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Tent Reviews: Attwoolls Fairford DL

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Pitching Style:
4  (more 4 berth tents)

Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
8/10 from 2 reviews

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2 Reviews of the Attwoolls Fairford DL

By: Chandcamp999  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

This is a really well made tent, seams and zips are up to the job. As with all tents, it must be remembered that what it says on the box isn't true when it comes to capacity, if it says 4 man, it`s a 2 man tent (this due to a manufactures lack of use, they do not carry the equipment needed for a camping trip you must remember that the kit you need for a successful holiday must also be stored in the tent), This as with other tents decreases the star rating score of this tent from what would have been a 10/10, ie the sleeping compartments are only big enough for a single person (each end of the tent).

Our last trip, October 22 2010,rainy cold, and windy, made us realise just how well the tent was made, and that the sewn in ground sheet was a god send keeping out rain and draughts. Ok the double thickness centre section does tend to drum in the wind, but it does serve to keep in some of the heat from the lamps we used to warm ourselves up. In summer it keeps the sun off and helps cool the tent.

The poles are carbon and steel mixed to keep the tent sides straight, this allows more usable space inside, another neat little feature is the guy rope pockets at the junction with the tent and guy rope, these not only spread the load on the canvas, but are brilliant when erecting the tent, ie no guy ropes tying up the canvas, or tripping one over. The only dislike is the lack of a footprint and carpet, something Attwools have made for all the other tents in the range.
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By: BeakerUK  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

This tent caught our eye in Attwoolls, and it was conveniently on sale at 179.99. We bought it to replace our first tent (Snugpak Rock Creek 4) as we had more of an idea of the little things that made the camping experience nicer or more convenient.

As long as you remember that the two middle poles are longer than the outer ones (we were so thankful there was no one else on the campsite watching us struggle to get the longer pole into a shorter sleeve - a mistake you only ever make once!) it is simple to put up. The poles are steel with fibreglass flexible sections in the middle. A bit of a halfway house between steel poles and those horrendously long fibreglass things that we'd hated on the Snugpak. If the pitch is not very flat, it is hard to get the tent to sit right - we couldn't zip the inner bedroom pods closed without undoing a couple of toggles connecting it to the flysheet, but as we were using one pod as a storage room that didn't bother us.

The space inside is great for two, and the straighter sides mean that most of it is usable, unlike the rounded tunnel tents which are so sloped at the sides and ends. The bedroom pods are good for one (though I'd imagine a little snug for two.) The doorway on the side is much better than having it at the end, but there are few windows and it feels very gloomy inside when closed up in bad weather. The little low-level windows you can unzip when lying in bed in the bedroom pods are a bit of a waste of time as any amount of condensation renders them impossible to look out of!

There are storage pockets up the sides of both bedroom pods next to the door, there are loops on the ceiling to hang things from, and (although this is only my opinion!) it's a nice-looking tent. It also withstood a storm one night (though another problem with not being on a flat pitch was that the extra cover over the central roof area flapped a lot in the wind) with torrential rain and howling winds, and then got us through the sub-zero temperatures of the following night, waking up with ice all over the tent in the morning! We haven't yet had the chance to try the door as an awning with the extra poles.

I like the tent a lot, considering the price we paid for it, though I crave something a little simpler to erect (I shouldn't complain - I know there are tents out there that are way more complicated than this!) It's great for two, luxurious for one, but you'd have to be small and friendly to fit more in.
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Manufacturer's Description

This tent is the ideal 4 berth family tent.
RRP 229.00 With its mix of steel and fibreglass poles and its tunnel design it gives you a large amount of living space with the minimum of effort.

Tents Details
Poles: Fibreglass
Flysheet: Polyester PU Coated
Erects: Flysheet First

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