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Tent Showcase: Kampa Filey 6 Air

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27 Reviews of the Filey 6 Air        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  
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By: Brooksuk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 21/05/2013

First pitch of the tent this weekend at the Red Shoot, New Forest and we were not disappointed. As SA2009 states above, the pack size is pretty big but then again its no bigger that having a similar sized steel poled tent with 2 big bulky bags.

Setting up was easy. Pegged out the footprint, pegged out the corners of the tent and inflated it all in about 10 minutes. Yes, you then have to spend another 10 minutes pegging out the guy lines etc - but even then you can have this large tent fully erected and pegged out in 20 minutes (and do it on your own).

The sleep tite system in the bedrooms is fantastic, we managed to sleep in until 8 am (inc our 2 year old) as the rooms are so much darker.

The living area is plenty big enough and the en-suite / storage area is very useful for keeping the rest of your tent tidy. I particularly liked the fact that the side windows open fully.

The front porch area is probably one of the best features of the design - close it up fully at night time, ensuring all your chairs / kitchen / table etc remain dry. Half open the door to sit inside for breakfast and stay out of the wind, open the whole thing up fully when the sun comes out! All built in, and no wrestling with a separate porch / awning!

Packing away was easy as well, open the valves and the tent deflated in just a minute or 2. We used the usual method of folding the tent and then rolling about on it like a couple of children to expel any air - worked perfectly. Whole tent and footprint groundsheet (inc un-pegging) all taken down and back in the bag in 20 minutes.

10/10 rating from us!
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By: Joy_family  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 06/06/2013

This is our 2nd inflatable tent – we changed from an Airbeam Eternity 600 with front extension as the Kampa seem to offer some significant benefits – mainly being a similar size but without the need of a separate extension (which never fitted right on the Vango), the single inflation point, material etc.

Out first pitch of it was for 5 nights at Sandy Balls in the New Forest. We were meant to do a test pitch at home but didn’t get round to it. Wish I had done though as what should have been an easy pitch was a bit problematic. Laid it out, pegged the 4 corners, closed the deflation points on each beam and then started pumping. My wife then thought air was leaking out somewhere due to the hissing sound and we started fiddling around with the valves inside the tent. However, after a bit of rechecking, we had all the internal valves open and the external ones closed – and the tent went up well and was rock solid. Was so nice not to have to worry about over inflating like the Vango – you can just keep pumping until pumping becomes difficult. I am very interested in the electric pump that Cross Camping are getting in/testing out as this will make it even easy to put up. The next time will be even quicker though. It was solid as a rock all the time we were there - more so than some of our surrounding tents it has to be said.

The tent itself is fantastic – the material feels waxy and good quality, the sunlight panel/roof panel is fantastic for keeping the tent light but not over hot (was worried about the tent being dark as its blue but the opposite is true) and kept any condensation drips etc. Getting us. I was originally sceptical about this panel but it worked a treat.

The layout of the tent is perfect for us – nice 50/50 split on the bedrooms (again, better than the Vango), lots of living space and big front porch – it was great opening everything up and having one big tent and then closing off the canopy area to keep snug at night. It rained a lot during the week (unfortunately) but there were no leaks and the big porch windows meant you can stay dry but have a good view out. Was also handy early mornings – our 6 year normally wakes up by 6am – as it gives a separate closed of area to play etc. Without disturbing my wife’s beauty sleep. Also good for eating inside the tent. We ended up buying a carpet for this front area whilst away and that made it even better.

The SIG was the best one i’ve had and the toggled porch g/sheet was better than I expected it to be.

The opening windows were also a bonus – when it got sunny, you can open everything up and the tent feels spacious and cool. Everything in the tent seems well thought out and you have lots options with openings, curtains, pockets etc. The canopies over the windows worked well as did the window mesh areas (which I was initially concerned about).

I didn’t expect the tent to come with spare poles so you can make the side door into a canopy – this was useful.

We struggled initially with the zips, they kept snagging but then realised that if you pull them by the yellow string, instead of the zip itself, they work a lot better.

The bag pack size is very big but no more so than other big tents i’ve had when you include their pole bag.

Taking the tent down was a doddle – we were up against it time wise as we had just 30mins to get the tent down and pack away. Needn’t have worried – deflated easily and rolled up and fitted into the bag with no problems. The bag isn’t as good as the canvas one Vango supply though.

