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Tent Showcase: Karsten 300 Standard Pod

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14 Reviews of the 300 Standard Pod        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: Wright 4  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2003   Rating:   Date: 27/01/2009

I just love it ! We camp in all weathers and it has never let us down in 6 years. The price is expensive but you get what you pay for - super quality. We add a section each year so spread the cost and the tent grows with our family.
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By: GOLFMAN123  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 24/03/2009

Best tent we have ever used. We have 2 kids and a dog and it's brilliant.
We used it in storms in Scotland and it stayed dry and warm. The price is high but if you are going to do alot of camping its well worth it
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By: Gavkaren  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2002   Rating:   Date: 12/09/2009

Just recently bought a second hand Karsten with very little use. The quality of these tents is amazing, lots of really clever touches that makes these tents in a league of there own. We have spent years using a Coleman Bispace 500 which is a good tent but as soon as you get a good strong wind they fold up. The price of a Karsten seems astronomical and yes it is but at the same time this is the rolls royce of tents and you definitely get what you pay for and will outlast a standard dome by many times over.

Its not just the quality of the build, these tents peg out and erect in such a way it maximises the room of the tent so well, you have to see one up close to really get to grips with how good these tents are
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By: Ybyatt  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2002   Rating:   Date: 13/09/2009

FANTASTIC! Being a single mum, this tent (Karsten 300 comfort awning and front wall with rain awning) has been amazing, I can erect it (pump up, awnings zipped on, all pegged down and everything inside) in 40 mins, alone! The air filled tubes are not to be mistaken for lilo type but once filled are as solid as the tyres on your car. Looked at them for two years and held back because of the cost, but well worth it, for stress free camping.
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By: JohnBaxterWalker  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 16/08/2010

After much searching we decided that a Karsten was most likely to be the tent for us. We visited the Karsten display at Newbury this year where the majority of the range was on view. We were made very welcome by Suzie and James King who own the Camping Travel Store based in Buntingford. Seeing these amazing tents in the flesh showed us why they are rated as the Rolls Royce of Tents. They are superb in every way. Another couple were in the process of ordering one while we there. We went away and discussed which model to go for and settled on a model 325 with sleeping extension, comfort awning, end wall and rain awning. Our concern as to whether it would fit in our new Fiat 500 was unfounded as it all goes in complete with all our other camping gear.
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By: DougH  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 20/10/2010

We turned to Karsten because we have a growing family and wanted a tent which was quick and easy to put up and down single headedly, would stand up to harsh weather while having the modularity to expand with a growing family.

After discussing the various options (tent size, colour, awnings, extra windows etc) with Suzie at the Camping Travel Store it was clear the level of customer service would match the high quality and design of the tent itself. We ended up going for a Karsten 300 with sleeping modification, comfort awning, extension awning (c/w two optional windows), front wall (c/w window set) and rain awning. We decided on the 300 over the 325, because the size of the 300 and sleeping extension (3m +2m) will fit on a standard C&CC pitch size.

The tent looks absolutely stunning when pitched, and inside the quality and attention to detail is superb, Karsten have obviously put a lot of thought in to all areas of the tent. The ease of pitching the tent (approx 10 minís to inflate the main pod, and 50 minís all up with awnings) has meant we now camp more often with the Karsten; the tent also provides the flexibility of just pitching the main pod for a single night, and with awnings for longer stays.

The tent also performs really well in all weather conditions - it has been well tested in heavy rain, high winds (very quiet), and during a heat wave Ė where the adjustable air vent in the roof and large lower vents in the main pod came into their own.
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By: Pingvin  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 08/09/2012

This is a great tent, mine is from 1997 and still going strong. I bought it second hand (at least 2 previous owners), one toggle was loose and the colour was a bit faded.

As pointed out by other reviewers it offers lots of space because of the triangular flaps that pull the sides outwards when the guy lines are used, so the sides are not sloping as much as in other domes.

I can put his huge tent up on my own, but have never managed to do this without the help of a pole I put in the middle to support the tent until all the four corners are guyed out. And I have learned to zip the sleeping pod dividers to the roof before the tent is up, otherwise I'll have to bring a ladder!:-D

Once up the tent is extremely windproof.

There is very good and flexible ventilation.

I have the 3x3m tent, comfort awning, extension, and front with windows. I felt the extension was a bit dark, so I have added two 'DIY'-windows (sewn in, fabric glue plus seam sealer)with blinds I can take off. My next project will be a mesh window with a clear cover in the door.

I would have liked some extra guy lines to the sides and the back of the tent, to avoid the upper part of the sides bulging so much inwards in the wind.

