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18 Reviews of the Igloo        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: Ode2Joy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 21/04/2014

The Igloo is a very good tent. After years of occasional camping I realised that you cannot underestimate how important quick erection is and the Igloo is really quick. Pitching camp takes me 30 minutes. 10 minutes to put the tent up, 10 to take my stuff from the car into the tent and 10 more to unpack my sleeping bag/mat etc. I have only pitched in the dark by-the-way and often in the rain. The key word there is car. This is a lightweight tent but not a walking tent. It is too heavy compared with the best of those and the pack size is too large.

You need an additional groundsheet - the built-in one is not enough for the job but the one from Khyam is great. There are two pockets inside the inner tent and six in the extension on the outside of the inner. The door on the inner tent is smaller than I would have expected with quite a high lip. It has a lantern loop in the ceiling and the tent came with a small pack of spares.

The tent is easily pitched solo and has plenty of room for one or is comfortable for two. It will sleep three as promised but with nothing much to spare.

The quick-erect design means compromises - most of which do not matter much. As mentioned there is the weight and pack size. It has relatively large poles for the tent's overall dimensions. Lastly; the inner does not hang as well as some normal tents.

The overall impression though is of a tent designed by people who actually camp and who are focussed on the one feature of fast pitching. If like me speed counts and you are travelling by car or motorbike then this is the tent for you.
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By: Khyamltd  Reason: Other  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 24/08/2011

I am the Marketing Manager at Khyam and have read these posts with interest; we take matters like this very seriously and have taken the two products out of stock to be tested. Having conducted these tests we feel people are over tensioning the groundsheet. The pegging points on the groundsheet are really only there to stop it being blown away by the wind whilst erecting the tent on top of it. (The groundsheet can be unpegged once the tent is erected if required.)

It is important that the tent is pegged out firmly, and that the webbing straps and inner tent groundsheet are smooth. So that the tent can take itís full and correct shape. If the groundsheet is not over tensioned and the tent is pegged correctly, the groundsheet doesnít protrude past the edges of the tent.

I have uploaded some images of the tested tent and groundsheet above for general assistance.
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By: Neilbailey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 29/06/2011

I have been using a Kyham Igloo now for almost twenty years (during which time I have owned two models)and find it a brilliant tent. Ease of use is the main appeal-almost like putting up a large umbrella. The tent can be pitched by one person and ready for immediate use within about five minutes - great if its pouring down with rain.It takes a little longer if you need to thoroughly peg down all the securing points and guy lines but even in this case, within about ten to fifteen minutes max you will have a tent which will stand up to all that the worst weather can throw at it. I have remained snug and dry through many a wild storm in mine.

Its also true that its best to employ a separate ground protection sheet (especially on stony ground) and that you need to adjust this carefully to ensure the edges aren't sticking out beyond the bottom edge of the outer flysheet, but this is no great problem. I got a groundsheet from the shop were I bought my last Igloo and purchased an old army toolbag from a branch of Yeomans. This was the ideal size and shape to provide a very rugged carrier for tent,(the original bag is lightweight but a little flimsy), groundsheet, pegs and mallet, making it all very easily portable. Though you wouldnt want to backpack it over a mountain, the Igloo is easy enough to carry a reasonable distance.

I have travelled across Europe with mine on public transport and found it no great burden. In hotter climates the front and rear extensions can be secured open to provide access for whatever breeze may be available whilst the mesh flaps on the inner tent keep insect pests at bay. The tent is well ventilated and pretty roomy inside - loads of room if your on your own, cosy for a couple, somewhat snug for three! The front porch and rear extension give adequate storage space when closed unless you're the kind of camper that likes to include your own kitchen sink(in which case you'll want a frame tent anyway!)

All in all I LOVE my Khyam Igloo. It always makes me feel good when I return to see it sat proudly on the field and every time I crawl into it- even after a torrential down pour- find it a secure, reliable and enjoyable refuge. Long live the Khyam Igloo!
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By: Hutchie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 28/06/2011

Fabulous tent for a motorcycle.

The only issue with it is , as others have said, you NEED a groundsheet. Without it, you will get wet. The sewn in floor is paper thin and mine is showing signs of wear.

Tons of room for a couple on a motorcycle, with all gear stored right inside, and hiking/cooking food in the front porch.

Were out in it last week, and the heavens opened big time, people were surrendering and going home. We were bone dry.

Put it up in 1 minute, take it down in 2 minutes, perfect if it is wet when pitching up.

I love it. Just bought a khyam windbreak to give us a decent sheltered cooking area.

Not looking for another tent until we kill this one :)
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By: Mike Logan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 07/12/2010

What a great little tent. Ease of erection, without doubt fantastic, fully erected and fully pegged out including storm guys within 40 mins (Hang on, I am 65). Ability to withstand everything the weather can throw at it, gale force winds, hail, sleet and snow, no problem. This tent can withstand the lot. My only problems that I suffered is initial leaks as advised by Kyham, however easily overcome using seam sealant. My only other concern and the reason for 9 out of 10 was, condensation. Because the tent hugs the ground contour so well, ( which every camper strives to achieve ) the tent does suffer from high levels of condensation. To overcome the problems of condensation I now use, meshed vent tubes under the flysheet. Problem resolved.
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By: Beezabiker  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 05/09/2010

I bought my Igloo in 1994. It has been used regularly on motorcycle trips in all weathers, never budging in storm-force winds (despite having a broken joint in one of the poles due to my not knowing how to erect the tent first time round) and keeping me dry in torrential rain.

