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Tent Reviews: Cabanon Biscaya 370

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Bedroom inners:
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5  (more 5 berth tents)
38.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
9.73/10 from 15 reviews

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15 Reviews of the Biscaya 370         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

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

I bought our tent second hand, having done a fair bit of research in to what would suit my back and my growing family (currently one 15 year old and two 11 year olds). I bought the tent about 3 years ago, and we haven't looked back. I love canvas because it's not noisy in the wind and it feels sturdy. We truly rain tested in the Alps this summer (August 2017), where it poured for about 36 hours. I hadn't had it out in that kind of weather before so we emptied the tent of Things That Would Matter Wet, and took them in the van with us for the day. Needn't have bothered! Everything was dry as a bone when we got back late that evening - the sleeping bags got wetter carrying them from the van than if we'd left them in the tent.

My 3 kids help to put the tent up - each has a job to do, with me zipping the poles in. We pitch in around half an hour early season, and around 20 minutes when we've remembered which bit goes first. This includes getting the bedrooms in and beds made. (It's actually very easy: groundsheet down and pegged, poles made up and laid on top, canvas zipped on, poles put in place starting with the front one (people have different thoughts on this step and some start from the back), temporarily peg the guys, peg the canvas and reposition the guys if needed, put in the bedrooms, et voila!)

It's also a beautiful colour canvas (coffee and caramel) and holds the light inside well, as well as keeping out the dawn. We aren't early risers, and it makes a huge difference to parental behaviour when I can wake up slowly sometime after 8. I think the canvas makes it warmer too, so it's very cosy.

The living room is big and has space for friends and for yoga. I'm tall, and have a bad back, so one of the reasons for buying this was that I can stand upright in it easily. I also love that you can open the entire front of the tent, to let the outside in. The windows are big too and can be unzipped to open outwards when it's hot with just an insect mesh to stop unwanted visitors, but they also have zip up canvas covers on the inside which keeps it warm at night.

It is heavy, so if we can't park on the pitch I tend to take a wheelbarrow with me. I'm also going to buy a tent bag for the canvas to make it easier to move around.

My only regret is that I haven't been able to buy a sun canopy for this tent. They've been discontinued and I can't get seem to find one. If anyone hears of one, let me know. :)

By the way, I have no idea when this tent was manufactured so I've guessed!
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By: Ejon1971  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Just sold my Biscaya 370 (only to upgrade to a larger Biscaya 500). An utterly fantastic tent - easy to set up, looks absolutely fabulous and is impervious to inclement weather. Every aspect of it feels brilliantly designed and oozes quality. I had a version without a kitchen added (have now got the Biscaya 500 cuisine) which was perhaps it's only shortcoming. Once a sun canopy is added it also expands the usable area of the tent very nicely without compromising looks or stability.
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By: Adam in Kent  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

This review is relative to other large family polyester tents Ive owned. Our c2006 Biscaya 370 all season canvas version is superbly constructed, really well designed and should last a lifetime - my parents also still have their 1966 Cabanon frame tent! What I like about the Biscaya is:

The bathtub groundsheet this is truly waterproof (Ive been flooded in other tents), easy to clean too

The canvas is totally waterproof used this in Brittany Aug 2007 5.5 days of continual rain and it didnt leak (if you were there youd remember)

The large roll back windows on 3 sides plus rear vents great ventilation (Ive been cooked in polyester tents with useless dart type flaps that let in no air) - and they don't leak a single drop either when closed

The internal living area is large enough to use for a family seated inside

The sheltered external cooking area provides rain coverage for cooking and a space for family sitting outside even when raining

The entire front rolls away for full ventilation

There are only 3 guys very quick to set out and you can park right close to the tent on smaller pitches if you need to and dont trip on them in the dark

The poles are universal cant get them mixed up

Quite quick to set up - 20 mins is realistic

Looks great when pitched - no sags even on a dewy morning

Sheds the wind pretty well for a large tent

What isnt so good is:

The weight and volume is about 30% higher than polyester equivalent

The cost, especially with the current euro exchange rate though at the time ours was about 1.5 times a polyester equivalent from a well known competitor (but I think 10 times the value)

The three bags are all different - hessian bag for the poles, canvas bag for the groundsheet and poly mesh bag for the tent itself? Why?

