I received an email this past Tuesday from Six Moon Designs stating that the Skyscape Trekker has shipped! So, I waited anxiously for its arrival. But wouldn’t you know it, the mail services shipped it to the wrong place! They did make up for it though, so rather than me holding the Trekker in my hands on Thursday, it was sitting on my doorstep Friday! So, all good.
Before I opened the box, I grabbed my camera. I wanted to share the unveiling with everyone. So, In the following video, you will witness everything from the unboxing to complete set-up…
So, just to hit on the specs again:
- Tent body: 23.1 oz
- Strut: 0.7 oz
- Stuff Sack: 0.5 oz
- Porch: 2.2 oz
Of course I still have to seam seal the tent, so the tent weight will go up slightly. I am figuring maybe another ounce at best, but I won’t know until I actually seam seal it…
The stuff sack supplied with the tent is rather large considering the size that the Trekker can actually pack down to. This is a good thing because I store my shelters on the outside of my packs (preferably in the front pockets) since I like to be able to set up my shelter before unpacking my pack. Here is a picture of the tent compressed inside it’s stuff sack in comparison to a 1L Nalgene bottle, my OES 8 x 10 sil tarp and my SMD Lunar Duo:The first thing that I noticed when setting up the tent is that it is pretty easy to lay the tent out and stake it down. However, on my first set-up I found that it is hard to get the tips of the trekking poles in the strut sleeves. It may be easier for me if I were to extend the poles after I put the tips in the sleeves. At least this way I wouldn’t be struggling with an extended pole inside the tent. But, I also think that it would be easier to do if the strut were made of a harder plastic, this way it would be more rigid and simply easier to insert the tips into. As well, with the provided strut, I am concerned at how they will do over time. The last thing I need is for the trekking pole tip to puncture through the top of the tent. At least with a hard plastic tip this would be much less likely to happen. (I may end up modding this…)
I am 5’10” and have found the tent to be plenty big enough for me and my needs. My 2.5 inch NeoAir fits great inside the tent and still allows me room to sit up inside the tent, on the pad without my head hitting the ceiling. As well, there is plenty of horizontal room at the sides, with the most room being nearer the head end. This is a well thought-out design in my opinion. When I am laying down on the pad, the most horizontal room available inside the tent is right next to my torso, or better put, in arms reach. This way I can keep things I may need access to right next to me (on both sides) in easy reach. Then at the head end I can put things that I may not need immediately, but would still like to have close at hand. This leaves the foot end for anything else.
I do have some concerns about the way that the mesh is right up against the silnylon canopy at the head end. (You can see this in the video.) The 2 walls really are right against each other. This makes me wonder how the tent will do if moisture (condensation) collects on this part. Will the mesh actually keep the water from dripping down on my head? Also, with these 2 layers right on top of each other, I wonder if this will prolong this part of the tent from drying out…
The vestibules are not extremely huge, but there should be enough room to lean my pack up underneath (which I rarely do anyway ~ I typically hang mine) or to put my shoes under for the night.
The porch does allow considerably more room, but, as seen in my videos, I still have to work with it a little more to get it pitched better. The porch came with no instructions, only the actual porch and a single cord with a lock on each end. I believe that I will make 2 separate guylines for this using some of the Glowire that I recently received from Lawson Outdoor Equipment. (Once I get this figured out a little better, I will be sure to post some better pictures.) I did find the porch set-up to be very unstable, but that may be due to the fact that I didn’t have it set-up properly.So, I will see…
Also considering the porch, I don’t know how much I will actually use it. Considering this is a solo shelter, I don’t ever plan on carrying 4 trekking poles, nor do I plan on purchasing the optional poles that are offered. Two alternatives that I have is that if I hike with someone else that is carrying poles, but not using them for a shelter, then I could use those. Or, I could pitch my tent near some sort of foliage, such as a tree or a large bush in which I can simply guy the porch out too.
So, at this point I am pretty excited the Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker. Now I just need to seam seal it and get it out! So, until then…
Thanks for reading, and watching the video.