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40.60 KG
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93 Reviews of the Maritsa 700        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  
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By: Morris2andabit  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 30/08/2014

We upgraded from a 'pod' type tent as we wanted to be able to stand up completely throughout, and have a sealed unit so that the dog could not find areas to escape. We were looking for something that had a very large living area outside the bedrooms, as we like to sit together and play some board games, cards etc and maybe watch a dvd or two. We also wanted a section for all the cooking and kitchen stuff, and a spare bedroom to use as a 'junk / dumping room' for storing all the clothes.

As soon as we saw the Maritsa 700 we knew that this ticked every box for us.

We use the large bedroom with the wall unzipped and we all sleep in one large area.

The are directly outside the bedrooms is great. We normally have a large table, and 3 chairs, as well as a dog crate in this area, and still have plenty of room.

We did have a little incident this year in very high winds, where the zip on one of the side door has separated from the seam, but I am sure that I can fix this.

The only down side is in the kitchen / extension area and is the front entrance door. The groundsheet in this area is not sewn in, so with the door closed it doesn't make a great join with the door and no matter what you try, the rain leaks in and the wind blows through. We are thinking that next year we will make some additional eyelet holes in the top and peg it down more.

However, this is a great family tent and I would have no hesitation in recommending it.

I am a little disappointed that at just 12 months old, Vango no longer make the accessories for this tent as we would have liked the carpet and maybe the footprint.
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By: Thefairliehills  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 12/08/2014

We love our Maritsa and it works really well for us - 2 adults and 4 children (13, 11, 8 and 6).

Its is really spacious and extremely well made. It's now almost 4 years old but still in excellent condition.

My only criticism would be that the angle of the front access occasionally allows water in when it rains.

I would recommend buying the footprint and carpet.
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By: Jeffersskate  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 29/06/2014

Tried our Maritsa 700 out a few times - but have been lucky enough not to get much in the way of rain until this weekend. There were lots of heavy showers all weekend. I am pleased to say the tent held up very very well. No leaks, kept us lovely and dry.

We love our tent - its wonderful for us (a family of 6 - with 2 adults and 4 children of 8, 6, 3 & 1) - there is plenty of space in the main living area so as when you are inside the younger two can run about like crazy and they have the room to do so, and because the enclosed porch (meaning your cooking stuff is kept dry etc) is separate then it is safer for them as well. Alos, because the fully enclosed porch is built in it means less faffing so only the tent to erect! all the pockets are great also, come in really handy. Love this tent.
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By: Wibsey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 26/05/2014

Have to admit bought this tent then read the reviews, so was a bit paranoid about it leaking in the rain.

Well on our 2nd outing I can honestly say it withstood the test of all the rain Wales could throw at it, yes it rained solidly for 12 hours, and not a drop of water inside!

Love this tent, it has plenty of room for my family (2 adults, 2 teenagers and the dog) having the porch area on the front means I can cook inside it on wet days.

The blackout material used in the bedroom pods definitely make a difference, and all bedrooms are a good size.

My only criticism would be that we have decided we need a porch or shelter on the front, because of the way the door slopes it means the rain comes in every time you open the door so need something to help stop that happening, oh and the fact Vango have stopped making the accessories for the Maritsa range, things like carpets etc wear out and will need replacing.
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By: Lynniep  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 02/05/2014

After much umming and aahing, I finally decided this was the tent I wanted for our family breaks. Complete camping newbie but I did plenty of research. I bought the 2013 model and footprint on ebay, and a Nadina 600 carpet as I wasn't able to locate a Maritsa carpet near me.

Practise run was done by me, on my own, in the garden (it took up the entire space! It is do-able, but its bloody hard work, and took me the best part of two hours. I'm glad I did it however, as I learnt as I went and it made our first actual camping trip a bit easier (as did the 'assistance' of hubby and two small boys) I did the rear pole/s, front pole/s (not the diagonal porch pole/s but the one behind that) then the rest of the poles method. Also a bit of WD40 as you go will help pole removal when you take it down.

