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Tent Showcase: Kampa Hayling 6

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
25.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
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8.21/10 from 14 reviews

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14 Reviews of the Hayling 6        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: Crabby2009  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 14/06/2018

Firstly, it must be made clear this is a VALUE tent! We bought it second hand as our first step in to family camping and in general love the experience this tent has given us - especially for the price.

As far as pitching goes, it is easy enough for two people to deal with, but one person will find it a chore. The rear most and front most sections have a guy attached in the centre which can mean it is quite difficult to get the pole through as it impinges on the fabric 'tube'.

Once up, the tent itself is spacious inside, with a practical living area which would comfortably sit 5 with room to spare - we have had 5 adults and 3 kids when it has been wet outside which is cosy but passable for a short amount of time.

Ventilation isn't great, in part due to their being no mesh on the main door meaning it needs to be closed constantly to stop bugs. But also because there's only a small rear vent window and a small vent above the main door. This means it can get quite stuffy in the sun.

The single bedroom has a divider, but it doesn't zip across the floor so doesn't truly separate the bedrooms. This is a blessing and a curse for us -on the one had we can just lift the bottom to tell the kids to shut up and go to sleep, on the other they can crawl in during the night for cuddles.

Like another reviewer. Our tent has an obvious manufacturing defect in that the ground sheet at the front door doesn't get anywhere near to the ground. Again, for the price we really couldn't care less but it is worth pointing out! And, also like another reviewer, the fact the bottom of the front door is open is annoying - for us it's less about bugs and more about tantruming toddlers and dogs trying to make a dash for it.

But. The reason we fell in love with this tent? The completely open front porch! Unlike a lot which have doors etc, there's no 'edge' to the front of the porch that starts to enclose the space. So you really do feel outside when under it. We love it, and it's one of the main reasons we've stuck with the tent so far.

I've noticed some areas of poor stitching. But we've had some pretty terrible weather in this tent and had no leaks etc. If pitched correctly, it's pretty stable although the polyester rustle can be pretty loud!

If you're new to family camping and don't want to break the bank, I really would recommend this tent! It's the prefect way to find out if you'll enjoy the experience :D
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By: NHertscamper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating:   Date: 26/06/2017

We have recently purchased a Kampa Hayling 6. It is spacious and works well for the two of us. We found it easy to put up the first time. We were disappointed to find that four of the guy ropes were badly shredded which does not say a lot for a brand new tent. Other than that, we couldn't fault the quality. The only other problem was that after taking it down, we struggled to get it back in the bag with the poles etc.

Having said that, it is a good value tent and withstood some very windy days with no trouble.

If we had to make one criticism, it could do with a fly sheet on the front door, the same as the one on the side door.

We would recommend.
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By: TeamRoberts  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating:   Date: 05/08/2016

We bought a Hayling 6 Series 3 in June 2016. We put it up in the garden first, to make sure it was ok. However, the ground sheet around the front door didn't reach the floor. The Hayling 6 has a flat front entrance, with no 'step-over' but ours was at least 4 inches off the floor and impossible to peg down. Every time we stepped into the tent, it pushed the groundsheet down to the ground and put pressure on the seams. We used it a couple of times after that, asking friends to help look at the way it was pitched, thinking we may have just pitched it wrongly - but nobody, including very experienced campers could get it to lie flat. In the end we took it back and got a refund. I think we were just unlucky with this, as I've not seen any other reviews mentioning this fault.

Also, because the door doesn't zip all the way around, there is the opportunity for pets / children to slip out underneath the door! Our dog got out in the night twice and had a good wander around the camp site trying to get people to play ball with him at 4 am! We had to screw his tether into the ground just outside the door so that if (when!) he got out again, he couldn't go very far.

We were also really disappointed that the front door didn't have a mesh fly sheet on it. We got a lot of bugs / flies in the tent, which are difficult to get out, then just get squished when the tent is packed away.

Everything else about the tent is great. The storage pockets on the sleeping compartment are really handy, lots of room in the sleeping pods - my husband and I were in one and our son in the other - all using full size aluminium camp beds, with plenty of room. The mesh side door is good for letting in some air on hot days - and the canopy at the front is a great cooking space - even when it's raining.

