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Tent Showcase: Hypercamp Eldorado

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10 Reviews of the Eldorado

By: Pnoguer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 06/05/2014

I have this tent and I absolutely love it. It feels so secure in bad weather. When its dreadful we just get into the tent, open a beer and play some quiet music and we forget about it. In the sun it is still comfy, and you can even open the front wall. And it is of course a bit retro and lovely, nothing to do with the flimsy polyester tents.

The only thing I miss is the sewn-in groundsheet. Rosas was no longer available so I purchased Eldorado. Ive been using a polyethylene groundsheet and its ok, but after a year and a lot of camping trips Ive found a myriad of bugs inside (I dont care but my wife detest them) Im considering to stick a proper PVC tarpaulin using marine glue for PVC. I think Its quite easy due to the rectangular shape of Eldorado.

I will let you know the results soon.
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By: Single camper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 27/04/2013

Ordered this tent on a bank holiday Monday and it was delivered that Wednesday very prompt service. Checked it out on a practice erection no faults found. First time I used it was in October in west Scotland it rained every day but not a single leak perfectly dry inside and warm no drafts. On my final night a storm hit with sixty mph winds gusting at eighty mph with very heavy rain it was that bad I slept fully clothed and expected that in the morning there would be nothing left, the only thing I did was to fit two extra guy lines from the door poles as the wind was hitting the tent from all directions but I did not have to worry although the tent was drenched and had to be packed away wet it did not budge one inch and was completely dry inside. I can certainly see why they are called dutch storm tents. If you want a well priced easy to erect tent for either one or two persons which will keep you warm and dry then you cannot go wrong with this. Buy one us it and enjoy it. Oh and by the way I did not notice any flapping about from the window covers as mentioned in other reviews.
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By: Epa611  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 04/08/2012

Fab we tent for two people and great for weekends or short breaks.

So easy to put up, steady in the wind and no leaks or drafts.

If you're after a small easy to put up tent just get one - nothing else compares
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By: Gulliver7952  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 09/06/2012

Bought this tent earlier this year as the price was a good buy for a canvas tent. (even better now with the exchange rate)

I have used it 4 times so far and cannot find any faults with it.

It is easy to erect single handed and has plenty of space.

I lay a ground sheet down 1st which is slightly longer than the footprint but the right width. (keeps tent clean)

Then peg the corners out, centre pole in,(will stay up on it's own) door poles in, then peg out the rest.

One tip is to put a piece of plywood under the centre pole to stop it making a hole in the ground sheet.

Make sure the centre pole is upright before final tightening of guy ropes or you won't be able to move it.

Although it states it's a 4 berth it would be more suited to a couple or solo camper.

The bedroom pod hangs from a ring on the centre pole and the fitted pod ground sheet clips to the sides and rear of the tent.

I use a couple of large picnic blankets in the bedroom pod and a Vango Orchy 400 carpet in the living area.

The whole front of the tent can be rolled back should the weather be hot and sunny!

The only grip I have with it is the number of pegs required, something like 40.

Also the tent could do with some air vents at the rear to supplement the vents in the front windows.

However it's only a small bad point.

Pound for pound this tent is very good value.
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By: Bluenosewidow  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 24/03/2012

I have no idea when the tent was made and only put in 2011 as I had to fill it in.

I absolutely love this tent, it is so easy to erect. The first time I erected it was in the neighbours back garden and it took me a while to work out where the corners were! On site it went up in no time. I bought the tent second hand from an ebay seller and it is in fabulous condition, all the guy ropes were already tied on which helped. When it came to de-camp I forgot to leave the four corner pegs until last and consequently the pole fell down. The canvas, poles and inner come in one bag and is very heavy. I have divided up the bag to

The canvas is beautiful and I noticed some of the panels are different shades of cream which adds to the overall look of the tent when inside. The skirt is lovely and thick. I only used one groundsheet to go on top of the skirt but intend to buy another one to go underneath the skirt to create a better seal. I personally think the window poles cold do with being fractionally a bit thicker.

I couldn't believe how bright it is inside the tent especially in the morning. I assumed with the window covers down it would be quite dark inside the tent but it isn't.

