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5 Reviews of the 350 Standard Pod
By: Mucker1884 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2014 Rating: Date: 26/11/2014
After one practice pitch, and one 3 night camp, I really can't see how I can rate this tent. And everything that goes with it. Any less than ten out of ten!
We went for this 350 pod, along with the comfort, extension, and rain awnings, and added the lesser seen flat front wall, as opposed to the more popular sloping front wall. We also opted for the inner dividers to split the sleeping area at night, and add an extra inkling of cosiness.
As we camp all year round, we needed the main pod to accommodate the two of us, with camp beds, comfy chairs, a large table and a food cupboard/table top. And it proved to be a perfect fit!
The awnings were purchased with the better weather in mind.
We all know by now the quality isn't in question, nor the craftsmanship. Which in fairness, has a price tag to match.
Pitching is physically and mentally undemanding. Once you've carried the pod to its resting place, of course. At 37kg (For the 350 pod only), it isn't light!
We had heavy rain on our very first night. No 'mist', no leaks, nothing. Despite not 'weathering' it beforehand.
The air tubes ('Hoses', as Karsten call them) stand proud, solid, and unnerved. The zips all connect and run extremely smoothly, and the vents seem to work admirably, despite the damp conditions. (We had a little condensation on one morning, at around 1 degree above freezing. I'm confident that was user error, and will adjust the vents accordingly, next time out).
We had the canvas window covers rolled up in the rain. And the additional see-through covers ('Foils') kept every last raindrop out!
A square pod on its own. With no 'bedroom'. May not suit all, of course, but the beauty of these tents is that, with the use of various add-ons, they can pretty much accommodate any family, of any size, regardless of their set up preferences. The configurations are infinite. With a little forethought!
I already love everything about this tent, be it the material, the craftsmanship, the accessories, the options and the wonderful pre and post sales service you get from buying from Camping Travel Store. The sole UK Karsten distributor.
Ten out of ten for me. I'll give it a full 12 months, then come back if it's any different then!
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By: Basichendo Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2013 Rating: Date: 27/05/2014
This tent is superb. I have previously left a review about our 300 - as we have linked them together (see pics).
Not only are these tents of the highest quality - that's everything - the canvas, the stitching / craftsmanship, features and even the pegs etc, but they are also incredibly flexible.
They can be adapted / modified / have bespoke features specified. When going away for a trip you can take as much or as little as required to suit that trip.
The fact that they are inflatable means there are no 'heated debates' with my wife when we are pitching it! They are a doddle to pitch and easier to take down - it really can be done solo in quick time.
They are superb in the most demanding weather conditions too. We had driving rain for 4 hours recently and I had never weathered the tent - not 1 drop came in. It was ale really gusty - the tent was rock solid and not all 'storm' guys were utilised - no wonder this tent is the highest rated for wind (as by the Dutch AA).
The most impressive thing as far as I am concerned is the ventilation when hot. The vents (top and bottom) are unbelievably effective. When the door (with fly screen) and windows are open too it is very pleasant even in extreme heat and like no other tent I have been in.
Also, each morning we awoke to. Zero condensation. We slept with one bottom vent half open and all the top vents open. In the morning, and for the first time that I have ever encountered, nothing felt damp. Cold, yes - it was 8 degrees in the night, but nothing was damp.
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By: Achy Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2009 Rating: Date: 24/04/2014
There is little more I can add. Our tent set up-350 pod (which we use to sleep in), comfort awning, extension awning, front wall, rain canopy and zip in groundsheet is excellent quality and has already shrugged off high wind and driving rain. Plenty of room for 4 of us and I can't see us buying another tent again for a long time. I always felt safe in our poly-cotton Outwell Norfolk Lake but this is way beyond in quality and ability to stand up to the great British weather. Yes they are expensive but a cottage in the UK for 4 people can be up to £1000 per week in peak school hols - doesn't take a long time to pay back if you look at it like that!
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By: Golfer6726 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2010 Rating: Date: 22/01/2011
We purchased our Karsten 350 in May 2010 from the Camping Travel Store. We also purchased the comfort extension, front wall and rain awning, the rain awning is excellent, it doesn't flap about in the wind, keeps the rain off and gives shade when it is hot, ideal for cooking under, it is well worth buying.
This tent is very versatile and can be put up very easily in a strong wind on your own.
We have used this in very strong winds in the Lake District with thunder and lightening overhead with no tent movement or leaks.
This tent has enabled us to enjoy camping fully for overnight and longer breaks.
We will be purchasing a further extension and extra groundsheet this year.
We looked at a selection of tents and trailer tents before purchasing the Karsten and we feel it is of better quality and far cheaper than a trailer tent without the problem of storage , tow bar and towing restrictions.
We have had several tents over the last few years but this is the best and will last us a long time.This is an expensive tent but there is nothing comparable in quality. Money very well spent.
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By: Pauljacey Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2005 Rating: Date: 20/11/2009
Ours is the 350, 3.5M square base. There is a lot of standing room inside nearly up to the walls. We have had 4 adults sleeping comfortably in the 350 and use it as a sleeping pod, Karsten sell dividers if you want privacy. We had 10 people round the table in the open awning regularly (comfort awning, awning extension and front wall and rain awning). I also had the zip put in the main tent for a sleeping extension, but haven't ordered it as we just don't need more space, but that gives us an extra door out of the back of the tent. I ordered ours in 2 goes over 2 seasons, tent first then awning, awning extension and front wall. We have had no problems with hand made components fitting together. You can also almost design your tent with window, door placement, and type when you order, you can even get rip off foil covers for windows and doors so you can see out when it is raining. The windows and extra zips can't be retrofitted. It will and has stand up to gales, they are very strong. Canvas is cool in the summer the tent has excellent controllable ventilation, it is also quiet in the wind.
I know they are expensive and a real commitment for most people but I can tell you it does do what it says on the box, I've seen 15year old examples still being used regularly, they are very well made. Welsh summer weather has destroyed 5 of my old tents. We do use it a great deal and as far as I am concerned it is already paying for itself not just in peace of mind.
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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-it's 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. That's 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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