It’s been four years since I’ve used my Laser Competition. It’s not that it’s a bad tent, just that the Scarp, Duomid and Nitro Lite have have superseded it with better combinations of features. However, the Laser Comp could fight back.
The big drawback of the Comp for me has been the instability of the large panels of the flysheet. While this has never been a problem in terms of the tent failing, it does make it very noisy in strong winds. It also has a tendency for the walls to push inwards and buffet you when sleeping (or not as the case may be!).
I’ve had a brainwave that might go a long way to solving these drawbacks. If I put an extra hoop inside the flysheet at the end without the door, this should control the flysheet and substantially reduce the flapping and noise, particularly if it is end on to the wind.
Initially I thought of a perpendicular hoop, like the main one. However, on reflection, a tilted hoop might be superior. The picture above shows how it might look (although the hoop would be inside the fly). The advantage of a sloping hoop is two fold: 1) it would support more fabric and meet the roof at a better angle, 2) the pole hoop would be longer so the bend wouldn’t be as acute, with less risk of failure.
I have a spare Easton pole that I could cut down to size. I reckon it will add about 100g. It should be relatively easy to add some reinforcement to the hem of the tent and then to sew some grosgrain with metal eyelets for the pole ends. A length of cord joining the grosgrain loops would control the base length of the hoop. A simple grosgrain loop on the underside of the roof at the apex ought to be enough to secure the pole.
I need to gather some bits and pieces to do the mod. It may also have to wait until next spring, when the ground is drier, so I can pitch it in the garden to work out the exact positioning on the hoop, so don’t hold your breath.