F10 Nitro Lite 200 inner tent vent cover mod

DSC00398The F10 Nitro Lite 200 is a good tent but it has a few design flaws. I’ve addressed these with a number of mods, a summary of which you can find here. The last remaining feature to be modified is the mesh vent at the rear of the inner tent.

There are two reasons for wanting to have a removable cover for the vent. Firstly, there is a possibility (admittedly remote) that rain or spin drift might get blown through the vent in the flysheet and through the mesh vent on the inner. Secondly, in cold windy conditions, it would be handy to be able to cut the draught from the vent to make the inner warmer.

As it was (still) raining today, I decided to have a tent modding session and make a vent cover for the inner mesh vent. I had a spare piece of lightweight nylon fabric, which I cut to the shape of the vent, but oversized. I didn’t bother to hem it.

IMG_1141Next I added snap fasteners around the edge of the mesh vent. This was quite fiddly as I had to reach inside the inner. I used some clothes pegs to gather the material.

IMG_1144Next I added the the snap fasteners to the vent cover. I did the first two with black thread, before remembering I had some orange thread. I couldn’t be bothered to unpick my work, so I left them alone. No one is going to see the vent cover anyway. I used the orange thread for the remaining fasteners to make it look neater (!)

IMG_1145I’m quite pleased with it. I’ve not been able to pitch the tent today as the ground is wet, but I’ll try it out tomorrow if the ground has dried out.

I now feel confident that the Nitro Lite 200 is fully primed against the elements and that there are now no areas of vulnerability. All in all, quite a satisfying afternoon of work.

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4 thoughts on “F10 Nitro Lite 200 inner tent vent cover mod”

  1. Spot on , Robin. I wonder if any of these lightweight tent makers ever really have them tested with experienced backpackers ? Some do I think ( i.e Terry Abraham tests a lot ). But how many actually incorporate their suggestions. Most wouild cost just a few pounds, and are obvious flaws to the experienced. An opportunity to increase sales ,but they don’t seem interested . Tarptent and MLD,just to mention a couple of offenders who seem to ignore suggestions to make their products so much better.

    1. What exasperates me is so many flaws are obvious even before you use a shelter. That’s not to say the Nitro Lite, Scarp, Duomid or Laser Comp are not good shelters, just they fall short of excellence. The Trailstar is about the only shelter I’ve not seriously modded.

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