Why do we want to know what trekking poles you have?
1) Some brands of trekking poles have fatter tips than others - we need to make sure the tips of your trekking poles will fit into the ridge pole.
2) We need to know if they are adjustable to at least 130 cm. If not, we can supply (at no extra charge) a custom ridge pole that will make up for the shorter trekking poles - this does add about 1 ounce of weight to the tent.
Why the $50.00 up-charge for custom sewing?
Any custom rain jacket or rain pants order requires a one time modification to the pattern.
It means we have to stop and cut out just one item.
A sewing machine operator has to stop what she is working on and sew up just one item.
This process slows down the general operations of the factory.
We normally make all rain gear in small batches. They are not 'made to order' thus, even shortening pants or sleeves involves extra labor and time.
Modifying a pattern is much more involved than just adding to, or shortening, the hem.
What Materials are LightHeart Gear Tents made from?
LightHeart Tents are made of 1.1 oz. sil-nylon (silicone impregnated ripstop nylon) with a 3000 mm Hydrostatic head.
Windows and doors are nylon no-seeum mesh.
We are now in the process of slowly transitioning all tent and rain gear material to a silicone coated micro ripstop polyester.
The Camo fabric will be the first to change. The polyester is a 20D fabric with silicone coating both sides, 3000 mm hydrostatic head.
At this time, the ONLY tent available in polyester fabric is the FireFly camouflage tent.
Can I return a tent if I don't like it?
Yes. Tents in NEW condition may be returned within 30 days for a full refund. When returned, the tent will be checked over to make sure it has not been set up outside, once checked a refund will be made . If YOU seam seal a tent it is not refundable. If WE seam seal the tent for you it is fully refundable within 30 days of receipt.
Does the tent come with poles and stakes?
No. LightHeart Tents uses trekking poles for set up rather than traditional tent poles. Trekking poles are not provided with the tent. A lightweight plastic ridge pole is included with the tent. The tent comes with tie-out cord and a stuff sack. Separate tent poles are available for purchase.
Is a footprint available for the tent?
Yes. We offer a Tyvek® ground cloth cut just slightly smaller than the floor of the tent.
How are trekking poles used to set up the tents?
Please read the setup instructions provided with the tent or watch the set up vieos on this website. The trekking poles should be extended to 125-130 cm. Care should be taken when inserting the tips of the poles into the ends of the lightweight plastic ridge pole because damage to the tent could occur if the tip was to come out.
Is Silnylon waterproof?
Yes, silnylon is extremely waterproof. All LightHeart Gear tents are made with sil-nylon that has a hydrostatic head of over 3500 mm water. This fabric is custom made to my specifications.
Does the tent need to be seam sealed?
Yes. Seam sealing instructions are provided with the tent. We offer McNett Sil-Net seam sealer for sale, and will also seam seal the tent for you for an additional fee.
Is the rain fly removable?
No, the rain fly on all LightHeart Tents is attached to the body of the tent.
Can I cook inside the tent? The vestibule?
NO. Sil-nylon like any other fabric is flammable. It is not recommended that you cook inside the tent or vestibule. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur this way and potentially cause death. Extreme caution should be used when an open flame is near the tent.