Friday, 1 July 2016

Luxe Tiger Moth Tent Review

The Luxe Tiger Moth tent is a 2 person 3 season free-standing tent. It has a 1500mm 75D polyester fly, tough Nylon taffeta 4000mm floor, and 215 X 140cm inner floor plan tapering down to 90 cm width at the foot.  So it is a bit of a squeeze for 2 standard 50cm wide mats, but a good length for taller users. Internal height is 100cm. Alloy poles cross over twice for a strong structure. It is a palace for 1, and good for sitting out bad weather. It has doors either side and big vestibules. The seams are taped. The polyester fly should have more resistance to UV than the Sil/Nylon favoured by US and European makers.  Weight at 2130g is the biggest down side for using it as a single person shelter.
A great car-camp tent with the option of using it as a backup if weather trends make your first tent choice a bit too lightweight for conditions.  Something to consider if you have a long journey to the trail head.

The Luxe Tiger Moth is well ventilated for condensation control, despite the low profile fly edge. It would be a bit cramped for two adults.  I have seen favourable user reports of this tent in winter alpine conditions under snow load.  Being a mesh inner it may admit spindrift and fine sand, however the fly is set very low to the ground.

Being free-standing this tent can be pitched on platforms and hard flat areas. Since there is only one guy, the choice of pegging points is limited from the fly hem.  Take extra cord for tying on to rocks.

The bathtub floor doesn't need a groundsheet. The main seam is taped. I did apply seam sealer to the stitching anyway. I also did the small corner bathtub fold seams too.

There are two large mesh zip doors and the two 70cm wide vestibules are large enough for a pack and other gear on each side.

There is plenty of room to sit up and dress. The steep wall at head end means you're not suffocating on nylon inner when lying down.  There are three generous mesh pockets in the loft: one at the foot, one behind the head and one overhead.  There are two inner hang points over the doors that will support a short drying line.

Stumpy 14cm but tough Y-profile pegs are provided and I suggest replacing all these with longer pegs.  A whopping 10 peg points on the fly hem plus one guy and you could add a twelfth peg point with a guy line at the head end attached through the vent directly to the poles where they crossover.

Reports say it is a nuggety performer, handling wind well, particularly from the steeper head end. The low fly may be helping keep it stable in wind.

This tent has been compared to the 2040g MSR Hubba Hubba (which has a different hubbed pole design). The Hubba Hubba has 210cm X 124cm floor dimensions, which is just shorter than the Tiger Moth and not as wide at the head end.

If wanting to use as a two person tent, consideration should be given to the One Planet Goondie 2 30D.  This is roomier and about the same weight with the solid inner option.

The 7001 T6 alloy poles cross over each other twice (double-cross design) returning to the same side. This double cross bracing serves to give this tent substantial wind resistance.  The poles have a short angled elbow join section towards the head end which permits a near vertical ascent from the floor grommets.  Poles clip to the inner, so it is an inner-first setup. The fly has velcro attachments for the poles if you need them, and the inner has two shockcord loops to attach to the crossovers of the poles. Watch out as some online versions of this tent come with heavier fibreglass poles.

There is a single guy-out point at the foot end from the pole crossover region. It is a bit of a puzzle why more guy out points were not added. You can add a guy line by reaching through the head end vent and attach a loop of 2 or 3mm shockcord attached to a guy at the rear pole cross-over point. A couple of guy attachment points over the vestibules might help in high crosswinds.

The Luxe Tiger Moth helped keep the occupant warm during a very frosty night.
The seams are taped, although I seam sealed some of the junctions anyway with SeamGrip. It doesn't hurt to UV Proof it as well. The fly is 75D polyester (PU coated?) so it should take a beating.

There are 4 colour coded webbing straps and buckles at the corners with peg points, two vestibule peg points, 4 fly hem mid side peg points with shockcord loops for assisting ventilation and storm security plus the already mentioned guy-out at the foot making a total of 11 peg points.

For the 4 fly mid side peg points you might get away with using long lightweight 3g Ti wires. For the two vestibules I use two 23cm Y profile pegs or 18cm hooks.  For the 4 corners and two guys use either Y profiles, 16cm alloy V pegs, 18cm alloy hooks or Easton nails.

It has a substantially mesh inner with a solid ceiling to catch condensation and solid panels around the head and to the side of feet. It has large mesh doors. The mesh has kept out all sized insects.

Inside is roomy for 1 and doable, but a bit of a squeeze, for 2 persons on good terms.
There is a good sized closable vent at each end. The fly can be set with a gap or taken down to just off the ground.

High country camp on the Jamieson River, poised for a summit bid on the scrub-defended Mt McDonald.

This is a well made robust tent. I am impressed with the ventilation system and it doesn't suffer from condensation issues. There is plenty of head and foot room. This tent delivers and it can be found at a reasonable price.

Rating: ****

I bought the Tiger Moth with my own funds and I have no relationship with Luxe.

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