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The Whelen lean by Beckel canvas

Discussion in 'Shelter' started by bigboots, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. bigboots

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    Recently purchased a Whelen lean-to(nylon) by Beckel canvas. Priced at 138 dallars for stock version(no changes or add-ons)and weighs in at 2lbs 4.3oz. First time out march 4th and 5th, temps ranging from 20 to 56 degrees and it endured some good wind gust. Wind was from multiple directions testing good strength in the tie outs, pulled out my stakes though. Tie outs look weak but hold good, all seams are double stitched. Multiple tie outs on the inside to hang lights and stuff. Set up was quick and easy with plenty of head room. With a good size foot print for 2 people and gear(backpacking).
    This is my first outing review and plan on a long term use review after a year thanks for reading.
     

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    Looks pretty sweet! cant wait to hear more.
     
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    I like that. I have longed for an Whelen Lean-to for some time. I think you done well.

    God bless
     
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    really like the looks of it...keep us informed how things go
     
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    Nice brother, I like that and I cannot wait for more testing. We need to get out again.
     
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    good looking tent. look forward to more reports.
     
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    Wow... nice deal... at $138, you can't really even make your own cheaper, once you count your time... takes me about 4 hours to make one with a tarp and duct tape. And at 2.25lbs, it's a pound lighter. Looking forward to seeing it in use!
     
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    Very nice shelter! I have wanted one of these since I first heard about/read about Col. Whelen. Let us know when you have all the pros and cons figured out.
     
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    That's what I told him. I had been planning to make one from a poly tarp and duct tape. I got to see this setup at the Colorado meetup last week, it's very nice and seems a steal for the price. This shelter is now number one on my list of gear to buy.
     
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    BigBoots,

    What are the dimensions? are they fairly close to Whelen's original drawing? (his main rectangle is 6x8, the two wings are isosceles triangles 8x8x7, the front porch is 30" x 6', and the points on the ends of the porch are isosceles triangles 30"x42"x42".)

    This might be worth buying... at that weight, it's as light as the Whelen "Shelter Cloth" I made from a poly tarp (which is my "Louisiana winter" backpacking shelter of choice.) I really prefer the full size Lean-to, as you can stand up in it, cook in it, process and store wood in it, and have plenty of room to live in. The shelter cloth is a little tight.
     
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    Mine too. This looks like a really good deal, and I really like the look of the manufacturer.
     
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    Yes i can't wait to do it again or if you ever up for a one day adventure give me a call
     
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    I will definitely do that.
     
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    This weekend I'll confirm dimensions for you...in the picture i set up at a lower height to block some winds(around shoulder)
     
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    I recently bought the same tarp from Beckel and had it out on an overnighter in 2 feet of snow. It performed very well. MY partner and I spent a very comfortable night in Penns woods. I love the tarp and will make it my go to tarp for some time to come.
     
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    Well if that just ain't the Cat's Testicles!

    Bigboots,
    Thanks for posting info on this.

    Tough mudder,
    Thanks for chiming in with feedback too.

    Looks like a winner.
     
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    Measured foot print with out foot roof .....72" back wall x. 175" front of flaps at a hieght of 61" this protrudes ridge line by 12" total leanth at 78".....if roof set up foot print goes out to 92" from back wall tieshope this helps get idea of area coverage
     
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    How is the long term review coming? Update?
     
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    I've got a Beckel white canvas Whelen. I'm ashamed to report that I haven't pitched it yet! It weighs LOT more than 2.25lbs, but should be the cat's pajamas for car camping.
     
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    I got mine on order, green canvas. Can't wait till it gets here. Just in time for my fall activities
     
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    I saw that, great price seems good. I kinda want to see it in person. Why would it be so cheap compared to the whelen?
     
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    Nice, thanks for posting.
     
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    Less material and labor to make.
     
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    Long term review
    Yes. I like my over all purchase. For back packing in late spring to early fall love the whelen. Cons after repeated use in high wind areas the lashing has weakened .....but no seams have.....I set up low in storms which sometime's think if I upped the over all width it might be nicer but unless I'm a idiot and set up not taking wind change into consideration tent has held up good....though still want a heavier tent for winter .....lean too's catch wind so looking for my next big idea ....pros....wears good double your lashing when ordering
    If your by your self size good ...if for two....add two feet width....I use old poles from old tents when in areas of no trees ....if you don't always know the area find some or by them ...but still feel comfortable and open to sky and good over all cover in drizzles
     
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    I received my canvas whelen a couple days ago. Haven't had a chance to set up yet, but was happy to see the canvas is actually softer then I was expecting. Nice quality and comes in a nice carry bag. I will post pictures once I get it set up.
     
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    Finally got to try out my Whelen from Beckel. It is great but needs a few improvements. Here it is set up, a little sloppily.
    Craftsmanship was great, good strong seams and tie down loops, stoop up to 30+ mph winds and rain.
    the only issue is the loops on the ridge line soak in the water then drip inside. it comes with loops on the outside and inside. apparently it is a continuation of the same loop so once it soaks outside it drips inside, pretty minor really. I might just try dousing it with water repellant and see if it keeps the loop from soaking in. they other thing needed to improve it is either a tie for the top portion of the wing to seal it up better when its raining or maybe even some velcro so the flap can be overlapped to secure it against the weather more. all in all, a great shelter and I slept great. I will eventually buy the nylon one as well for when I need to go lighter weight.
    I was camping on an island on Little Tupper lake this weekend...the Wind was ferocious Sunday morning until 3pm. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to leave.
     

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    Coat those loops with wax mixed with real turpentine, maybe do the whole top seam with the mixture.
     
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    sounds good, will have to give it shot, thanks
     

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