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2 Reviews of the Yosemite 6
By: RemoteShell Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2008 Rating: Date: 24/09/2009
This is an excellent tent. We have used ours now for over a year (winter and summer) and slept in it for approximately 25 nights in five locations.
The tent is well designed and, in our experience, has proven to be very resilient in high winds, +50mph according to the weather forecasts. It has a crossed-poles construction across its centre, which no doubt helps when compared to the simpler 'tunnel' design, and is very simple and easy for two people to erect. We found the best way to erect it is to peg ONE corner only (to stop it blowing away),thread all poles then have one person inside to raise the centre whilst the other hooks up the main poles. Once the poles are under tension the base automatically assumes its proper shape and can then be pegged down with ease. Simple and, under ordinary conditions, takes two people less than 30 mins to have it up and ready to go. The guys have aluminium cleats and the locks on these are good enough in bad weather to not need replacing with better after-market ones.
There are a number of nice design features that make it stand-out from its competitors; the sewn-in groundsheet is the bucket/bath-tub design i.E. It comes up from the ground all the way around so it is very resistant to long wet grass etc and gives brilliant protection in bad weather conditions. The awning/side-door can be at either side, and the ground-sheet can be 'dropped' at the sides to allow debris to be swept out without fuss.
The centre section is made from translucent white fabric, which allows ambient light into the tent to give it a light, airy feel and avoids that gloomy orange/green/blue/etc tint that pervades a lot of others.
It is more than high enough in the centre area to allow several people to be standing at once without having to duck heads.
The tent has a generously sized and strong storage bag with built in compression straps, so there is no particular problem when it comes to packing everything away again (including the neat emergency repair kit, which clips to the bag's inside).
Does the tent have any 'down' sides? Well, the awning/side-doors only have guys on one side and these are permanently attached, making it very tedious to change the opening side as might be needed if the wind changes direction. However, we bought two small karibiners and attached these to the guys at the tent end, which quite elegantly overcame this problem and made closing the awning quick and simple without having to pull pegs or untie guys. I'm surprised SnugPak don't do this as standard.
The tent has been excellent in bad weather, although the vents at each end can't be completely closed so it's quite possible that small quantities of driving rain could come in under very bad, end-on, conditions. Ours definitely hasn't leaked at all but, in cooler weather, condensation will form and drop to the floor, especially in the end corners - although this is easily overcome with a kitchen-type sponge cloth.
Like most tents, the nylon zips were a bit stiff when new but this was quickly and permanently fixed with a dab of Grainger's silicone proofing fluid on each one.
To conclude the brief list of trivial negatives, apart from a ring in the centre of the roof for a light, and the customary pockets in the sides of the inner tents, there are no other dedicated fixing points for accessories etc, as is becoming increasing normal with other manufacturers on tents of this size.
Overall, this is a superb quality piece of kit and ours has no signs yet of wear and tear. It is also far better at resisting very bad weather than could ever be reasonably expected.
Would we buy another one? Definitely 'Yes!'.
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By: The Survivors Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2008 Rating: Date: 24/08/2008
We bought this tent to return to camping for the first time since having children - they are now 3 and 6.
It was a bit of a gamble as Snugpak have only just started making tents but assumed that the quality would be similar to their highly rated sleeping bags.
We first used this tent in Pembrokeshire August 2008 (Caerfai Bay, St Davids) and arrived to high winds and driving rain and managed to get the tent up (just and only with the help of another camper). Then we had days of high winds and rain, the winds reaching force 9 for extended periods and high winds at other times for a number of days,with the site being on a cliff top we were exposed to the worst of it.
All in all the tent held up extremely well, in fact many other campers said how stable it looked in the wind and that they were looking at it with envious eyes. Other tents were destroyed whilst we were there, including a large and hefty trailer tent, and various other tents from large to medium sized, a number of other campers abandoned the site in favour of bed and breakfast accommodation.
We stayed mainly dry despite the sometimes torrential driving rain with the only water managing to get in through a couple of seams (only drops in reality) and a bit of spray through the point that the groundsheet meets the bottom door sides and from the driving rain through the rear air vents (I am sure some of the rain was coming upwards with the way the wind was!). However the sleeping compartments stayed completely dry as did the occupants.
Due to the high winds, and probably overtightened guy ropes, we lost two guy ropes when the wind changed direction and hit the tent broadside. High credit must be given to the stability of the tent at this point as we only found out the ropes had gone when doing a routine round tent inspection. The guy ropes had ripped of at the tent as they were double pegged, however due to the design of attaching them to the tent none of the tent itself was ripped and I was able to reattach them on a temporary basis and they should be easily fixed now that we are home.
The negatives are the tent could do with a central guy at each end on the sleeping compartment to stop the fly hitting the sleeping compartment inner when very windy, the main air vents at each end could do with some sort of system to stop rain in high winds being driven up the fly and spraying slightly into the tent.
All in all for the cost of this tent and the weather it stood up to it was, for us a fantastic buy. The only reason for us to change at some point in the future is to get more living room as with two young active children the bad weather can mean it gets a bit cramped.
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Snugpak, the leading UK sleeping bag manufacturer has been working hard to develop a new collection of tents, which will be launched in the UK in Spring 2008
The family collection models are built with durable, fire retardant flysheet material with a hydrostatic head of 3,000mm, fully taped seams and built-in bathtub groundsheets. Thoughtful touches include pitching instructions sewn in to the tent and pole bag so they won’t get lost and a twelve month guarantee.
Fixed Ground Sheet: Yes
Taped Seams: Yes
Dimensions Out: 600 x 200 x 220cm
Dimensions Packed: 70 x 30 x 30cm
Pitch Type: Flysheet first
Pole type: Fibreglass 9.5mm
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