I bought a Tarptent Notch. I'm living in USA but I visit UK and intend to use the Notch in UK camping trip later this year, and ultimately may relocated back to UK.
If anyone wants to ask questions regarding Tarptent Notch for UK conditions please ask....
I've only currently pitched it in the garden. Tarptent give a full refund when its returned in perfect conditions, so I'm just doing that til I'm sure its worthwhile keeping.
It is a small pack size, it is smaller than the Terra Nova Laser Competition I have.
All fly fabric has a straight line to a peg. So less flapping. Quieter in wind.
It is approx the same weight as the TN LC if you compare like/like with poles+pegs, both about 850g. The Notch though is lighter if you use trekking poles, which I know not everyone does but if you read on, really the Notch should be considered for those who DO use poles, other tents probably should be considered if you don't. So really if you do go for the Notch its a weight saving as you are double-purposing your poles.
Very long. I'm 5'8"-ish and I've got oodles of room at both head and foot ends. However as its quite narrow at the ends, so my gear will tend to keep at the head and foot ends.
In "storm mode" when it is at its lowest setting, even sat up on a thick airbed, I do not scrape my head inside, plenty of headroom. In more aired mode at max height even more room, more than I'll need. Taller persons though will benefit from the height.
Only 4 pegs and a very quick non-faff idiot-proof pitch.
Two vestibules. Depends on your expected usage patterns but for me that is useful for cooking away from the wind when the wind shifts, or storing kit on one side and not blocking exit. In my case I tend to have a bike one side which is large and blocks the exit, hence why I picked the Notch.
Variability of height and hence airflow, so higher for cooling vs lower for when its windy/cold. This is primarily for when using trekking poles but if on soft ground the supplied poles just push them into the earth.
The poles present a kind of security option for campsites when you're asleep, you can tie your porch-stowed kit to the pole and if someone were to try to tug it free you'd be woken. I've had stuff stolen once from a site near Keswick so its the back of my mind. My bike is expensive for example.
It is not expensive.
It does not LOOK expensive.
Less good stuff:-
If you lower the fly for more warming, the porch is lower down so less room for taller stuff. That's an issue for a fixed-size bike.
It is quite narrow inside at the ends. If you're my size it really doesn't feel an issue as the narrowing is way above head or past feet and in the bit you're sleeping, its fine. For taller folks your head could end up in a narrow spot.
The solid inner option, whilst I'm sure many will find interesting, it is not lining up its mesh with the venting of the outer flysheet. The fly has a pull-back foot/end feature but the inner doesn't have the same feature, so if you're warm and you want to get a breeze through, you can't.
Its grey. To me, Lord Anthony, Lord Tebbit grey. But.. that adds to the "why steal from me" look. So I prefer it. Others mind find it grey depressing.
I have photos/vids. I had a few issues with the TN LC which I initislly focus on in the Notch to see if resolved, that dominates the initial photos/vids.