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2 Reviews of the Bispace 700
By: Jlparsons Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2007 Rating: Date: 07/07/2013
I used to sell a lot of these when I worked at a certain well known outdoor store and I always had a high opinion of them, so I was happy to find one on sale for a third of the new price having been used once.
The tent has a central dome living area big enough for a table and chairs and tall enough to stand in. It has two unequal sized bedrooms off this area, one 5 man (ie 2-3 in comfort) and one 2 man (ie 1 in comfort or two kids) so for a family of four with younger children this is perfect. These bedrooms have separate inner tents which are clipped into the outer tent once the outer is pitched. The inners each have two doors into the main dome (side by side) and each door has two layers, a full nylon layer and a mosquito netting layer you can zip in alone so you can sleep with a breeze without getting eaten alive.
The structure is a big part of why I like this tent - the main dome is geodesic (two crossed poles as with a regular dome, then two more latteral poles bracing these) which is a configuration normally found on tents designed for heavy weather, not family tents. There is then a smaller fifth pole which supports the end of the larger bendroom. Both bedrooms taper toward the ends of the tent and everything is well guyed so you end up with a very 'streamlined' shape with a tough structure. If there's an unexpected blow overnight I'd expect this to outlast most other tents you'd find on a family campsite (but only as long as it's guyed out properly, as with any tent).
There are outer doors either side of the central dome and there is also an outer door on the outside of the smaller bedroom (which we padlocked as our 3-year-old and 7-year-old were sleeping in there). All three doors can be poled out to make canopies but there are only one set of poles for this included (easy to find more) but normally one is fine. In the hot weather all three doors can be rolled and tied up to make a proper cool wind trap. The only thing I would have liked to have seen added to the outer is mesh doors so that you can sit in the breeze in the central dome and keep mosquitos away, though these are present in the inner-tent doors.
The ground sheets for the inners are built in and come some way up the walls to protect against flooding. The ground sheet for the living area is separate, which I prefer personally but I know most don't. Given that the living area is where the hard camping furniture is to be found I prefer the idea of the ground sheet being easily and cheaply replaceable. The disadvantage is that in the event of a flood you may get water flowing in along the ground in the central dome area. THe inner tents have sewn in bucket groundsheets and for me a flooded campsite means I'm going home in the morning anyway, hence my opinion.
- Build is very good. Tough as nails.
- Geodesic central dome means it should weather a storm better than the vast majority of family tents.
- Plenty of room for a weekend away
- stows down small for a tent of its size
- Easy to pitch as everything is colour coded
- Geodesic poles harder to pitch than a tunnel tent (more poles)
- No mosquito nets on the outer doors (but there are mosquito nets on the inner doors and the ventilation is all netted)
- Ground sheet in the central dome is separate (but I prefer this).
- Like most new tents it seems to come with about half the pegs you need to peg down and guy out everything (why is this??)
In conclusion this is a very hardy tent best suited (IMHO) to a family of four taking regular weekend breaks. If you want to go away for longer then you might want to go for something bigger (but you will likely sacrifice durability in a storm) or if you're only going to go away once or twice then you might want to go for something cheaper.
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By: Parthianshot Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2003 Rating: Date: 19/03/2012
This tent is as good as Coleman make, it's got loads of space, is versatile and certainly deals with the conditions.
It is of course a fair size so needs 2 people to erect, but then you'd expect something like this for a 7 person tent. Also quite a weight, 17 kg, not something you can carry on your back!
Ours didn't come with a central groundsheet, but we bought the right size as an extra and that fits well.
Erection takes some practice, plus you are tempted to keep adjusting the guys and trim, but maybe I'm a perfectionist as these are to make it look tidy rather than any practical benefit.
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With the luxury of separate living and sleeping areas, the BiSpace range makes any camping trip more comfortable. Features from the Easy Set Up system mean this temporary home will be up in no time allowing users to get on with their holiday activities. The BiSpace range includes mesh doors, large windows on both sides of the living area, door gussets to prevent water getting inside the tent and the efficient AirFlow system for better ventilation.
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