Great tent. We bought this tent after viewing the dealers outdoor demo in a thunderstorm - there was no contest, these tents were the only ones that were dry inside!
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By: Jontop  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Chuffed to bits with our Biscaya 370 polyester

Very simple to put up, a little effort but simple to do. It has just four aluminium semicircle tubes as the frame and these are all the same so easy peasy!

These are the best tents

Top top quality and it shows

Rock solid, they don't need guy ropes!

All tents should be made this way
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By: The best chair  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We have been really, really happy with our Biscaya 370. We had it up for 5 consecutive weeks in Pembrokeshire last summer and it withstood gales, rain, hail and even a couple of days of sunshine. It is so solid that it just doesn't move so when the neighbouring tents are swaying about it just sits there. The only reason I've given it less that 10 is because when we got back I put the groundsheet on the line in the garden to air for a couple of days and it hit the shed roof in the wind and split. I have emailed Cabanon and left an answerphone message for advice on repairs but they have failed to get back to me. So the tent is Ace but the company so far isn't.
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By: Kerry[arrots  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

We loved Cabonon tents as we previously owned a frame tent, the Antigua, we sold that when we saw the 370. It took 5 trips to finally buy it, it was the only tent on the field that we were drawn too, it was the most expensive tent too, but we bought it. We love it and we wouldn't part with it, its so easy to put up, totally weather proof wind proof, very sturdy and the lightweight poles are easy to lug around.

We have had no trouble in 4 years with ours, couldn't wish for a better tent, there just isn't anything out there that is worth changing to. There is a lot of pegging but it wont move once its done, and the front canopy is huge, its like having the living area again, you can sit out there comfortably in the rain and thunderstorms and don't get wet, totally ideal

You can get it up in less than 20 mins you cant get the poles mixed up as they're all the same. Large bedroom, we have a queen sized bed in ours and we put a carpet in this year oooh so warm on your feet
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By: Fogmonster  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I bought a second hand Biscaya 320 last year and have although I think it's a great tent it has a problem with the rubber eyelets that are used to fasten the inner sleeping area to the floor. 1 eyelet is missing altogether and another is peeling away from the floor. I have just contacted Cabanon in the hope that they will send me another eyelet from their factory which I will glue in place myself. Anyone else had the same problem and if so how was it resolved ?
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By: Limestone  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Excellent quality tent for a max of 4 people. Used twice so far stood up to a good soaking by heavy rain. Zip open front great when its hot weather. Owned Cabanon Espace before - this tent is of the same quality.It take 2 persons at least an hour to put up fully pegged out. It is bulky and the storage bags could be improved (handles would help for lifting). However once it is erected plenty of space for storage & to move around. No drafts with the zip up ground sheet. I took advice of the last reviewer and also purchased the sun canopy - keeps the rain off the door in a storm - well worth the money. Good investment for future years.
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By: Gort  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

We have used our 370 in all weathers for the last 3.5 years and have never regretted spending the money. It is by far the best tent we have ever owned and I would recommend it to anyone.

A little tip for the pole channel zips, thread a shoe lace through the zip fastener, it makes closing the zip far easier and prevents that horrible canvas burn on finger tips.
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By: Francais  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Having only bought the Biscaya 370 new November 2008, my first pitch has been a test pitch in my garden. For those looking at the 370 I can say it is a superb tent, one person can pitch, although the help of another would speed things up. The 370 is the only one in the Biscaya range that is available in a choice of three canvas types, Cotton, Polycotton, Polyester, all other Biscaya's are Polycotton (all season polyester) I chose the Cotton Canvas, which is the only model in the entire Biscaya range that comes with Steel poles all other Biscaya's use aluminium poles. The pack size of the 370 is large, but manageable, complete with optional Sun-Canopy mine tips the scales at 57Kg, in three bags. The main canvas comes in a white sack, I have changed this now for the Isabella medium sized awning bag, which makes packing a lot easier.
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Manufacturer's Description

Easy and quick to erect in less than 20 minutes !!

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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