rebecca noble 2
Reviewed: 27 July 2009
FANTASTIC TENT, GREAT VALUE
this tent has just spent a week on a clifftop facing the North Sea, enduring strong, gusty winds and sudden, torrential, monsoon like downpours. Both the sleeping compartment and the porch stayed dry, and it didn't threaten to blow away or bend out of shape.
-pitching - all in one - quick, easy, simple
-poles - alloy, so light and strong, colour coded
-sleeping compartment - good size for two adults or 3 kids, sufficient for 3 adults, tunnel design means no wasted space. The attached inner means it is impossible to wrongly tension, and there was no way it was going to touch the outer and cause a leak. The inner can be unclipped from the bottom, allowing a weeks worth of dust to be tipped out!
-porch - great size, useful windows, door either side, so I pitched it with the porch facing the wind. This meant the sleeping compartment was quieter in the driving rain, and doors were away from the wind /rain. The ground sheet can be removed totally.
-cannot remove the inner totally if you needed to dry it. I haven't needed to dry it 'unpitched' yet, (managed to catch a dry spell between the squalls) so don't know how much of a nuisance this will be.
- the ground sheets are quite thin. However, they are very waterproof, and seem quite strong. Because weight/space wasn't an issue, I used an extra ground sheet under the sleeping area, to give the ground sheet extra protection. However I didn't have one for the porch, and there was no damage to it at all.
- the porch ground sheet can flap in strong winds, and I didn't manage to get it tight enough to stop a small amount of the horizontal rain entering. However, this only affected the very edge of the porch, on the windward side.
very easy to use, not too heavy, small pack size. A great tent for small families/couples, or for teenagers.
Equally useful as a longer-term base tent, or for walking/biking tours - because its so quick and straight forward to put up, I wouldn't have that sinking, 'oh no, got to get the tent up before we can sit down' feeling at the end of a long day!