I managed to get out again with the Unna last weekend as per my previous post and this time with very strong winds. So having used it in harsher conditions and also with a bivvy bag instead of an inner, what do I think of it now?
Short answer still impressed.
To elaborate, I can break it down into areas of use and functionality with comments against each:
Well, I managed to ditch around 400g by using the bivvy bag instead of the inner. This brought the the total weight to around 1800g. Still heavy? By other lightweight tents…yes but it cant be taken in isolation of just weight, other factors as described below are important. Having said that, 1800g is not that heavy especially when taken together with the rest of my packweight. Would I like to lighten that some more? Yes but I think we are talking 100 or 200 grammes max extra savings. Still for a bomber tent that isnt bad
Easy one this….extremely. The use of a bivvy bag really opened up the interior of the tent and it felt huge inside. I reckon you could easily get a 2nd person inside without the use of the inner. The ability to fully open up the front of the tent is also extremely desirable to make the tent more liveable. It was really nice to completely open the front of the fly up so that Icould have a super view of the world outside. I had oodles of space to spread out (and the ability to sleep in the middle of the tent without a fear of billowing tent outer buffeting me in high winds). The head height, already good with an inner at 100cm, becomes cavernous at 105cm without the inner. Cooking inside the tent without the inner is also extremely easy. I had no fear of lighting myself up with the alcohol stove as I could retreat quite far into the tent and thus shelter from the wind
As I posted previously, the Saturday was very windy (being on an escarpment) with gusts up to 50mph. I found that the Unna coped really well with the wind and the gusts, although it is fair to mention that the large back panel did deform inwards under the pressure of the wind. The fly also flapped a little in the gusts. I would like to see if faffing about and getting the fly pitched a bit tauter next time would improve the performance in high winds. I suspect that this is where the Soulo scores better in having the extra pole and thus 6 panels of fly as opposed to 4 larger ones on the Unna. Having said that the performance in high winds was good and at no time did I fear the tent would collapse or deform badly
Often overlooked but the simple joy of using a particular tent is an important factor (certainly for me). Did the sum of all the attributes give me a nice feeling about using this tent? Yes, absolutely. I really enjoyed taking the lightened Unna out in high winds and having loads of room for once to spread my stuff around in
To summarise, I can see me using this in the summer as well as in the winter because it gives options and flexibility. In other words…….I had fun