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Below is a copy of the instructions provided with your tent. At the end of these instructions we have provided some additional notes on the use of the Tectite models.


QUICK INSTRUCTIONS for the TECTITE 1, TECTITE 2 & TECTITE 4

Your tent package includes the following components and spare parts: The tent shell with ceiling panel attached, one pole, a set of 8 pegs, one pole repair sleeve, one spare zip slider, combined pole & peg bag, complete tent carry bag. The length of the carry bag is determined by the folded length of the pole. You can carry the pole/peg bag separately and reduce the packed length of the tent to better fit your backpack. Other spare parts and pegs for different ground conditions are available on request.

Pitching your tent

1. Choose a safe, well drained site that is as level as possible. If the wind is more than a light breeze, or you expect it to strengthen, be sure to align the pole ALONG the wind direction and with the door side downwind.  Always check the ground for debris that could damage the tent floor or the mesh perimeter.

2. Handle the pole with care. Unfold it, making sure the connector tubes/ends insert fully into the pole sections. Do not place the pole down where it could be stepped on. When erecting your tent keep the pegs within easy reach - in your pocket works well.


3. Unpack the tent and spread it out on the ground. Locate one end of the pole sleeve and insert either end of the pole into the opening. Push the pole into its sleeve by pulling the tent fabric onto the pole until the pole end finally protrudes from the far end of the sleeve and the sleeve fabric is bunched along the pole. Get used to the technique of ONLY PULLING THE SLEEVE FABRIC onto the pole and ONLY PUSHING THE POLE into the sleeve, whether you are inserting the pole or removing it. This keeps the tube sections fully connected. Avoid the temptation to pull on the pole!


4. With the narrow webbing tensioning straps at the end of each pole sleeve loose, spring the poles tips into our purpose designed hooked fittings. Use either of the two holes available. Finish by tensioning the sleeve straps firmly and evenly at both pole ends.

5. Orientate your tent correctly and peg down one end firmly. Space these two pegs out so there is some lateral tension across the tent end. Then go to the other end of the tent, take hold of the peg loops and ‘fly’ the tent in the air so it can spring freely into shape. Then drop it down to the ground and peg the near corners. The tent MUST BE TENSIONED AS FIRMLY AS POSSIBLE. Extend the mid-roof-panel guys to their longest setting and peg them out to improve the space in the tent. If they can be tied up to nearby vegetation, so much the better. Do not overdo the tension on these guys! Set the pole sleeve side guys to resist wind loads. Finally, lift each pole end off the ground to check it is evenly located between the end pegs. Check again that all adjustments are firm.


6. Enter the tent, set the vent openings and adjust the ceiling panel end tensions if you have this panel attached. It is only required when condensation is expected.

Important Care Warnings

Do not expose your tent to open flames, sparks or extreme heat. Do not leave your tent set up unnecessarily in direct sunlight. A tautly pitched tent will minimise the damaging effects of flapping in strong wind. In the field, if you pack your tent wet and move to built accommodation make sure you dry your tent as soon as possible. Only clean your tent by hand. Use a soft sponge, mild detergent and warm water. Rinse well. After use, it must be clean and absolutely dry before storing.

More Notes on Using Your Tectite

We have used development samples of the Tectites for five years now. Here are some tips and explanations that may help you.

HEAVY CONDENSATION: If you are camped near a water body or the ground is wet, the air is still and it is a clear, cold night with falling temperatures you must, as with any tent, expect heavy condensation to form under the canopy skin. It is the same whether you are in a double-walled tent or a Tectite, it is just that the condensation is immediately obvious under the single skin Tectite. Ensure that your sleeping bag does not contact the tent fabric. Having the tent pitched as taut as you possibly can and then using the mid-panel guys, especially at the foot end of the tent (and especially with the T1 which has a low angle slope there) will achieve this. For such damp conditions, no matter what tent we are using, we carry a small piece of absorbent fabric, about face washer size, to mop water off door panels and deal with the occasional wayward drip. Ten years ago, after nearly 30 years using down-filled sleeping bags in backpacking tents we came to the unavoidable conclusion that for prolonged wet weather, being tent bound for days in high country blizzards and typically damp walks in spring time a sleeping bag with a water-resistant, moisture-vapour-permeable shell fabric is the only solution. Otherwise, is these conditions, no matter how much care is taken, the down filling steady accumulates moisture and loses its loft. When packing a wet tent you might also consider turning it inside out first, easy to do with a Tectite.

ROCK SURFACES: In the north-western Australia's Pilbara region, and elsewhere, rocky ground is so common that the use of any form of tent peg is impractical. The reason that each corner peg point has a length of cord tied to the shock cord loop is so that the tent can be pitched by placing a peg through the cord end loop and simply resting a large rock on the peg. This way the shock cord is free to flex without abrading on the rock. The extra cord also gives ventilation elevation to the ends of the tent and gives extra tolerance when pitching on uneven ground. Please don't remove it! When we know a trip will provide opportunities for camping on bare rock surfaces we make sure we have packed the lengths of thin cord we usually carry. That way we can improvise pitching using nearby bushes, rock crevices, and so on. Strong winds frequently develop overnight in arid conditions. All tents, even a completely free-standing ones, need to be stabilised in these conditions.

WET WEATHER: The corner of the Tectite door panels are fitted with a small tape loop. If you have pitched your tent so the door is downwind in wet or windy conditions you can tie a length of cord to the door panel corner and fly the door out from the tent. This will provide shelter for stove operation just outside the tent.

ROUGH GROUND: The mesh band around the floor, like the floor itself, needs to be protected from sticks, thorns and sharp rock edges. We would just like to reinforce the comments made in the Quick Instructions, above, about making sure the ground is clear before pitching the tent. If you damage the mesh repair is simple. refer to the DIY repair notes (link on the product page).

STORING FOOTWEAR: The floor area of the Tectites is huge. What we do with our footwear is to place it under the floor at an edge, in from the mesh, and where it does not interfere with using the space in the tent. This works well.

VENTS: The large, fixed mesh vents on the pole arc ridge have short props to hold them open. Disconect the bottom end of these before packing your Tectite and take care when folding and rolling the tent. The edge of the vent canopy fabric is longer than the lower edge. Fold-under touchtape tabs are provided to pull the vent canopy flat and closed over the lower edge, leaving a tuck in the middle.

 

 
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