Thanks Neggy, I've squirrelled the money away since before Christmas and managed not to order one yet! Christmas decorations are now down and just need to sort out storage then I can get all excited about ordering one.
We are very interested in the alaska and will most likely be buying one this weekend, but we have a few concerns.
The main being the weight of the tent and how that would limit our options when in comes to short stay holidays. While we will be using the tent for week long trips we would still like to be able to have the odd night or two away over the weekend. Is the weight going to be a problem for these trips? (We have only had small nylon tents before)
The other concern is the quality compared to other dutch tents, not so much the canvas but the zips and so on.
Takes 15 minutes to pitch the Alaska, the weight isn't an issue once you've separated tent from poles, I can lug it around myself. It's a great tent and the quality is fine (not quite the same as my De Waard or Esvo but will last years all the same).
hmm, some how I'm still sitting on my money for this my biggest concern is getting the middle A frame spikes through the fabric, would I be able to use two king poles with a ridge pole instead? it's the stretching of material on the palamos I can't do and worry I will have the same issue with the Alaska.