Dana Design Nuk Tuk
Design: pyramid tent
Ease of Setup: Very easy and fast
I found this tent in second hand market but it's new and never been used! I bought it as I really really love pyramid tent, it's very aesthetic in my view!
Before you use this tent you must did all the seam sealing unless you can't use it in rainy day. Pyramid tent designed good for windy day and it's very stable in the storm wind weather but bad in the rainy day. As it haven't got any extra shelter in front of the door so when you go in/out the tent the rain come in with you that make the inside tent like a mess!
Ease of Setup: Very Easy
Weight: 6 pounds I think
Price Paid: 199
This tent has allot of features that other one pole tents don't have. Like a bath tub floor and a checker board to play chess and checkers on a rainy day. The 180 degree views with the fly strapped back is great for viewing the world from your tent. It is not bad in weight since it can be divided between two people.
I feel this is a very good tent for 3 season camping not sure about the 4th seaon have not tried it out in cold weather. Maybe someday!
Design: 3 season
Ease of Setup: Easy but you climb inside to set pole up
Weight: ~7 lbs
Price Paid: $250
We used the Nuk Tuk for two separate 4+ month long bicycle tours, one in Europe and the other on the Great Divide Mountain Bike route. The following are pros and cons we found.
1. For the weight you can't find another tent giving you as much room. It easily slept us and all our bike panniers with room to spare.
2. The full no-see-um interior keeps it nice and cool in summer. However, it's not particularly warm in cold weather.
3. It's so tall that those of us who are somewhat vertically challenged can easily stand up in the middle.
4. It's good in wind despite the height. The peak has such a small cross section it doesn't present too much area for cross winds.
1. It's not free standing.
2. Sometimes it was difficult to find a large enough spot to put it.
3. It doesn't come with any pole at all. However, we did find a suitable 6 ft tall aluminum pole in the Campmor catalogue.
4. The material of the rainfly expands by at least 2 to 3 inches when wet. This expansion causes the fly to sag and lean against the interior no-see-um netting if you haven't staked out the guy lines. If the fly happens to rest against the interior netting, rain water will seep in and get everything inside quite wet. This expansion occurs both in rain as well as in just humid air; e.g. at night when it's cooler. You really need to go outside and tighten the rainfly down everytime it gets wet.
5. Similarly, it shrinks as it dries. If you set up a wet tent you will need to continually loosen the rainfly as it dries. Otherwise it will pull the tent stakes out of the ground as it shrinks.
We found the tent to be untrustworthy in variable weather conditions. It was always a gamble to go off and leave it during the day without leaving someone behind to make sure the rainfly was drum tight if it rained. There were many occasions when we'd return to find wet sleeping bags and pads. We'd rate this tent at a C+.
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With both a body and fly, this pyramid tent supplies three variations of set up. Use both pieces for a standard two layer tent, use just the body for a buggy night, or the fly for a sub 2 lbs bivy shelter. Seasons: all Walls: double Floor area: 64 sq. ft.