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Message posted by Egmel on 18/12/2018 at 10:17pm
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Oooh, so jealous, ours has been sitting in our lounge waiting for its inaugural outing, which may well be Christmas if there's enough space on the in-laws garden!

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Message posted by Egmel on 24/12/2018 at 1:35pm
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The tent is up and we're sleeping in it tonight and tomorrow. Pitched on a slope in a relative's garden, just the pod and the middle section of the Combi awning. The full test pitch will be at my parents place after boxing day, they have a flat area with space for us to trial all the awnings :-)

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Quote: Originally posted by Egmel on 24/12/2018
The tent is up and we're sleeping in it tonight and tomorrow. Pitched on a slope in a relative's garden, just the pod and the middle section of the Combi awning. The full test pitch will be at my parents place after boxing day, they have a flat area with space for us to trial all the awnings :-)





Fan-Bloody-Tastic!
Jealous!

Merry Xmas all.
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2018: Just the 30 nights :-(
2017: 34 nights/8 camps
2016: 32 nights/8 camps
2015: 38 nights/11 camps
2014: 34 nights/10 camps
2013: 36 nights
2012: 23 nights

Message posted by Egmel on 25/12/2018 at 1:46pm
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First night was a dream, super pleased with it. Merry Christmas everyone 😁

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Message posted by tornado17 on 01/1/2019 at 9:44am
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Happy New Year to all Karsten tenters.
Here's hoping for many more adventures in the years to come under canvas for eveyone.


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Message posted by LR Ro on 06/1/2019 at 9:54am
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Hi. Fairly long time lurker on here. Last year I nearly pushed the button on a Karsten purchase. 350 plus windows/doors/sleeping extension/awnings etc. Total was nearly £5k. I had done plenty research etc but with such an outlay decided to re-think. With the new year marching on, Iím looking at nailing a purchase again. Although the Karsten Pod is still looking attractive, Iím leaning towards an alternative. This is primarily due to setup time. Like mentioned by others on here, by the time an awning is added, and the sleeping extension, itís a fairly lengthy process. This does put me off and makes me think about a more Ďconventionalí tent. Iím now looking at the Lacerta. 5 poles, off you go. It has a front awning, decent sleeping space, without the need to add, extend etc. Only thing I can see that is lost is the air poles.

I do worry about the strength though. Will be camping all year and need something solid. Poles look hefty though.

Any thoughts/advice appreciated.

I also looked at a Biscaya 440. But there is not a single shop in the UK that currently sells this tent.

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The first couple of times I put my Karsten up I did find it heavy and cumbersome and it took flipping ages. However, weíve got used to it and are getting quicker each time. Once itís up, itís wonderful.
Back in the summer, we would be the last family up out of our group of friends as they had all sweated out of their tents whilst we were much cooler. Another time weíve woken up to a field of snapped poles and torn fly sheets but we slept through it all in our solid Karsten.
We bought a Vango tent as a lighter, quicker festival tent for our family. Iíve had to replace the poles after 18 months and last time we took it out, August bank holiday, it leaked so we packed up early and came home.
So, what a long post! Basically I think yes they are expensive and a little time consuming at first, but worth it.

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Message posted by Dawnie3118 on 06/1/2019 at 10:12am
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How about 2 pods instead of awnings?. We have 350 & 300 pods. Easy to put up, faster than the awnings and just as flexible. We take 300 down daybefore if itís dry and rain is forecast next day. At NY we camped in 350 with rain awning and it was perfectly big enough for 2 of us with a lot of camping equipment inside.
Worth a thought.

Message posted by LR Ro on 06/1/2019 at 1:06pm
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Having 2 pods sounds interesting. Are they connected?

How long does 1 pod take to pitch?

Many thanks

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Yes the 2 pods are connected, but can be used as 2 stand alone units too. It takes no time to inflate them, itís what goes in them, that takes longer. We can put up both pods and be set up drinking tea in 2 hours.
If you have 350 & 300 pods, then there is no height difference between the 2. If you chose 280 pod, then you would need to bend to go between the 2.

Message posted by CB-Camper on 06/1/2019 at 9:37pm
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Quote: Originally posted by LR Ro on 06/1/2019

How long does 1 pod take to pitch?

Many thanks



Limiting factor in pitching time is more often the pump you are using. Pitching any of the PODs is really fast. Roll out, peg the four corners, inflate. Once inflated guy out the wings and add as many corner guy ropes as required. We have a 350 POD and from opening the bag to having the POD pitched and fully guyed (without awnings) is easily achievable inside of 15 minutes.

If I'm on my own I can pitch our full setup including guy ropes inside of an hour without rushing (350 POD, CA, EA, FFW, Combi), we use a T-Maxx Adventurer Pump that hooks directly to the car battery.

The Lacerta looks and feels bombproof and is also very quick to erect for it's size and if I were looking for a poled tent for our family it would be top of our wish list!

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Message posted by LR Ro on 07/1/2019 at 6:47pm
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Hmmmm

Poles or air... From a value perspective, the Lacerta looks great against the near £5k POD quote.

Message posted by Jim1977 on 07/1/2019 at 8:11pm
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Lacerta looks like a nice tent. The way the poles zip into the tent (as they do on the regular Karsten awnings) is very elegant and streamlined for wind. My concern would be the weight and size of the pack. The 350 pod is just about manageable, but much heavier and you have a big old beast to lug around the house / into the garden to dry / lift into the car.

If the Lacerta was too big for quick weekends you could look at an Opera to go with it?!

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Bucket list New Years Eve Camp now ticked :-) Camping with friends!


Message posted by Sharlene on 15/1/2019 at 7:58pm
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I would love to do a NYE camp!


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