The much awaiting winter version of the Luxe F6 Hexpeak has arrived, cleverly entitled the F6e.
The first question everyone will ask is ‘what’s the difference?’
Mainly the outer of the F6e has a snow skirt with closing ventilation hole, plus double the side guy points. Thus the F6e outer is heavier than the F6.
The inner on the F6 is 3/4 of the foot print offering lots of space for 2 people. On the F6e the inner takes up half of the tent, leaving the remaining half of the floor for storage.
The F6e inner has considerably less mesh, thereby cutting down the drafts and making the space warmer, thus the reason this tent is sub titled ‘the winter version’.
I've recently pitched this shelter on a warm day and can vouch for the amount of heat it retains, making it ideal for colder climates.
Please note the inner, is the same size as the Hexpeak V4a Inner, which we also sell separately. The construction has considerably less mesh and is thus warmer, but if you seek an all round backpacking tent with this space I would suggest the F6 and the V4 Inner as being easier to pitch and 400gm lighter.
I’ve put up a comparison chart for the solo V4a, the duo F6 and the winter solo F6e which may help.
The pitched height of the V4a is 137cm and the F6 and F6e is 160cm, therefore the footprint of the inner combined with a steeper pitch of the outer will give better headroom for the taller user.
More detail review and video to follow soon.
This will pitch with either the 163X or 197x pole. However I have found the 163x Pole is at the maximum extension which doesn't allow any variation for uneven ground or when the pole sinks into soft turf. Therefore I would recommend the 197x for more options.
As the silicone tents are designed without seam taping, we recommend user to apply seam sealing on the outside seam of flysheet where necessary (Mainly around the crown area). Along the horizontal stitching around the vent. Down the zip and 'inside' the guy loops and top loop. (Pull apart with your fingers) Anywhere water can gather is a potential point of issue if the tent will be subjected to prolonged rainfall or a persistently wet environment.
6 Pegs: 84gm
Silicone Sealant included