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Tent Reviews: Dutch Army Surplus 1 man

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2 Reviews of the Dutch Army Surplus 1 man

By: Caligula  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating: 

Update on review below:

Can now state that tent (as per review) is perfectly rainproof, having been up in squally showers and a second day of more constant soft rain. Absolutely no sign of any ingress anywhere, zips, seams or cloth, which I had sprayed with Fabsil.

As such, hard to fault, for what it is, hence 10 stars.
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By: Caligula  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating: 

This is as yet unused by me, hence the lower star rating than may become the case.

These are one man polycotton ex military tents, supplied variously on line (ebay) or army surplus retailers.

The design is quite clever in that they are a transverse ridge tent, with the ridge offset, giving an improved head room side to the tent, as per photos, (to follow at time of writing).

They are a lightish polycotton weave (similar in weight of cloth to modern Robens polycotton tents?) and have a bath style heavyweight groundsheet sewn in.

Both front and back of the tent can be opened with three way zips, and the tents cleverly, have outside zips allowing two or more to be zipped together, and extend as much as you may wish?

There is plenty of room inside for 1 man and kit, but in no way can be considered 2 man tents as some may suppose in some reviews; and both doors have mesh ventilation panels in the apex.

The floor space measures 8 foot by 3 foot.

These tents are very robust and sturdy, and therefore quite bulky and heavy for a one man tent weighing several kilos.

The upright poles are sometimes wood or aluminium or steel.

As these tents are now supplied 2nd hand, they may benefit from a spray of Fabsil?

On the subject of waterproof-ness, several online reviews refer to leaking, normally at the anchor points of the zips where they haven't been sewn in properly. Whilst this can easily be rectified, there are some versions that have canvas overflaps along all the zips, that negate this concern. It may be worth trying to source one of these if possible. More on this when the tent is pitched and tested with a hose, as my tent has this.

It all come in a good polycotton bag. Available in green or desert camouflage patterns. I, for one, would prefer a plain olive, but hey.

Obviously very fast to pitch, and comparable to a polish lavvu tent, also reviewed on these pages.

More to come when pitched and tested and with photos.
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Manufacturer's Description

One man polycotton ex military tent

A one man canvas tent from the Dutch Army; manufactured to a high standard, featuring a heavy-duty bathtub groundsheet and reinforced stress-points.

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