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Tent Showcase: Force Ten Classic Standard Mk 3

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2  (more 2 berth tents)
7.10 KG
£270.00
1
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
9.71/10 from 7 reviews

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7 Reviews of the Classic Standard Mk 3

By: Simonmiles  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 30/09/2017

Having previously owned an old F10 Classic, I'm happy to confirm that the new model retains all the best features of the original, is just as well made and in some respects is actually better (e.G. Better groundsheet, better pole support and better inner door). It is absolutely rock solid when pitched correctly with the guys in place and inspires real confidence in bad weather. This is the warmest tent I own and, like all cotton tents, it breathes so that condensation, which plagues all modern synthetic tents to some degree, is never a problem. You can't criticise the weight, as it's actually very light for a cotton tent. You wouldn't want to hike with it but for car and base camping it's easy to handle and packs down very compactly. My only complaint is I wish the inner was held under slightly more tension, as the sloping sides do hang down a bit, which limits the useable internal space. For this reason I personally feel the Mk3 is a bit tight for 2 people. As a luxury solo tent, however, it's wonderful. The Mk3 is the cheapest of the F10 classics and can be bought new for less (in some cases a lot less) than a modern nylon tent and will last a lot longer. Just a great tent.
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By: Yte8  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 20/04/2013

I picked up one of the new versions of the classic in Go Outdoors 2 years ago, having owned one back in the 1980's (a Mk3 CNX). I have used it about 4 or 5 times since then.

There are a few mods compared to the 80's version but all seem good, this tent remains the simplest tent I know to put up and is very well made.

Nice and cosy when it's cold and breathes when warm thanks to its polycotton outer and inner.

Has been brill in every weather doing exactly what you would expect, not moving and not leaking.

The weight is the downside, which is a reflection of the heavy duty nature of the materials it is made of. So OK if you don't have to carry it around (at least not on your own).
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By: Pjvango  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 12/07/2012

I love these tents, there great. Iv camped in them for years an last year I got the chance to buy my own. It was an E-bay bargain from 1986. Ive used it several times with my girlfriend an a fair amount of equipment. They are able to cope with all conditions due to the material. I once woke up to find it was -5! the tent was warm an dry an we folded the doors open as they were frozen solid.

Would never sell this tent

It will be a life timer!
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By: Kevin02  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 02/10/2010

I have a orange one got it in 1983 and still use it today like the others have said its bomb proof, yes a bit heavy, but when it is put up it's there. Come what ever the weather is, it is usually strapped to the back of my bike in all weathers from Hot Portugal to the norm British (sun cold/wet frozen) Bike rallies.

Does not matter where in Britain I pitch it, someone appears and says have not seen one of them in years and like above used them in school camping trips.

Apart from re proofing it never had a problem.

Have had other makes but none match this one Love it. Only thing is eye adjustment first thing in morning coz things look orange for a bit!
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By: Stu_and_Dawn  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 09/09/2010

Like most people I was introduced to this tent through youth groups in the 1980's.

It is absolutely perfect for this role, they are so strong that I have never seen one fail through teenage abuse.

I acquired one of these in around 1990 and even used it to backpack once or twice, in retrospect I would never dream of trying that nowadays as they weigh about the same as a small house!

Mine snapped it's ridge pole in gale force conditions high on Snowdon, which was a big problem at the time but this was probably down to bad pitching in extreme conditions.

In the end I had to retire my force ten as the flysheet shrank to the point where it was impossible to pitch and I moved to a tent which was the same weight but twice the size, I've since moved on to one which is the same size but half the weight!

I would buy another, purely to use as a campsite tent for my now teenage children to use and abuse.
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By: Jon.mcguinness  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 31/08/2010

I first used one of these tents at Lulworth Cove in 1987 on a school expedition and was hooked. The tent is bomb proof, simple to put up and will last for years.

There are two types available, mine is the bright orange (faded to salmon pink) cotton fly type, the other is the green nylon fly. Being of cotton, it is heavy, especially if it gets wet.

The usual pitching is inner first, but the fly can be pitched first in wet weather. The main frame is a steel A frame at each end, connected by a steel ridge pole. The inner simply hooks onto the frame and the fly sits on top of the frame. As soom as it's pegged out, the tent is solid!

Being a two-person tent, space is limited for two people, but loads of room for one person and their kit. The doors are at one end only. The tent seems warmer and quieter than my other tents.Maybe because it is cotton?

My tent is getting on for 20 years old, but I re-proof it every year and it is still waterproof. The seams are not stretched and are still as good as new. Every part of this tent is replaceable, so there is no reason why the tent won't last forever!

Vango have changed the design very little over the last 40 odd years since the Force 10 was released which is testament to the success of the design.

I feel proud every time I put this tent up.

All in all, a superb tent built to last!
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By: Ardgathen  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 1981   Rating:   Date: 29/03/2010

Actually, I don't like having to put this down as a 2001 vintage, try 1981.

This is the tent that first introduced me to the outdoors - bomb proof & teen proof - easy to put up and maintain.

If I had one minor complaint, gear stowage is limited to the one entry/exit end, but then in saying that you can get all your kit, plus two 6ft plus 30 somethings with all the comfort goodies we could never afford when we first used these tents in the early 90's in the inner tent.

I have to say it is on the heavy side, but those who see it pitched and are in the know just nod in appreciation. Whenever we head for the hills and we are arranging the kit we often take the force 10 - to put this in perspective our group also own Terra Nova Quasars and Lightwave trek tents.

There is no finer experience than a sunset in the highlands viewed from the doorway with a suitable beverage in hand, safe in the knowledge that even a hurricane won't shift you in the night - just keep the distances down or use it as a base camp tent.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Force Ten Classics have been used by expeditions, adventurers and youth groups for over 40 years. So brilliant, the design is as recognisable today as it was then. Easy to erect yet tough and durable, they perform exceptionally well in all kinds of weather and provide welcome respite from even the most savage conditions.

The Protex® DWR Cotton inner and outer are supported by a strong alloy 'A' pole structure with a super-strong HD nylon (10,000 HH) groundsheet. These tents have been used by expeditions, adventure and youth groups for over 30 years. STD are standard models in all cotton.

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