By: Zenobia1970 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2013 Rating: Date: 08/06/2013
Well what can I say well done kampa! This tent is FANTASTIC! .
Like the previous reviewer we too have jumped ship from a Vango exodus 800 with canopy. The first thing I would like to say is that Vango have made the tent waterproof this year not like the one we had last year. See review on this tent. The kampa tent is a absolutely brilliant the quality of the fabric and attention to detail is great. The Filey 6 is really easy to pitch peg the corners and attach the pump and as the tubes start to rise pop inside and push up and that's it. The tent also has isolation valves should one beam deflate. The interior features are really well thought out with the floating ceiling to keep noise and heat to a minimum. The sleep tight system is great too bedrooms are dark and the coating does keep a lot of the heat out the rooms a real bonus. We really like the ensuite off the main living area that we use for the toilet.
The windows are really clear and the living area ones open right up to let the air in and heat out and it really does, seems kampa have really done their homework with this tent. The only negative point is the tent carpet is a grey color and doesn't fit round the beams like the Vango one maybe we could have a nice colourful carpet for next years model :-). Now the important bit Vango airbeam tents don't stand up to windy conditions very well ours nearly blew flat when we used it but Filey 6 stands up really well due to higher pressure and extra support beams.
So if you want great easy to pitch large tent that's well suited to British weather look no further than the Filey 6
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By: Joy_family Reason: I've used one Made in: 2013 Rating: Date: 06/06/2013
This is our 2nd inflatable tent – we changed from an Airbeam Eternity 600 with front extension as the Kampa seem to offer some significant benefits – mainly being a similar size but without the need of a separate extension (which never fitted right on the Vango), the single inflation point, material etc.
Out first pitch of it was for 5 nights at Sandy Balls in the New Forest. We were meant to do a test pitch at home but didn’t get round to it. Wish I had done though as what should have been an easy pitch was a bit problematic. Laid it out, pegged the 4 corners, closed the deflation points on each beam and then started pumping. My wife then thought air was leaking out somewhere due to the hissing sound and we started fiddling around with the valves inside the tent. However, after a bit of rechecking, we had all the internal valves open and the external ones closed – and the tent went up well and was rock solid. Was so nice not to have to worry about over inflating like the Vango – you can just keep pumping until pumping becomes difficult. I am very interested in the electric pump that Cross Camping are getting in/testing out as this will make it even easy to put up. The next time will be even quicker though. It was solid as a rock all the time we were there - more so than some of our surrounding tents it has to be said.
The tent itself is fantastic – the material feels waxy and good quality, the sunlight panel/roof panel is fantastic for keeping the tent light but not over hot (was worried about the tent being dark as its blue but the opposite is true) and kept any condensation drips etc. Getting us. I was originally sceptical about this panel but it worked a treat.
The layout of the tent is perfect for us – nice 50/50 split on the bedrooms (again, better than the Vango), lots of living space and big front porch – it was great opening everything up and having one big tent and then closing off the canopy area to keep snug at night. It rained a lot during the week (unfortunately) but there were no leaks and the big porch windows meant you can stay dry but have a good view out. Was also handy early mornings – our 6 year normally wakes up by 6am – as it gives a separate closed of area to play etc. Without disturbing my wife’s beauty sleep. Also good for eating inside the tent. We ended up buying a carpet for this front area whilst away and that made it even better.
The SIG was the best one i’ve had and the toggled porch g/sheet was better than I expected it to be.
The opening windows were also a bonus – when it got sunny, you can open everything up and the tent feels spacious and cool. Everything in the tent seems well thought out and you have lots options with openings, curtains, pockets etc. The canopies over the windows worked well as did the window mesh areas (which I was initially concerned about).
I didn’t expect the tent to come with spare poles so you can make the side door into a canopy – this was useful.
We struggled initially with the zips, they kept snagging but then realised that if you pull them by the yellow string, instead of the zip itself, they work a lot better.
The bag pack size is very big but no more so than other big tents i’ve had when you include their pole bag.
