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    Has anybody on here got a Locus Gear Khufu?

    It seems similar to a Duomid, but lighter (470g). It's also lower, and deeper front to back too so it should be better in the wind. There's something attractive about setting my pole to 130cm, pegging four corners and (fettling aside) that's it.

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    Where from and how much (price wise) do they compare?

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    As far as I know you can only get a Khufu direct from the manufacturer:

    http://locusgear.com/products/shelter/khufu-sil

    26,000 Yen is about £200 vs $205 for a Duomid which is about £130

    Lead time? 4 weeks vs 10-12 weeks

    The system for extending trekking poles into an inverted V looks interesting too:

    http://locusgear.com/products/accessories/dpte


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    Always thought they looked good. Site might be better for overseas sales if other languages were available

    The vent also looks more weather-worthy than the one on the MLD Solomid I had for a while.

    seems limited as to colour availability though - only yellow at present, previously was dark chocolate brown - neither of which float my boat. The Green one Hendrik has seems nicest, but still a little bright. (yes, I'm boring I know )

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    Having just ordered one, I know exactly what you mean about their site, Mole - I gave up on Google Translate and reverted to email. The owner - Jotaro - was fast and courteous in his replies, and pointed out that as well as yellow, he can make Khufus in navy, royal, red, orange, grey and black. However the hydrostatic head of the yellow fabric he has in stock is apparently higher (more silicon treatment at a guess), I went for that.

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    Cool - do give us your impressions/a review when it comes.

    A black shelter?

    (no green is good ATM - I won't be tempted )

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    Will do - it might be here mid-November, with a following breeze.

    Black? Hadn't you heard? Black is the new green...

    Why'd you get rid of your SoloMid? What have you replaced it with?


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    Got rid of solomid as I was

    a) skint

    b) already have quite a few tents/shelters (inc Hex3 and Oware Pyramid Tarp as well as 'proper' tents)

    c) not convinced I'd be happy to spend much time other than sleeping in it as bit small - e.g. bad weather/long winter nights.

    d) to make it better I'd have had to start modding it (e.g. niggles - vent wasn't fully closeable -and only one door would tie back)

    e) for settled weather I have bivis and DIY flat tarp and am in the process of finally making a Rayway tarp at the moment, so plenty to play with...

    If I was flush/in the position to do a long continental/US trip I might consider a new smaller pyramid such as the Khufu or a Duomid


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    I had wondered whether a Solomid might feel tight for space: it's always handy to have some 'organising room' under cover for pans and footwear etc.

    I hadn't heard that about the vent - it'll be interesting to see what Jotaro has come up with in terms of weather-proofing the vent on the Khufu.

    The Oware 'Mids look interesting and I understand are well-regarded - is yours the 9 x 9?

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    Update: Locus Gear posted my new shelter last Tuesday, and it arrived in the UK last Thursday. It's currently sitting in the ParcelFarce depot in Carlisle, where a nice man took £102 off me ealier today to cover "Customs charges" before releasing it for delivery.

    On the bright side, it should get delivered to work tomorrow. Can't wait.

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    It arrived today.

    I haven't had time to pitch it yet but have looked it over. The stitching looks good, little touches like reflective guylines and a carbon doofer to help make an 'A' frame from trekking poles are nice. Oh, and the packed size is tiny: half the volume of my cuben TrailStar. Both doors will definitely tie back, and there's a neat system for preventing 'vent hosing': an adjustable guyline which attaches the centre of the door to the middle of the reinforced rim on the vent cover. Clever.

    Next step? Finding the copy of 'Seam sealing for Dummies' that's saved somewhere on my hard drive.

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    How tall are you Jon or rather how long is the shelter?

    Being lower than a Duomid will mean if slightly less head/foot room if it is the same length...

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    oh, just worked it out from the Locus site spec.

    265cm = 8.7 feet

    MLD Duomid is listed as 8.9"

    (do they mean 8.9 feet or is that 8'9" ?- which is near enough 8.7feet)

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    I'm 6 foot, so I think I should be ok.

    Sleeping diagonally is my back up plan, should I be short of headroom / have my bag in danger of brushing the far end.

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    I guess it's plenty wide enough for that Looking forward to photos

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    Sure. I'll have to work out how to post photos on here...

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    ooh, that seems to work. Think that's one from Chris Townsend.

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    PM'd you Jon.

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    @Jon, So, after four summers, how are you getting on with your Khufu? Are there any wear problems, eg is the stitching holding at the guying points, and is the cuben still in good condition? My Hexamid is starting to look like a colander, and I'm looking around for an alternative.

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