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Tent Showcase: Hypercamp Alaska

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Weight:
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Pitching Style:
Yes
4  (more 4 berth tents)
43.30 KG
£500.00
1
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
10/10 from 7 reviews

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7 Reviews of the Alaska

By: ShortHamstrings  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating:   Date: 31/05/2017

I deliberated for a year before buying this tent.And I am so pleased with it: My other half was very sceptical at first as we didn't 'need' another tent but after we'd pitched it for the first time he commented several times on what a great tent it is. It is beautiful to look at and the quality of materials and workmanship is excellent for the price: The 285g/m2 cotton canvas is a relatively dark beige, more of a sand colour and the sewn in groundsheet is very thick. It has heavy duty zips and straight seams. There is good attention to detail with this tent and it has clearly been well thought out - ventilation windows in the inner match up with those in the canvas and the front wall can be opened up in a variety of ways, either panel by panel, a combination of panels or it can be opened right up plus it has a lay flat groundsheet so no tripping over. It has an EHU entry zip and 4 storage pockets each with 3 section (one on each side in the living area and one in each sleeping compartment). The sleeping compartment has a dividing curtain that can be rolled up to make one large bedroom. The front windows have roll-up curtains on the inside.

The Alaska is as easy to pitch as our bell tent; not too many guy lines which can be an issue with pyramid tents and even the dreaded front frame wasn't too bad at all first time out! (Assemble the top sections first including putting the spikes through the holes, then put the bottom section of each 'leg' on last). Good quality pegs are supplied (more than you need) plus there was a spare guy line and a few other spares included.

We had a massive thunderstorm first time out with torrential rain and not a drop came through.

This is classed as a 4 berth but interestingly is about the same size as other manufacturers' 6 berth pyramid tents. 6 would be a squeeze though, this is perfect for 4.

The only downsides to this tent are the pack size (big!) and the weight; it is heavy. But if you have the space and can manage the weight (some people manage to pitch it alone and no way could I do that but hubby says he could without much of a problem). It is easy with 2 people, I just need a hand carrying it from the car and putting the front frame up, apart from that I can do it alone. All in all a really great tent and fantastic value for money.
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By: Ewen c  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating:   Date: 14/05/2017

We bought this to downsize from a Royal Pescara and because the wife hates the noise of polyester in the wind.

First time out we had a storm. The tent stood up to everything including wind from all directions and was totally waterproof. We have teamed it up with a German reenactment tarp but will put a ridge pole in between the front poles when using the tarp.

The tent is well made. Zips are stiff at first and there were a few threads over the zip teeth. Nothing that couldn't be sorted. Putting the front internal frame in requires a bit of pulling and strength. Hopefully this will get better with age. The pegs supplied are good but the guy runners are better replaced with line locs. Ventilation is excellent and it is a striking tent with other campers coming over to admire it.

Hopefully it will give us years of service.
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By: Gulliver7952  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating:   Date: 28/10/2016

Bought new in Feb 2016 for £443 (bargain) Have done 11 camps in it so far (41 nights) and I can't fault it for the money.

I have been lucky in only having a slightly damp tent to dry on only two occasions.

If this tent has a down side it is the weight 43kgs all in.

This can be split down, poles are in a separate bag 10kg, Inner tent 6kg and Tent 26kg. Which is still a lump to carry, the bag would be better if it had lifting handles both sides.

It is classed as a 4 berth but the Inner will sleep 5. Or 6 with out Inner. It is very spacious even with the Inner.

I can pitch it solo in about 30 mins maybe less if it was raining. I use a cheap builders tarp (4x5 mtr) from Wicks as a footprint to keep the ground sheet clean.

The front porch can be a problem in the rain as water can pool on it if not pitched right, you get a waterfall effect.

The pegs supplied are better than most that you get with poly tents. Strong Pin pegs for round the bottom of the tent and Angle pegs for the guys. I use Rock Pegs for the main guys.

The instructions are basic and the door frame pins can be a pain to stretch the canvas over when new but it does get easier.

Pitching method:

Peg the ground sheet with pin pegs.

Put the centre pole up, it won't fall over.

Insert the porch poles and guy out.

Insert door frame poles and stretch canvas over pins.

Peg out main guys and adjust to suit.

Don't forget the rain caps.

All in all a good well made tent.
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By: Tasha N  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 19/01/2016

We loved this tent - it totally revolutionized our camping. Clocked up 40+ nights in 2014 and 20+ in 2015.

