Having owned one of these tents for a year now, I still feel that it is an oft loved and yet much maligned tent. I bought it because I wanted a lightweight tent for backpacking with and had gotten increasingly frustrated with carrying 2kg of nylon with me.
One of the criticisms of the LC (as I affectionately call it) is that it wont stand up in a real blow being both lightweight and single poled. However, The Hilleberg Akto is in this category and manages to retain a view of impregnability amongst camping officiados. Whats the difference? The Akto has 2 struts at each end of the fly as opposed to just one for the LC as well as a couple more guying points. Is this enough to make the Akto 4 season and the LC only 3 season? I am still unsure.
I have had the LC in winds around 30mph (measured) and probably higher (estimated). Like any tent, true weather resistance is dependent upon pegging and guying. For the LC this is paramount. I have recently seen some really good suggestions on helping with the set up and have yet to try them out. I will post the links to these suggestions when a) I find them again and b) when I work out how to do it….! I am a perfectionist when it comes to pitching and when I achieved a ripple free fly and everything was well pegged, I found that in 30mph the LC had no problems at all. How much more than this can the LC take. I am not so daft as to expect it to put up with a top line hoolie but I am curious to see how much it can really take.
The LC pitched near Llanthony Priory, Black Mountains May 2008
The one thing I havent tried yet is using the LC in snowy conditions. I am keen to see how it deals (or not) with snow loading. Maybe this winter I will find out…….. In fact, I am making a trip to the Cairngorms in early October. Ok so snow is a remote chance but it could still be a bit challenging on the weather front. Do I take the LC or wimp out and take a Hilly? Hmmm, time to ponder the kit list again……