- Min Wt 3.55 kg
- 4 season, 2-3 person tapered tunnel tent
- Packed Wt 3.8 kg
- 3000mm waterproof 75d ripstop polyester
- Length 220 cm
- Deep tub floor with massive 8000mm waterhead
- The classic First Arrow architecture in economical 75 denier ripstop polyester.
- Colour: Blue
The FIRST ARROW is a 2-3 person, double-skinned, expedition tent for lightweight travel in snow, across exposed country and in severe weather. It is equally suited to warm weather conditions that require good ventilation to achieve comfort.
The classic tapered tunnel architecture is combined with our uncompromising analysis of what a tent should be to deliver specific functional advantages over other shapes and configurations. The FIRST ARROW is not a tent that suits every requirement. Other less aerodynamic and heavier designs may be better if more than two adults need to sit up for long periods. However it is the most advanced and dependable tent in the very lightweight 2-3 person class.The First Arrow is a tent that needs to be used. Only after you have weathered tropical downpours and blizzards will you appreciate the evolution that has brought the model to its present specification.Important details, such as the way a seam faces, why inner canopy seams have been avoided in particular locations and the arrangement of openings will probably never be noticed because they work perfectly. The FIRST ARROW is a tent of extraordinary capability and versatility.
The tapered tunnel shape with its low entry point and sharp 'cut-off' at the large vestibule end give the tent an excellent natural stability in high wind coming from or oblique to the small end direction.The large arch provides sit-up and working room exactly where it's needed. Compare this with other designs. The tapering shape minimises volume and outer skin surface area. As a consequence, heat loss and weight are also minimised. The continuously rising shape of the tent to the high point in the cut-away eave provides the best possible still air convective ventilation and a direct exhaust path for cooking vapours rising from the vestibule. Again, look at other tents! Our vent opening, formed by unzipping the top of the main arch, is carefully matched to the eave shape so that ventilation can continue during steady rain or snowfall.The tent is structurally designed to be pegged out tightly. The canted main arch, like the small end arch, transmits skin stress equally from the canopy to the front vestibule. The main outer zip strength exceeds the skin stress by more than a factor of ten. Operating the bottom sliders on this zip exposes the inner tent for convenient and independent double sided access. The centre arch provides essential support and stability to the canopy in high winds and snowfall.
The FIRST ARROW inner tent has snug shoulder width for three people and plenty of length. The drawings show the main dimensions of the tent, including vestibule space.
Access into the tent (depicted by the arrows in the sketch) is provided both sides of the large arch, and at the small end. Gear can be stowed out of the way in the main vestibule and is immediately available from the inner tent. We don't have to fall over packs, boots and cooking gear to get in and out. Snow for melting can be stockpiled immediately beside the outer at either entrance. We have come to regard all these features as minimum good design.Both ends of the outer and inner tents can be unzipped for full ventilation and views. If you wish you can lie in the tent looking out at the stars, the vestibule simply unzips all the way down from the top to cover your gear.As a result of perfecting the important details of the outer and inner tents it is not possible to erect the inner alone.
While only three pegs are needed to pitch the tent there is provision for up to nine, including main, centre and small arch guys for strong cross winds. Nine 170mm long hard aluminium angle pegs are supplied standard.
More Outer Tent Features
The zip around the main arch is protected by a tensioned eave. With the vestibule fully unzipped the eave guys tension the outer canopy.Similarly, the small end can be unzipped for access or ventilation without losing canopy tension.The guys provided on the two largest arches need only be used if wind conditions demand.
Inner Tent Features
Both ends of the inner are fully zipped and insect screened. The fabric covers on the screen panels can be unzipped for unobstructed views from the tent. The whole inner tent front can be zipped to one side for open access to the equipment stowed in the vestibule.Being suspended by shockcord loops, the inner skin tension is maintained through changing weather conditions. The 'prismatic' inner design provides exceptional clearance and ventilation between the two skins of the tent yet there is little compromise to useful inner tent space.