Pitching the Zephros 2…… Email to Terra Nova..
Firstly I found a deserted campsite and confidentially laid the tent on the ground. I expertly inserted the black poles into the wee sockets in the fly sheet and expertly unfolded the bloo pole. With my usual expert touch I slid the bloo pole into place and attached it to the appropriate holes.
I stretched out those funny strap thingies at each end of the tent and noticed the black poles (like magic! appear to be upright. I inserted a peg into each of the attachments and deftly pushed the peg into the soft ground. I am very impressed with the locking mechanism at the tops of the pegs however they appear to be single use only…. I have managed to extend the life of several of them using my trusty leatherman.
I pegged it all out, but it still sagged in the middle. By holding unto the rear guys and leaning backwards at 45 degrees I managed to exert enuff force to pull the flyshheet taught. Further use of the self locking pegs proved a little difficult as the pegs not only locked but tended to bend.
At last I was happy. Glad I had bought a two door tent.. However I was dismayed to find that there was only one door and the effin video on you tube indicated two…
Stoically and quietly swearing I moved to the other side of the tent, only to find I had pitched the ruddy thing the wrong way round. Undaunted I opened the door to find a scary coffenesque inner… I looked confidentall down to the black poles and noted that they should have been inserted into wee holders on the bottom guys!!
This I fixed. using more of the 45degree leaning techniques interspersed with having my rear in the air….. Eventually I opened the inner compartment. I had to silicon the zip as it tended to stick at the bends… Instant success…
This being a 2 person tent I was quietly confident,. I previously had claustrophobia in the Zephyros 1 ( which I sold to an unsuspecting victim on ebay ( losing only £15)) I lay down.
Now I am slim and not tall, but I fail to see how I could share this tent with another person. They would need to tiny, non flatulent and have impeccable personal habits and a bladder like a camel. and no, personal possessions..
Sitting up was difficult due to zero head room as was reading lying down… Use of the temporary toilet ( large clear cycling bottle) necessitated getting on all fours which was tricky. I am glad that I didnt require a shee wee. The front compartment for storage was a bit small but it could hold my boots and the temporary toilet
Apart from all of this my setup was good. A tarp was placed over the eastwards side of the tent to avoid getting barbecued in the morning sun,which didnt happen. Ah well A character building exercise
Good tent, rubbish pegs, pathetic instructions……… Also just make everything about 5cm larger!!!
have a good weekend !!!