I think the tent is brilliant for one and adequate for two if like us you use a kitchen tent to keep the eldorado tidy, anymore than 2 would be a tight squeeze in my opinion. Sleeping would be ok, but there isn't enough actual living space for 4 people. We used a double airbed and put it in the middle of the sleeping pod and there was plenty of room either side for bags.

It was quite windy during one night and the tent didn't budge an inch. I agree with raf48 about the window covers, and it would be good to have some curtains on the inside, however this is not something that would make me get rid of the tent and I give it a 10/10 score.

The bag contains the canvas, inner and poles is very very heavy and it would be better to split them.
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By: Raf48  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 14/09/2011

OK I will also give this tent a 10/10. At the price, I would like to see any other company produce a tent of this quality. My bell tent cost more than double, and does not have an inner, so really treble. I have used it in the lake district earlier this year, in the worst wind and rain I have ever experienced, at no time did I think I should pack it away as it was rock solid. No rain got in, and with so many guy lines it always felt secure. As mentioned in other reviews, the amount of guy lines (I think twenty three) can take time but you can't have it all ways, again as mentioned above, really a two man tent with room to move. The build quality of mine is 100%.

If I had to make a negative comment, the only one I could think of, is that the tent has no ventilation once the window covers are closed for the night, and also the bottom flaps against the tent, which I did find anoying. A piece of velcro in the middle would solve this problem, but I solved it by fitting curtains inside, and leaving the covers rolled back and the air vents working. I am also trying to make something that makes the bottom of the window covers bow outwards as other tent vents do, but this is really a very minor point.

Having had this tent for two seasons now, I can say that I've used it in all but snow conditions and it has done exactly what I expected from it when I bought it. I was thinking about selling it on recently, but until I have given the two tents that may replace it a good try out, I think I will now hang onto it for a bit longer. (The only reason for selling is that I want a wood burning stove for the winter months, and could not bring myself to cut a hole in it for the chimney pipe)
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By: John in Leeds  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 23/05/2011

It's really hard to resist posting a positive review of your new tent. You put it up in the garden or your first night and its all shiny and new and you just cannot help yourself give a glowing review that confirms the good sense of your purchase.

In this case however I have resisted, until now, my judgement being that it has been tested enough to give a 'fairly' unbiased assessment.

Purchased last autumn for 165 euros plus a tenner postage from Holland it arrived just 3 days after ordering. Its a big heavy lump though so definitely not one for my cycle camping. It went up quickly, pegging out the four corners, inserting the poles, then pegging out the guy lines and the rest of the skirt. I realise now it was easy because getting the pegs into my garden is a doddle. There are plenty of pegs and lines so where I have done this on a hard ground I have found this job does take a time.

We have made a footprint that gives the postions for the corner pegs and keeps the canvas off the ground when raising or taking down. It also keeps the canvas nice and clean.

There is a heavy skirt all round that I face inwards over the top of the footprint. Over the top of the skirt goes the inner tent ground sheet (a really heavy duty bath tub) and the living area sheet (a cheap flimsy thing but supplemented by the footprint). This forms a draftproof seal that is very effective. It would not be any good in a flood but if the site is chosen sensibly (not in a hollow) then there should be no problem, the vulnerable bedding being protected by the heavy inner bathtub.

We also have a Bear Lake that has a zipped in ground sheet that is excellent but on a cold day we still get drafts through the zip itself, no such problem on the Eldorado, really cosy. We don't seem to get drafts particularly from the front door and vents over the windows when covered with their flaps, and trust me its been tested in really cold conditions. The inner tent making a real difference to the sleeping environment being far enough away from the outside walls to avoid touching in high winds and just right for keeping that extra couple of degrees of warmth.

The pyramid layout makes really good use of space for 2 adults camping in reasonable comfort. The sloping well guyed rear cheats the wind and gives plenty of room for your feet on an air bed and adequate for camp beds. There is standing headroom for me, a bit over 6 foot, around the central pole allowing me to stretch and move around. The sloping sides being the places for cooking gear, chairs and table etc. The living area I reckon is just enough for 2 with a little furniture. The front vertical wall under the window vent being the my preferred place for cooking inside.