Dry, Secure, Spacious. Pitched in 20 minutes after some practice. You can sit under the tiny porch in the rain without getting wet, and also the door is protected so this can stay open in the rain unless it is facing the wind.

Used for a family of 5,now 6 for upto a week at a time

USed with a frontier stove through the winter - warm and snugly. We tended to use it without the inner tent. The beige cotton is lovely up, and warm at night and cool through the day. My husband was ready to give up on camping when we got this - it is a complete game changer.

Spending almost £600 on a tent was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, but never regretted after the second time up.

The big decision is now that it has drowned and been covered in oil in the flooding this winter what will we replace it with - another Alaska or the Palamos which will have a bit more space for our growing family, the stove and the fireguard we use to avoid accidents? Decisions!
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By: DottyD  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2015

We bought this tent after much research and many discussions. We have used it in a very wet and windy Wales for two weeks this year. The tent stood solid in the weather even though it was positioned head on to the wind for most of the holiday, due to a change in wind direction after we'd put it up.

It doesn't take long to put up, not sure I'd fancy putting it up solo but hubby probably would.

We did have a small incident with one of the zips as the pull part came off mid holiday but we had some lovely rustic string and I prefer our new pull part.

The tent is like a tardis. It doesn't look huge from the outside but feels massive once in. We camped with friends and they were all surprised at how roomy it was. The windows are great but you also have the option to open the whole front if you wanted to. We had many people come to look at our tent one said they'd been watching it in the wind and commented how sturdy it was compared to the others around. I can't recommend the tent enough I love it, it's the perfect canvas tent for our family.
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By: Rims  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 03/08/2015

This is by far the best tent purchase I have made, due to the shape the useable space inside is immense. The previous review is right in that the website photos do it no justice even the photos I've uploaded don't come close to how good this tent is.

It's rated as a 4 person but you could comfortably sleep 6. As a family of 2 adults and 3 children under 7 we only took up half of the inner tent.

Pitching the tent took about 90 minutes first time round due to having to tie all the guys on. It is simple enough to erect on your own in about 30 minutes, requireing a second person to hold the front pole for about 10 seconds while the first guy is pegged.

On our first outing it handled heavy rain with no problems, it was noticeably quieter than our previous tent the Vango Colorado.

The zips on the bottom of the front door are a little fiddley to start after they have been opened up all the way, but once done a few times you get hang of them.

All in all a good quality tent, I Highly recommend it as I know I'm going to get a lot of good years from mine.
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By: Thegibbo4  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 25/09/2014

We are a family of 4 and all love this tent!

Purchased new at the start of 2014 for less than £500, we felt it was a good way to find out if pyramid tents were for us. We are converted - my husband says it's the most comfortable tent of the many we've owned!

The images on the Obelink website do it no justice whatsoever, the canvas is a lovely cream colour with a contrasting dark green front wall. Quality is excellent. OK, so it's not a de Waard, but the stitching is better than on our previous Outwell polycotton tent.

There is plenty of room inside for all four of us plus our gear. The inner is huge due to the angled rear of the tent meaning that there is space for our clothes bags, etc alongside our SIMs.

There are 4 half moon vents for ventilation and the whole of the front wall can be opened up to really let the breeze in. The rest of the groundsheet is sewn in. The front wall also has a zip for EHU, should you need it.

Pitching is really straightforward. The instructions supplied are basic to say the least but the pictures are really all you need. Pegs supplied are strong, we use Deltas rather than risk our children impaling themselves on them!

All in all a fantastic tent that we hope to get many years use of. If you're thinking of buying one do it! You won't regret it!
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Manufacturer's Description

The Alaska is a spacious pyramid tent that sleeps four people. Made of heavy duty 100% cotton. The Alaska has a strong sewn in PVC groundsheet.

Dimensions:
450 x 400 x 185/250 cm.
Material:
Flysheet: 100% cotton 285 g/m2.
Innertent: Breathable cotton/polyester.
Groundsheet: 540 g/m2 PVC Tarpaulin.
Poles: Steel 22/25mm.
Specification:
Spacious pyramid tent that sleeps four people.
Weight: 43,3kg.
Pack size poles: 96 x 23 x 11 cm.
Pack size tent: 102 x 36 x 31 cm.
weight poles: 10,6kg.
weight tent: 32,7kg.
The innertent has a roll-up divider.
Comes with pegs and guy-ropes.

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