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1 Reviews of the Weekend 6
By: Surfspud Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2011 Rating: Date: 14/05/2012
We are a family of two adults and four older children. We have a lovely large 12 berth tent which is great but not ideal for weekends or overnight stays. After looking at a number of options we settled on this tent, purchasing it from Amazon for just under £50.
So far it has been used mainly for Garden Camping, with just one or two of the children in it but we did also use it for a few days away.
Putting it up in the garden was a breeze. I could do it single handed quite easily, though normally there was two of us. First pitch took about half an hour as we are not too good at following instructions but now mastered it takes about ten minutes from bag to being fully pitched. We had to add the guy ropes the first time and with no information on how to do this we did spend a fair bit of time googling for help.
Pitching the tent whilst away should have been just as easy, except we had chosen to go to the South Coast and the wind was strong and continuous. We had also been placed in a corner between a static caravan and a bank which we thought would protect us but it just seemed to trap the wind and blow round and round us.
The poles are fibreglass which is handy in that they are light and have lots of give but not great in windy conditions. One side of the tent was permanently caved in! It was however doing better than a few of the other tents on site. We didn't have any rain but a soaking in the garden had ensured it was waterproof.
The porch is fairly useless; we did leave our shoes out in this area but couldn’t have done this if it had rained.
Inside the tent are good head height and a large sleeping/living area. As with all other tents when they say 6 berth it is safe to say that this will be a tight fit. As there are 6 of us this meant no room for airbeds or such but we did easily fit 6 Self Inflating Mats. We decided on a slightly different layout to that demonstrated and so the four children slept across the tent going from front to back whilst us two adults put our beds in the opposite direction at their feet end. Both myself and other half have wider SIMs than the children but there was still a few inches between us all.
We had bought ourselves a similar sized carpet and had sleeping bags plus a fleece each. However we found despite it being October we got so hot that the blankets were not needed and we ended up sleeping on top of the bags.
At the end of our bed there was a fair sized space which meant we could have a large box full of all our clothes and another for food and crockery etc. Pockets either side of the tent were handy for books, magazines etc and the kids had a small rucksack tucked between each bed with their gear. Everything else was stored in the car.
The weather meant we were unable to sit outside much, and cooking was also out of the question since our poor little gas stove couldn’t stay alight with the wind. I did try making sandwiches but the plates kept flying about so this was not an easy task! This meant much of the day was spent out and about but luckily there was plenty to do in the area. However we did eat breakfast at the tent and were happy enough to sit on our beds eating our bowls of cereal. The hardest thing was making the beds and keeping them tidy with us walking all over them. It was definitely cosy but we felt in a nice way.
We are off again soon in our little tent. Hopefully the weather will be better and we can sit out more. We will also be taking a kitchen tent so that we have a covered area to prepare food and cook.
In all I would say this is a great tent. It can sleep 6 and fairly comfortably. Less people would mean more space for gear and space to perhaps put a small table and chairs. However, as a place to get our heads down it is perfect.
My only criticism would be lack of EHU entry point. Whilst we are using this as a back to basics tent since there is no room for heater, kettle etc, it would still be nice to be able to have the option. Of course you can easily just leave a gap in the door but an entry point would be much tidier and safer. So that, and the rather pointless porch has lost the tent a couple of stars but I would still thoroughly recommend it.
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Quick and easy to erect tent, perfect for a weekend trip or outing and is ideal for first time campers who want to get outdoors and make the most of the sunshine. The dome shape provides a comfortable living area with great internal height.
Quick-pitch dome structure that goes up in no time, giving you more time to relax and enjoy your break.
The strong PE groundsheet is highly durable; there are no concerns about ripping it with boots or gear.
Plenty of space for all campers and kit offering a comfortable, happy camping experience for all.
Set up: Inner first
Capacity: 3 person
Flysheet fabric: Polyester, 2000mm, PU coated, taped seams
Inner tent fabric: Breathable Polyester and no-see-um mesh
Groundsheet: PE 120g/m²
Carry bag type: Tubular with draw cord opening
Headroom: 185 cm
Sleeping area: 8.10 m²
Storage area: 1.20 m²
Pitching surface: 28 m²
Pack size: 59 x 22 cm
Weight: 6.8 kg
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