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Polish army tent - Lavvu on a budget ?

Discussion in 'Shelter & Sleeping' started by Shewie, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. crosslandkelly

    crosslandkelly A somewhat settled

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    I did this video quite a while ago, showing how to set up if you are taller.

    [video=youtube;VK5MZLFwkwc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK5MZLFwkwc&feature=youtu.be[/video]
     
  2. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Settler

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    It seems counter-intuitive at first, but when you pitch these as a tent, the "shoulder flap" goes on in the IN side. That keeps the rain from coming in the armholes. And the fringe benefit is that the adjustment loop is a great place to hang a candle lantern.

    Glad to see this old thread revived, and that people are still using these. I love mine. My daughter and I are about to go on our annual two-week canoe trip, and these are what we'll be using.
     
  3. beezer

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    im getting on well with myn. for me the best thing about them is having a candle or two going to keep warm, dont think i would do that in a plastic tent. for next time out i will be casting a candle into a bean tin with 2 wicks. the downside for me is the weight.
     
  4. kaizersoza

    kaizersoza Trekking Troubador

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    for the price they are okay, I have used mine in all sorts of weather, but I don't recommend using it in the rain, mine leaked like a sieve when I tried this, the arm holes were the culprit, I had guys saying that I had put it up wrong, but there were some experienced bushcrafters and wild campers who posted vids on you tube that I copied, judging by the pics posted in here the guys were right I pitched it wrong, I also fabsilled it inside and out but those arm holes were leaking badly,
    I ended up throwing a tarp over it in the middle of the night to keep dry
    Like I say in the dry they are fine, probably a light shower they are okay, any more leave it at home, I also agree with a previous poster, that it is around 1.8m inside, I will probably never use mine again because of the weight and its inability to shed water

    here is a link to the vid I posted on You Tube when I used the Lavvu last, PS no laughing lol
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQsmp0szIR8
     
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  5. Buster80

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    By shoulder flap on inside do you mean the side with 3 buttons is on the outside??

    Also does anyone just use a half shelter? I love my lavvu but it weighs loads so I was thinking of taking a half and a walking pole to hold up the entrance.

    Thanks.
     
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  6. Laurence Milton

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    Some do....some don't. I don't and never had a leak............I was so impressed as a quick simple robust tent for the canoe...and cheap!....I've now bought a second/spare one!!

    Interestingly, the 2nd one is made up with two different sizes, a 1 and a 11......and it's made diddly squat difference; probably 1 or at the most 2 cm shorter, and one alloy peg hole short on the button sides. Pitches perfectly, and seems not to have affected the interior at all.
     
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  7. Dr Toerag

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    They come in 3 sizes, so it's quite possible a 5' 10" person (treadlightly) finds it too small, and a 6' 4" person (Laurence Milton) is fine.
     
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    Set mine as worn....ie shoulder flaps outside. Why if worn when wet would you then put the wet on the inside as your shelter??
    Never had a problem with leaking arm slits..............or any leaks for that matter?
     

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