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Tent Reviews: Cabanon Mistral 41

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4  (more 4 berth tents)
16.00 KG

Fully Sewn-in
Inner first
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1 Reviews of the Mistral 41

By: Spooley  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating: 

I bought my Cabanon Mistral 41 in 2001, I think, for 145 when it was end-of-range or recently discontinued.

The tent is a classic ridge tent with two bell-ends and a solid metal A-frame at either end. The ridge is a 3-section steel pole.

Erection is straightforward:

- Peg-out the inner tent's groundsheet;

- Erect the A-frame. Ideally 2 people are needed for this, to ensure the A-frame doesn't shear along the line of the ridge, but I have often done it alone;

- Snap three clips along the ridge of the inner tent onto the ridge pole: this both raises the inner tent and braces the A-frame against shearing. It helps to be 6' tall here, to be able to reach over to the ridge whilst avoiding standing on the inner tent;

- Place the fly-sheet over the top. The fly is large and bulky - fortunately so am I so I can usually manage this alone! It's easier with two 'though :-)

- Peg out the flysheet. There are rubber loops sewn into the top of the 'walls' of the inner tent, maybe 15cm above the ground - these loop over clips in the hem of the fly-sheet, holding the walls more-or-less vertical and widening the inner tent near the floor. There are also clips in the middle of the sloping sides of the inner tent which mate with hooks in the sides of the fly sheet. Outside the fly is a mounting ring for a guy and deploying this also pulls the tent wider and tensions things nicely to better resist rain and ensure the fly doesn't touch the inner. No other guy lines are needed, and even these two in the middle of the sides are only really needed in very windy weather.

Although designed for inner-first erection, on several occasions in wet weather I have taken the tent down inner-first: with the ridge pole attachments unclipped, the inner can be neatly folded away along with its integral groundsheet, protected by the fly.

I think, on one occasion, I have put it up fly-first, but that was quite an awkward operation.

Although advertised as a 4-berth, the tent usually provides roomy accommodation for two of us with plenty of space to move around two single inflatable beds. In the past we've got 3 single air beds in side-by-side, with the bell at the far end providing plenty of space for bags, clothes, etc. I'm over 6' tall and can stand up in the tent (albeit with my neck bent) -- essential for the comfortable putting-on of my trousers :-)

The inner tent has a sturdy ground sheet fully-sown-in to a polycotton inner. The inner has a 3-sided bell at the far end, and is flush with the A-frame at the front. The area at the front, under the fly, has space for outdoor gear. The front zip in the fly is very solid, and has given no problems in my 15 years of use. Either side of the front fly flaps can be opened (pegged-back or rolled) to several positions - useful in inclement weather to provide a relatively sheltered place for cooking, etc. In extremely wet conditions, I have occasionally unpegged the front of the inner tent and unclipped it from the ridge pole . The inner tent can then be compressed into the back of the tent, leaving space under the fly at the front for 2 or 3 people to wait out the storm!

The canvas fly provides excellent protection against rain and wind, and the metal A-frame makes the tent very stable in high winds.

No problems with the tent over the 15 years I've been using it, usually for a couple of music-festival long-weekend sessions a year, plus a week or so of camping/touring. In the past couple of years, some of the rubber pegging rings are starting to perish due to weathering, so I now carry a pack of spares and usually replace two or three on each erection.

Things I'd look for if a replacement became necessary:

- A better view! There are no windows in the tent, so it can be a little claustrophobic in bad weather;

- A larger area outside the inner tent, for sorting out wet clothes and cooking in bad weather.

At the end of last season I bought a 3m tarp which I've used, only once so far, to provide a large porch. More experimentation will take place this year, but this seems to address both those issues.
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100% cotton outer canvas ridge tent with enclosed front porch. Canvas outer, Polycotton inner tent, PVC ground sheet.

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