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Tent Showcase: Cabanon Biscaya 440

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13 Reviews of the Biscaya 440        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: The worthingtons  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 06/03/2014

We love this tent and have had it from new . It's very robust . We love being able to cook indoors or out , weather depending . There's plenty of room in the bedrooms to get dressed . We are a family of four and use the bedroom as one very large space rather than splitting into three . We take lots of gear with us and have plenty of space . We have bought the sun canopy this year but have never really needed it ,just thought we'd buy it before it was discontinued . Best feature of this tent is the zip in groundsheet . It's very thick and comes up bath tub style . It only has one guy rope at the side to the kitchen side so it leaves you loads of room at the side of your tent to park car and set up table and chairs etc . The canvas is much thicker than on other canvas tents I've seen . The other great thing about cabanon is they hold their value . Not many dealers around now though .
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By: Canvascrazy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 04/07/2012

We've just been to the lakes for a week in the Biscaya 440, it was windy with wall to wall rain, but the tent was solid and dry. The tent has a zipped on ground sheet which is pegged out first, the poles are assembled and positioned on the groundsheet, then the canvas is zipped on. A for-runner of the Awaya had a sewn in ground sheet. Sorry for any confusion.
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By: Canvascrazy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 22/06/2012

We purchased the Biscaya 440 Cuisine and were very glad to have bought the additional sun/rain canopy - it's brilliant to be able to cook and eat outside. We love the light tan/navy colour way which is quite natural and shouldn't date. The Cuisine is easy to put up and the sewn in ground sheet has withstood a stream flowing underneath it. The shell material is acrylic coated (all weather)polyester, as used on pre erected holiday tents.The fabric does not breath (confirmed by a Cabanon email), so be aware of carbon monoxide, but there are many vents to compensate and increase airflow. We did own an Awaya 500, which was just too big and needed a stool to zip the poles in. We decided on the Biscaya to replace it, as although the cotton was comfortable, it did start to fade after eight or ten weeks.

Points to consider.

Velcro/ties could help keep poles in place while zipping, to allow one person to erect. The rain does react differently on the polyester, when compared to cotton - which doesn't lul us to sleep in quite the same way (It tends to sit and then gush, rather than slide gracefully down). We are not too keen on the mosquito vent in the inner, too light in the mornings. Keep vents and windows open if cooking inside.

Overall a wonderful tent, superb quality, rock solid and torrent proof, a sound purchase and it should last a lifetime. We think it better to buy a Cabanon, (start second hand, then fall in love with the brand) than a tent that uses lower quality materials, looks more flashy and only lasts 3 years.
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By: Duffs54  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 06/08/2011

Can't add much more than what has been said, it was our dream tent and we managed to get one. Loads of room with lovely big windows and very bright bedroom pods which make you think it is sunny everytime you wake up!

Have now used it 3 times and getting quicker to erect each time, also folding away after use is also quite easy now.

The only criticism is the zips on the bedroom pods should be at both ends not just the bottom, would make life a bit easier for just popping things back into the bedroom.

We love it and are so pleased with it it still makes me smile when I think that we actually have one!
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By: Slater/sargison  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 12/07/2011

After visiting loads of camping shops around England, and believe me we did, looking at all the Outwell tents. We saw the Cabanon Biscaya 440 and instantly I was hooked. Just 5 poles to assemble and in reality only 3 guide ropes. We bought it and the rest is history. We've camped in strong winds, heavy rain and sleet, well you know the English weather, the tent never moved in the wind and never leaked once when it rained ( and it did rain!). Easy to assemble and spacious without taking much room up outside because of the lack of clumsy guide ropes. In our opinion save a little extra and buy the best which is what we certainly did. We have put photos on just to show how easy it is to put up(20mins) does take a little longer to set beds ect. Up but there is 6/7 of us go on holiday. Photos do show how good this tent looks.
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By: Marsupilami  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 30/03/2011

We are an owner of a tent Biscaya 440 for 3 years and it is only of the happiness. The tent knew the Breton storms, the tropical showers of Haute-Savoie and the heat wave of Ardèche without showing the slightest failure. Tent which is very well conceived to ventilate under the heights of summer, painting of an excellent quality to support 3 days and 3 nights of a steady rain. Solid conception to resist has 100 kph winds without moving.
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By: Dales-Heather  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 14/07/2010

We bought this tent recently brand new but at a greatly reduced price. We believe that it may be a 2007 model however it is absolutely superb. We have only had it up in our garden so far and left it there for three days to check it's performance before we went on holiday. It remained bone dry through heavy rain and did not move in the wind. It felt noticeably warmer than other tents when it was chilly and is very spacious.

