The latest incarnation in the Luxe lightweight series of teepee style tents which offer numerous options in configuration for more than one person.
There are so many options with this shelter that the forthcoming video will hopefully explain just how flexible it is.
However out of the box, we have the shelter and the inner which will easily sleep 4 adults over 6 foot.
There are two doors and vestibules which will help with air flow and storage. Certainly big enough for rucksacks and kit storage.
The floor space is huge and there is certainly room to move about when sheltering away form the weather.
As a shelter only tarp tent, you could almost hold a party in there. Ideal for families, small groups, kayaking, bushcraft and so on.
As the photos show. You can actually fit one or two V4 Hexpeak Inners inside too. Which then would give you more variety and space of course depending on your needs.
The packed size is good too. Certainly ideal for motor cycle tourers and possibly a group of cyclists sharing.
It comes with 15 long pegs. 8 for the base of the shelter which leaves 7 for the additional adjusters in the centre of each panel. Or you could use them for the guying out points half way up the sides. However the additional 3mm cord needed is not supplied so that is something to take into account. I would suggest a 30m pack.
The only other consideration is the pole required. I have tried it with 2 walking poles linked together and this works fine, strong and stable.
All in all I think this offers users a fantastic super stable shelter for a whole variety of uses. It is supplied with seam sealer and instructions as to where to apply it, if needed.
One additional comment would be to purchase an additional storage bag to split the inner and the outer. The fit of the main back is too tight to make life easy.
Flysheet: 40D / 260T nylon ripstop fabric with one side PU coated and one side siliconized
Inner: High density nylon mesh
Inner floor: 68D Nylon taffeta PU 4000mm
Pole: Not included
Silicone Seam sealer included
F8 outerfly ~1320g
F8 Inner ~1310g
8x Stakes: 112g
Octapeak F8 Max inner floor space: 300cm x 23cm x 197cm tall
Coming from a Shangri-La 3 I've used this type of tent extensively for the past 10 years. Easy to pitch, tensioning on the pegging points is superior to the Go Lite and allows for excellent tensioning. Interior space is large and should easily provide enough space for my wife and two young kids (the main reason I bought this tent over the smaller version).
Pack size and weight is good and easily carried between two people. I am going to add additional guylines to the attachment points half way up the sides as this will pull out the fabric further. I will buy an additional pole as the pole from the Shangri-La isn't quite long enough to pitch the Octapeak.
Main reason for not giving 5 stars is the need to seam seal the tent. I was expecting this so it's not a surprise but in the first use in persistent rain there were definitely several smaller drops coming through the tent so this is next on my list of jobs. On a plus side no water came in through the floor which was an issue with the GoLite.
Overall an excellent tent for the money and I'm seriously toying with buying a smaller one for solo use in the hills.
Unbelievable interior space for the pack size / weight / price. It fits easily in a rucksack with our other gear, so it's going to be perfect for our family of 4 to go camping without needing to be close to the car. It's also plenty big enough to hang out in if the weather turns bad; in particular the headroom makes it incredibly practical vs other "family" hiking tents which can only just squash 4 people in like sardines. Seems very well made to boot.
I recently used this for the first time at the York Cycle Rally and found it to be ideal. With the V4 inner I could sleep and store my panniers within the inner. For security I could also fit my bike in the tent, simultaneously using a chair. Two bikes were stolen at the rally so keeping the bike in the tent is more of a deterrent than laying it on the floor at the side of a small tent. The weights are good for such a spacious option. I would recommend this set up highly for cycle camping.