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By: Caligula Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2001 Rating:
A Dutch pyramid tent from the 1990's
At the time, it was sold as new for 2495 euros, but now can be found, occasionally, second hand for £100-£300 dependant on model/specification/condition.
This was purchased recently, secondhand, in a very clean and sound condition, with little marking and very fresh.
It is made from TenCate's 100% cotton at 300 gm/metre, according to some searches I've made.
The cloth is superb as is the stitching.
As such, this can be only an initial 'unpacking/setup' review, as I have yet to use it.
This model does not have a sewn in groundsheet, or indeed a zipped in one.The inner tents have heavy weight sigs of their own, and the tent is surrounded by heavyweight sods of the same material. A de Waard mesh 'carpeting' was supplied for the living area, but I set the whole thing on a footprint (a cheap tarp) anyway
It is 5.5 metres by 3.8, so is a big tent supported by 2 'n' frames and one upright pole. These poles are heavy, as are the myriad of tent pegs it requires. The roof varies between nearly 3 metre and down to 2 metres; so there is good height for most.
It can be set up solo in about 1/2 an hour, then tweaked up, and is incredibly stable and strong.
I have to admit that this style of tent can look quite cool,and that with the huge following this style of tent has, piqued my curiosity even if they are getting perilously close to a traditional frame tent with all the poles!
The front of the tent is a removeable (zipped) wall that can be positioned right at the front for a huge living area, or back a metre, leaving an outer porch area.
It incorporates a large zip around door to one side which can be tied back, and a large clear window, with the top third, mesh. This too has a zip down cover, and can be tied up.
I can understand the popularity of this style of tent, and look forward to trying next year as a base camp tent. I am not sure what advantages such designs have over bell tents of which I am a fan; the latter having better rain shedding properties inherent in the design, as there are no 'flattish' roof sections?
Also a bell tent is predominantly just one pole.But then an A frame for the door? An added awning perhaps? We'll see in due course.
This is in summary, a beautiful thing, beautifully made.
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