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3 Reviews of the Abberley
By: HannahsMenagerie Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2016 Rating: Date: 26/05/2017
I was looking for a halfway-house tent for a camping trip round the southern isles of the Outer Hebrides (Vatersay to North Uist). I didn't want to spend 2 weeks in a small crawl-in 2-man (OK, one Woman and her Dog) Tunnel Tent but the nice big roomy 3-man tent would be a complete pain to take down and put up every couple of days. This seemed to be the ideal compromise. Enough space to live in should the weather be foul but small and light enough to be able to pitch in a reasonable time by one middle-aged woman with the assistance of a large energetic dog.
As we were camping in an area that is known to be a bit breezy and the ground underfoot is mostly compact dune rather than mud I swapped the pegs that the tent came with for 4 x groundhog pegs for the corners and 12 x 9Ē roundwire pegs for the rest of the pegging points and the guy lines. I also left the inner sleeping compartment in place so in ideal conditions I can get the tent fully pitched in around 10 minutes.
I donít like the fact that the cover for the window/vent is on the outside of the tent. If they were on the inside I would have been able to peek out at the weather without opening a door or going outside.
It may have been because the temperature outside dropped down to 4 or 5 C overnight but unless the rear vent was fully open there did seem to be a lot of condensation inside each morning. This was usually quick to dry out but did make brushing against the inside of the tent rather unpleasant.
The compact carry bag is a very, very tight fit. Unless you fold it just so and roll it very tightly the tent wonít fit in the bag and let you zip it up.
This is probably more to do with where we were and the weather than the tent but I really disliked the way that when it rained the local snails would creep up the sides of the tent and take shelter in the rear vent, some of the small ones were quite difficult to reach and extract before taking the tent down.
I really love that fact that all the poles are identical, so when you are putting up your tent in the rain, or poor lighting or anything other than ideal conditions, you donít have to stand there wondering if you are trying to put the short blue curved pole into the long straight orange sleeve. Just grab a pole and go.
The sleeping area is very spacious for a two-man tent, there was room to spare on both sides (but not top or bottom) of a double air bed. So while I used the pockets for storing my glasses, watch and other small items that would not appreciate being stood on I could put bulkier items such as books on the floor.
There is also plenty of space between the inner and outer tent so there is less chance of them touching each other and transferring any condensation from one to the other.
The side door proved handy (even though it is quite low headroom) especially when the gentle Scottish breeze changed direction several times a day.
It states on the description that you canít stand up in the tent, this is quite correct you canít unless you are under 4 foot 7 inches (140cm), but you can quite easily sit in a camping chair which allows for a comfortable way to spend a few hours if needed.
I am in two minds about the sleeping area having two doors (a mesh one and a solid one), on the plus side itís nice to have lots of ventilation available to go in and out without bugs getting in or a wet dog snuggling into the sleeping bag. On the minus side in the middle of the night when you are half asleep and need to get out then then getting organised enough to open two sets of zips can take a little bit of doing.
The rear vent could do with a halfway opening point. There were days when fully open was far too breezy but closed led to too much condensation.
I donít use electric hook-up but I have not spotted a small flap to feed one in.
The outer door(s) donít zip all the way round. On the plus side this does allow more ventilation through the tent. On the minus side this does flap a bit in the wind. Having said this, it appears to be a trend across all tents these days apart from the very small tunnel tents or tents designed for extreme conditions.
Some people have said that the tent leaks. Yes it did leak but not very much and considering the weather conditions I am surprised it was not more. The drips that I saw were dropping off the tags to fasten the toggles, but looking closely I donít think this was where the rain was getting in, I think it was coming in where an upright and a vertical seam met and then running along the inside of the horizontal seam until it met the tags. The campsite we were in when it leaked looked out over the sea, it was under 1-minute walking to get to the beach from the back of the campsite. Early in the night the wind changed direction (again!) so it was now blowing off the sea and by the middle of the night had reached gale-force speeds which meant the accompanying deluge of rain was hitting the tent sideways on at gale-force speeds. For the next 4 or 5 hours the tent creaked and groaned, bent and flexed, flapped and fluttered and Ė to my over-active imagination at that time of night - showed all indications of wanting to either take off or fold in on itself and collapse. At about 7am there was a drop in wind speed and the rain eased to drizzle at which point there was a scurry of people who were staying in tents (yes there were 6 sets of mad-campers on site that night) checking for damage. On the outside the worst that had happened to this tent was that two guy lines had come off their pegs. On the inside there was probably a total of 3 or 4 tablespoons of water spread around the groundsheet, not sure how much was condensation splatter and how much was rain that had leaked in. Even if it was all leaked in rain it was pretty good going especially when compared to other campers some of whom were almost having to paddle.
Would I recommend this tent? Probably Yes.
If you are heading for the wilds of Scotland, the remote areas of the Lakes or somewhere where the weather is known to change at the drop of a hat then no, this is not the tent for you.
But if you are going somewhere that you can more or less guarantee that you wonít get gale force rain then yes this little tent is well worth considering.
The quick pitching time and compact carry case make it ideal for a touring holiday either in the car or on bikes.
Will I use it again? Yes, assuming me and the dog ever go camping somewhere Ďtameí!
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By: Philip6380 Reason: I've used one Made in: 2015 Rating: Date: 05/10/2016
Dreadful tent. Used once leaked like a sieve in the rain. Took pictures and contacted Olpro, I was told it was condensation. In 30 years of camping I have never known condensation produce 2cm deep puddles and rivers of water on the groundsheet. Returned to Olpro where it was supposedly tested and found to be ok.
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By: Davmc66 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2015 Rating: Date: 18/09/2016
I ordered the Abberley tent because it had a fully sewn in ground sheet. I ordered one with footprint. But the one I got was not the one in the pictures in the website. Also the footprint was far too big.
Being at the campsite I had to use it . It rained, it let water in badly, and the inner tent not as big as stated. Tried to complain , got nowhere bar cut the footprint if a problem. So if you're small and it's not raining it's ok
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