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23 Reviews of the Seconds Family 4.2 XL Showing 21 to 23 Page:
By: Pablonoodles Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2011 Rating: Date: 06/06/2011
The family and I have just spent the May Bank holiday w/e over 3 nights.
We bought it as a friend recommended the original 4.2, and the XL has more space for our family of 4, for w/e camping and stays up to 4/5 nights.
It erects or pops up in minutes and down as quickly, I cannot fault it on this front, we couldn't stop laughing at how easy it was, though I placed an extra tarp underneath the ground sheet for good measure.
As others have said nice touches with drying line and storage pockets (which three other storage packs can be added) and bath tub gs pretty much does the job effectively (previously we had a standard gs with mud flaps so this is an upgrade)and the tent did not feel too draughty even in the strong winds.
The weekend on the South Downs had pretty strong winds and the design is more akin to a normal vis-a vis tent and did not buckle or bow/bend with all the guidelines in position (though I did test it the w/e before for a quick test pitch with no 'guides'and it blew away with my 5 year old in lol.She loved it!)
We had light rain, no issues there.However, we do have a concern with the large central roof vent which is placed in the 'second skin area of the living area. With strong winds rain/water could be blown into this area and drip into the tent, as it has no cover.But this has not happened yet just a concern. Also I would like to be able to zip up/seal the top side vent cover on the the side vent in strong winds if possible, as we placed the tent obliquely to the wind.
Overall 8.5/10 very pleased with the tent so far , criticisms are only minor with ample space for w/e camping and we were very impressed with it in strong gusts.
We will update when a full season or two has been thrown at it.
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By: Keighley49 Reason: I've used one Made in: 2011 Rating: Date: 11/04/2011
My wife and I have just returned from a 3 night stay with in this tent.
Easy to pitch, spacious living area, and felt light and airy. Sat inside during the evening as it got a little chilly, but with the big front door open it almost felt as if you were outside.
Good ventilation in the bedrooms, used self inflating mats to maximise space.
Folded away easily following instructions in the bag.
Overall verdict - 8 out of 10 - as we felt bedrooms could have been made bigger, and the head height at 180cm means that anyone over 6ft is unable to comfortably stand up.
However this is an excellent tent for touring, which is why we bought it, as it requires a lot less effort than our other steel pole tents and is a lot lighter.
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By: Superdy09 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2011 Rating: Date: 26/03/2011
Just tried this out for a dry run - took a bit longer than stated, but that's to be expected first time.
Looks spacious - was a bit of a wind up and didn't seem to be draughty with the bathtub groundsheet stopping the wind.
Seems very neat and tidy, with some clever touches (drying line in the main rooms and light hooks)
Packed away on the 2nd attempt following the instructions in the bag (made the error of not tying up the guide ropes first (school boy error!)
The misses is very impressed.
We will try this out properly at Easter and I will update!
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# Dimensions and weight - Spacious living area (5.9m2) with max height of 1.80m. 14.5kg.
# Bedroom - 2 spacious bedrooms for 2 people, comfortable dimensions: 2.10m x 1.60m.
# Living area/storage - With its 5.9m², you can easily seat 4 or even 6 people around the table. Large storage pocket included. The entrance door is protected by a large overhang. The large back window, protected by an overhang, can be left open even in rainy weather. The basin-shaped groundsheet in the living area prevents rainwater runoff into the tent. Large storage pocket in the living area.
# Access - A large door, which can be easily stored in an adjacent pocket for more ease of use, and the advantage of a living area that opens up to the outside in fine weather. The edge of the groundsheet can be flattened at entrance for easier access.
# Pitching/Folding - Innovation: the groundsheet can be positioned and secured before the tent is unfolded. This facilitates the right positioning of the tent, and its accurate set up. Then, you can unfold and set it up in under 2 minutes!
# Waterproofing - Like all Quechua tents, the waterproofing has been particularly well-developed, approved in lab tests (WHOLE TENT in a shower of 200 litres/hr/m2!) and in field tests. (PU coated polyester flysheet, polyethylene groundsheet, thermobonded sealed seams.) A breathable polyester bedroom under the flysheet means you aren''''t in contact with the condensation that forms naturally on the inside of the flysheet.
# Ventilation - 1 large central upper vent in the living area. 1 upper vent in each bedroom. 1 large insect-net window that can be closed. Top of the front door can be opened even when it rains. Everything is designed to maximise ventilation, and reduce natural condensation.
# Poles - Solid fibreglass; highly break resistant.
# Pegs - 5mm galvanised steel for excellent twist-resistance.
# Carry bag - Disc tha
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