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Tent Showcase: Cabanon Biscaya 440

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
55.00 KG
2,044.00
3
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Fly first
Average User Rating:
9.13/10 from 16 reviews

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16 Reviews of the Biscaya 440        Showing 11 to 16          Page:   1   2  
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By: Awedlock  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 12/09/2009

My overall summary is superb build quality and design but some areas are a bit basic.

We recently purchased a second hand Biscaya of Ebay, and as we also own an Outwell Bear Lake 6 (which will be sold after the purchase of the biscaya!) there are some areas where the Outwell is noticeably better equipped than the Biscaya. On the interior of the Biscaya I was surprised to find sleeping compartments with single-way zips, single skin doors and partitions as opposed to separate sleeping compartments and very little storage solutions such as pockets.

The only other negative point I have is the front door. There are four zips that meet at this point so it is hard to completely close off without leaving some sort of hole.Which were it not for the built in sun canopy would be an issue.

Having said all this the positive FAR outweigh the negatives. The build is superb, the stitching is accurate, zips work, windows fit and the design makes the tent ultra stable. The lack of exterior guy ropes helps make pitching the tent easier and also it physically requires a smaller pitch than some smaller guyed tents. It also look good! We had many admirers in our first weeks camping, even those with caravans were impressed.

The canvas feels like a quality canvas that will last many years. It did not feel as cool as polycotton, but felt like it would withstand the best/worst the British weather could throw at it. However the ability to open out the whole of the front of the tent allows the inside to be cooled a lot quicker than opening the odd vent or door.

We currently don't have the extra sun canopy but I think this is a must if like us you intend eating outside and we will certainly be buying one for next season.

Pitching the tent is relatively quick and straight forward but is a two person job. This is the only tent I have never been able to pitch on my own. Once the poles are in their sleeves though it is easy just to peg out all of the straps and groundsheet. A few bits of cord tied to each of the sleeve zips makes the job a whole lot easier!

If the inner were not so basic would definitely give it a ten, as it is it gets a nine, but as far as compromises go, I would rather forego a few pockets than a decent canopy above my head!
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By: DrDaveAdams  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 29/07/2009

Purchasing this tent was possibly the biggest mistake of my life.

It is described as a quality 'all season' tent. Only true if it doesn't rain! If it does, then it is possible that yours will leak on every, and I do mean every, seam just like ours. There is also a tendency for water to pool and leak through on the kitchen side of the living area, but the level of water ingress although considerable by normal standards, is insignificant compared with the amount coming through the seams and zips, so perhaps it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.

We bought the tent in 2008 and used it for 8 days in nice hot, dry weather. It was absolutely superb, fairly easy to put up, spacious. Our son and his family thoroughly enjoyed it. This year it started leaking on the first day of rain and after 4 days the leaks on the seams became so bad that we had to abandon the holiday. Not bad for something well over 1000.

Careful inspection of the roof seams has indicated that some of them appear to have been unpicked and re-sewn, but of course this doesn't account for the leaks on all the rest.

Currently we're awaiting a response from Camping International/Cabanon on this problem

Would I ever buy another Cabanon product? I'll leave you to work that one out.

Overall impression. Appears to be high quality product from a respected company, but clearly any pretence of quality control is at best superficial.
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By: Rottsrule  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 30/06/2009

We part ex'd our Raclet trailer tent (plus extra dosh)for our Cabanon 440. What a fantastic choice.

Usually there are 2 adults, 1 teenager daughter (son sleeps in pup tent) & 2 rottweilers in our 5-star accommodation.

Plenty of room for all of us.

The ground sheet is zipped onto the canvas - keeps the tent very snug.

The only criticism that I have (which has been remedied on the newer model) is that there is no entry point for EHU - other than the door.

We have been in torrential rain, bad wind and scorching sun - the tent hasn't let us down.

Just need the optional sun canopy this year

The quality of the tent is second to none
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By: Hartley Hare  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 18/03/2009

Have to agree on both review's, a stunning tent for all weather and yes it's expensive but you pay for the quality factor, very similar to a BMW. We bought our Biscaya last summer after a year with a Vermont that also served us well.

Very easy to put up and the quality is right there but be warned, the bags are huge, you need two people to zip the poles in and the inner bedrooms are a pain to put up after the easy Vermont, but that's it, no more negatives and I should think not.

We nearly bought the trailer tent version but thought the cash saved would be better spent in other area's.

We purchased the Outwell Montana carpet that fits like glove, the sun canopy ( a must ) and after last summers wash out we look forward to having a good nights sleep without the worry of leaks and wind noise. The wind noise in the Vermont was scary for the wife and kids and nearly put them off and after many a night on the nett found out that Cabanons are great for reducing this.

Want to continue camping and keeping the family peace, this is the answer. You pay more but get more, it's really that simple. As soon as we had a season under are belt and the family was happy to continue, I felt the extra cash was worth it.
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By: Karrie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 21/08/2008

We have the same tent as Charlichoo and have used it for weekend and fortnight family holidays for the last two summers. We agree whole heartedly with his description - home from home!

My partner is tall (6'1'') and has plenty of headroom. With two young children, there is room to play (in the morning before us oldies want to get up!), room to eat indoors and, with the sun canopy room to cook outside in the worst of weather (which we did in the wind and snow this Easter!). We tend to use the kitchen extension for the dining table.

It gets warm in the weakest sun, but not baking hot (my sisters Outwell left the grass blackened after one day in the sun). We've only unzipped the whole front wall twice, as the weather in the UK usually doesn't allow.

It's very good in the wind, very stable even with the wind coming side or head on (tested Harlech July 2008). Easy to put up (but our big girl damaged the anchor hole in one of the sturdy aluminium poles by trying to help and swinging on it when it was almost fully constructed), good in the wet and surprisingly quick to dry in a light breeze.

And it fits on a standard pitch!

Yes it's pricey, but how much is a cottage? And we've got this for many years to come.
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By: Charlichoo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 27/06/2008

WOW - This tent is the business, Cabanon certainly know how to make tents! Ours is the New 2007 model which has the kitchen extension on the side, which adds to the usability factor. The groundsheet is thick and hardwearing and is layed out on the ground first and loosely pegged out. Then you lay the identical pole sections on the groundsheet. Roll the canvas out over the lot and zip it on. Then insert the front pole and raise the front of the tent and secure with the guys. You then simply raise the inner hooped poles into position and they are zipped into a sleeve on the canvas. Go back outside and peg it all down, Sorted! The inner tent hangs from the outer and provides the option of 1, 2 or 3 bedroom configuration. It is roomy, well made and has plenty of ventilation options. If you have the optional extended front sun canopy this zips to the front roof section of the tent and has an extra pole. The windows are brilliant - they are huge with flexability in how you use them as the have built in fly screens and zip up inner blinds and zipped outer roll up covers. Makes them easy to use and no silly flowery curtains! The canvas is a high tech polyester cotton mix that is just about the best canvas out there. Breathable, waterproof and very durable, it will give years and years of good life (10 - 20 years?) The tent is very stable in windy conditions and you will sleep through stormy nights whilst other tenters around you are up all night trying to save their tents!

This is the best tent we've ever owned, fellow campers admire it and can't help but tell you what a thing of beauty it is!

If you like camping, you'll love this tent!
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Manufacturer's Description

# Durable and breathable all season polyester outdoor canvas
# Identical pole sections for easy erection
# Generous bedroom inner tents
# Large, full enclosed, living space
# Roll-away front panel
# Fixed front sun canopy
# Hard-wearing groundsheet securaly zipped to outer canvas
# Packed in three bags for easy transportation

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