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Hello to all, I have been lurking around the forum for a while, and first of all thanks to some of you for the great information you have shared. The wealth of knowledge and experience and willingness to spread this information is amazing.
Anyway, to the topic at hand. I bought Sierra Designs Sirius 3 tent for my first "real" tent. It is amazingly light for its floor space, as far as I know anyway (41 sqft. and 4lb 12 oz. + stakes and lines). It also only cost me $120 on Steep and Cheap, which I thought was a pretty amazing deal. It has treated me well so far, but it has one downside: the fly. Rather than explain, here is a picture:
As you can see, when it is raining hard, it is easy (and likely) for water to come into the tent. I saw a modification on a review on REI.com and would like some input in how to best put it into practice. I plan on doing this before a spring break trip to the Gila Wilderness in NM. Here is the only picture of the mod that I could find:
So, any advice on how to implement this? Perhaps improvements on this design? For reference, here is what the reviewer said about his fly design:
The way I will (haven't yet) actually carry the Sirius 3, the weight is about 5lb 10oz or about 4oz less than even my 2 man North Face tent! That includes a 3.9oz 0.1 mill "painters plastic" ground cloth (light weight & cheap) and a 2.3oz 5' x 5' 0.1 mill rain fly extension to improve wet weather use. See photo. I folded and taped one 5' edge to make a pocket to slide over the pole and under 3 clips by one door. I poked a small hole thru it for the fly clip. 2 more points near the other corners connect to the rain fly buckle and stake out with trees or trekking poles. When I finish testing the design, I may make one with rain fly fabric.
A couple other questions. When I bought the tent, the footprint came with it for free, but I am getting the impression I could save a substantial amount of carrying weight if I skip the footprint and make/bring my own. Anyone have experience with this? What is the best way to go about it? staking it or maybe just putting it under the tent and leaving it?
Also, I would like to get an attic, but at the going rate of $20 I feel that it's well within reason to make one of those as well. Perhaps someone has done this too?
Thanks for taking a look!