I love the idea of inflatable tents as, they do save time and are so much easier than poled tents, but the Vango just wasn’t quite right so did a LOT of research into getting another one – the Outwell ones just weren’t big/wide enough and prefer a tunnel design with the bedrooms at one end. Am not worried about polycotton. And am glad to say the Kampa Filey 6 Air is a fantastic tent and I feel I made the right decision going for it.

Due to go camping for a few more weekends this year and looking forward to using this lovely tent again and the ease of pitching it. It is an expensive tent (although I did get a good deal on it) and I lost some money moving up from the Vango – but I am very glad I did as it just seems so much better than the Eternity in every way.

This is the 4th tent we’ve had in a year and I think we’ve finally nailed it – even my wife was totally impressed by it, which is saying something!
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By: Zenobia1970  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 08/06/2013

Well what can I say well done kampa! This tent is FANTASTIC! .

Like the previous reviewer we too have jumped ship from a Vango exodus 800 with canopy. The first thing I would like to say is that Vango have made the tent waterproof this year not like the one we had last year. See review on this tent. The kampa tent is a absolutely brilliant the quality of the fabric and attention to detail is great. The Filey 6 is really easy to pitch peg the corners and attach the pump and as the tubes start to rise pop inside and push up and that's it. The tent also has isolation valves should one beam deflate. The interior features are really well thought out with the floating ceiling to keep noise and heat to a minimum. The sleep tight system is great too bedrooms are dark and the coating does keep a lot of the heat out the rooms a real bonus. We really like the ensuite off the main living area that we use for the toilet.

The windows are really clear and the living area ones open right up to let the air in and heat out and it really does, seems kampa have really done their homework with this tent. The only negative point is the tent carpet is a grey color and doesn't fit round the beams like the Vango one maybe we could have a nice colourful carpet for next years model :-). Now the important bit Vango airbeam tents don't stand up to windy conditions very well ours nearly blew flat when we used it but Filey 6 stands up really well due to higher pressure and extra support beams.

So if you want great easy to pitch large tent that's well suited to British weather look no further than the Filey 6
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By: Cheeselet  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 01/07/2013

We have the 2013 kampa filey 600 airbeam tent, have used it once so far and will be again this week. This is the best tent we have ever had and believe me ,we have had a few. Went up in 5 mins with another 30mins pegging down. We bought it as we love camping and my husband is 71 and this airtent has given him/us a few more years.

The hand pump is quite hard as it slows near the end so we have invested in the electric pump. The size of this tent is marvellous, we have a lot of camping gear and it looked a bit lost as there was so much space. We love the idea of having 3 rooms plus the toilet extension on the side. The bedroom is very large and we fit in 2 full size double beds and room for a table in between

They are expensive at £1299.99 but families pay this for a caravan holiday at haven in high season, with this you have still got it for many more years. This tent is brilliant and we are so pleased we got it.
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By: Millsfamilycampers  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 03/07/2013

I love this tent!

We've been on a weekend camping trip with it so far and it was so easy to put up and take down. We had a few trial runs at home beforehand, and decided to invest in the electric pump as the hand pump is hard work. I'm sure the more we use this tent the easier it will be to put up and take down, I think it was probably about 1/2 hour this time from start to finish. But once the tent was inflated I was inside getting everything set up while my husband finished pegging out, so I was sitting down with a glass of wine in my hand a lot quicker than with our old tent.

I really like the configuration of the filey 6 air, the living area is a perfect size, and the canopy area is big enough to sit in and cook in on a rainy day. I didn't bother with the groundsheet in the canopy bit, but may use it on a wet camping trip. I love the fact you can zip up the whole front and shelter from the rain, or have it open- perfect for camping in the unpredictable British weather!

We had one rainy and very windy night and although we could hear the weather outside it was really cosy inside. Our old tent (an Outwell Ohio XL) used to rustle in the slightest breeze and felt like it was going to take off when we camped in gale force winds. We did need to put some extra air in the beams in the morning (which makes sense as the temperature had dropped overnight) but at no point was the there any danger of the tent collapsing. And it seemed to flex with the wind, no rustling or flapping around.

Overall I would thoroughly recommend this tent, it offers good sized and flexible accommodation. And no more messing around with poles- happy days! So far I have no negative things to say about it, we're off on another camping trip this weekend and I can't wait!
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By: Arwen444  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 05/06/2014

First time we used our new tent was the worst weather, four days and nights of torrential rain with no let up.The kampa filey 6 air did not let us down. This tent is solid as rock, it didnt move in the wind or let even one drop of water in(plenty under the tent though)we were snug and warm and felt very safe.

