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Thread: Ultimate Equipment "The Tent" - Help needed

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    Mini Goon
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    I know that there are a number of Ultimate Equipment fans on here and I'm wondering if anyone has one of their "The Tent" as I remember it was called. It is a storm proof mountain tent, rust brown, A frame design with snow valance etc. I have the outer from one, but lost the inner many years ago. Does anyone have one or a brochure which details the floor size of the inner please?

    With winter coming on, the winter tent project has been re-opened, (after being let down last year) and I'm after the inner size as a comparison to my design. I remember it being quite large, but I was smaller then and never used it in full winter.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Sorry I can't help, but thank you for bringing back memories of my Ultimate Phasher Dome tent, when I was 16. A contender for the finest tent ever made. A game changer, and simply brilliant. Yes, it too was rust brown?! Their logo was a classic then as well.

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    Can't help either sadly but is that the one that had 2 entrances, one of them a tunnel sleeve type? And external poles which the flysheet hung down from, looking like a banana shape in profile. A design properly deserving the appellation of unique. Had great times in one in the '80s. Horrific condensation though...

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    deKremer, just a standard A frame mountain tent. Two zipped entrances with ventilators. External sleeved poles and a springy pole apex joint. Condensation can be a problem as the valances come down to ground, so no air circulation. But in bad weather, it just stood there and took whatever the wind threw at it. Very solid and much quicker to erect than a dome.

    Just found a picture and it confirms that it was called "The Tent"



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    Looks to me like a Phoenix Phortress except that the PP had ( and mine still has) 2 zipped entrances at each end.

    pp

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    It's a very similar style to the earlier Black's Mountain Tent.

    That had a small sleeve ventilator at the top of each end, just below the pole apices. Depending on the wind direction you could pull one of them inside the tent to catch the wind, thus creating an airflow across the upper part of the tent. You could tie up one or other or both depending on how bad the weather was

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    Ah, Black's Mountain Tent, fond memories!

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    The Lichfield viper stood up to many wild camps in the 90's, used the outer with 2 walking sticks, brilliant.

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    edisdeadhas one - you could try a pm

    http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/members/edisdead2/

    Alternatively, pitch the outer and crawl about in it with a tape measure

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    Graham,
    Inner dimensions are 212 x 140 x 108 high.
    Heres a useful link and a wonderful resource
    http://www.outdoorinov8.com/ultimateimages.html
    Note first pic on left eight rows down for some excellent info.

    Some pics of the tent...
    http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps2lbdqjuh.jpg
    http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/a...psvmx59e04.jpg
    http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/a...psb5esvo18.jpg

    http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/a...psqy7kq5up.jpg

    And here's my later Phoenix Phortress.
    http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/a...psoodobv9b.jpg

    Have to agree re the toughness and ability to shrug off serious wind, brilliant design!

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    edisdead, thank you very much. While I can measure the size of the outer, I wanted to know how much air gap Ultimate designed into it. Hopefully I can now get an inner made and then test it out together with a Ventile version for really cold conditions.

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    Your having a ventile outer or inner custom made? Sounds interesting any pics?

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    I'm going to make a Ventile A frame tent to test it in Sweden over the winter. It's not going to be that different to The Tent, but will be simpler, more rugged and with a tunnel sleeve entrance. Probably single layer, but could add a simple frost liner to keep the morning's frost from dropping on the occupants. The Tent has got some nice construction features to it and forms a good base to work from.

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    Love to see pics of the finished product Graham

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    Unfortunately edisdead, it will be next season now. The basic design is done and a nylon mock up made, but I've just run out of time and had other products to produce. Plus, someone let me down on a twin needle sewing machine.

    Off to Sweden this week for some time in the cold and the snow. A cabin with underfloor heating will make a nice change from a Scottish bothy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windswept Man View Post

    Sorry I can't help, but thank you for bringing back memories of my Ultimate Phasher Dome tent, when I was 16. A contender for the finest tent ever made. A game changer, and simply brilliant. Yes, it too was rust brown?! Their logo was a classic then as well.
    I had one of those too , as you say game changer.
    When we had a D of E group out on Dartmoor in appalling weather, managed to get 10 sat in it a trangia in the middle.
    I leant to to a boss to take to Iceland and the git wrecked it on the rock there - The Tosser

    I'm inclined to agree with Pedro, looks like a Phortress

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    Heres a pic of mine
    http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/a...pskdneytbg.jpg
    Unfortunately its past saving as the pu coating inside has deteriorated. Shame as it looks fab and inner is as new

    Graham your project sounds excellent, of you advance it keep us apraised.

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