How many people can sleep in the TIPITENT®?
The size of the TIPITENT® is calculated by the number of people it can sleep in the “footprint”. The Mountain TIPITENT® can sleep 4-6. It sleeps 4 quite comfortably including gear. The size largely depends on your style of camping. Using the TIPITENT® dimensions you can determine which size is best suited for your needs. There is ample living space and plenty of standing room in all sizes. Extended tenting trips with lots of gear, the Mountain TIPITENT® would be a bit small for 6 people but ideal for 2-3. The Outfitter TIPITENT® can sleep up to 12. It is ideal for large groups or if you require a very spacious area. The Outfitter TIPITENT® can accommodate 4 cots, lots of gear and a woodstove very comfortably.
Why do these TIPITENT®s have detachable floors?
Many TIPITENT® users welcome the detachable floor as you do not need to use it for all trips saving extra weight and bulk. It is more convenient setting the TIPITENT® up on uneven terrain or in the snow.
For backpacker trips you can split up carrying the floor and tent pole between packs. Their are many uses without the floor advantageous to your situation.
How does the TIPITENT® hold up in the wind?
The conical shape sheds the wind exceptionally well. The stay mount guy lines ensure the TIPITENT® stays in place in windy conditions. Use common sense and camp in the most sheltered area possible. Do not leave the TIPITENT unattended in strong winds and snow.
How does the TIPITENT® hold up in the snow?
The conical shape sheds the snow remarkably well. When the snow fall accumulates you have to brush off any build up. Use common sense and camp in the most sheltered area possible. Do not leave the TIPITENT unattended in strong winds and snow.
How does the TIPITENT® manage the rain?
The TIPITENT® has a waterproofing of 3000mm so rain is not a problem. The bottom storm skirt sheds all water away from the base of the TIPITENT® so the inside floor area stays dry. In heavy downpour moisture may intrude 4-5 inches within the storm skirt but with the floor attached the inside stays dry.
What about condensation?
Being waterproof to 3000mm, you will get some condensation. The two air vents and the top cap opening alleviates condensation to a minimum. Sleeping in the TIPITENT® even though their may be some condensation you will remain nice and dry. In wet and humid conditions, the TIPITENT® must be ventilated to allow surplus condensation to escape. By leaving one of the entrance zippers partly open and propping up the storm flap are extra measures to elevate condensation. The use of a small fire, woodstove or cooking stove eliminates it.