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’.
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.
Your have a choice of 2 poles which will support the F6 model. The 163X or the 197X. As the 163X is almost at its fullest extension we suggest the 197X as the preferred option to allow for more height flexibility for the minor penalty of 54 grammes.
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Saturday, 22 October 2016 | Robert
Used this last month in wales I was only there for 2 days I cut it short by 2 days .
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
We were sorry to read your review of the F6e.
Saturday, 3 September 2016 | Stephen
Really pleased with this item! Rapid delivery meant that I could spend an afternoon pitching it (with the handy 14mm pole extender/joiner) and sealing it with the provided sealant. I also made up some guylines using a different colour for the door side to enable night-time access. My son and I then spent a couple of days in August in the English Lake District walking over St Sunday Crag, Dollywagon Pike and Helvellyn. We then dropped down Swirrel Edge to wild camp at just over 700m. He got the inner tent (I really don't like the term "nest"!!) and I slept in the remaining vestibule on a thermarest and in my ex-army gore-tex bivvy bag. Both of us snug as bugs! It rained overnight and we were completely dry. The snow valances actually helped by catching rain water that we used/boiled up for breakfast the next morning! I am 6'4" and my son is 5'11". I would actually be happy to sleep in the inner tent, although accept that the sloping roof/wall is a little close; it doesn't feel too claustrophobic. There is storage space to one's side in the inner tent next to your sleeping mat. The whole tent seems a bit quieter in the wind compared to the two man mountain tents that I am used to. Also MUCH lighter that the 3kg+ weight we're used to carrying! Easy to pitch although the straps provided to set the shape when pitching are a bit too adjustable which leads to different lengths and rather defeats the object of setting the peripheral pegs before lifting the apex! All in all, will be a great 1 or 2 man 3 season shelter and fine (although not tested yet) 4 season/winter shelter for 1 person. Seems well constructed, but will have to see how it holds together over time. Recommended.
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