Force Ten Nitro Lite 200, first pitch

The fine weather today allowed me to pitch the F10 Nitro Lite 200 in the back garden. So here’s a few photos:

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So what do I think? Firstly, the build quality seems good. I couldn’t spot any problems. My only quibble is the the wire hoop over the door is a bit wonky. I’ve got the same problem on the Vortex 200. Apart from that, every thing seems neat and tidy. All the seams are tape sealed. However, the right hand door seam will need to be sealed on the outside as it has been impossible to seal the zip material.

Although I have some reservations about whether rain might be driven through the rear vent, it should be fine under most conditions as the hood is quite deep. I’m still inclined to modify it so it can be closed, perhaps with a piece of silnylon and Velcro.

It’s very easy to pitch. Peg down tail end, insert poles, then pull the door end and peg. The side guys are vital to tension the fly. The end pegging points are adjustable and there are tensioning straps on one side of the poles. Even with the adverse slope in my garden, it wasn’t difficult to get a reasonable pitch. I didn’t centre the Gothic arch poles properly, which I’ll remember to do next time.

As you can see from the pictures, there’s plenty of room inside, easily enough for two (the mat in the picture is a full length Thermarest). Having said that, I think tall people might touch the end with their sleeping bag. However, there’s certainly good clearance between the fly sheet and the inner. The inner is secured to the fly with hooks and shock-cord and can be easily detached .

On the front arch, there are two adjustable cords making the Tension Band System. These are easily adjusted and can be detached. They definitely make the front arch more stable and don’t really get in the way. There are no TBS cords on the rear arch.

Along each side of the inner, there are long mesh pockets (joy of joys). There are a couple of hanging loops; one at the rear in the inner tent and one in the porch. The porch is a good size for storage and cooking. The outer door has a two way zip, so the top can be opened for ventilation. The rain flap is secured with Velcro. Also, there is a fastener at the base of the door, to take the tension off the zip. The door can be completely tied back with two toggles and loops.

The door of the inner is an almost complete O, with a two way zip. It also has a mesh venting panel which can be sealed with a zipped solid panel. It’s a shame that there’s not the same arrangement on the rear vent. The inner material is quite fine. Although it is quite a deep orange, the thinness makes it translucent and inside it’s quite light and airy (in contrast to the Vortex 200). The groundsheet material is thin PU coated nylon, but feels more robust than the silnylon of say the Scarp. The seam across the middle of the tent has been sealed with tape.

Overall, it seems like a really good tent, well made with good quality materials. Compared with the Scarp, there’s a lot more room. The tunnel design means that I suspect it will move and flap a bit more than the Scarp in a strong blow, but it seems reasonably strong and stable. My only real criticism is that the pegs are too thin, but I’ve got plenty of spare pegs to replace them. Whether the rear vent is an issue, I’ll only know when I take it out in really bad weather. All in all, I’m very happy with it.

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28 thoughts on “Force Ten Nitro Lite 200, first pitch”

  1. I think it would knock about 500g off. Very heavy duty the Soulo, but the weight/space ratio is not that good. I have been looking at some alternatives for winter, so interested in this, the Scarp and 2 man Exped Venus 2 UL for trips with my sons.

    1. You can certainly fit two people but you’d have to store at least some gear in the porch. A Scarp 1 is too small for two but the Scarp 2 would be big enough and has a rectangular floor plan. You’d probably have to store some stuff in the porch but you get two porches. Personally, in winter, I think I’d want a three man tent for two as you want more room if its wet or snowy.

      1. Hi Robin. We have happily used my Scarp 1 ‘twos up’ numerous times -there is enough room for a ‘ loving couple’ (I am 6′ and my wife is 5’10”) If you unhitch the inner/outer roof attactments at each edge and use a short bungee/line to connect them instead, the floor is wide enough for 2 mats. With both of us in, I even managed to cook dinner on a canister top stove in a porch with all fly doors closed during an Autumn hoolie near Small Water.

        Scarp 2 is big enough for 3 mats side by side with the inner adjusted this way.

        The Nitro looks good though I couldn’t justify yet another tent……………….(at the moment!)

      2. I guess it’s a matter of how cosy you want to be :) . The Nitro is plenty big enough for two, although you’d need to store some stuff in the porch. The Scarp 2 looks very roomy.

