REVIEW Winter Camp Out in the Wild Haven Tipi Tent

Therookiehunter

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So over the weekend I went out camping with a couple of friends and I set up and tested the Wild Haven tent.

Let me begin by saying, I have never done a winter camp out before and I have never used a stove tent before.

So I head out to St George, in New Brunswick Canada. I pick up a friend in Saint John on my way and we meet up with the third member of our party. We pack up my sled, throw on our packs and we make a short 15 minute hike through the woods to our camping location. I quickly begin the set up process of my Wild Haven tent. Here is what came in the tent package and what I thought of the items.

1. Wild Haven Tipi Tent - Typical high quality Fabric and Stitching from 1TG. The tent was put together very well was very strong and held together nicely under the extreme conditions it was put through.

2. Center Pole - Unlike the Tipi Nova tent, this came with its own collapsible/ also adjustable tent pole. It had end plugs to keep away any sharp edges and the bottom has roughly 5 adjustable pin holes so you can adjust the height.

3. Aluminum pegs - Under normal conditions these would have worked just fine. They are the common pegs that come with 1TG tents. HOWEVER, when being used in sub zero temperatures, these are too soft and several bent or broke. If camping out in below freezing temperatures, I would suggest you get a strong type of peg.
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4. Adjustable cordage - These were great to have. Because they are adjustable, i was able to set up and then adjust tension per side where needed.

5. Tent bag - I included the tent bag for one simple reason. A week before I was to leave, I pulled my tent out of the bag to inspect it before my trip. When I tried putting it pack into the bag, the bag itself ripped. I ended up having to buy a stuff sack online to replace it. This is not the first time i have run into an issue with the original sacks that are sent with the gear.

The set up of the test was relatively easy. But it took me several adjustments to get the all the peg sections set up right. I also had to re adjust the tent to make sure I had sufficient clearing space for my stove pipe since it was going to hang freely in the stove pipe hole. Note that the stove jack is a key SAFETY feature and should in my opinion automatically come with the tent, however it does not. Please ensure you purchase it if you intend to use a stove in any tent. The pipe hole already has the velcro stripping and it installs very easily.

With the tent set up, I then set up all my gear inside. I first laid down a fireproof blanket under the stove. This was to help with keeping the snow under the stove from melting and the stove moving ( which it ended up dong anyway). I then laid down a ground tarp and set up my cot on this. I laid out a foam sleep mat for my feet when I am not wearing boots. I had enough room to put my bags near the end of my bed so they were easy to reach but not in the way.

Cooking on the stove was very easy to do. But sitting around In the blind was a bit more difficult due to a lack of head space. If i hadn't had a stove to use I could have brought the sides in closer and raise the tent a bit higher.


I find the Tipi design to be misleading. Here is why, from the outside a tent looks very large and spacious, but once you get in you lose roughly a foot to two feet of floor space from the edge. This is due to the face that the tent is just too close to the ground. So to help with this, you bring the sides in closer and raise the height of the center pole to give a steeper angle. You technically lose square footage from your inside, but you weren't really able to use it anyway so your actually staying roughly the same because now you can use the space closer to the wall of the tent.

When we originally planned this camp out, we were expecting 0-10c/32-14f. Cold yes, but very manageable with in the tent. However the temperatures changed and dropped to -20c/-4f and down to -25c/-13f with the windchill. This tent did exactly what it was designed to do. It kept the wind out, I never felt a single gust of wind come through. With the stove on the inside pumping out heat and the -25c/-13f degrees outside, the material and the tent were top notch and did a great job in protecting me from the elements.
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I don't know if this tent was designed with this extreme temperature in mind. Given the design of the pegs, I am led to believe this was really designed for just above freezing temperatures. So if you are going to camp out above freezing, even down to 0c/32f then this tent will work amazing. When it comes to more extreme temperatures, this tent will work, but make sure you upgrade your pegs for more durable ones.
 

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"I find the Tipi design to be misleading. Here is why, from the outside a tent looks very large and spacious, but once you get in you lose roughly a foot to two feet of floor space from the edge. This is due to the face that the tent is just too close to the ground. So to help with this, you bring the sides in closer and raise the height of the center pole to give a steeper angle. You technically lose square footage from your inside, but you weren't really able to use it anyway so your actually staying roughly the same because now you can use the space closer to the wall of the tent."
 
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Thank you for your review, Corporal!
3. Aluminum pegs - Under normal conditions these would have worked just fine. They are the common pegs that come with 1TG tents. HOWEVER, when being used in sub zero temperatures, these are too soft and several bent or broke. If camping out in below freezing temperatures, I would suggest you get a strong type of peg.
OKay. I submitted it to our R&D already. It could be decfective item.

When I tried putting it pack into the bag, the bag itself ripped.
:unsure: We also received the same feedback form our users. And this problem has been sumbitted to our R&D. Sorry for the problem and inconvenience it caused. We will strengthen the stitches on it and extend the space of it in the future.

Note that the stove jack is a key SAFETY feature and should in my opinion automatically come with the tent, however it does not.
We didn't sell it before so it's sold separatly now. I have to say it will be more reasonalbe if they can be packed together. I submited this suggestion as well.
 
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