A great swag with only a couple of downsides
I've used this swag on several occasions in cold weather only (between 0-8 Celsius), both wet and dry nights. I suspect it would be brilliant in summer as it is exceptionally light and mostly a fine mesh. The light construction also means you should be careful where you peg it out, can imagine a puncture happening in the floor fairly easily.
Waterproofing: The fly keeps most of the water off, however it does tend to pool below the pole at the foot of the swag as this sits lower down. It's hard to stretch the fly in such a way that you can stop...it, but the pooling is minimal and can be dislodged by lifting your foot against it every so often. The bucket/tub floor works great though, no had it on soft muddy ground with rain all night and nothing got in. Ventilation: With the fly on, you'll need the little mesh awnings in it open at all times, prone to condensation otherwise. Can be a bit stifling if you don't have a bit of breeze, you can't open the door of the fly at all without rain getting in. Without the fly, it's basically just a mosquito net with a tarp floor, amazing ventilation for warm weather. Size & Setup: It's very compact, packs down smaller than a sleeping bag, and only has 1 pole for each end which both slot into sleeves. Can get it up in under 3 minutes once you know the process. Fly sheet is an easy install, 3 velcro tabs secure it to each pole, then just peg it out around the sides next to the swag pegs. Storage: Interior is just a couple of small organising pockets for wallet/phone/sunscreen/etc, nothing fancy. The vestibule created by the fly fits a 65L hiking pack and boots, not much more.
Met my expectations.
I pitched my new Mono version 2 in a valley on top of the Remarkables near Queenstown before it rained and the wind came up. Was in the tent from 7pm due to rain till 7am when I woke to a beautiful fine day. I was dry and comfortable all night. Only drawback was trying to get changed inside due to the low ceiling height. I am 6 ft tall. Plenty of room otherwise for me and all my gear. I’m happy with my purchase.
Stable through decent storm
For the price, solid little tent. If setup correctly (keep fly away from tent, tight lines, used almost all pegs), water and wind non-issue for me. Made it through 40 knot + gushing rain summer storm on Straddie with no leaks or lifts. Not a tent you'll sit up in but if you could the thing wouldn't pack down so small or as light. Good for what it is & meant to achieve.
I found this mono 1 to be not geared for wet weather, it seems to create condensation and large droplets of water come through after amn hour of constant rain, it has also collected mildew after only 2 months of use. It would definitely be more suitable for the summer and spring ..colder climate I have had to place another tarp over it to stay dry .. also one of the poles has snapped on my second night camping... The good points are it is roomy even though it's difficult to sit up in .. it has good little storage pockets and a strong ground floor .
The instructions could be better.
I thorougly recommend going to http://www.kathmandu.co.nz/mono-tent-grey-green.html and having a look, then downloading and printing PDF instructions provided there (just in case: kathmandu.co.nz/media/wysiwyg/Glossary/Pdfs/Tent_Mono_1.pdf), as building it yourself first time and looking at the instructions attached to the bag may leave you scratching your head in full view of everyone at a camp ground. After measuring poles against the tent and figuring which end goes where, then figuring out how to attach the inner to the upper, I still had t...o leave guy ropes dangling as the diagram didn't make any sense to me. After looking at the above I am a bit more sure now, but still have no idea what plasticy loops on top of the tent are for (thought they had something to do with guy lines, but clearly not). Very compact Not very clear instructions
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