Taking the tent down was a doddle – we were up against it time wise as we had just 30mins to get the tent down and pack away. Needn’t have worried – deflated easily and rolled up and fitted into the bag with no problems. The bag isn’t as good as the canvas one Vango supply though.
I love the idea of inflatable tents as, they do save time and are so much easier than poled tents, but the Vango just wasn’t quite right so did a LOT of research into getting another one – the Outwell ones just weren’t big/wide enough and prefer a tunnel design with the bedrooms at one end. Am not worried about polycotton. And am glad to say the Kampa Filey 6 Air is a fantastic tent and I feel I made the right decision going for it.
Due to go camping for a few more weekends this year and looking forward to using this lovely tent again and the ease of pitching it. It is an expensive tent (although I did get a good deal on it) and I lost some money moving up from the Vango – but I am very glad I did as it just seems so much better than the Eternity in every way.
This is the 4th tent we’ve had in a year and I think we’ve finally nailed it – even my wife was totally impressed by it, which is saying something!
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By: Brooksuk Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2013 Rating: Date: 21/05/2013
First pitch of the tent this weekend at the Red Shoot, New Forest and we were not disappointed. As SA2009 states above, the pack size is pretty big but then again its no bigger that having a similar sized steel poled tent with 2 big bulky bags.
Setting up was easy. Pegged out the footprint, pegged out the corners of the tent and inflated it all in about 10 minutes. Yes, you then have to spend another 10 minutes pegging out the guy lines etc - but even then you can have this large tent fully erected and pegged out in 20 minutes (and do it on your own).
The sleep tite system in the bedrooms is fantastic, we managed to sleep in until 8 am (inc our 2 year old) as the rooms are so much darker.
The living area is plenty big enough and the en-suite / storage area is very useful for keeping the rest of your tent tidy. I particularly liked the fact that the side windows open fully.
The front porch area is probably one of the best features of the design - close it up fully at night time, ensuring all your chairs / kitchen / table etc remain dry. Half open the door to sit inside for breakfast and stay out of the wind, open the whole thing up fully when the sun comes out! All built in, and no wrestling with a separate porch / awning!
Packing away was easy as well, open the valves and the tent deflated in just a minute or 2. We used the usual method of folding the tent and then rolling about on it like a couple of children to expel any air - worked perfectly. Whole tent and footprint groundsheet (inc un-pegging) all taken down and back in the bag in 20 minutes.
10/10 rating from us!
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By: SA2009 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2013 Rating: Date: 02/04/2013
This review is from a trial pitch in our back garden so first time out and once we have used it properly I will update. I've added a few pics too.
Firstly just to warn you the tent is huge! Ignore the packed dimensions given in the marketing material it is way bigger it swallows our boot! In terms of putting the tent up, it was easy, (although judging by my OH red face he might not say the same ) but soooo much easier and quicker than the poles it was up in 5 mins (excluding guy lines).
The fabric of the tent is lovely, you can feel it is much thicker than the normal polyester tent material. Space is fab and it does have the sleeptite system. The bedrooms were already in place so we didn't even have to do those.
The poles for the window canopies and side pod were a little difficult to get in but they did go in with a bit of effort, I think we were a little wary of stretching the material too much trying to get them in.
Putting it down was a doodle, we just opened the valves and sat back and watched! The instructions in the book tell you to close all doors and windows before letting it down which we did but wont next time as there seemed to be a lot of air in it, obvious I guess! Bag is plenty big enough and we got it back in very easily.
Only sticking point for us was the toggle in bathtub ground sheet in the porch area we would have preferred a sewn in one as there seemed to be large gaps but that is just us and won't bother everyone and first time pitched we may not have done it right, we will probably modify ours.
Other than that, not disappointed and look forward to using it for real, apart from we won't get anything else in the car! 9 out of 10 is because of the toggle in rather than sewn in porch ground sheet, but as I say everyone will be different on how they view this!
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- 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
- 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