  2. That looks like a good tent, Robin. I have a Vango Tornado 200 (now discontinued) and it is the same with the rear vent: a mesh venting panel which cannot be sealed with a zipped solid panel. I wonder why.

    1. I would prefer sealable vents on the fly and the inner. It seems a bit short sighted not providing either. It means the Nitro is less suitable for winter conditions than it could be.

  3. Being a user of the Scarp 2, i would suggest that it is actually too big for 2. You could get 3 in it. With 2 entrances and all the space it’s a real palace inside. I wish now that Henry would do a Scarp 1+. Something in the middle of the 2 models. It would be a better backpacking size and weight.
    Just a thought Robin, as i know that like myself you also don’t mind tinkering with tent designs, have a look at the 4 season pole structure on this one.
    http://www.mountaincraftsman.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=8&Itemid=86

    They do make some good gear.

      1. I thought that would make you look twice. Good eh.
        And i bet the scarp poles might fit your Nitro with with extra webs added to the tent.
        Now where is Sean’s email address.

      2. Unfortunately I’m not sure it would work as a retro fit to the Nitro. The pole sleeves are flat, making attachment points difficult to manufacture securely. Also there’s no mid panel tie out. Sewing one on would stress the material too much.

        The Sanctum looks very good value as well at £300 for the light version. If I didn’t have a base camp tent, I’d be tempted.

  4. Took one of these to Creamfields in the summer (i say summer, it tipped it down with rain) and the F10 Nitro worked an absolute treat. all overs around me getting soaked i was all lovely and dry. :)

    1. I’m probably going to make a cover for the rear fly vent so it can be sealed. The guys are dyneema so don’t need replacing. I will seam seal part of the door zip which hasn’t been taped. I will use different pegs. Apart from that, I’m don’t think there’s much else that needs to be done.

      1. How will u go about this? Details of your nitro mods would be greatly appreciated should you have time!

  5. nice review not to many reviews on the nitro lite tents

    im going to be getting the nitro lite 200+ for the extra room ..sorta planning to try and live in it. and well need the room for washing up bow,clothes hanging space in wet weather and a for cooking ohh also will use to porch to store a fold up bike

    2 things that are on my mind though is cause its all so thin that when a light is on inside the tent one would loose all privacy at night.. 2 is that it gets hot at day time in tents on a hot day so was thinking of using a thin thermal blanket to safety pin to fly sheet ( the side that faces the camp site and not the hedge. I’m thinking this would prevent people walking past seeing in and reflect some of the heat from heating everything up in the tent.

    1. what your option on the tent lasting considering its all rather thin?

      considering the price it one would want it to last a min 5 years to be worth it.

    1. If you sew it direct onto the fly, you’ll have to seam seal the stitching on the inside of the fly or it will leak. I’d also use a reinforcing patch to ensure the stitching doesn’t stress the fly sheet material. I’d be very careful. If your base camping, why not get a more heavy duty, cheaper tent?

  6. maybe stick on Velcro tape?

    reason for getting that tent is cause it seems to be the lightest with that design and size plus i like that its decent in wind for its weight.

    going with a Berghaus Jalan II 60 Plus 15 Rucksack. it doesn’t stick out to much and its modular.

    i think the light green colour is perfect too it really blends into the environment

    and again the porch space couldn’t do without it

    im trying to merge luxury,durability and modular while all fitting into a bag that look huge and sorta blends into the shape of the back creating a kits that one can say this is all i need to live while trying to take the best bits about having a house.

    so bag liner,pillow liner,ground sheet , low cost cooking kit (which is a wood gas stove and on windy and wet weather a alcohol stove for using in the porch notebook with a solar panel kit,ultra light table for preparing food on and for use with a laptop. and the chair conversion kits for a thermarest mattress.

    so save up and buying a camping spot at a few camp site then literally live there

    wouldn’t it be nice to not worry about bills only having to work 2-3 days a week.

    i think its possible to have luxury while all bills including food could come to £30-£40 a week. or less

    and simply save up some cash 2 or 3 k in bank just to replace things in the kit/backpack that ware out or brake.

    so thats my aim a low cost living kit that lets me travel and live in.

    and every now and then i can stay in a fancy hotel or eat out on the week ends

    cause living costs are low.

    Ive estimated about 3k for it all…fold up bike,laptop,all the goodys.

    i guess what im trying to do is merging a monk style living with technology.

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