It was really REALLY windy the first night we camped, and freezing, but the tent stayed put. I'm really glad I picked the three bedroom pods. Eldest (7) immediately baggsied the small one, and our youngest had the 'wardrobe' but at bedtime decided he was too scared to be separate, so we just unzipped it into one large pod. Everyone had a little LED lamp hanging in their pod.

The living area is such a good size - we didn't bother opening the side doors at all as the weather wasn't great. The pockets everywhere are really useful and there are plenty of EHU entry points.

The porch area like most folk is where we kept the 'cooking' stuff (well, the food, and the kettle) and I also plonked the toilet in there at night.

There was rain, although not much, but it never leaked through. It did pool a bit on the living area roof - possibly because of my pitching efforts - but a quick tap got rid of that.

The only issue I found was the 'front' door was a bit awkward to open and leaked a bit. I'm not keen on the angle of it, but thats a small thing.

Also, its takes up almost the entire boot of our car. (Peugeot 3008) which is a LOT of space. Roof Box definitely required.

Overall really happy on this choice. If we can just get pitching time down (and packing time down) then fab.
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By: Slicky2k6  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 18/02/2014

Admittedly I haven't actually 'been camping' in this one yet! our first trip away is booked for August at a lovely camp site in Coombe Martin, Devon, however after buying it we did pitch it in our garden for a few days and it seems great! lots of space and very airy, last year we borrowed a Skandika Nimbus 12 man tent which, whilst providing ample space leaked profusely from the 2 triangle windows in the roof, our first camping holiday as a family (we have 3 young children) was rather soured by having to mop up puddles at 6am each morning! we are hoping this years holiday will be much better and dryer! I do however have a query, when we bought the Maritsa 700 we planned to buy the front porch extension too, however before we had a chance to it was discontinued and became out of stock everywhere, no matter how hard I search I just cant seem to find a single one still for sale, does anybody have any tried and tested suggestions for an extension from another model that would fit suitably onto this tent?? I'm becoming rather desperate now, whilst the tent is big its just not big enough hence why we had always planned to purchase the extension with it! whilst conducting my searches and researching possible alternatives I have come across one that looks promising, the front extension for the Calisto 500 is the same width but 5cm to short on the height, has anyone tried this? would the height deficit be a problem?? any help from any fellow campers would be hugely appreciated, you'd be life savers :)))
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By: JTrotweiller  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 11/09/2013

We ungraded from the Icarus 500 + extension, as we needed more space with 4 of us and 2 dogs.

We were looking for something that had a very large living area outside the bedrooms, as normally the whole family (a further 3-6 people plus dogs) like to gather in 1 tent on a night and play some board games etc and chat and get slaughtered. We also wanted a section for all the cooking and kitcheny type stuff as well as a 'dumping area'(no not the toilet) an area we can leave all the walking stuff, large chillybin, and the copious amounts of alcohol we seem to mount up! Plus we wanted 3 bedrooms, 1 for us 2 (and the dogs), 1 for the kids and an additional one for storing all the clothes.

As soon as we saw the Maritsa 700 we knew that this ticked every box for us.

We took it camping a few times and it was perfect. We used the central bedroom as our changing room and clothes storage, the large bedroom for us and the dogs and the smaller left hand bedroom for the kids.

The are directly outside the bedrooms is HUGE. We normally have 2 hi gear tables with 8-9 people sat around it on a night playing games and getting drunk AND the dogs and it is fantastic.

The door goes out to the dumping area/Wine cellar where we keep the additional alcohol. The next door which would be the outside door opens and we now have the extension, so all of our cooking stuff and food etc is kept in this section with our several storage units.

This extension gives us the additional space we need to not feel cramped in the other sections.

I know a lot of people have said they thought it looked to big to get the enclosed extension but for us it is great.

The only down side to the extension (so not the tents fault really) is the front entrance door. The groundsheet in the extention area is not sewn in, so with the door closed it doesn't make a great join with the door to ensure water doesn't get in.

We were camping in Braithwaite and the wind got very very strong and even though the front door was pegged in the middle is ripped as it allowed too much movement, even had it not ripped it allowed water to come in as the groundsheet and front door flap don't join.

