person tent. Single entry point door. Flysheet features lightweight olive drab 210t polyester RipStop construction with 5000mm waterproof polyurethane coating. Inner tent is constructed of 190t black nylon with no-see-um polyester mesh. DAC Featherlite NSL anodized poles with pressfit connectors. Poles are made from TH72M aluminum. All seams are taped sealed. Includes 14 alloy stakes and 2 spare stakes. Trail Weight 2.64 lbs (Fly, Poles and Inner Tent). Pack Weight 3.34 lbs. (Fly, Poles, Inner Tent, Stakes, Guy Ropes and Stuff Sack
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The advantages of the stratosphere are that it is lighter, ultra quick to setup, nearly free standing,
has a lower profile, less water gets in during setup and it is warmer in the winter.
As far the Ionosphere, it is more roomy, breathes far better, has a back poll to keep the tent further above your legs,
better defined doorway and the top can be removed or peeled back when the weather allows.
I've seen posts on the internet asking if the extra weight of the Ionosphere is worth it for backpacking. The answer is YES. I've never considered myself to be a claustrophobic person, but the Stratosphere felt like a coffin. I was uncomfortable to the point that I didn't want to zip it up. It is almost like a larger second sleeping bag. But the worst part is not the room, but breathing. I found it difficult to get comfortable enough to sleep. It was simply too enclosed and too hot.
By comparison, the Ionosphere is more like a real tent. I'm 6-3 and wide boned, but the length is enough for me and I can partially sit up to change. This tent doesn't feel at all claustrophobic, apart from being roomier the two Layer construction allows you to partially see around the perimeter which further alleviates any couped up feeling and allows the air to cycle. As far as warmth, I won't comment since I'm the last person to feel cold. The two layer construction can allow some drafts in, but I consider this to be a positive since a small space needs to ventilated.
In conclusion, I wouldn't recommend the stratosphere except for special use cases. On the surface it might seem like it has a lot of advantages, but they are mostly disadvantages when it comes to comfort and the overall feel of the space. For a fairly marginal weight increase, you can get a far more comfortable tent in the Ionosphere with a minimal increase in price.
UPDATE: I just came back from a 3 week backpacking and cycling tour of the Shetlands. Observations:
This tent is structurally strong. I was camped out when the full force of the remnants of hurricane Gonzalo hit with gusts of 60 to 70 mph. The tent took the full force of the wind [Back facing into the wind] with no problems at all. I didn't get wet at all and the drafts were not bad since the back of the tent contains the best wind protection.
A few nights later I was camped out when a similar gale hit but the tent got caught side-on with only a thigh high burm for protection. It pushed the tent nearly flat on top of me, but nothing broke or tore. The pegs all remained firmly staked due to the suspension system that is used. However it was quite breezy even though I did have some side protection from the burm.
I was happy, even grateful for the performance on this tent under extreme wind and rain conditions. But based on my experience, I'm now thinking that the Stratosphere may be a better option for extreme weather especially freezing cold gale force winds. However, I stand by the assertion that the Ionosphere is far more comfortable. I'd definitely take it to the Shetlands in November again.
PROBLEM: I'm a bit disappointed in the inner mesh. It has a lot of 'runs' near the opening where I've been getting in and out and changing. They look like runs in a lady's stocking. At least one looks like it will probably turn into a hole. It hadn't dawned on me that he mesh would be so delicate. I wish they had put a warning label there because by the time I had noticed the issue there were at least half a dozen runs...
ADVICE: Avoid rubbing your head on the inner mesh while getting in and out and changing
It is definitely worthy of a deduction on material grounds though I think the 'runs' can avoided if the user is aware of the issue and takes due care. But I'm ever so grateful for the performance of this tent in extreme wind and rain conditions so I'll stick with the 5 star review.
This is my impressions based on that.
1. Really compact. It weighs almost nothing and straps easily to one side of my rucksack, barely know it's there when carrying.
2. Very spacious. I'm a big lad, 6'3 and wide shoulders etc, and I easily easily fit inside the tent with me, my rucksack, another person's rucksack, 2 pairs of shoes... it's seriously roomy inside. Much better than a 2 man vango banshee for example.
3. Good materials. The outer is properly waterproof, it rained heavily the first night and I didn't have any problems, completely dry on the inside.
4. Discreet look. It's a solid woodland green colour with no bright markings whatsoever. Won't get you any attention, unlike vangos etc which have bright orange labels and tabs even on their green tents.
5. Very good metal poles. No concerns whatsoever about them snapping in use.
1. Putting it up is easy, however, you have to do the inner mesh part first. This means that if you're putting it up in the rain, it's going to get wet inside unless you've got a tarp to string over where you're pitching the tent first.
2. There are 18, yes, 18! pegs for this tent. Means it's very sturdy when set up, but it does take a lot longer to pitch as a result.
3. The opening is pretty small overall, makes you look like a clown climbing in and out. But that's a really minor issue.
1. The pegs are utterly shite. It comes with 18 spindly aluminium pegs, which at first look sturdy, but in use are just terrible. Yes they weigh nothing, but they have the resilience to match. Pushing them BY HAND, not even with a mallet or anything, into soft, moist ground, I managed to bend two and clean snap a third one in half, and guess what, it doesn't come with any spare pegs at all.
2. The tent has good airflow as the outer leaves a lot of gaps under it and the inner is just mesh (above the groundsheet part). This however is TERRIBLE in foggy conditions - woke up on the morning of day 3 to find everything soaked, not because of rain (it was perfect in rain) but because a low fog had rolled in and gotten all inside the tent and condensed on the inside of the waterproof outer...
Overall: Reasonably satisfied with this tent, very roomy, light and easy to carry, but if you're going to use it, avoid foggy areas and make sure to bring at least 4-5 spare pegs !
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