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By: Jay.r70  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 05/05/2014

Just returned from our first trip with the Kampa Filey Air 6. I'm afraid it's good and bad news;

The tent is amazing, the material is rustle free, we didn't expect the 150D material to make such a difference over the 75D, even in moderate winds over the weekend, infact it was other tents that kept us awake as we had no background noise from ours. Putting it up and taking it down is unbelievably easy, we used the hand pump and had it up in about 4 or 5 minutes which everyone was commenting on, it's down in less than a minute! We had no problems getting it back in the bag, rolled it up, then unrolled it and rolled it up again.

This tent is huge when its in its bag and very heavy.

It rained Saturday and Sunday and we had water come in at various points mostly along the seam for the outside skirting where the ground sheet is sewn in as there appeared to be no tape or seam seal all the way around the tent so we ended up with most of our air beams sitting in their own little pools of water, we also had water ingress at the beam next to the storage pod where it stitches on to the main body of the tent about half way up.

We are now waiting to hear from Outdoor Megastore where we purchased the tent. Will add another comment to let you all know how we get on.
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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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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: Cessna  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 09/02/2014

We have only just bought this tent, and used a sports hall to have a trial 'inflation', first impressions very good, very easy to erect (ever so easy with no wind!) and lots of well thought out features. However the only disappointment is the bag. Considering you are spending the thick end of £1500 to purchase this tent, it looks like Kampa have spent £5 on the bag. Way too small once the tent has been used and with no devices (wheels, tensioning straps etc) to make the manual handling easier! Come on Kampa we know you can do better.Anyone with an alternative bag solution?
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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 didnít 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 didnít 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 werenít 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 youíve 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 thatís the end of the moans; itís still a Great Tent
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By: Fionatazdevil  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 01/09/2013

We brought this tent as liked the idea of an air inflated tent that will take 5 min to put up. Especially with a 4 month old an 8 and a 12 yr old to keep entertained. So far we have put the tent up twice, once as a practice using the hand pump (exhausting if you have forgotten to shut off one of the valves and spend ages pumping for nothing) Then for camping for 2 nights and using an electric pump. When we first put the tent up the beds and inside sheet were already installed in place which was good. The instructions are easy to read however we had looked it up on you tube first anyway. The tent pegs are not anything special considering the price we paid for the tent so its worth investing in some decent ones. We also brought the footprint which is definitely worth getting as at least if its damp when you take the tent down you havent got to worry about taking the tent back out to dry out just the footprint. The tent itself went up within 5 min but it took an additional 45 min to peg it all out. It definitely gets everyones attention when you pitch up at the campsite. The tent is also very stable and spacious. Although it is meant to be a 6 man tent there is plenty of space for more. We went camping with 4 adults and 3 children including a baby who had their own travel cot inside as well. My brother and his 2 children slept in one of the rooms, I slept in the other with my son in his travel cot and my parents slept in the main compartment and there was still plenty of space.

The down sides - It does require at least 2 people to pack in away and you do seem to need to squeeze some of the air out at the end. The door between the middle and the porch personally I think should have the option to fully zip off for when it is hot. The zippers on the front door are constantly getting jammed and stuck on the seams of the material and also the plastic waterproof covering. This can get pretty annoying. It is very heavy to carry and the carry bag does not come with wheels attached.

I recommend - Getting yourself another holdall that you can then store the porch groundsheet, the poles (for windows) , the pegs, the pump and the footprint in as it will reduce the weight from the main bag to make it slightly more manageable.

Note - Always make sure you have the outside valves all closed before trying to pump it up.
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By: Uwho99  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2013

This tent was brought in June first trip 2 weeks in July in Cornwall and needed re-pumping twice after sagging our second trip 4 nights over August bank holiday was a complete disaster .Front porch air pipe leaking and two leaks on the outside let-down valves and a zip broke, We have looked after this tent with great care after paying a lot of money for it we now seem to have a fight on our hands with camping world for a full refund .If you own a filey air 6 pleased be warned the valves and piping are not has strong has they say, use it once pack it away and next time you use it your guarantee has run out .Further when we brought this tent a irate couple where arguing for their money back on the same tent the sales person assured me it was one off rare problem the tent was virtually indestructible
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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: 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: Keanonwuk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 01/07/2013

We have just returned from 3 nights at the Clitheroe C&CC site with our newly acquired Filey 6 Air. This is our third Kampa tent so we are fairly used to the Kampa quality and build. No, as with other contributors we did not do a test set-up. And would have benefited from one.

