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24 Reviews of the Filey 6 Air        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  
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By: Steveandmel  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 13/09/2014

I recently bought what I thought was an incredible tent, no more poles easy inflation and deflation, equals more relaxation time. We arrived on site late in the day as usual so getting it up before dark was the plan. Fantastic the tent was up and ready for pegging in approx 15 mins. Loved the look and the layout seemed perfect. That was when the dream ended. The very next day it poured with rain for about 2-3 hrs that was when we heard the first drip, oh no we thought but it was to get worse. We then noticed small puddles of water pooling at the foot of each beam, and they just grew and began to flow under the carpet and sleeping pods. A few days later and again it rained almost all night, by the morning we were floating on a thin layer of water. If we hadn't kept our clothes in the sleeping pods with us they would have been soaked as was everything else. Just when we thought it couldn't get any worse the rear airbeam went down during the night. In 2 weeks I had to pump it up three times. All in all not what you would expect from a brand new tent, especially at this price. We sent it back to BestBuys for testing who were brilliant, we had a full refund within a week. I would recommend this retailer they couldn't have been more helpful.

We have now gone back to good old fashioned and reliable poles and bought an Outwell Bahia 7 just spent week in it, and all I can say is wow what a tent. Every conceivable feature even down to the add on pods that fit this entire range.

Just to finish I'd like to say I love the idea of the filey 6 and one day when they've got it right I might try again, but for now well done Outwell.
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By: Cessna  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 02/09/2014

This is an update to my earlier review, we have now had a full refund after our first and only camping trip with this tent. The manual pump was completely inadequate and fell apart, the tent roof leaked from at least 4 places and the front porch zip regularly jammed.

We may have been unlucky but others seem to have had similar problems, proceed with caution!
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By: Longm  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 01/09/2014

This review is based on our recent camping experience in the Kampa Filey Air 6.

Firstly as already commented the tent is huge and the packed size and flimsy back made moving the tent very difficult. That said once this is overcome the tent goes up easily (with an electric 2 stage pump) and once erected is very stable indeed even without the guys pegged out.

Having moved from a Vango maritsa 700 to an inflatable, this tent whilst not perfect (tents never are) ticked most of our boxes. (Loved the maritsa but a pain to put up).

We brought the tent late last year from Winfields and never got chance to use it in 2013 but had been very much looking forward to this years season. We pitched the tent in the garden first and all was well and very pleased overall. Sadly from then on it has been a nightmare. Our first weekend of use it rained pretty heavily and the tent suffered the much commented leaking with puddles at the feet of every beam which in some cases due to the uneven pitch the water traveled under the carpet and bedrooms. A lot of drying out had to be done on returning home.

I returned the tent to my nearest Winfields whom returned the tent to Kampa. There is remained for a few weeks and as we were Tent-less had to cancel a weekend trip. Not the end of the world but disappointed nonetheless.

Anyway, after collecting the tent I pitched in the Garden to test it before risking the bank holiday weekend.

Firstly the tent was returned in a right state. It looked like it had been dragged through a building site, rips in the bag, footprints inside the tent, dust everywhere and obvious signs of re-proofing all over the tent most visible on the dark blue areas appearing as dark blotches. Just to finish it pff the bedrooms where left half hanging, the internal ceiling no longer attached and some internal isolating valves left closed. This was most annoying when trying to inflate.

Anyway, after eventually inflating I testing the tent with the garden hose. Within a few minutes water started to leak and appear around the poles feet again.

We had to choose but to risk the tent as we were going away the next day so after advising Winfields of the failed repair we went camping in Ashbourne. Sadly as most of you will recall, the August bank holiday wasn't great and with persistent rain on the Monday we ended up with a combination paddling pool / Tent and ended up returning home early with too many things to list soaked.

I have uploaded some of the pictures to you tube if you are interested.

Http://youtu.Be/Q2uQiUnWFG8

So the tent has now been returned to Winfields and I hope to get this matter resolved soon with a full refund.

