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Tent Showcase: De Waard Albatros

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4  (more 4 berth tents)
33.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one

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9.6/10 from 10 reviews

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10 Reviews of the Albatros

By: PaulaMB  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 06/07/2014

We bought a brand new Albatros in May 2014 - having decided that the trip to Holland and taking the chance on a used one was not worth our while. Note that 20 year old tents are selling for 850-1000 at this time.

We really love it. We have owned Cabanons and all sorts of other brands over the years and absolutely nothing compares to this tent.

We bought a few extras - the mesh door, the side panels and the vario, as well as the hanging storage things for the side. With shipping from the manufacturer the tent price was staggering - approaching 3,000.

However, we have planned 8 camping trips in 2014 and figure that if we camp for another 20-25 years the tent will have earned its keep.

Everything about it is amazing, the canvas, the stitching, the design. It really is a forever tent.

We had torrential rain, local floods and gales on our first trip and as expected our tent was solid.

We are a family of three plus a dog - plenty of room inside and once you add the vario space there is a huge amount of room.

Couldn't be happier with our tent choice.
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By: PvdHam  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 14/08/2011

I just sold my De Waard Albatros (probably the best tent in the world) to a UK resident. I was surprised about the high interest of UK people to my ad on a (Dutch) internet site, written in Dutch!

They all told me that it is easy to buy the tent in the the Netherlands, but impossible to get a an instruction translated in English.

This is why I posted 5 jpeg files in the photo's area, being an English translation referring to the pictures in the formal dutch Albatros instruction (downloadable on the 'de Waard' site)
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By: KimC  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 23/04/2011

This is the most beautiful tent!

I went over to the Netherlands and purchased this tent, though I had only ever seen one ion the flesh over here.

I visited the De Waard shops and saw the amazing quality of them. The stitching is thorough and well reinforced, zips strong and the canvas is thick and good quality.

In terms of size there is generous room for 4 and with a sewn in, very thick quality groundsheet the whole thing is very warm and cosy.

It absolutely oozes quality and craftsmanship and I would recommend them to anyone.

Even though the canvas seems really thick, it is very easy to pack as it folds up really easily.

There a a lot of pegging points that makes this tent feel really secure, and it's easy to get the tent as tight as a drum. No more baggy looking tents!

I would recommend though that you get all the extras at the same time. I haven't got the inner tents, but haven't felt the need for them. I have the curtains, and the mesh door and the 'varioluiffel' (the big front canopy) and that is superb as it doubles the amount of space,and provides plenty of shelter.

To put it up the first time took me about 30 mins.

The tent has little zipped vents at it's base and this provides a lovely airy atmosphere. No more hot stuffy tents.

All in all these tents are an investment and I can't praise them highly enough :-)
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By: XeniaGM  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 14/09/2010

Beautifully designed, great quality canvas. It is a huge difference from standard tents. We rented an Albatros De Waard in Camping Neus Tent-Lodge in Spain, on the Costa Brava, and even though there was good shadow all over the place, temperatures around were very warm. One would think that going inside the tent would imply an oven sort-of-heat. But no, it was ok, stable temperature thanks to the special De Waard canvas.

Great breakfast in the morning under the lovely canvas, in the quiet.
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By: Julian H.  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 31/08/2010

Just returned from the Netherlands having purchased a De Waard Albatross on Marktplaats.Nl for Euros825. The tent, although nearly 10 years old, appears almost brand new. Having spent 5 or 6 weeks a year for the last 10 years in a Wild Country Family Khamsin the difference could not be more stark: the quality of the canvas, poles, various awnings and pegs is first rate, the space inside is enormous and more than adequately sleeps 4. The inside living area is large enough to comfortably seat four people around a table, the awnings make a comfortable living area in wet weather. The tent is bulky and heavy and really does need a trailer or large estate car to transport. Drying the tent was easy this time with our first dry day of the Summer enabling us to put it up and dry it properly before putting it away until the next time. Am I pleased with it? Yes, delighted: there is a feeling of opulence once inside, a feeling of luxury with no more sense of battling the elements. As another reviewer on this site suggests De Waard owners disregard the weather and carry on regardless. My only concerns are pitching it in a gale and drying it after a wet winter camping trip.
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By: Calor  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 11/08/2009