Choosing a tent is always a compromise, in this case lots of standing headroom is sacrificed to give a weatherproof tent that will give good functionality and comfort in challenging conditions. In the heat of summer a more airy tent may be better but at least you do have the option to brail up the walls to ensure good air circulation. And, best of all it is cotton, giving no condensation, a quiet non flappy time in high winds and far better temperature control throughout the day.

This is a traditional style of tent, the design of which has been incrementally improved over many years. For 2 people it makes a great place to stay giving a lot of confidence that it will be there after a blow, will be dry after a downpour and give a comfy environment in most conditions. At that price definitely a no brainer.

I should really give it a ten rating but I'm a miserable git and have not yet tested it in the desert ;-)
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By: Stumpjumper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 12/09/2010

Ordered this tent from the Netherlands at the weekend and it arrived on Wednesday. I love this tent, it's so cosy inside and is well made. Didn't take long to pitch and has plenty of room for the two of us for a weekend.

The canvas isn't too bulky and we are able to dry it out on the bannister, which is handy with winter coming. I have to say for the price it's amazing. The only thing that stops it being a 10/10 is one of the tags for the inner tent being sewn slightly out of line, which is not a huge problem.
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By: Eldorado  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 18/08/2010

We have given our Eldorado a busy season so far and it has been great, for the money there is nothing quite like it. And you cant beat being under proper canvas

It is great in bad weather, surviving some dreadful winds and rain quite unflustered (when other tents/campers were going home). Dries pretty quick too. In hot weather it is still pleasant to be in as well - ideal when you have little ones that need to nap in the afternoon

Materials and construction are mostly very good with the feeling it will last years. I have had to do a little stitching on a zip seam and the living space groundsheet is cheap/horrid but very minor things

It is an easy solo pitch, 15 mins or so in nice ground but easily a lot longer if it is rocky. I take a kneeling pad now. And lots of rock pegs.

Could be used without an inner tent (like the Dutch do) for more space if needed but you would then need a (c40) footprint groundsheet. The similarly sized Rosas (with ZIG) would maybe be a better choice for that

The (almost) matching Obelink tarp also makes for a very flexible set up. We love ours and are glad we got it
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By: Littleskink  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 28/05/2010

I was a little wary of buying a tent without seeing it erected, especially a design and manufacturer I had until recently not heard of. But I am seriously impressed.

We needed a cheap weekend tent for 2 adults and 2 young children, there are a myriad of faceless fibreglass and nylon tents but they often feel flimsy and are no fun to put up and take down, especially solo

The Eldorado is very nicely put together from decent materials (the Hypercamp is 90% of Cabanon quality at 25% of the price, the rrp seems huge but Obelink always have good deals). The canvas is a good weight without being a burden, stitching and seams are fine. The inner has a good tough ground sheet though the zips are maybe a little flimsy. A lovely touch is all the roll backs have a strong cotton loop and toggle system, SO much easier than most nylon tents.

The size is cozy for 4 but perfect for our needs, for a few years at least. The sleep space takes 4 (big) self inflating mats and sleeping bags/stuff fine but clothes and other things have to go at the end of the kids beds, when they grow it will probably be a little small for 4 of us with clothes inside the inner at night.

The colour combination is a slightly quaint grey and dark blue, my wife loves it but I am not so keen - but hey, it is perfect for the job intended, easy to put up even solo, feels very solid and really is so cheap (we paid Eu180 delivered) you figure there must be a catch . . . If there is we can't find it - thank you Obelink :)
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Manufacturer's Description

Description: 4 Person Pyramid Tent: is one of the most functional tents, and also secure from the elements in design and construction. Easy to erect.

Material: Flysheet: Cotton 285 gm
Innertent: Breathing polyester/cotton.br> Groundsheet: Polyester
Poles: Steel 22/25mm.

Size: 350 x 290 x 215/180 cm

Specifications: Innertent: 2x (140 x 200) cm
Weight: ca. 22.6 kg.
Includes free groundsheet for livingroom.

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