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Tent Showcase: Cabanon Calvi

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3 Reviews of the Calvi

By: JimpyBass  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2002   Rating:   Date: 09/06/2014

This was the tent that got us into proper camping (with frame tents and now trailer tents).

Excellent quality of canvas & poles, very easy to erect and dismantle, warm and cosy when you need it to be (we camped in late February and it was fine). The little touches like the roof lining and the curtains separate this from the competition - such as it is.

Once it's up, it's bombproof. We've been away in storms where other tents have flexed to the point of ripping and let the water in. Not this one. I just stood there like a castle.

There are a few downsides - mostly justified - but nothing's perfect. Firstly it's pretty bulky - steel poles, proper canvas - this doesn't come with a 'lightweight' tag. The inner tent has a sewn in groundsheet and this has some moulded plastic eyelets to put pegs through. On both our calvi and the larger cabanon tent we bought subsequently these began to rip away from the groundsheet. Nothing gaffer tape couldn't fix, but must be some sort of design fault. Lastly, you have to cook outside. This is obvious really, but there isn't a porch (unless you buy the sun canopy) to shelter under so if it rains you could be getting wet.

There you go, pros and cons, but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages and if I was in the market for a small 2 berth tent again I'd buy one without hesitation rather than a flimsy dome tent.
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By: Bluenosewidow  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 24/03/2012

I thought I would add my review of this brilliant tent. Don't take any notice of the date as I have no idea when it was made.

My Calvi is a little different to Fostermum's. I bought it secondhand from an ebay seller and it didn't look as if it has been used. I originally bought it to go solo camping and have done so, but on several trips OH came and we were ok, but it is much better suited for one person or one adult and 1 child. We use a double airbed which just fits in the sleeping pod. There is no groundsheet but the bottom of the sleeping pod is lovely and thick.

The Calvi is a doddle to erect by one person, the canvas is thick and so are the mudflaps. There is a curtain for the window and also a roof lining. The whole of the front can be rolled to one side. I haven't been able to find a canopy but have used a quechua tarp which works fine.

As Fostermum said, it is a very 'cute' little tent and I have received lots of lovely comments on sites. But don't be fooled by its cuteness, this is a very strong and robust tent with everything you'd expect from a larger Cabanon tent.
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By: Fostermum  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 14/06/2011

I own this superb little tent bought second hand but unused - it is a mini frame tent and is very similar to the more commonly known Calais - this model has a slightly smaller bedroom pod and supposedly sleeps 2 but is an ideal tent for a solo camper. The bedroom pod measures 205 x 135 cms. The living area is adequate, again for one person or 2 for a short break. It is simplicity itself to pitch - taking one person 10 minutes + pegging out time. There was an optional sun canopy available for this tent when it was manufactured - still can be picked up occasionally and it is useful to note that the Calais canopy fits perfectly too as the width of the two tents are identical. The canopy, although small, creates a useful area to keep rain off the door and to leave shoes etc under cover.

It has a roll away front which opens up the living area, curtails and roof lining. Exactly as you would find in the bigger frame tents but in miniature! One front window which gives plenty of light and there is plenty of ventilation at the front and rear of the tent.

This has a very high 'cute' factor in my opinion and ticks all the boxes if you are looking for a tent for solo camps.

Very strong, sturdy construction with steel poles and canvas flysheet, it will withstand extremes of weather and stands solid in wind and rain.
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2 Berth Frame tent from Cabanon

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