Gear Review: Apexus Andes 33 Tent
Review sent by RotsapReb
Thanks Apexus of Mtr. Terry for allowing me to use once more the much awaited Andes 33. It's a year now since I tested the prototype of this tent and at that time this was unnamed. I used to test this model twice in known low-temperature mountains, Mt. Tapulao of Zambales with Alliance Mountaineering and Outdoor Society on our Bible distribution (February 2014) and Mt. Pulag (March 2014) with my friends Ian Prince of Tees and Prints, Kuya Jun of Tribu ni Bro and John Nixon from London.
One good thing with Apexus they are open-minded for any observation and recommendation. After a year since I gave back the prototype to Mtr. Terry, I noticed the adjustments they made to make this model more lighter. Last year, I tested the red flysheet and this year, a blue one- fabric material of this is same with imported brands tents, which are made from nylon. The fabric of the body of this tent is great, can sustain the user to experience higher temperature. The flysheet was like tuber plant "gabe," water was just dripped.
This year, Alliance Mountaineering and Outdoor Society climbed Mt. Pulag once more after four years. It was a wet camping due to continuous raining, a good weather condition to test outdoor shelter. The temperature was lower than 10 degree Celsius (the last time I measured at around 6pm). The performance of the ground sheet or footprint was awesome, even the West Saddle or the known Camp 3 was watered and muddy due to continuous visits of campers and raining I didn't experienced wetness in tent floor.
Two vents turned any kind of breeze into a condensation killing cross wind. There are also two stowage pockets (pretty standard), and the two vestibule doors, this made entry and exit easy and made it easy to refresh air inside. Technically, Apexus Andes 33 is a three-season. A four-pole structure provides excellent resistance to wind. Andes 33 has good vestibule, ideal for stuffs storage. Exceptionally durable and high quality materials plus extensive research and solid design. Highly packable tent with lots of room and excellent weather protection. It's roomy enough not to feel claustrophobia.
Dimension- 8 ft. X 3.10 ft. ( ideal for 2pax)
Pole- Aircraft-grade aluminum alloy
Flysheet- nylon materials, hexagon ripstop w/ PU coating for waterproofing + technologically seam-taped to last.
Entry- 2 doors w/ 2 vestibule areas (good for any unwanted weather)
Approximate weight- 2.5 kgs. (excluding pegs)
- Can be heavy for solo (ideal for weight sharing)
- Elastic guy loops make it harder to tension fly
- Zipper gets caught if not handled properly
- Cannot fit more than 3 people.
- The internal pole system makes this tent bulky to pack and heavy in the bag
- Good ventilation
- Two large doors makes moving in and out of the tent comfortable
- Comfortable interior
- Exceptionally spacious
- Weather resistant for its weight
- Aerodynamic design can withstand even without the aid of guy line
- The two vestibules
- Full- taped bathtub
- Convenient overhead
- Semi-full mesh design for comfort and ventilation
- Packs small and light
- Easy to set up only takes about less five minutes
- Lots of room for two
This is a roomy tent with a 46-inch width and plenty of room for two. The 42-inch height runs through most of the tent, creating plenty of sitting up room. Two big doors with both vestibule sizing of 24-inch each, made the tent feel even roomier.
Apexus mastered the aspect of packability not only the tent design. Designed small tube shaped stuff sacks. They also cut their pole sections smaller to 17 inches—so they would be more compact for cramming inside packs. At two point two pounds per person, there’s nothing to complain about in weight distribution.
If will not identify earlier the length of the two sets of poles, setup of the Andes 33 couldn't be simpler. Through color-coded poles, it’s a quick and intuitive setup: the two cross corner to corner lengthwise (longer) while another two poles arc over the doors (shorter). All the poles system run through clips, making the tent very easy and quick to set up. This four-pole intersections give the tent a strong and stable base. Even in strong wind or rainy environment it was no problem.
LIVABILITY and FUNCTIONALITY
The 30-inches U-shaped walk-in with mesh doors, 3’6” max interior height, make this a very livable tent.
MATERIALS and CONSTRUCTION
The bathtub floor is made of waterproof fabric to withstand abuse from under the tent as well as within. Along with non-YKK zippers, aluminum poles and aluminum stakes, this tent, including the bag it comes in, is made to last.
The design of this tent comes from the idea of two back-to-back or Hybrid of Apexus Tadpole where the ridge line poles pull the vestibule well beyond the tent doors, creating a covered porch that keeps drips out of the tent and off head while exiting the tent. A bathtub floor kept the water on the outside and a well-designed roof stayed puddle free even in heavy rain. Possible for warmer environments, the large mesh doors offer excellent ventilation.
BUY LOCALLY MADE
Apexus offers another model to invest with. Definitely the amount of this will be cheaper than imported tents available in the market today. Apexus assures everyone of their life-time repair warranty and pole spare available anytime in-case of breakage. Support local economy and uphold the welfare of your fellow- Filipino.
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