The Hexpeak V4A is manufactured by Luxe and is a lightweight one person double skin tent. It also has the capability of being used as an ultra lightweight single skin tarp style shelter. There are upgrade options available too for this tent. I spent two nights using the tent at Edale in the Peak District. Read on to find out what I think of it.

The Hexpeak V4A comes delivered in a branded rectangular box and gives an instant visual reference to the small packed size of the tent. On opening the box you find a drawstring stuff sack with the tent inside that. The first thing that was immediately noticeable for me was the weight. With a total weight of  around 1344 grams, the tent is definitely lightweight! I’m used to carrying 2 man tents with the weight of them hovering around the 2500 gram mark so the difference was obvious for me.

Taking the tent from the stuff sack, the inner, outer and peg bag are wrapped up in a little bundle. As well as the pegs in the bag, there is a tube of silicone seam sealer, a brush and some line extenders. The tent outer is rip-stop nylon and has been treated with silicone on the outside of the fabric to provide the water proof qualities. This means that the seams need to be sealed before heading out with the tent, especially if wet weather is on the cards. As mentioned, Luxe provide a tube of seam sealer and an application brush.

Pitching

Luxe’s Hexpeak V4A is a hexagonal pyramid shaped double or single skinned tent which is designed to be pitched by means of using a central pole as the main tent support. The pole isn’t provided. You can use a single walking pole (as long as it can extend to around 137-140cm), two walking poles joined by means of a pole extender or by purchasing a tarp pole.  I’ve used a single walking pole to pitch the tent and found no problems doing so.

The tent flysheet comes with six pegs and six guy lines attached to it, with five optional guy line points with lineloks already attached but with no rope or cord along the bottom edge and another five material loop points on the outer tent panels. So there is plenty of anchoring points for inclement weather. For the extra bottom guy lines I used dyneema cord and an extra five pegs.

To pitch the tent you pitch the outer first and then the inner. You start the process by pegging out the outer, once you’ve done that you then get inside the tent with the pole and lift the tent with the pole, ensuring the pole is sat in the re-enforced area of the peak. You then need to spend some time adjusting the guy lines to ensure a taut and even pitch.

Once that’s done you then fit the inner inside. Each corner of the inner has a guy line with a hook attached. You place these hooks on to the relevant pegs to secure and tension using the lineloks. The top of the inner is attached to the top of the fly sheet by means of a hook and the line can be tensioned to raise the inner.

In practice I found the whole process a bit fiddly but it wasn’t anything that worried me. It’s definitely worth spending some time getting the pitch as good as possible because it helps with ventilation, to maximise the usable space and to ensure weather resistance.

Ventilation

Good ventilation is essential for any tent. A bad buildup of condensation can lead to wet or damp equipment. Condensation can’t be eliminated but some tents fare better than others in dealing with it. The Hexpeak V4A features a single vent above the large door on the outer. Under the vent is mesh so this allows for venting while keeping the bugs out. It can be held open by means of the short pole that has velcro attached to wedge the vent open.

In dry weather the tent door could be left partially or fully open, it has double zip pullers so there are options to use it to aid venting. The inner is around 70% mesh and 30% solid material so it’s very well vented. When sleeping in the tent I didn’t feel any draughts on me as the solid material provides cover when you are laid down.

I used the Hexpeak V4A on a two night camp at Edale a week ago. The weather conditions weren’t great. I encountered heavy rain, mist, thick fog and cool temperatures. I experienced condensation build up in the flysheet inner, I’d have been surprised if I hadn’t in that weather. However, it wasn’t an issue at all and the condensation runs off well from the flysheet, keeping the inner dry. When I pitched the tent there was around six to eight inches separation between the inner and outer so brushing the inner didn’t result in getting wet. Compared to my Vaude Taurus 2p tent, the Hex Peak V4A done a good job.

Usable Space

For a one man tent the Hexpeak V4A provides an excellent amount of usable space. I’m 6ft and 15 stone so I’m not a small person and I found the tent to be perfectly liveable for the two night camp I had at Edale. I can sit up in the inner with space to turn. There was enough head and foot space for me when laid down, I was using a 5cm thick sleeping mat and thick down sleeping bag. In addition to the sleeping space in the inner, there is room to store plenty of gear to the side.

The vestibule area that is in front of the inner is vast! I stored my 65 litre rucksack, cooking gear and some other bits and bobs and I still had loads of room spare. Obviously being a pyramid shape, the drop off in usable space in terms of height drops off sharply but I didn’t feel claustrophobic or restricted in space at all.

A cool option with this tent is to do away with the inner and use the flysheet only as a tarp style shelter. You could easily fit two adults inside the tent in this configuration and still have some storage space. The choice is yours. For me personally I’d rather have the bug protection! Another option that Luxe have made available is a two man inner, which you can purchase. Using this inner instead of the one man inner that is supplied means that you lose the vestibule space.

Overall I found the usable space to be more than enough for me. If I compare the space to my Vaude Taurus 2p two man tent, the Hexpeak V4A comes out on top!

Weather Performance

As previously mentioned, on first use I encountered a wide range of weather conditions whilst camping at Edale last weekend. The weekend started out warm and sunny and the tent felt airy enough to not feel overly warm and stuffy. Then the weather changed and I saw the first downpour of rain, which was really heavy. I’d seam sealed the flysheet well in time before the rain started and there were no leaks or anything to worry about. The tent stood up to the soaking it got. It also dried out pretty quickly too!

Then in the evening it got misty and later on foggy. I woke to a damp flysheet but everything in the inner felt dry and there had been no leakage or condensation ingress into the inner. The winds only ever got to a stiff breeze as the campsite pitch was very sheltered, the tent wasn’t flapping or causing any concern. I’ll update this review once I’ve had a chance to test the tent in harsher wind conditions. As it is I was entirely happy with it’s weather performance.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a lightweight backpacking tent, I can highly recommend the Hexpeak V4A. When I bought this tent I was looking at much more expensive options such as Norkdisk’s Telemark 1. I wanted lightweight, easy to pitch and the ability to stand up to British winter use. I opted for the Hexpeak instead of the more expensive options because it offers more usable space than them and obviously the price difference helped too! Pitching can be a fiddly process but it’s not excessive and doesn’t feel like a chore. The weight of the tent is decent enough for me for backpacking so that’s a definite plus too.

I do have some criticisms, one of these is the lack of guy ropes for the additional peg out points. It wouldn’t have hurt to provide these. For anyone over 6ft I think the space when laid down would definitely become an issue when using the provided inner. Luxe have been a bit stingy on internal pockets for the inner, I get they probably wanted to keep the weight down as much as possible but one tiny pocket doesn’t help much when organising gear inside the tent.

Overall, for the money you have to pay for the tent I think it’s very reasonable. The tent isn’t ultra lightweight but it is definitely lightweight and it works well as a one man tent. Having the options to use the tent as a single skinned tarp shelter is great too and allows for some flexibility on how it’s used. Living space is great for one man and his gear, as long as he isn’t a really tall man. I’m really looking forward to spending more time camping with the Hexpeak V4A so that says it all really!

I purchased my Hexpeak V4A from backpackinglight.co.uk and I found their customer service to be great. In addition to the rapid delivery I received a hand written note wishing be good luck on my adventures with the new tent and also a packet of sweets! Little touches like this are really welcome! Thanks, backpackinglight.co.uk!

Review Roundup

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Large living space for a 1 man tent
  • Build Quality
  • Rigid tent when pitched correctly

Cons

  • Can be fiddly to pitch
  • Lack of internal storage pockets
  • Not really suited to 6ft+ people

Overall Rating

4 / 5

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