Tent went up in five minutes then about fifteen to peg out and ropes etc. Getting down took longer as it was muddy underneath. I was upset and worried the new tent would be ruined by the rain from the ground. We took it home and put it up but there was barely a mark on it, it just seemed to shrug off any dirt. Five minute wipe of the front flap and its good to go again. I would camp anywhere with this tent. No noise from the fly sheet flapping or poles bending.Worth every penny.

Its a big and heavy tent , don't underestimate this when buying it takes two people to lift in into the car, my husband put it up by himself. Taking down in just a case of turn the valves and its down , roll it up unroll and roll again to get the air out. The only niggle is there is no sewn in groundsheet for the porch and the one they make to put in is a little tricky to figure out but once we got the hang of it we were fine.

The best bit for me is the little anex at the side , very useful for childrens dunny runs in the night , beats trecking over a field in the night. The front porch zip could do with some more design work as it snagged a lot but a small problem really.
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By: Salome  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 16/07/2014

I am basing this review purely on setting the tent up. My initial thoughts when first seeing our new purchase was on the size of the tent package.She's a whopper!

We was taken back by it's weight too, I'm a big bloke but can only manage to move this short distances before collapsing and hyperventilating.A little exaggeration but you honestly need TWO people to realistically move this tent from car/trailer to pitch.

There onwards the Fily Air comes into its own, I used an electric pump to three quarter fill the tent beams before switching to the included manual pump to finish the job off.Very simple and much less hassle than using tent poles. It took more time to guy the tent out than it did to lay out the footprint sheet and pump her up.Very happy.

Once she was up and guyed out it was clear to us we had made a great choice, she is huge,sturdy and has plenty of room inside for a family holiday. Loads of ventilation for those hot days which can also be zipped up for poorer weather conditions making a huge tent feel quite snug inside.

The zips do tend to snag a bit on the waterproofing material but wasn't really a big problem.Just a niggle.

As others have said, the front porch area Windows have no privacy curtains.But for us,it's just a handy area to have all the cooking gear stored with shoes,boots and any other spare camping equipment which leaves the living area feeling nice and spacious.So,personally speaking.Not a problem.

The main downside to the tent is the packing away.Purely due to her shear size. Deflation is quick and painless, just simply follow the clear instructions provided. It's the whole 'rolling the tent up' which can be a strain on the knees and back.To get her back in the bag provided, it's best to roll her up once to get the surplus air out of the tent.Unroll and then re-roll her up again to get her in the bag. I wouldn't fancy doing that in the rain due to the size but that's the gamble with camping anyway.

All in all the Kampa Filey 6 Air is a great family holiday tent that's big in every way possible,plenty of room,plenty of storage,big sleeping/living area's and very sturdy once up.A great tent.
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By: Clb23  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 03/09/2013

My wife and myself are new to camping this is our first tent and a rather expensive gamble as we didn’t know haw we would take to the whole camping experience, we have always done caravans or B&Bs. We like our comfort and plenty of room so after taking advise from a few friends and our daughter it was obvious the only way forward was with a large family tent.

Having helped our daughter and partner erect their medium size tent on our garden, we immediately realised that a large pole tent was not an option for just the two of us. I really didn’t fancy putting one up on our own and especially not in windy conditions.

A bit disheartened we almost dropped the idea but then discovered Vango Airbeams, came close to buying one but got cold feet and ended the year without buying. So glad we did because early this year 2013 we found the new Outwell and Kampa airbeams.

After a lot of looking and thought we chose the Filey 6 Air, my wife is asthmatic and a little chlostrophobic, the open and spacious feel of the filey made it the only choice, the toilet pod on the side is a bonus. The fabric quality the large windows and three-section design make this a real luxury tent.

After three practice runs we went for our first long weekend in the tent, the weather forecast was terrible, heavy rain and gale force winds. They weren’t wrong we had the lot, but the tent stood up to it no problem we were very impressed, yes the tent moved with the wind but so did the pole tent pitched next to us.

Pitching is so easy, it took twelve minutes to lay the footprint, peg out the tent corners and inflate using the electric pump, its expensive but well worth it we have tried the hand pump, its hard work and not recommended for anyone with a back problem like myself.

In my view the most impressive attribute of the filey is that it is entirely self supporting, when inflated it pops up and stands completely unaided even in windy conditions. Taking down is even easier, simply open the eight roof valves and then the five deflation valves at the base of each beam, by the time you’ve done that the tent is already starting to fall. Rolling the tent is a bit of a pain but that applies to any large tent, we leave all doors and windows part open to allow air to escape. I roll it up three times to get it to an acceptable size but still the whole process from start to finish including footprint the loose ground sheet and packing into the car only took twenty minutes.

