It’s a bank holiday. I was a bit fed up this morning, so out with the tent in the back garden for a bit more tweaking. The lack of pockets in the Laser Comp is a bit of an irritation, so I’ve made my own. Or more stictly speaking, I got my mother to halve an Alpkit Apollo stuff sack and sew some velcro on the back. My original intention was to sew some velcro on the inside of the inner to have a removeable pocket. To position it, I used some safety pins. Before sewing I thought I’d put the tent up to check. Once I had the tent up, I had to reposition the pocket (see below). I am now thinking that I’ll leave the saftey pins as they may be the best method to attach the pocket and give me the scope to move it anywhere in the tent.
The next task was to make zip pulls for the inner doors. I’ve already attached them to the fly sheet zip and found that they help. I just use a simple loop of dyneema cord, which weighs next to nothing. I have some Alpkit zip pullers with plastic ends but decided that cord pulls were lighter and more in keeping with what I’d already used, although I might try the Alpkit ones at a later date.
The next job was to experiment with a method to vent the ends of the tent. I’ve attached a mini karabiner to the end pegging shockcord. This can be hooked onto the cord that pulls out the inner tent to the top of the end rod (see below). This is quite neat as it can be easily disengaged from outside or inside the tent (handy if it starts raining).
Unlike my previous attempt, this looks much neater as the flysheet folds inside the tent rather than outside (see below).
The last adjustment was to make the end guys longer. When I swapped from one end guy to two, I doubled up the original guy, so it was a bit short. Now I’ve more or less doubled the length. The advantage of longer guys is that the angle of pull is more in line with the ridge of the tent and there is less stress from the top of the rod pushing on the flysheet from inside.
I was tempted to double the guys at the side, like the Akto, but I’m not sure it would make much difference. I’m now running out of ideas to adapt my Comp.
I’m quite surprised that Terra Nova haven’t incoporated some of my modifications in their latest versions. Indeed, it seems as though they might have made them worse, e.g. the cord grips of the pole hood cover. Perhaps they should employ me as a consultant 🙂