We also bought the vestibule which attaches to the front canopy, which we didn't rate, as it kept popping off the canopy.

Overall, a good tent, but not quite right for us.
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By: Kentcamper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 09/06/2015

We bought a new one , The zip was broke, and the door wouldn't close properly.

The front door doesn't close at the bottom so things can get in, and there is no mesh on any doors. All that said its a value tent, made with cheaper material and poles. We bought one new and have now given it away. This tent will suit the weekender camper/Summer camper. But do look at it from a neutral point. If you have small children or young family do think about the door not closing fully at the bottom.
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By: Ruthos  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 06/04/2015

This is a review of the 2015 series 3 Kampa hayling 6.

I should first point out that this is our3rd tent in the last year. And we have been cursed with hideous weather and various disasters on all our previous trips.Our others have been 8man tents and we deliberated for ages about going for a 6man instead but the living space inside really swung it for us.

We have just been away for Easter weekend in it and I have to say WOW WOW WOW. I LOVE THIS TENT!

It was quite simple to put up but there were three of us adults but now we know what to do it will be fine with 2. We are a family of 2 adults and two kids aged 7 and 3. The bedroom pod is one large one with a divider which zips in and out making it versatile. The living space was big enough for us to have our kitchen unit up and various bags of stuff around and in the evening enough space for us to have our friends in to visit - 8 adults all sitting on chairs, plus the kids. The built in porch is an excellent feature as we had the table out there for Al fresco dinning but also means you don't have to pay extra to buy the porch!

The tent is really well made and no leaks or even condensation puddles. I'd say the only downside is the front door doesn't have a fly sheet/ vent on it so the only way of letting air in is to have the doors open. The side door does have one but we didn't end up using it. Will definitely do so when we take it to Europe in the summer though. We were lucky with the weather on this maiden voyage but the tent seens really sturdy and well put together to be able to withstand bad weather.

My favourite features of this tent is the excellent size especially of the living area, built in porch and the numerous windows which again makes it versatile and really bright . This means you can choose which ones to leave closed for privacy etc. I can't recommend this tent more highly for the price it is a revelation! Can't wait for our next adventure. This tent has made me feel like maybe our camping luck has changed.
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By: Gemma4d  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 22/08/2013

I have a 2012 Kampa Hayling 6, bought new, which I have used twice now. This is the first tent I've owned. I paid £300 for the tent, footprint and carpet at the end of the season.

The first time we put it up was a total disaster. One pole was broken (snapped elastic inside) and the tent just didn't seem to come even close to fitting the poles. It took us hours of sweating and swearing. One zip was broken already, and another followed soon. Part of this will be us having no experience, but part of this must be the tent.

Even now it is very difficult to get the tent pitched exactly right so the zips work and the fabric doesn't bunch at the front and the SIG will lie reasonably flat at the edges. I wonder if we got a Friday Afternoon tent?? But at least it only takes husband and me about 30 minutes to get it pitched now (now we know what we are doing and now the tent has stretched). It doesn't have the straps which can be lengthened next to the pins which slot in to the poles - hope that makes sense. They would have made it easier.

Once up it is spacious. You would have to be incredibly friendly to get 6 people in the bedroom, but we had 2 adults and 2 small children, and could have fit a 3rd child in (so long as they got along!). We didn't use the bedroom divider. There are lots of big windows which is good, but it does take a while to get all the curtains put up or down. Plenty of hooks and handy storage places and so on, but you can't put much weight in any of them - anything more than a kindle or 2 and it all starts sagging.

The one thing this tent DESPERATELY needs is a fly sheet for the big door. It would make a huge difference. I improvised with a large mosquito net and some light weight (neodynium) magnets, all from eBay, but it didn't come close to a properly fixed net.