Fellow campers regularly peek in and describe my Igloo as a Tardis, and I would not disagree. It is very spacious for one, especially as I use a three-shelf tent tidy in mine. I have used it with a double airbed in the middle and with two singles, one either side, and because of the hexagonal footprint, there is still storage room on each side. Three people would need to be quite small or on intimate terms, though!

I do agree with other reviewers about the low entrance height, but there is another entrance at the back. Ditto the rather large stone sheet, which must be either trimmed down or carefully positioned so as not to collect rainwater. I use a small PVC groundsheet in the porch; this takes up very little room in the tent bag.

When pitching in a strong gale, I stand back-to-the-wind, placing the tent with the porch away from me then pegging down the two 'feet' on my side. The tent will then be easy to put up without thrashing about.

My Igloo is now up for replacement, mainly because all the elastics have stretched so much that they have lost all their rubber. Also one of the inner tent hangers has come adrift. The tent is still eminently usable though, so I will keep it as a spare or to lend out.

I will definitely be buying another Igloo, especially as I can now get one for £20 less than my current one cost nearly 17 years ago. It is quite simply one of the best tents around.
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By: Guzziman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 19/07/2010

I've had an Igloo since the late 80's and am currently on my second one (no probs with my old one just wanted a new one!)

I use the porch area to store my motorbike gear and get in through the back door.

Best thing about this tent is that on hot days you can open both doors and get a nice breeze through the tent, unlike tents with just one entrance which can get stuffy.

Agree with comments regarding groundsheet, I always take a bit of plastic sheeting to have under the tent.

Excellent tent, wouldn't camp without one.
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By: Db123  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 26/04/2010

I have just bought a new Khyam Igloo.

Was very impressed with the room inside, very easy and quick to put up.

Only one problem been tall found it hard to get in through the porch entrance, as you have to crawl through then get into your tent which has a high rim to get in.

But if you use the back door you have no porch to crawl through so you can get straight into your tent, and once inside plenty of room.

Would not like to have 3 people in though. 2 is just enough
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By: Lapme  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 13/09/2009

Excellent tent.

Bought first one in early 90's, replaced with same model in 2005 due to just wanting a new one - nothing wrong with old one - sold on internet auction site easily enough to part fund new model.

Never had any water ingression issues from below or above, comments noted about doorway and need of a groundsheet but we just kept boots out there and cooking equipment. It is a comfortable 2 man tent, 3 at a squeeze. Doddle to erect and you notice jealous looks from fellow campers when you rock up as they are just shoving poles through their huge marquee's in the rain, you flip the Igloo out and have it pegged out and air mattress / bedding inside within 5 minutes, while they're still assembling their tent and have ages to go.Great in adverse weather (especially pitching), have camped many times around Snowdon at most times of the year and while we have a Vango 6 man tent for the longer times and bigger groups, the Igloo is my favourite one to take with me for the many weekend 2 night breaks we do.

Small enough for motorcycle tours, sturdy enough for all elements I can't fault this tent except it may be on the heavy side for backpacking. Never had any other to compare against except Vango - but that's a different category no not relevant, I don't mind the muddy porch area sometimes (it's not that much of a problem) and lack of groundsheet - hey ho it's camping, if you want mud free buy a caravan.
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By: 3redcats  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2003   Rating:   Date: 11/08/2009

I have owned this tent for a few years and am still delighted to camp in it. I must stress the need for the footprint groundsheet, as the built in groundsheet is porous and does not cover the front porch and rear storage areas. As a 3 person tent I would say it is too small, for two people it is comfortable and for one it is fab, with plenty of storage space around the mattress. I have just spent a very wet week in it on my own and, whilst fellow campers suffered leaks and wet sleeping bags as the rain hammered down, I remained snug and dry. I do agree that the porch entrance is rather low and this is most noticeable when it is raining as the water falls in on the porch groundsheet as I struggle to keep dry socks whist pulling wellingtons on and off. However, despite owning other tents, this is always my preferred choice when camping alone.
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Manufacturer's Description

In many respects the definitive tent using the unique Rapidex pole system, the only quick erect tent pole system that works. Igloos have ample space for three people and are seen from the desert to polar exploration. A tent built to go to the ends of the world at a down to earth price.

Flysheet Features: Autotouring / Festival dome with front porch / storage area. Double looped shockcorded pegging points. Large centrally located mesh vent with wind activated rain cowls, vent is further protected by a large clip on top cap with security clip preventing loss during pitching and striking camp. Zipped back door.
Main Poles: Solid 7.5 mm fibreglass poles utilising the unique rapidex joint system - 1 manual & 1 auto joint operating around a central Rapidex hub.
Bedroom Poles: N/A
Porch Poles: Solid 7.5 mm fibreglass poles utilising the unique rapidex joint system - 1 manual & 1 auto joint operating around a central Rapidex hub.
Inner Tent(s): 1 x Breathable Nylon inner tent with strong polyester sewn in groundsheet. Berth Capacity - 3 with large entrance front door for easy access and secondary back door. 12 Inner tent panel pockets & 2 inner tent pockets for handy storage. Secondary mesh door on inner tent main door for added ventialtion.
Dimensions & Weights: External height - 120 cms. Packed size 82 x 21 cms. Strong Polyester fully zipped Carry bag.

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