Its a shame as the tent is a pretty good design but very badly manufactured. Certainly wish we had stayed with Vango or moved to Outwell. Never mind, big lesson learnt.
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By: Baznbex  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 19/08/2014

Love it. Easy to put up. Easy to take down. Survived lots of rain and 27mph winds. No flapping . Lots of useful room. Bedrooms big enough for double air bed and some room down the side to keep things. Annexe really useful to keep clothes and therefore keep the tent tidy ( a tidy tent is a happy tent, my mantra) Children's room plenty big enough for 2 single air beds and space for a few belongings. Love all the windows and doors.

The downside ? The bag it comes in is awful ( seems very cheap). It is difficult to get back in the bag, but I guess that's down to the fantastic size of the tent and the thickness of the quality material. I'll live with it!

I've owned 4 or 5 tents and this is the best !
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By: Jw7a28  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 07/08/2014

This is an updated review of the Filey that I did in April, Kampa supplied a full set of air poles to rectify the front porch pole leaking and we have used the tent three times since. On the second time a valve leaked and I replaced it with the spare, then on the third and last time we used it we were on the second day of our holiday when the porch pipe leaked again, I isolated it and the tent was fine, on the third day we came back from lands end to find the middle section of the tent had collapsed one of the poles had exploded ripping a foot long tear in the tent roof, and the airpole covers were ripped apart my neighbour in the caravan next to me said it was like a gun going off, the tent was beyond onsite repair and with my kids crying over the lost holiday we had to reluctantly return home. I demanded and got a full refund from outdoor megastore I have to say outdoor were fantastic, Kampa say they have never had a filey do this before.

I loved this tent it was easy to put up and the layout was superb however it is a product that is so expensive yet so unreliable. I will post the pics of the blown air pole
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By: Stan0045  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 26/07/2014

Me and my family purchased a Kampa Filey 6 Air tent off PJ camping at the NEC on the 22/02/14.

We used the tent once for 2 days at easter down dorset and it was great. We packed it away per instructions and stowed it away in a under stairs cupboard

We are all off on our summer family holiday on the 2nd of August for two weeks to the south France. So I took the opportunity today (26th July 2014) to unpack and inflate the tent to air it out and check it over.

Once unpacked I was about to pump it up and I found that the light grey plastic pipe work on 3 of the 4 deflation pipes looks like it has perished and has a series of splits in (see photos). This is letting all the air out so it is unable to stay up.

This is not of the standard I expect off Kampa.

My issue now is I have a week before we go away on holiday that we are very much looking forward to and we don't have a serviceable tent.

My only option is to purchase a new tent and get a full refund for the filey 6.
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By: Walters2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 21/07/2014

The design and layout of this family tent is fantastic and we had 2x2 night breaks in it that were excellent. However on its 3rd outing which we have just returned from we had a nightmare. From the first instant the tent started to deflate constantly. After hours of searching inner tubes for leaks we found a ruptured pipe. Using gaffer tape we eased off the leak but throughout the week it started to get worse. Regularly we were woken with the tent inches from my toddlers face with a massive risk of suffocating her, and more than once dragged her airbed out of the bedroom area. We were out all hours of the day and night pumping it up again. We cut our holiday short by 2 days as we did not feel safe staying any longer.This tent has now been sent back to supplier with the hope of a refund as I would never use this tent again it is a suffocation risk! . This experience has made me realise how vulnerable we were with absolutely nothing we could do to ease the situation.
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By: Salome  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 16/07/2014

I am basing this review purely on setting the tent up. My initial thoughts when first seeing our new purchase was on the size of the tent package.She's a whopper!

We was taken back by it's weight too, I'm a big bloke but can only manage to move this short distances before collapsing and hyperventilating.A little exaggeration but you honestly need TWO people to realistically move this tent from car/trailer to pitch.

There onwards the Fily Air comes into its own, I used an electric pump to three quarter fill the tent beams before switching to the included manual pump to finish the job off.Very simple and much less hassle than using tent poles. It took more time to guy the tent out than it did to lay out the footprint sheet and pump her up.Very happy.