Overall I really like many of the features of this tent (the space, full SIG, no step to get over the SIG at the front door, the canopy, the windows) but I wish I had a tent with that lot AND a mosquito net at the main door, and which pitched without having to get everything perfectly positioned or else have the zips break and the SIG and tent sides pull up or bunch up oddly.
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By: MickR23  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 15/08/2013

Just purchased a series 2 Kampa Hayling 6 about 2 weeks ago.We were considering either this or the Vango Lomond. We have not had the opportunity to use it yet,but we are looking forward to our first time with this tent,having sold our Royal Bordeaux Select 6 ZG to buy this one. It is a shame that a fly mesh was not incorporated on the main front door, but I have found which I hope may be a solution to this problem:-


Considering buying one of these (above) to try it!

We needed a lighter tent, as the Royal was getting to much of a struggle,due to the weight of the poles. We paid £269 for the Kampa Hayling,and are pleased with the result. I will later add my comments regarding use when I try the tent for the first time.
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By: Babycake  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 23/06/2013

Series 1 edition. Just spent our first night in this with my 3 boys. Most definitely value for money. We were bombarded by winds and very heavy rain all night and she coped superbly. A little leak but that's soon sealed. No problem with the zips. The flap on the stable door was a little drafty would have been 10 out of 10 if the zip had gone all the way round :( again easily fixed with some self adhesive Velcro.

Very snug and warm. Bedroom separator is only a toggle flap so not great but by the time we need a divider we will be looking to replace with something else.

Big windows are amazingly good / useful. Built in porch is An added bonus.

Pack size and weight are just right, it even fits back in the bag after use!

By my calculations another 14 nights and it's paid for itself.

Cheap cheerful and functional :)
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By: Jesspekjon  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 21/07/2012

I have just purchased the Hayling 6 after reading all the previous reviews,I wanted this tent because it seems to have everything you need in a tent.

This tent is a FANTASTIC TENT, it does have everything you need. Style,space and it so easy to put up, plus it really good value for money.

Like I said I did read about the zips breaking and to be honest our zip was very stiff so I put some 3 in 1 oil on it and as our first holiday went on it got much better.

The best things I found about the Hayling 6 are- the ease of erecting, the massive windows for plenty of light, the cooking canopy built into the front of the tent and the fact that the bedrooms could be made in to one very large room.

The downsides- the bedrooms would struggle to fit 6, but for me and my wife there was masses of space, you'd fit 4 adults quite easily,and that is about all I can think of.


I would also purchase the footprint too.
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By: Sandg12  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 04/03/2012

Our tent was brand new , We have got several huge tents pluss several 2 man tents.So we bought our Kampa Hayling 6 as a medium size tent for long weekends and when its just my partner and I pluss any of the our kids who may turn up.However . Brand new , first time up, the front door zip broke. It leak`d all over the place and the main front door blows open in the wind as there`s nothing to keep it shut properly.Now that said.It has been back to the shop for repairs and hopefuly its ok.The room inside is perfect . The ease to put it up is perfect. Its light ,warm to. But they are certainly a budget tent or summer tent.We will give ours another outing in April/May But will take our Coleman with us just incase we send the Kampa Hayling to thr recycling bin
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Manufacturer's Description

Affordable camping without compromising on quality, Kampa's range of Hayling tents off top spec 4000mm hydrostatic head fabric and all the features you would expect from this year's fastest growing British tent manufacturer. Designed to easily fit a family group, the Hayling 6 is quick and easy to erect and includes a built in rain and sun canopy at the front - this canopy makes this tent a favourite with dog owners, as it provides protection for the front door being left open even in wet conditions. Light, airy and versatile, the Hayling 6 includes canopy king poles so you can raise the side porch into a covered area, and removable groundsheet for the front canopy. The standard 3 3 bedroom pod can be made into 1 larger area for luxurious camping and the whole tent packs down into a manageable 18Kgs for easy transportation.

Sewn in groundsheet in living area
Built-in front canopy
Side door with mesh secondary door
Side door can be set up as a canopy
Canopy poles supplied
Front and rear vents
Organiser pockets in front of inner tents
Windows with blinds and easy store pockets

Flysheet: Weathershield® 4000 mm F/R UV
Groundsheet: PE 12 x 12 130 g/m² 10,000 mm HH
Poles: Dynaflex fibreglass 12.7/11 mm
Exterior height: 210 cm
Inner tent height: 200 cm
Weight: 22.45 kg
Pack size: 76 x 50 x 35 cm
Colour: Blue

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