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Tent Extension Reviews: Coleman Evolva Link Annexe

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2 Reviews of the Evolva Link Annexe

By: Stonebear  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We visited Silver Sands in Lossiemouth last weekend for a three night stay and pitched a brand new link annexe and two sleep annexes from our Evolva tent. When we arrived heavy rain had just stopped and the ground was sodden and puddles formed underfoot, but at least the rain had stopped so we pegged down our footprint on the best bit of ground we could find and pitched the LA. It was very easy to pitch having just two poles and we quickly added the two Sleep annexes.

Once we had loaded up the tent with all our gear the rain came on and it stayed on all night, very heavy at times. Glad to report that not a single drop leaked in to the tent and my wife, two kids and myself had a very comfortable night. The next day the rain had stopped and the sun came out and the weather was fine until mid afternoon when the wind started to increase, by late afternoon the wind was really blowing hard and it was hitting the LA at the back. The tent was flapping like a possessed demon and giving me cause for concern, the poles were bending outwards at the front of the LA from the pressure being applied at the back and I had visions of one of them snapping and shredding my nice new LA. All the guy lines had Delta pegs on them and so my tent stayed put, however some of my neighbours were not so lucky and several tents came to grief. We were due to go out and visit friends but were tempted to call it off because we were scared to leave the tent and we would not have known what we would have come back to, perhaps a shredded tent and our smalls hanging from the trees.

However we decided to go after watching the tent for about an hour and nothing untoward happening. We came back four hours later at 11pm and the wind was still blowing at over 30 mph but our tent was still intact so we were very happy about that. Off to bed to listen to the tent flapping around and all of us hardly able to sleep because of the racket. Around three in the morning the wind became even stronger and all of us were awake, our airbeds were being buffeted with us lying on them and the noise was horrendous. My wife and kids were really scared (ok me too) and we had thoughts of the tent being ripped asunder with us inside it.

Anyway we eventually got through the night and in the morning the wind dropped away and it was a fine day. I walked around the tent and it looked perfectly normal and there was no sign of the ordeal it had just been through. I’m very impressed with this set up and it is more robust than it looks and I think I would have more confidence in it should I be faced with really bad weather again. It was completely waterproof and although it flapped around a lot it did stand up to high winds.

The space inside the LA was adequate for a family of four and we had the Coleman carpet which fits the LA perfectly and makes it a lot more comfortable. Now the bad points, the door zips kept catching on the cloth at the side of the zip channel and this was a pain as every time the kids used the zip it jammed and I had to go and free it, adults took a little more care and it jammed less often but still jammed now and again. The guy lines and tensioners, I am going to replace all the guys on my entire Evolva set up including the LA for next season as they are red and everybody trips over them in the dark as they are near invisible, so some nice new high vis guys will do nicely, the tensioners are just awful and will be replaced along with guys.

But these are small points and have in no way put me off what is a fantastic addition to my Evolva set up. If you have an Evolva the LA will give you so many more options and I think will be a welcome addition to your set up.
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By: Numbersix  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

After what has been an eternity,have managed to get a link annexe, and in the process , hopefully encouraged a few more to be stocked in the UK. So what is it? Primarily it is a room that can be inserted between the Evolva main tent and either a sleep or chef annexe. It is the only part of the system that takes a standard Coleman carpet , 230cm squared. It has three doors:the end ones divided by a vertical zip , and can be toggled back , the front one as pictured above. Note that the awning poles pictured are not supplied.The annexe zips to the main tent , and the sleep or chef annexe zips to the other end . The doors allow for partitioning of the tent , ideal if camping with another couple, or have independent teens who want their own space. Most will probably use this as a day room come diner , allowing the main tent to be used as an end of day retreat.

Though not tested as such , the link annexe can be used with sleep annexe at one end and either another sleep or chef annexe at the other, making a weekender or tourer option . The side zips also support the Evolva panels, which means that you could have mesh doors at either end , making a stand alone gazebo or day tent or even a utility tent . It might well be possible to pitch as a smaller overnighter with just one annexe.

The Link annexe pitches simply enough with an inverted v pole at each end , but due to its hight , might be better pitched with two . At the apexes are spring clips to go into the pole connectors on the other unit .

The lack of a roof pole may compromise the structure but reserve full judgement until I have pitched as a weekender configuration , and for that I penalise one point in the rating score .

Overall a useful addition to any Evolva set up,making the need for other tents less likely.
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Manufacturer's Description

This tunnel extension will allow you to join two Evolva™ tents together (or Evolva™ annexes between each other) and therefore create a camping space of palatial proportions.
This practical extension is a perfect shelter, providing respite from the intensity of the sun on a beautiful summer’s day and features three entrances, one of which can ban be used as an awning (awning poles not included).

# Headroom: 205 cm
# Side doors
# Flysheet fabric: Polyester, 6 000 mm PU coated, taped seams
# Inner tent fabric: Polyester breathable and no-see-um mesh
# Inner Room groundsheet: PE 110 m²
# Groundsheet: PE 140 g/m², welded, fully integrated
# Poles: Wrapflex™
# Carry bag dimensions: 70 x 28 cm ø
# Weight: 7.5 kg

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