Once she was up and guyed out it was clear to us we had made a great choice, she is huge,sturdy and has plenty of room inside for a family holiday. Loads of ventilation for those hot days which can also be zipped up for poorer weather conditions making a huge tent feel quite snug inside.

The zips do tend to snag a bit on the waterproofing material but wasn't really a big problem.Just a niggle.

As others have said, the front porch area Windows have no privacy curtains.But for us,it's just a handy area to have all the cooking gear stored with shoes,boots and any other spare camping equipment which leaves the living area feeling nice and spacious.So,personally speaking.Not a problem.

The main downside to the tent is the packing away.Purely due to her shear size. Deflation is quick and painless, just simply follow the clear instructions provided. It's the whole 'rolling the tent up' which can be a strain on the knees and back.To get her back in the bag provided, it's best to roll her up once to get the surplus air out of the tent.Unroll and then re-roll her up again to get her in the bag. I wouldn't fancy doing that in the rain due to the size but that's the gamble with camping anyway.

All in all the Kampa Filey 6 Air is a great family holiday tent that's big in every way possible,plenty of room,plenty of storage,big sleeping/living area's and very sturdy once up.A great tent.
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By: Arwen444  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 05/06/2014

First time we used our new tent was the worst weather, four days and nights of torrential rain with no let up.The kampa filey 6 air did not let us down. This tent is solid as rock, it didnt move in the wind or let even one drop of water in(plenty under the tent though)we were snug and warm and felt very safe.

Tent went up in five minutes then about fifteen to peg out and ropes etc. Getting down took longer as it was muddy underneath. I was upset and worried the new tent would be ruined by the rain from the ground. We took it home and put it up but there was barely a mark on it, it just seemed to shrug off any dirt. Five minute wipe of the front flap and its good to go again. I would camp anywhere with this tent. No noise from the fly sheet flapping or poles bending.Worth every penny.

Its a big and heavy tent , don't underestimate this when buying it takes two people to lift in into the car, my husband put it up by himself. Taking down in just a case of turn the valves and its down , roll it up unroll and roll again to get the air out. The only niggle is there is no sewn in groundsheet for the porch and the one they make to put in is a little tricky to figure out but once we got the hang of it we were fine.

The best bit for me is the little anex at the side , very useful for childrens dunny runs in the night , beats trecking over a field in the night. The front porch zip could do with some more design work as it snagged a lot but a small problem really.
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By: Mac2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 03/06/2014

We had a Vango eclipse air beam which cost the same money as the filey. We had many issues with the Vango and took it back and exchanged it for the filey. The filey is in a different league quality wise, much easier put up having just one inlet valve to pump compared to Vango having 5 or 6, and canopy is all attached. Whereas the Vango and other air beam types you often see people pitching the main tent in under 30 mins the. Spending twice that time putting on a canopy which in Vangos case, then leaked.

With filey you get an extra side room for toilet or bags, proper size bedrooms ( we are 2 adults, 2 small kids). The filey was rock solid, zero flapping.

Only two negative points are , we had one very small bit of leakage as per jay.R 70' but this was just on one small area and the front entrance zip can get caught on the weatherproof transparent flap. Overall we think it is brilliant. Oh it is a big bag but probably because of the quality of the material.
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Manufacturer's Description

Key Features:

- Air Frame - all AirPoles interconnected
- Ridge AirPoles for extra stability
- Isolation Valves - in case of damage to one AirPole
- Inner Tents remain in-situ for set up and take down
- Sewn-in-groundsheet
- Side door with mesh and wet weather protection
- Storage/toilet compartment with zipped interior door
- Roof lining - advantages of polycotton without the weight
- Daylight panel - for white light
- Roll to side front door and intermediate door
- Complete with manual pump with pressure gauge

Essential Specification:

- Flysheet: Weathershield 150D 5000mm F/R UV
- Groundsheet: PE 12 x 12 140/m 10,000mm HH
- Poles: Air Frame
- Weight: 36.4kg
- Pack Size: 110 x 45 x 45 cm
- Colour: Blue

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