The most beautiful tent I ever saw and to purchase one, what a great excuse to take a trip to Holland. On Marktplaatz (Dutch ebay), I was able to get my Albatros at a bargain price. I'm still trying to figure out how to put it up though, as the instructions are in Dutch and I can't find an English translation anywhere.
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By: AngelicMinx  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 20/07/2009

For us, this is definitely the Rolls Royce of all tents. It is a spacious family tent that does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a 4 berth that actually sleeps 4 comfortably and is classed as a storm tent and it withstands any weather thrown at it.

The attention to detail is incredible and the finish is top quality.

Add a varioluifel and it doubles the already large living space. Or a sun canopy and side panels also create a large outdoor place to hide from the elements.

Easy to pitch and even easier to fold, roll and get back in the bag.

Brilliant :)

This is not a cheap tent and as stated by Martin, the price is just for the basic tent.

Extras obviously cost more but are optional.

This is a tent that will last a very long time

Love it :)
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By: Martinandzoe  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 04/05/2009

This is the best tent in the world bar none. Insanely expensive, the price listed is for the basic tent and none of the essential extras such as sun shades and windbreaks which easily takes it over the 2K mark but the (sort of) good news is that they can be picked up reasonably cheaply second-hand in Holland. Like Kiek says below, if ever my tent dies I will just buy another De Waard Albatros.

I'm giving it 9/10 just because of the pain of hammering in all those damn pegs in the right order which is a bit unfair baring in mind it's those pegs and guys that make this tent the strongest most wind resistant tent on the face of the planet.
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By: Kiek van o  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 08/01/2009

We bought our Albatros in 1991. Since then we used it for four weeks every summer. Mainly in the English climate (lots of rain and storms) It is still in excellent condition. It comfortably sleeps 4 adults but when the children were smaller we all fitted in.

It's storm resistance is top, and it still looks like a real tent.

If, ever it will die, we will buy a new Albatros.
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By: Tessa  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 21/05/2008

My friends have got the Albatross, which I've stayed in, and I've got the Albatross Junior which is the two berth version, now discontinued.

These are amazing tents. They have a completely sewn in groundsheet. There is a central pole which is where the divide is for the sleeping and living areas. There is a curtain dividing the two areas which can be tied back during the day. The four berth version also has a curtain dividing the sleeping area into two. You can buy inner tents for the sleeping areas, however, De Waard only recommend these are needed if you are planning to go camping halfway up a mountain or in extreme conditions.

There are two door panels which roll up. You can order alternative panels, the main ones have a window with a canvas 'curtain' for privacy and you can have extra panels with fly mesh which roll up out of the way when not in use and can zip into the place of one of the door panels. There is also an extra of a triangular shaped canvas panel with different size pouches which attaches to the piece of canvas next to the door panel for storage. There are hooks you can get which fit over the central pole to hang things from, such as a light or coats.

Extras include side wind panels and two different types of canopy, the largest of which almost doubles the size of the tent. The variable canopy can zip onto the side panels and in bad weather can literally come down to the floor so you can batten down the hatches, or can be put up in different ways using a combination of poles to protect from the wind whichever direction it is coming from.

The downsides are that this is a very heavy tent, made with good quality canvas, heavy metal poles and a lot of pegs. It's not a quick put up.

The plus side is that it looks fantastic and is great in all weather. You also don't need any extra things like windbreaks and kitchen tents or gazebos. In the four berth version living area we have had two camping tables with eight people sitting down for a meal.

This is the Rolls Royce of tents.
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Manufacturer's Description

The tent where it all started with, 60 years ago. The Albatross is a family tent with two bedrooms, and one room of eight square meters. This makes a great living and rainy days a lot less unpleasant.

With a wide entrance combined with headroom and the high degree of shelter the Albatros is a comfortable four-person family tent.

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