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Tent Reviews: Aztec Eagle 8

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8  (more 8 berth tents)
37.00 KG
Fly first
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9/10 from 4 reviews

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4 Reviews of the Eagle 8

By: ToffeeTent 9  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

This is our first ever tent & have just used it for the first time this weekend. As with most things, there are pros & cons to this tent.

CONS - It's heavy. You may need more than 2 people to help erect it. It does take a while setting it up completely & dismantling it. There's a lot of tent, so you'll need a big space to dry it off if it gets wet. The poles & pegs come in a separate bag, which is very heavy. Only the sleeping pods have fully sewn in ground sheets.

PROS. For a big tent (25ft) it's ridiculously sturdy & solid. With a H/H of 4000mm it's damn near impervious to inclement weather! Loads of head room & space in the living area including the 2 sleeping pods. Omit the pods & you've got a huge party tent. The poles are a reassuringly thick & shaped. It's colour coded & once you get your head around the ring & pin system it is easy to set up (just the size of it requires the additional help). The footprint groundsheet goes underneath the pods. The fly sheet has a 'skirt' going around the main living area so rain & wind getting in is not an issue. Plenty of windows & opening configurations. The main flap at the front can be rolled up or supported out to make a porch type cover, 2 side doors & 1 rear door between the 2 pods. Handy pockets on the front of the pods. A convenient hanging rings for a light in the pods & main section of the tent.

SUMMARY - If you take your time setting this tent up, it's well worth the effort. It comfortably coped with me, my wife & 3 kids for sleeping arrangements (would struggle to sleep 8 though). Was a god send for our friends & their kids who could comfortably fit in & play games when it rained (5 adults & 6 kids!). I was worried I went a bit over the top for a first tent, I don't think we would've coped with anything else now. Best 100 I've ever spent!
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By: Crispyduck  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

This is an additional information after 2 years use of the Eagle 8. Still Impressed with the tent. After a heavy downpour, we had in the mid main roof area a pool of water 6 inches deep and it didn't leak. That was impressive. After dispatching it with a broom we expected some leakage. Nothing! These tents are a miracle! I agree with Arabella B. Sleeping 8 is pushing it 6 would be appropriate but still, the living area is so large you could put another tent up in it. Pity they do not make them any more! I also concur that the foot print ground sheet takes time perfecting. I would have given it 10 stars if a fully sew in ground sheet was fitted. Still, what I paid for it was a bonus so shouldn't grumble.
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By: ArabellaB  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I too purchased mine from Norwich Camping and Leisure in July 2009 and paid 147.00 which was a fantastic bargain! We struggled the first time that we erected the tent as we did not understand how to secure the main steel poles (it is a ring and pin system, but there were no specific instructions for those who had not come across this system before!). However, a fellow camper came to our rescue and once we understood how it worked we were away! It took us 1.5 hrs the first time, but by the second time we were down to an hour.

It took me tree attempts to get the groundsheet the right way around and I have yet to align the central inner peg with the middle of the inner tent! (This is not a problem by the way, just annoying to a perfectionist!). The tent packs away easily in two separate compartments (one for the flysheet and one for the two inners and the groundsheet)and has a separate (double) bag for the poles which are very heavy!

There is loads of space inside, but I am not convinced that you could comfortably sleep eight people (at least I wouldn't want to!). We sleep four with loads of room and the living space is brilliantly large with a porch option too. I think that this tent is fantastic and at the price that we paid a real steal.
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By: Crispyduck  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I was fortunate to purchase this for 169.00 from Norwich Camping and Leisure. Lots of tent for money, high spec. Loads of living space if weather inclement which seems to be a feature of the family sized Aztec tents. Very heavy tent due to steel poles for main living area. Separate bag for poles pegs etc. Two people can put the tent up if not too windy otherwise four people may be required. Flysheet first then footprint groundsheet followed by inner tents. Can take up to an hour and half with two people to be fully erect with all guylines but extremely sturdy and worth it. Two side doors and and end door (this can be raised on two poles for a canopy). Windows in doors and front quarter panels plus skylight, all with built in polyester curtains. Good ventilation throughout. Hydrostatic head 4000mm. Have had eight people sitting comfortably in living area and still plenty of space to move around. In the summer the flysheet can be used as a party tent with just the footprint groundsheet and omit sleeping pods. Cathedral like space.This model has now been superceded by the Canterra but if you can get your hands on one, well worth the money. There was an Eagle 10 in the range sleeping 10. Same layout as the 8 but a larger living area.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Eagle 8 Tent from Aztec is of superb quality and offers ample living space combined with numerous access and ventilation points. The accommodation comprises a large living area (including porch) with two bedrooms leading off. The extremely attractive Eagle range is ideal for the extended family holiday and is available in 8 to 10 berth models.

* Specifications: Sleeps: 8
* Season: 3
* Weight: 37kg
* Packed Size: 75x45x35cm
* Doors: 4
* Vents: 7
* Windows: 4
* Skylights: 1
* Mudwalls: Yes
* Flysheet Mesh Door/s: 0

* Features: Flysheet Material: 185T PU Coated polyester
* Flysheet Hydrostatic Head: 4000mm
* Fire-Retartant Flysheet: Yes
* Flysheet Taped: yes
* Ring/Pin Tensioners: Yes
* Inner Tent Material: Breathable polyester
* Fire-Retardant Inner: Yes
* Inner Tent Groundsheet: Polyethylene
* Living Area Groundsheet: Yes
* Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head: 3000mm
* Pitching Method: Flysheet first, ring and pin
* Poles: Steel & Tuf-flex
* Continuous pole sleeves: Short Pole Sleeves/Clips
* Colour Coded Poles: Yes
* Steel Canopy Poles: Yes

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