As many others I like to put the poles in the extensions in an angle to make the construction more stable, of course when I do this the mudflaps split the wrong place.

I expect to have many years of happy camping in this tent!
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By: Basichendo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 22/08/2013

I am now the proud owner of a Karsten 300 tent with comfort awning.

This tent is in a different league in terms of quality. We previously had a bear lake 6 by Outwell, which was good but this is epic.

It really does take 1 person 10 minutes to set up. And less to take down. That is superb and make over night stays on route somewhereso much more likely.

The true Beauty though is in the modular design, so flexible for every type of holiday. Take all or some of the pods / awnings depending on the trip. Also, it helps with accruing your perfect collection / set up over time.

The ventilation is superb, and contrary to man views it is not too dark inside, the window lets in lots of light. The guy ropes have caribinas for speed and ease of removal. The guy rope runners are strong steel. The pegs are incredible quality. Everything is!

The groundsheet and bag are also very thick and strong. No leaks there me thinks. It's stable and strong in very strong winds - there really is not a bad point. Other than the cost, but you get what you pay for.

In terms of an all rounder, flexibility and quality - this cannot be beaten. It's cheaper and smaller than a caravan / TT but in my opinion far superior in many ways.

This will be the last tent I think my family will ever buy.
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By: Mjdb  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating:   Date: 22/06/2014

We now own a 300 main pod with sleeping unit & awnings.

The tent is of great quality, even though we bought the tent 'used' from Karsten in Zwaag Holland it looks new.

The main pod once all corners are pegged out took us 8 minutes to inflate few more minutes & the pod was standing strong & guyed.

Then we attached the sleeping unit.Hardest part was reaching the zips.No fault of the tent but I'm kinda short ! So hubby did the high parts & me the lower.

The awnings were added by hubby whilst I did all the inside .Beds , carpets etc.

All in all an easy job to erect the tent either 1 of us could have done it alone.

I would not hesitate to recommend a Karsten tent to anyone , quality & design are excellent & service from Karsten in Holland was also excellent.

When buying new there are so many possibilities on colours, sizes & configurations , you do need to think ahead of what you want to add as zips & connectors need to be added to you main pod on ordering. Parts can be added at later dates so the amount of pods & extensions is endless.

A pod can be used on its own for short stays/ over nighters then sleeping unit & awnings added when needed.

This will be the last tent we buy as we feel it won't be bettered.

Yes they are expensive .But as the saying goes .' you get what you pay for '.

Very happy with our new tent.
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By: El basso  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 03/07/2015

Looking at family tents, the current choice is massive. Many of the pop-up or inflatable tents around at the moment seem popular and easy to pitch, so why on earth would I make a sizeable outlay on a Karsten?

I purchased a 300 pod with sleep extension, comfort awning with front wall and zip-in groundsheet, and a combi awning. My many questions were answered as soon as I first pitched.

This kit is in a different league from any of the nylon tents I have owned in the UK - Vango Tigris 600, Coleman Weekender 6, Outwell Bear Lake 4 - in terms of quality of materials and workmanship, flexibility, and how it functions.

Because the Karsten kit is modular, we can use as little or as much as we need for our family of four. The tent alone goes up for overnight stops, up and pegged out in less than 10 minutes. An extra 10 minutes is all it takes to put up the comfort awning and the mid section of the combi awning for weekend stays. The whole kit can be pitched in less than 30 minutes for stays of a week or more. It is so flexible.

Rock-solid and quiet on windy sites, totally waterproof once weathered, and very cool inside when the sun is beating down, with very clever ventilation. Beautifully constructed, it comes with a 5-year manufacturer's warranty against defects in materials and construction.

I hope and expect we will get many years use out of this tent. I have seen 15-year-old examples changing hands in UK and on Dutch site Marktplaats for quite sizeable sums of money - it seems this is one of the few brands that don't depreciate much!
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Manufacturer's Description

Karsten 300 inflatable storm-proof tent.

Karstenís inflatable tents have demonstrated their quality over the years. They are no ordinary tents. Witness the top quality materials used, the sturdy construction, the excellent ventilation, their sheer spa-ciousness, and the perfect finish. What distinguishes the Karsten tents from other quality tents, however, is the fact that they are inflatable.
The modern dome-shaped models and porch tents are up in no time - itís only a matter of inflating the tube(s). This can be done with a small foot pump, a 12V compressor or, better yet, a bottle of compressed air. Thatís all it takes. Taking down the tent is even faster due to the high pressure inside the tubes. The tents will resist even the worst weather imaginable.

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