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Subject Topic: Should we buy an airbeam?
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Message posted by Loubyb26/6/2012 at 4:53pm
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We recently seen the vango airbeam and love the concept of it. However there are quite a lot of negative reviews and would like to hear any positive ones if there are any.

I love the fact that you can set up really quickly especially if I want to go away with the children on my own. Last years experience of packing away was very tiring.



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Message posted by ickle_ali26/6/2012 at 5:07pm
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I have to say that we have the Vango Airbeam Kinetic 500 and would never look back. We got the tent in November last year and have had it out 6 times in all weather including the snow and for us it has made camping so much easier.

Infact this year we have purchased the airbeam extension to match.

I did write a full review of the tent which you can read here

Everyone has their own preferences and although they can be a bit pricey simply for the ease of pitching and striking camp it is in my opinion worth it.

Message posted by nicdak26/6/2012 at 6:00pm
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I too love my airbeam. I have a velocity 300 which is perfect for me to pitch by myself.

I have used mine twice now, both times in very windy conditions. This weekend I had torrential rain on Saturday night and am pleased to say not a single drop of rain came in. I have had no issues whatsoever with mine and absolutely love it. It is so easy to pitch and take down. I have used for it for me and for two of us and one dog.
I too have written a review and would say for me it is worth every penny.

Message posted by waverley26/6/2012 at 6:36pm
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Love mine too - it's a flux 500 and I've also written a review.
I use it on my own and pitching is so simple it's amazing.
As the others say, it's a bit pricey, but well worth it.

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Message posted by shaggy200026/6/2012 at 6:42pm
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I was lookin at getting one of the Vango Airbeam tents last year, however o me they seemed just too expensive. Instead I bought the Soulpad 400 ease, just as easy to pitch (one pole) and a lot less expensive. Downside though is that because its canvas it takes a little more looking after.

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Message posted by sorenlorensen26/6/2012 at 8:00pm
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The people next to us last week bought one and pitched it (ditching their orchy 600). It looked really good - it was really quick and easy to set up (we watched them) and it was absolutely rock solid even though it was very gusty (we'd been smugly chuckling at their orchy compared to our Nevada in the wind but roles were reversed once they got their airbeam up!).
Even aside from the expense, I previously didn't like the idea of them - I thought they might leak and it seemed one more thing that could go wrong but I have to say I was really impressed despite my prejudices against!

Message posted by RogLozLee26/6/2012 at 10:32pm
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When I saw one at our local tent display .. one thing came to mind ... bouncy castle !

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Message posted by trakker126/6/2012 at 11:28pm
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We are in the same boat, we have been looking at outwell polycotton tents but I can't get my self to buy one due to the pack size and weight. I am 99% sure we will end up with one of these airbeams however the problem is which one lol

I like the Kinetic but the extension puts me off because it seems to cover the side windows of the tent, maybe someone could clear this up for me? it just seems silly to block the main living area windows when the extension is in use.

The lack of photo's of each model in use is making it hard for me to choose. I like the infinity 600 now it has larger windows for 2012 and I like the side canopy but wish it was a little wider.

it's out of the following I think,

Infinity 600
Kinetic 600
Eternity 400

it's nice to here some good reviews too.

Message posted by Francais27/6/2012 at 6:19am
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Well I had a good look at the Airbeams at our local Windfields display, and at first glance I was quite impressed, but more with the concept than anything else.

What put me of was the canvas "Polyester" for me is a big no no, for a family tent, don't get me wrong I have two "Poleyester" backpacking tents myself, for that purpose "Polyester" is the ideal canvas.

Also I felt the Airbeam was just a poor imitation of the Karsten inflatable tent, I did go to see the Karsten display a couple of years back in Cheshire, OK were not quite comparing apples with aplles, but the Karsten is what a inflatable tent should be like, good quality heavy "Cotton" canvas with a super heavy duty SiG.

The only thing there is not to like about the Karsten is the price, your looking at the thick end of 5k if not more, but having seen them, I would argue they are worth every penny.


Message posted by raf4827/6/2012 at 8:37am
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I only have a small four man inflatable of another make, but it is my tent of choice when it gets windy. Even with no guy lines pegged out, it is still very stable. Obviously, I always use the guys once fully pitched.

It's a bit like an inflatable dinghy. Some people don't consider them to be proper boats, but I know which one I would wan't to be in during a storm.



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Message posted by trakker127/6/2012 at 9:42pm
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anyone have the eternity and canopy? does it cover the windows of the main tent when using the canopy?

Still cant decide, i'm going to leave it now till I get back from a weeks break in Norfolk, not camping though :-(

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Message posted by trakker130/6/2012 at 9:30pm
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Been to Winfields today to look at the Airbeams, looks like we will be saving a little longer and getting the Eternity 600 and canopy. it looked fantastic!

This wasn't out in the open however they did have about 6 other models that looked like they had been on display for a while and looked in good health.

It's a lot of money for a tent and a lot more than we wanted to pay but I think the ease of use will make it worth it in the end. Winfields said no deals to be had and wouldn't price match anyone either so looks like my money will be going else where. Anyone know who would be best to get a good deal from?

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Quote: Originally posted by trakker1 on 30/6/2012
Been to Winfields today to look at the Airbeams, looks like we will be saving a little longer and getting the Eternity 600 and canopy. it looked fantastic!

This wasn't out in the open however they did have about 6 other models that looked like they had been on display for a while and looked in good health.

It's a lot of money for a tent and a lot more than we wanted to pay but I think the ease of use will make it worth it in the end. Winfields said no deals to be had and wouldn't price match anyone either so looks like my money will be going else where. Anyone know who would be best to get a good deal from?


If your in Norfolk trakker, Crowland Camping might be on your wayish they have the eternity 600 pitched, not with the canopy though, it is inside their shop not the outside and inside displays.

We are looking for a weekend tent and are seriously considering the 600 as well. It apparently has some sort of extra support. Looks good. 675.00


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Thanks for the reply, however I think you are referring to the Infinity 600 as that's the one they list on-line, while I'm considering the Eternity 600.

Anyone else own the Eternity 600?

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Quote: Originally posted by trakker1 on 01/7/2012
Thanks for the reply, however I think you are referring to the Infinity 600 as that's the one they list on-line, while I'm considering the Eternity 600.

Anyone else own the Eternity 600?

Doh, airhead

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Hi
We recently upgraded our sunncamp evolution 600dl plus 2 large canopies for the eternity 600 plus front porch.We thought long and hard about it as all the negative reviews really put us off especially as it is an expensive purchase.The first weekend we pitched it in our garden.it was the worst weather we have ever pitched a tent in and all the doors came unzipped so by the time we had finished the tent had lots of water inside...after mopping it all up it withstood terrible wind and rain all night so was happy...until we woke up to more water settling at each beam...mmmm was not happy...also the canopy looked like it had deflated...i was ready to take it back there and then.....however after more internet searching decided maybe we didnt pitch it correctly and water may have run overnight where i had missed mopping it up so last weekend we went to beddgelert and again had torrential rain all saturday night and some wind.we had no water ingress and after a few minor adjustments she was rock solid with no problems.Compared to the evolution and canopies with all the poles you have to put together it really is a doddle to put this large tent up with the extra canopy.The canopy does NOT cover the front side windows plus the canopy has lots of windows too so is quite bright to sit in. I love my new tent!
Hope this helps..will try to post some piccies when i get time


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