Conclusion: this is a first class tent it takes nearly all the work and hassles out of camping, highly recommended.

Bad points: not many but cant understand why Kampa put rain canopies over the windows and not over the doors, the large front door in particular would benefit from some overhead protection, especially if you use the provided ground sheet as it protrudes nearly a meter past the roof opening.

Also there are no curtains in the front canopy area, I have seen much cheaper Kampa tents that do have them in the canopy, why is that?

When rolled and packed into the bag, it is huge, we found it impossible to get it down to the size quoted by Kampa, very misleading, it dam near fills the boot of our Mondeo. Also considering the cost of the tent the bag quality is pitiful, Kampa should take a look at the Vango bags as they put their own to shame.

OK that’s the end of the moans; it’s still a Great Tent
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By: Jw7a28  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 26/04/2014

Bought this tent from the outdoor megastore but when it arrived the box had been battered quite a lot and the pump had no guage as stated spoke to outdoor megastore and they were keen to sort it I was also concerened it was not new, I facebooked Kampa on a saturday at 7pm about my concerns and they immediately replied now thats customer service! Any way to cut a long story we kept the tent after assurances from the kind Kampa blokey and went away to St ives bay in Hayle Cornwall for a week at easter.

This tent is a large beast it fitted into half of the boot of my renault scenic grand dynamique I had to buy roof bars to get the rest of my gear in the car, pitching was very easy we bought an electric pump from cross camping and it went up in about 3 mins pegging out took a further 30 you can now see why the bag in its folded state is so big this tent is a quality fabric and construction, Im not going to go into war and peace about its features most of which have been covered previously.

I have given it 9 out of ten for two reasons the first is an inflated roof support leaked form the moment of its first pitch I did however isolate this and even though the tent had a part deflated it stayed rock solid in the weather we had, kampa and outdoor megastore are now dealing with this, and the second issue is the zips on the front porch which kept snagging for the majority of our stay it was a pain to need a pee at 3am and not be able to get out. That said Im most happy with the filey and reccomend it to anyone if your looking for an inflateable tent this looks the best on the current market.
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By: Debbie2b  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 30/04/2014

We have just returned from a two night camping trip in our new Kampa Filey 6 Air Tent and I can honestly say we were not disappointed. We previously had an Outwell Montana 6 and we loved it, it's served us well over the last 4 years. However, my husband hated putting the tent up after driving for 6 hours - the Filey 6 has taken the stress out of our trips. There are a few bits that I think Kampa can improve on but I think that's me being picky as I've been spoilt by the Outwell! Just a couple of the things are: the curtains on the living area - once opened the fly mesh is exposed so if it's windy it will get chilly in the tent. Another is the toggles to hold windows and doors up/open would be better if they were elasticated. The carpet could be better quality - when you consider the cost of the tent a nicer carpet wouldn't go amiss? Like I said they are minor things that if we hadn't had the Outwell we probably wouldn't have even noticed.

Lastly, when choosing to buy a tent I would strongly recommend you research the place you are buying your tent from as well as the tent itself! I had read on here many reviews for different tents and the one Camping shop that kept cropping up was CROSS CAMPING. I found their website and their MD Gary Cross is a great guy - happy to give advice! We had a fault with the front panel of the tent but we've had no problem sorting it with Gary. He's arranged for a new panel to be delivered tomorrow and also collect the faulty one at the same time! What a guy! Thank you so much Gary for your help, advice and also prompt replies to the many emails I've sent to you?

Can't wait for our next trip! :-)
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Manufacturer's Description

Key Features:

- Air Frame - all AirPoles interconnected
- Ridge AirPoles for extra stability
- Isolation Valves - in case of damage to one AirPole
- Inner Tents remain in-situ for set up and take down
- Sewn-in-groundsheet
- Side door with mesh and wet weather protection
- Storage/toilet compartment with zipped interior door
- Roof lining - advantages of polycotton without the weight
- Daylight panel - for white light
- Roll to side front door and intermediate door
- Complete with manual pump with pressure gauge

Essential Specification:

- Flysheet: Weathershield 150D 5000mm F/R UV
- Groundsheet: PE 12 x 12 140/m 10,000mm HH
- Poles: Air Frame
- Weight: 36.4kg
- Pack Size: 110 x 45 x 45 cm
- Colour: Blue

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