Friday, 1 July 2016

One Planet Gunyah 1v Tent Review

This tent design is a single longitudinal arch pole, sil-nylon fly and inner floor with side entry.  It comes with a tough 210T nylon footprint, a mesh inner and surprisingly ample headroom.  The Gunyah 1v weighs 1300g but - is no longer made.

Vestibule space is just wide enough for a pack, boots and cookware. There is also a bit of useful room at the door zip end for stove kit and water.

The original pegs had an interesting curved profile but were a bit short and I replaced them with 2  8" Y pegs and 6 alloy hooks.

Fly 15D Sil/PU Nylon and tent inner 392g each.
The tent inner floor is 20D Sil/PU Nylon, so a footprint might be needed.
Pole, alloy 227g
Footprint, 210T nylon, 200g
Pegs 90g

Dimensions: 275 X 101cm elongated hexagonal floor. That is wide and long for a 1 person tent.  121cm in height. That is plenty of head room and about 20cm higher than many other tents.  The fly is 140cm wide at ground making a modest vestibule space.

The quality of the Sil/Nylon fly fabric and tent inner mesh impressed me.

The Gunyah 1v was taken on a 3 day basecamp in November 2012 to the high country.  Only 1 light shower was experienced and it shed water well.  It is well ventilated with more internal room than you expect from the design. There is a wired vent at one end of the fly. This is a really nice 3 season tent that packs small and is light. The overall weight is about 1500g.

This may not be the best tent to pitch on wind-exposed sites, hard-to-peg rock shelves or timber platforms.

 I have pitched the inner only for an atmospheric summer night storm, then set up a 2 X 3m 632g WE tarp in A-frame mode over the top using trekking poles. I was able to enjoy an all night spectacle of sheet lightning among awesome coloured clouds.  It may also be possible to set up the inner suspended from a ridgeline using more or less fiddly cord sections and save the 227g pole weight.

If the next generation model was to have a transverse pole (like the Tarptent Rainbow or Phoenix Phreeranger), given a tougher floor ( just make the floor out of 210T), maybe an extra vent and have a freestanding mode with trekking poles then this would be an awesome 1 person tent. 

My Pitching Instructions:

1 Layout the groundsheet/footprint with seam tape upwards (that's why I put seam sealant on the seam to protect the stitching) and peg out at least the 4 main corners with 4 pegs.  You can optionally also peg out the 2 pole grommet end points.

2 (Optional) Layout the inner, choosing which side you want the door, and peg out using the same pegs. Just pop the loops over the pegs.

3 Assemble pole carefully (no snapping the sections together) and fit to groundsheet and tent inner end grommets.

4 Attach tent inner clips to the pole. The tent inner should now be erect and usable. 

5 Throw the fly over the pole, making sure to match fly door side with tent inner door side, and attach the 2 end buckles to the tent inner (or groundsheet/footprint) end buckles.  Attach the 2 rear fly corner loops to the pegs.

6 The Gunyah 1v has a vestibule so the fly extends out past the footprint. On the 2 door side corners the inner has small buckles for attaching the fly shock cord.
The fly has peg loops on the front corners but also a length of shockcord ending in a matching buckle for the inner. The idea of the shock cord is to be able to tension the fly and inner using just one peg to do it. Attach the fly corner shockcord buckles to the inner.  Now remove the inner corner peg and peg out the shockcord to tension both inner and fly.  Do for both front corners.

You don't have to use the shockcord: if you have 2 extra pegs just peg out the fly corners.

7 Now peg out the 2 fly end guys.  You can use the 2 end pegs placed earlier where the poles are grommeted, or use 2 additional pegs (making the total used either 6 or 8) or nearby rocks.

Good anchoring is essential, so insert pegs fully and at about 45 degrees.

I haven't pitched the Gunyah in fly-only mode in the field. The footprint is essential in this case.  It would be handy if the fly had a couple of velcro tabs to attach the pole to.

To pack up the fly, zip up the door, take hold of the wired vent and use a "fold across-ways and roll up" technique around the wire.  You can do this while standing so you don't need to grind the fly in to the ground as you do this. Rubber bands can secure the roll for stuffing in to the stuffsack.

Always dry out the tent before storage or mold will quickly degrade the fabrics. Some people dry out tents and sleeping bags at sunny lunch stops.

Gunyah 2

Gunyah 2 tents are also no longer be available.  Dimensions are: Inner 275 X 132 cm elongated hexagonal floor. (i.e 31cm wider inner than the 1v)  121cm in height.  The fly is 140cm wide at ground.  The fly has about the same footprint as the 1v but it has 2 wired vents for better air flow.

It doesn't look much bigger inside compared with the 1v.  May be a bit narrow for 2.

The Gunyah 2 tent (1500g) has no vestibule since the inner has expanded to fill the space under the fly but the inner could be shifted back to make room. You could use a pack cover to protect your pack outside the fly or just store your gear inside if using it solo.

The fly can be pitched low to the ground.

Tent inner (20D Sil/PU floor) is 500g, 15D Sil/PU fly is 429g.  210T footprint 242g. It appears to use the same alloy pole as the Gunyah 1v.  I am wondering if this fly is the same size as the 1v fly, or if it is slightly larger, will still fit over the Gunyah 1v pole and inner.

Maybe you can pick up old stock or a rarely used second-hand unit.  I recommend you get a pole repair sleeve for these tents.  I use 10cm of 12mm aluminium tubing.

You might want to apply UV Proof or Tent and Gear SolarProof to the fly if using this tent for base camps in high UV environments.

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