|The Wintercampers.com crew realizes that it is a new millenium and that we have to keep with the changing times in order to have the latest and greatest gear that is out there. That is why we have our R&D team hard at work discovering such items. Well, finding them is one thing, testing them is another. This is where our gear testing team comes into play. We are willing to try just about anything if it means greater comfort, a lighter pack, a few more degrees of warmth or anything that is in the general interest of the group.|
|The 8 Man Ultralight Tipi
with Large Wood Stove by
|What started as a mere dream when first discovered by R&D chair Uncle Jim, the Tipi turned into a reality when Mark and Matt finally broke down and bought it. Well after one trip we can safely say that the Tipi is worth it’s weight in gold…well actually being that it only weighs 12 total pounds it might be worth more than that. Yes, that’s right….12 lbs for an 8 man tent with a packable woodstove. They don’t call it ultralight for nothing. Leave the extra sleeping bag and down booties at home because you will be basking in near sauna-like conditions with this system.
Now for the details:
The Tipi is made of an ultralight fabric which resembles parachute material. The tipi material itself is very light and easily stuffs into a small sack. It has one aluminum center pole and several stakes. This part of the Tipi weighs in at just over 7 lbs. Setting it up is rather easy. If there is a lot of snow, however, we recommend digging out the area first for easier set up, especially if you don’t
Once set up it is time to build your fire. The firebox is 8x9x20 so you will have to keep the wood small especially since the door only allows wood of approximately 3.5 inches in diameter. However, burn time is about an hour and a half. With a fair amount of attention you can easily warm the inside of the tipi up into the 70s. The sides of the stove and stovepipe do become red hot so you
One of the greatest pleasures of sleeping in the heated tipi was discovered in the morning. Waking up to sub freezing temperatures, putting on stiff-frozen boots, and packing up gear in the cold is not one of the highlights of winter camping. Now all of that is in the past. Simply roll over, stoke the fire and wait a few
*bear in mind these scores are the opinion of E.R.O.T.I.C. after only one trip
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Update!!! —-We have now used the Tipi on many trips including our recent
|During the winter it is especially important to get good dependable performance out of one’s backpacking stove. Up until this point the WinterCampers.com crew has always used some sort of fuel based stove. These generally have worked great however one problem that we have is they can sometimes lose fuel pressure due to the cold temperatures and it is also difficult to measure how much fuel one has left not to mention the weight of carrying the stove and fuel.
We recently purchased a wood burning Trail Stove by Stratus. The trail stove weighs in at less then a pound (14.8oz) and since it burns wood you never have to worry about running out of fuel. The trail stove is small, lightweight and yet very well made and sturdy. Our initial test of the stove produced very favorable results. It was very
easy to start and maintain a fire. A pot of water was brought to a boil in around 15 minutes with very little effort.
A much more detailed review will be made after our next trip
|Alps Mountaineering -20F Mummy Bag|
|Purchased: Sierra Trading Post
Price: $60 (on sale)
Rated: -20 F
Style: Mummy right side zipper
Size: Fits to 6 feet
Shoulder Girth: 64″
Weight: 5lbs 9oz
Gear Tester: Sparky