Big Sky Chinook 2P tent

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Big Sky Chinook 2P tent

Postby Lizzy » Sat 07 May, 2016 11:15 am

This is my initial impressions of the Big Sky Chinook 2P 4 season tent.
Options purchased:
Outer shell: light weight SuprSil fabric, apple red
Interior: breathable fabric
3rd pole: 4 season DAC NSL 9mm aluminium pole
Sack: silnylon tubular compression sack
No stakes/pegs
No guy lines
2P X-cord

Total weight on my scales 1.79 kg

On initial unpacking and setup I noticed a small bit of fabric was caught in the zip sent this was from the supplier- I got it out but it left a small hole near the edge. I contacted Bob at Big Sky about this & he offered to replace the fly but I opted for some stuff to fix it as it is very minor & I didn't want the hassle of US postage etc.
Other than that all the stitching and everything looks great
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Fabric caught in zip
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Re: Big Sky Chinook 2P tent

Postby Lizzy » Sat 07 May, 2016 11:22 am

The tent came with inner attached and it can be set up like this. You can either use the 3rd pole or optional x-cord to save some weight in 3 season conditions. Leaving the 3rd pole behind saves 206g on my scales
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Re: Big Sky Chinook 2P tent

Postby Lizzy » Sat 07 May, 2016 11:29 am

You can also setup the tent without the inner creating a large tarp- the inner is unhooked with simple clips
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Re: Big Sky Chinook 2P tent

Postby Lizzy » Sat 07 May, 2016 11:55 am

The fly has 2 external vents
The inner is all fabric. At the top on either side are 2 mesh vents which can be zipped open
The inner has 4 mesh pockets and a high bathtub design
The inner is quick and easy to clip in or out and uses red/black colour coded clips as does the x-cords
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Re: Big Sky Chinook 2P tent

Postby Lizzy » Sat 07 May, 2016 12:14 pm

Plenty of space for 2- was too lazy to blow up neoairs so here are 2 CCF mats. The foot of the tent is slightly narrow than the head
The tent has 2 vestibules and 2 entries/exits. Plenty of room for a pack boots

Overall I am very pleased with the Chinook and am looking forward to testing it out. It will certainly lighten my load :)

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Re: Big Sky Chinook 2P tent

Postby Giddy_up » Sat 07 May, 2016 1:20 pm

Thank you Lizzy,

There sure is a lot to like about this tent. Nice little peek around and I like it a lot. I guess the next part is using it but based on this I'm sure you have a winner!!

One observation, how long is the tent in its stuff sack?

It appears long, is this because of the inclusion of the poles.

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Re: Big Sky Chinook 2P tent

Postby Lizzy » Sat 07 May, 2016 2:36 pm

Yes it is packed with the poles- Long tent pole sections are 40cm so probably add a few centimetres to this... It is still up waiting to be shown off to hubby but I will check later. The 3rd pole sections are shorter and it is pre-bent.
The red will look pretty in some snow :D
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Re: Big Sky Chinook 2P tent

Postby Giddy_up » Sat 07 May, 2016 4:04 pm

I agree, the red looks great and on snow will be spectacular. Easy to find in low light or poor visibility too Lizzy which is huge advantage in poor weather.


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Re: Big Sky Chinook 2P tent

Postby clance » Sat 07 May, 2016 4:49 pm

I just got one of these too.
Spent my first night in it last night, it's a good size for 2 luxurious for 1!
Good points for me are the ease of set up, it has steep walls and hence very good headroom, it also has great air vents up high- it was frosty this morning and I had very little condensation :-D

not so good point, the fly and the inner are very close together so it would pay to guy it out well in inclement weather.

Overall it seems like a really good tent and I'm very happy

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Re: Big Sky Chinook 2P tent

Postby ebanna » Fri 08 Nov, 2019 6:38 am

I'm interested in this tent but I wonder if the fabric inner doesn't have enough venting for warm Aussie nights, as it only has mesh windows. Could I ask those who have one to comment on this please, if they've used it in warm weather?
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