After much deliberation a Hilleberg Akto has arrived with incredible speed, ordered one day and delivered at 10-o-clock the next morning. I am assured that this gives me reliable year-round capability: I hesitate to use the common ‘4-season‘ tag because it sounds silly to me, the only season-related aspect of a tent is how it handles snow. Apart from that the season is nothing to do with it. Anyway I’m waiting for the rain to stop and the grass to dry out round the back for a test pitch on the lawn: unlike our free standing Voyager it must have the pegs anchored and can’t really be investigated properly in the house.
As always I checked the weight myself: as supplied it weighs 1.49kg including the stuffbag, pegs + bag and pole repair sleeve, but excluding the spare pole section. The 0.5kg weight advantage of the Terra Nova Lasercomp still nags me, but maybe I’ll get one of those too and try it in benign weather. There is occasionally a used one available from a known and trusted source in the online forums.
Another weight and bulk saving I’ve made for summer trips is a PHD Minim 300 sleeping bag, ordered yesterday in their August sale and a lot cheaper than the normal price. This is made with 800-fill power down and I specified the custom option of a decent zip, essential for insulation control on summer nights with highly variable temperatures between evening and morning. The zipless bag is claimed to weigh 570g so the zip will take it well over the 600g mark, still considerably less than my Mountain Equipment Lightline which I will now use for Spring and Autumn, roughly speaking. The ‘operating temperature’ is quoted as 0 degrees but I’m highly suspicious of these ratings that depend on so many things, and I don’t believe for a moment that it would keep me warm enough near freezing point, hence the summer-only usage.
Delivery is quoted as ‘10 days from stock and 21 days thereafter’, but it isn’t clear whether the custom option of the zip will put it in the latter category automatically. I want to try it this summer if possible.