Great all season family tent
We’ve had this as our family tent now for over 2 years and spent over 50 nights in it. Its been set up in all weathers from beautiful sunshine to gales and hail and snow (that was just in Skye this Easter), on all sorts of sites from French caravan parks to remote Scottish loch islands and one night on an island in the Komodo Archipelago, Indonesia. We usually pitch it with a tarp. We’ve got pitches down to about 5 minutes to water tight, another 3 or 4 minutes to get everything properly cinched up and battened down.
Loads of room, we squeezed 4 mats across the tent and the kids had a great time bouncing around in the evenings/mornings.
Well made and well distributed inner storage
We set up an internal hanging line from the hanging points for drying socks/water proofs etc. which worked really well.
Vestibules look small but are actually a decent size although we’ve never tried to cook in one.
Absolutely and reassuringly rock solid in strong winds - it barely flexes when guyed out
Fairly easy to pitch, we pegged down the inner corners in windy conditions before inserting the poles.
The DWR on the inner works well, we’ve pitched in really minging weather, a quick wipe down inside and all is good – just don’t put paper books in the pockets until it dries properly….
You can pick up the inner with the poles in place to shake out all the bits/sand before packing.
Pale coloured ground sheet and inner makes spotting ticks easy!
It dries quickly.
It goes back in the bag easily, unlike my previous tent.
We like less:
Lots of poles which take time to put together and the spider pole can be a pain, particularly when its blowing a hooley and chucking it down. A by-product of a very strong geodesic design I guess.
How is it lasting? It has been well used and not in any way babied. The fabrics are holding up really well, all seams are fine and the tent is still looking pretty fresh, if you discount the mud from New Year near Brecon..
We did crack a pole by leaving the inner pitched upside down drying out on a blustery site in Ullapool. Alpkit excellent customer service quickly provided a replacement section (thanks). Our tarp also wore a small hole in the silnylon fly in a night long gale on Skye, again Alpkit provided some patches foc to enable a repair. (thanks again). Our kids repeatedly tripping over the groundsheet at the entrance pulled the zipper fabric away. Easily repaired with needle and thread.
Really well made and thought out tent, very pleased with it.