NatureHike Star River 2

A place to share systematic reviews of bushwalking equipment, services and idea.
Forum rules
Forum rules
This is a place to share fair and systematic reviews of gear. Share the good, bad and ugly as well as including how you tested it and reviewed the gear. This is not the place to carry on about a bit of gear that failed, sometimes good gear has a lemon - this is more about systematic reviews. Although this can be a way to help gear manufactures with feedback, this is not the place to hassle them or ask for money back.

Start each thread with
[tag]Brand, product, RRP in AUD. The tags have two parts the type of gear and type of testing/review. eg
[Sleeping bag | Unboxing] Kmart Summit Hooded $29
[Stove | Field test]Jetboil, flash $150

Suggested review types. Unboxing, field test, 1 year on, stress test, teardown.
If someone else has already reviewed the same product in a similar method then please use the initial thread to include your review. Please note if the gear was provide to you for free, loan, discount or if you paid full RRP.

NatureHike Star River 2

Postby Strider » Tue 24 Jan, 2017 8:38 pm

Well this weekend I finally had the chance to take my 4 year old son for his first overnight walk. This also gave opportunity to use our recently acquired NatureHike Star River 2 tent. A short review in lieu of further testing, and in mild conditions to date, but I am so far very impressed with this tent.

Build quality appears excellent, with the only immediately obvious design flaw the lack of any means of locate the cross pole on the fly; meaning it will likely shift, rub or wear here if exposed to sustained bad weather.

Weight is 2kg including footprint. Fly material is 20D silnylon. Not bad for $170.

Image

http://www.naturehike.com/star-river-2- ... -men-tent/

Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
User avatar
Strider
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 6030
Joined: Mon 07 Nov, 2011 6:55 pm
Location: Point Cook
Region: Victoria
Gender: Male

Re: NatureHike Star River 2

Postby Franco » Fri 03 Feb, 2017 1:28 pm

Ron Bell at MLD did a test on the fabric of a made In China Trailstar copy.
Did not mention the brand but some called it a 3f , Ali Express had them unbranded .
The fabric is described in the ads as the MLD is , however Ron's tests proved otherwise.
https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q= ... %20designs
You need to scroll down because I can't get a direct link to it.
Franco
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 2642
Joined: Thu 30 Oct, 2008 6:48 pm
ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS: Tarptent
Region: Victoria
Gender: Male

Re: NatureHike Star River 2

Postby blakey_ » Fri 03 Feb, 2017 1:41 pm

The date under the post is a permalink to the post

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Mountai ... 962682726/
blakey_
Nothofagus gunnii
Nothofagus gunnii
 
Posts: 35
Joined: Mon 04 Jan, 2016 1:36 pm
Region: Tasmania

Re: NatureHike Star River 2

Postby Franco » Fri 03 Feb, 2017 2:19 pm

Thanks, I have learned something today.
Franco
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 2642
Joined: Thu 30 Oct, 2008 6:48 pm
ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS: Tarptent
Region: Victoria
Gender: Male

Re: NatureHike Star River 2

Postby Strider » Fri 03 Feb, 2017 2:19 pm

Have seen that before Franco. I'm not after an expedition tent. This gets me out with my son for the moment, though will be replaced with something quality in a couple of years once our other two kids are old enough to join us.
User avatar
Strider
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 6030
Joined: Mon 07 Nov, 2011 6:55 pm
Location: Point Cook
Region: Victoria
Gender: Male

Re: NatureHike Star River 2

Postby bohwaz » Wed 29 Mar, 2017 9:16 pm

The 3F UL tents are quite high quality, with good fabrics, and also quite expensive.

The "copy" (tent designs can't be patented, this is why they mostly all look the same) was from a no-brand aliexpress seller, about $35 for the tent, much less than what other "recognized" chinese brands like NatureHike and 3F are charging. NatureHike begins to get quite some popularity, it is now distributed in NZ and used by Te Araroa thru-hikers for example.

Plus on the german UL forum some people tried to replicate the test with the same tent and couldn't rip it with their hands.

So I would be wary of what MLD says in its marketing, but I would also be weary of very cheap "too good to be true" products that don't even have a brand (like $35 for a silnylon tarp). Or some brands that seem to do bad designs or poor quality, like "Axeman", their gear is meh, with good fabrics but no quality assurance, meaning some sewing is badly done, and the designs just sometimes don't make any sense.
User avatar
bohwaz
Nothofagus gunnii
Nothofagus gunnii
 
Posts: 39
Joined: Mon 09 Sep, 2013 5:56 pm
Region: Victoria

Re: NatureHike Star River 2

Postby emma_melbourne » Wed 05 Jul, 2017 8:48 pm

I've also got a Naturehike Star River 2, in the lightweight Silnylon green.

I got it as a cheap interim tent, while I worked out my future requirements (with a baby) and weighed up more expensive tent options - such as the Big Agnes Copper UL2 or Fly River, the MSR, or a boutique or cottage industry brand like Tarpent, 6 Moon Designs, ZPacks etc. (I ended up thinking I would probably get a Tarpent Double Rainbow, but the US $ price plus postage, and the extras of seam sealing or DIYing etc, slowed down my decision process. And I was toying also with perhaps needing to get my weight down even further with a Cuban fibre tent, as I'm carrying a baby and ever gram counts. But at the same time she's a typical toddler banging on tent walls etc. Hence my delay on tent decision.)

My expectations for the Star River 2 were low. It's cheap, it's made in China, etc.

However I've been pleasantly surprised. Granted I've only taken it out for overnight hikes, car camping and festival camping. No torrential storms were struck to give it a really good rain and wind work-out.

But I have to say - build quality seems pretty good. Poles are good. Clips are good. Zips work well. Stitching is clean. No leaks, no moisture (thus far).

It's early days, but so far, so good. I happily recommend it to friends if they're wanting a cheapie relatively light tent for the odd overnight hike, etc.

I still plan to get a lighter tent closer to 1.1 kg / 2 person, but in the meantime while I weigh up the finer points of which tent to get, and likely toddler proofness, I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised with the Star River 2.

I've bought a few other items from Naturehike - lightweight aluminium structure camping chairs etc, and they've also been really good. I'll look at doing a more comprehensive review when I've really put them hard through their paces. So far, impressed.
Attachments
Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 8.35.00 pm.png
Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 8.35.00 pm.png (494.19 KiB) Viewed 10382 times
User avatar
emma_melbourne
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 202
Joined: Sun 18 Jun, 2017 2:49 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Region: Victoria
Gender: Female


Return to Gear Reviews

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest