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   Old Thread  #163 28 Jan 2016 at 9.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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For me, this is the post of the year!

Its only 28 days in
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   Old Thread  #162 28 Jan 2016 at 9.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
"yes you can but the wrap cheaper than an infill, but i am not chinese and i use the best zips on the market ykk"

For me, this is the post of the year!

Custom gear, made in the UK should not be cheap. If it is then we are underpaying our craftsmen [need a Union Jack emoticon]
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   Old Thread  #161 28 Jan 2016 at 12.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Decisions decisions. Guess I could have a smaller window that only starts from about a foot off the ground. It doesn't need to go right to the floor. Presumably the clear window will be in a normal green outer frame so that you've got something to see the zips onto properly? Think that'll be the way to go.
Didn't want the composite cos 90% of the time I won't even use the front, so it'll be neater and lighter to just have the option of a zip in infil, as and when I need it. To be honest, I'll probably only need the plastic window about 2 days a year when in a swim I can't turn the bivvy round out the wind in, so I may still just go for the solid roll up door. Don't need letterbox either, but will prob have sleeves for the storm poles either side of the door, just to stop it flapping in the wind.
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   Old Thread  #160 28 Jan 2016 at 11.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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the clear pvc i use is quite thick .5mm so does not screw up, i would recommend you fold the panel onto the door and roll it up, if you want to screw it up and chuck it in a rucksack then just have a solid infill
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   Old Thread  #159 28 Jan 2016 at 10.22am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Why didn''t you lot just buy the tempest composite and roll the front back??? Less hassle than a wrap and cheaper than having a front added
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   Old Thread  #158 28 Jan 2016 at 10.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Andy, thanks for your reply. I realise the clear window will roll up fine as a door, it was more the scrunching it all up and throwing it in the rucksack at the end of the session I am concerned about, ie how much bulkier and harder to fold up it'll make the whole thing. How flexible/supple is the clear plastic you use? Also, how will it cope long term with being folded/screwed up, is the plastic likely to split over time through repeated folding etc? Totally agree it's a lot less aggro to zip a front on than put a wrap on though.
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   Old Thread  #157 28 Jan 2016 at 9.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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having a clear window sewn it will add weight but it rolls up no problem,
adding the front takes a fraction of the time of adding the wrap.
yes you can but the wrap cheaper than an infill, but i am not chinese and i use the best zips on the market ykk
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   Old Thread  #156 28 Jan 2016 at 7.58am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This is my concern too. Considering you can just get the tempest wrap for around 95 might be worth just getting that. I would rarely use the front unless the weather is really bad so don't want something that will compromise the entire point of the tempest (ease of setting up and packing down).
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   Old Thread  #155 27 Jan 2016 at 8.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Was thinking about having that option on my one, sewn in clear window with no privacy cover as the only time it would ever get zipped down would be if the rain is driving straight at me. My only concern with that would be how much heavier would it make it and how much less flexible/foldable it would be for packing up purposes?
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   Old Thread  #154 27 Jan 2016 at 6.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had him make a front for my tempest air cost 160 with a clear panel in the door
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   Old Thread  #153 27 Jan 2016 at 2.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mine arrived today and I'm going to do exactly the same before I even use it. Look on his Facebook group page (Army Andy bivvy repairs) and you'll see infils in both dpm camo and olive green on tempest airs. Look top quality
Prices start at 120, depending on requirements.
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   Old Thread  #152 27 Jan 2016 at 11.22am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have just bought the tempest brolly. Thinking about getting a front made by army Andy.anyone had a front made for these and if so any good? cheers
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   Old Thread  #151 1 Dec 2015 at 2.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've been using mine for about 5 months, and I'm super impressed with it. The material (Nylon) is very good, light weight and seems to be hard wearing, and 100% waterproof. I put mine away wet regularly as I only do over nighters and usually have to pack up at 5am and it will stay like that until the weekend after and so far no seams lifting and no mould. If you don't use the tensioning strap it can be set up very low which in most cases negates the need to have a door on it in the rain. I usually set mine up with the strap which makes it sit quite high but I like to sit on my bed chair buddy under it which is easily achieved with head room to spare. If the weather does get rough I also purchased the JRC mozzie mesh which fits it a dream, this also doubles up as a worst case scenario panel for the front to deflect the rain, which it also does very well and for 30 you cant grumble. I fished last Friday in 50mph winds and heavy rain head on and although rain was getting in I still stayed dry on my bed.

Negatives points are it breaths about as well as Amy Winehouse , which personally doesn't bother me as find me a single skin bivvy that does.

and that's about it.

I would go as far to say its my favourite shelter I've ever owned and the lightest, and the quickest to erect.
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   Old Thread  #150 1 Dec 2015 at 0.00am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Seriously thinking about getting one of these , my only worry is that im going to get soaked using it open. Any more reviews now it's a little colder?
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   Old Thread  #149 25 Oct 2015 at 6.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Still well pleased with mine, it's been used and abused with no issues so far.
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