We are looking forward to going to Scotland on holiday with our new tent. It has to be said that it is bulky, however to make packing up easier we bought an Isabella awning bag for the canvas which saves having to try and put it back in the sack provided by Cabanon. It took a while to pitch as it was our first time but I am sure that it will get easier with practice. We are extremely pleased with the product.
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By: Awedlock  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 12/09/2009

My overall summary is superb build quality and design but some areas are a bit basic.

We recently purchased a second hand Biscaya of Ebay, and as we also own an Outwell Bear Lake 6 (which will be sold after the purchase of the biscaya!) there are some areas where the Outwell is noticeably better equipped than the Biscaya. On the interior of the Biscaya I was surprised to find sleeping compartments with single-way zips, single skin doors and partitions as opposed to separate sleeping compartments and very little storage solutions such as pockets.

The only other negative point I have is the front door. There are four zips that meet at this point so it is hard to completely close off without leaving some sort of hole.Which were it not for the built in sun canopy would be an issue.

Having said all this the positive FAR outweigh the negatives. The build is superb, the stitching is accurate, zips work, windows fit and the design makes the tent ultra stable. The lack of exterior guy ropes helps make pitching the tent easier and also it physically requires a smaller pitch than some smaller guyed tents. It also look good! We had many admirers in our first weeks camping, even those with caravans were impressed.

The canvas feels like a quality canvas that will last many years. It did not feel as cool as polycotton, but felt like it would withstand the best/worst the British weather could throw at it. However the ability to open out the whole of the front of the tent allows the inside to be cooled a lot quicker than opening the odd vent or door.

We currently don't have the extra sun canopy but I think this is a must if like us you intend eating outside and we will certainly be buying one for next season.

Pitching the tent is relatively quick and straight forward but is a two person job. This is the only tent I have never been able to pitch on my own. Once the poles are in their sleeves though it is easy just to peg out all of the straps and groundsheet. A few bits of cord tied to each of the sleeve zips makes the job a whole lot easier!

If the inner were not so basic would definitely give it a ten, as it is it gets a nine, but as far as compromises go, I would rather forego a few pockets than a decent canopy above my head!
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By: DrDaveAdams  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 29/07/2009

Purchasing this tent was possibly the biggest mistake of my life.

It is described as a quality 'all season' tent. Only true if it doesn't rain! If it does, then it is possible that yours will leak on every, and I do mean every, seam just like ours. There is also a tendency for water to pool and leak through on the kitchen side of the living area, but the level of water ingress although considerable by normal standards, is insignificant compared with the amount coming through the seams and zips, so perhaps it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.

We bought the tent in 2008 and used it for 8 days in nice hot, dry weather. It was absolutely superb, fairly easy to put up, spacious. Our son and his family thoroughly enjoyed it. This year it started leaking on the first day of rain and after 4 days the leaks on the seams became so bad that we had to abandon the holiday. Not bad for something well over £1000.

Careful inspection of the roof seams has indicated that some of them appear to have been unpicked and re-sewn, but of course this doesn't account for the leaks on all the rest.

Currently we're awaiting a response from Camping International/Cabanon on this problem

Would I ever buy another Cabanon product? I'll leave you to work that one out.

Overall impression. Appears to be high quality product from a respected company, but clearly any pretence of quality control is at best superficial.
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By: Rottsrule  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 30/06/2009

We part ex'd our Raclet trailer tent (plus extra dosh)for our Cabanon 440. What a fantastic choice.

Usually there are 2 adults, 1 teenager daughter (son sleeps in pup tent) & 2 rottweilers in our 5-star accommodation.

Plenty of room for all of us.

The ground sheet is zipped onto the canvas - keeps the tent very snug.

The only criticism that I have (which has been remedied on the newer model) is that there is no entry point for EHU - other than the door.

We have been in torrential rain, bad wind and scorching sun - the tent hasn't let us down.

Just need the optional sun canopy this year

The quality of the tent is second to none
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Manufacturer's Description

# Durable and breathable all season polyester outdoor canvas
# Identical pole sections for easy erection
# Generous bedroom inner tents
# Large, full enclosed, living space
# Roll-away front panel
# Fixed front sun canopy
# Hard-wearing groundsheet securaly zipped to outer canvas
# Packed in three bags for easy transportation

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