It was raining when we pitched the Filey (as usual), the first surprise was the footprint, which has a small side bit to fit under the side annex (our Studland footprint doesn't). Great we thought no need to use the tarp we usually bring for the Studland, (rain getting heavier now). But on laying out the tent on the now wet footprint, guess what, the footprint does not match the annex, yes footprint upside down. Once the footprint was rectified we pegged the four corners and connected the pump (rain quite heavy now) and closed off the doors and windows which had been left open allowing water to pour in. As advised we checked the valves at the bottom of each pole to make sure they were in the 'off' position and proceeded to pump air into the main air inlet using the supplied manual pump. Wow, this is hard work, my wife and I taking it in turns to work the pump which because of the rain kept slipping from under our feet and disconnecting itself from the inflation point. After half an hour we were getting desperate and a fellow camper offered to loan us an electric pump which he used to inflate his airbed. We explained that we already had one and it was not capable of inflating the Filey. Very fed up now, my wife having a quite large blister on her hand and me regretting all those years of working behind a desk. It was at that point that my wife thought she could hear air escaping shortly after I had stopped pumping, in fact the tent made several attempts to raise itself then settled back when pumping stopped. I crawled inside to assist with kinked air poles and checking for leaks, nothing (still raining). We had now tracked the 'leak' to a specific area, around the inlet valve, it was then that I realised there was another valve at the base of the pole I was inflating and yes it was open. All other valves closed this one open, could it be someones idea of a joke or am I being paranoid? By this time I could have put up the Studland, taken it down then up again (still raining). After some more pumping (my wife and I now in need of medical attention) the Filey arose Phoenix like with some help from my wife. Minds now made up we need an electric pump!

Once up you realise just how big this tent is. Bedroom pods were already installed as were the roof lining (we removed this preferring the light which is excellent in Kampa tents. My wife then asked me to inspect an object she had found on the tent floor which worried her slightly (it worried me) it was a valve similar to the ones fitted to the roof air poles but without the locking nuts. After close inspection we were happy that it must be a spare (there is a complete spare in the repair kit that comes with the tent). I then attempted to fit the porch ground-sheet which my wife had given up on I was feeling fairly confident as we own an Outwell Glendale 5 with a similar system (my wife set to with a mop drying the inside of the tent a result of the open windows). I can only describe this final hurdle to camping Nirvana (the porch ground-sheet) as something akin to a device used by the Spanish Inquisition. The sheet is huge, plus on first viewing no clues as to which is the correct way up. Eventually, I managed to fit the ground-sheet in a fashion, I had installed it the right way up (more good luck than good management). There are three velcro pads on the front which locate with the front porch with toggles around the edge a hole at the back (tent pegging point) which can be closed off with a pull toggle. Finally you then peg it down (still raining).

With respect to the tent main points there is not a lot I can offer over other reviewers. The front porch we like far better than the vestibule idea of our Studland, with the Filey you can open it half way, fully and I think remove it completely. We love the big front windows also. However, we feel that there should be some form of ventilation in the porch area other than the two small vents into the main living space. On wet days the porch windows mist up quickly, opening the front porch slightly will clear this over time. The zip out side windows we like but as with the Studland it would be nice to have the option to zip up a mesh barrier similar to the side door to keep the flying bugs at bay. With respect to this mesh door on our new tent there was a hole the size of a pencil which was a disappointment (we had a similar fault on one of the vents over the window of our Studland, perhaps we are just un-lucky). We must mention the eyebrow poles and the frame for the annex here, as recommended by other reviewers, we fitted these before fully inflating the poles but it was still a trial, you need the strength of Arnie and good luck because if you miss the grommet you could make a hole in your tent, or snap a pole.

Our final problem became apparent when attempting to close the annex door off (yes it had been left open when pegging). However, on close inspection, the problem was not the pegging but the location of the air-pole itself. At the base of each pole within the tent there is a pad of velcro (located on the ground-sheet) this pole had moved or was never fitted where it should have been, so with a bit of heaving we managed to move the pole over the velcro pad, the annex door now closed without problem. The only other thing I found as a result of pulling the tent down at the end of our three days (yes it started to rain again) was that at the base of the front air pole (each end) is a pegging point, not obvious as when setting up the point disappeared under the pole which is quite large at the base, I had wondered about the material on each side of the front porch not being taut enough even after tightening the guys, using these two pegging points might have fixed this, will have to try next time out.

I have given the Filey 8 out of 10 which may be a bit unfair as setting up in the rain was a factor. However, we think that there are issues here relevant to Kampa. In the supplied manual it advises that you close up all windows and doors before deflating, yet when we set up the tent every door and window was open, we have always left the windows closed but the vents above open and doors partially open to allow air to escape when packing up on other tents, it worked just as well on this one and should we be unfortunate enough (or as usual) for it to rain, we can quickly close off these openings to stop the ingress of water. Leaving a valve rolling about in the tent smacks of poor quality control and what caused the hole in the door mesh? And finally which pervert left a valve open just where you least expected to find one? Yes it could have been someone having a laugh (yes I am definitely paranoid).

As I mentioned at the beginning of this review if we had been able to set up this tent at home things could have been so much better, is there a moral here?
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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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