So I am now looking at ideas so that when the door is closed I will lift the groundsheet a few inches on the inside and attach it by toggles or velcro to the inside front flap of the door and all the way along the front edge of the extension. This will stop water getting in as well as giving the front door a little more 'support' and attachment therefore stopping it flapping around in the wind.

All in all a fantastic tent.

Tent 10/10

Extension 9/10
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By: The Russells  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 03/09/2013

New to camping last year so we didn't really know what our needs were. Luckily we chose well. With 3 children and 2 dogs we use all the space in this tent. Our kitchen gets set up in the front porch, shoes come off here and dogs muddy paws get wiped here too so the carpet stays fairly clean. We survived howling winds, rain and an earthquake in North Wales in May - we were very glad of our sturdy poles. Now that we've got the hang of erecting the tent (and stopped being campsite entertainment!) we really enjoy our trips with this tent. I havent seen another tent that would suit our needs better
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By: Tp149  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 02/09/2013

Just spent two (dry) nights away in our Maritsa 700. We used to have an Outwell Hartford XL which we thought was really good, but having used this one we were really impressed. The space in both the living area and the porch is more than enough for two adults and our 16 and 11 year old kids and all our kit, including the dog! The bedrooms were plenty big enough and the dark bedrooms allow you to sleep in longer. The only draw backs are the putting up, we found the canvas seems to need really stretching over the central pole, to the point it felt like the canvas would rip, we checked all the poles were pushed in properly etc but it was really tight, the other issue is the floor to the porch at the door not being sewn in meaning the canvas seems to flap around and does not give confidence that it will not let water in when it rains. The cable entry points were really useful and the windows give plenty of light, the doors being either side of the tent and the one at the front meant we can cool the tent down quickly if we've been out all day. All round good tent and worth the money when you compare it to others of similar size etc. Definitely recommended.
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By: Jjools  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 25/08/2013

A brilliant tent lots of space and simple to erect. Two slight down sides -

1) its impossible for me to put up by myself which is what prompted me to write this review as having taken our old tent camping alone with the children I realised exactly how great this maritsa is! boy did I miss it!

2) if you don't peg out the front flap of the porch it can come into the porch a little bit if it rains unexpectedly - this is a bit fiddly to do from the inside!

These are tiny issues however outweighed by the masses of space you get for a tent which is quick and simple to erect.

The bedrooms have plenty of space, one of the bedrooms can be divided into two to make three altogether, the central one can be used as a wardrobe although we have never bothered using the hanging rail. Alternatively it can be left as a bigger room and the versatility has been useful when we have had friends come along with us.

The porch area is useful to cook in when the weather is bad as the porch area can be closed off from the main living space. Its a lovely big area so muddy footwear and wet coats can easily be stored out of the way.

Final point. We went camping in it rather early in the season last year - we awoke to 6 inches of SNOW which melted over the next two days and over that time not a hint of a leak!

Would absolutely recommend.
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Manufacturer's Description

The luxurious, steel poled Maritsa will make you the envy of any campsite. This non-standard tunnel design features a front entry porch, large living area with bedrooms to the rear of the tent. If you have more clothes than friends with you, one room can.

* Fire Retardant fabrics
* Protex® 3000 polyester flysheet
* Taped seams
* Storm skirt system
* Flysheet first pitching
* Colour coded poles
* Powerplus steel poles
* Sewn-in polyethylene 10,000HH groundsheet
* 2 cable entry points and tidies
* Mesh doors x 3
* Multiple mesh vents
* Separate front porch with Riser® Groundsheet
* Walk in wardrobe / 2 person inner tent
* Hanging organisers and inner pockets
* Large Crystal Clear windows with internal covers
* Pelmet with storage pockets
* Breathable fabric inner tents with part mesh doors
* Zippered divider in 5 person inner
* Polyester inner groundsheets
* Drop down groundsheet in front porch
* Fully sealed side doors & porch door
* Rain gutter zip cover
* Easy find inner clips
* Easy find inner clips
* Roller bag
* Pack size Canvas 80 x 48 x 37cm / Poles 86 x 20 x 20cm
* Total Weight Canvas 20.65kg / Poles 19.95kg

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