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Tent Reviews: ESVO Bedouin 280

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3 Reviews of the Bedouin 280

By: Alex Carr  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

We used the Bedouin 280 on the islands of South Uist and Skye in the Hebrides and it proved its worth on the penultimate day of our stay in Skye: we were camping at the sea's edge in Glen Brittle in the Cuillins and were out on an all-day hike; the rain started in around lunchtime and kept up for the remainder of the day and evening, and got steadily heavier as the day wore on. At around 7.30 p.M. We found out from the local YHA that wind speed was predicted to pick up and blow in at between Force 8 -10 overnight, which of course was worrying.

By the time we reached Glen Brittle we'd decided to strike camp and blow out the ferry we were scheduled to catch the following afternoon and drive over the bridge to the Kyle of Lochalsh that night as the bridge gets closed to traffic in severe weather conditions, and we had to get home next day.

Glen Brittle campsite is big - 160 pitches - but by the time we got there it was to all and intents and purposes empty; nearly everyone had fled because of the already gale force winds battering the area. According to one of the staff, in that neck of the woods you can add 10 -20 mph to forecast wind speeds. I saw one 6-berth tunnel tent ripped to shreds and there was no small tent presence at all, and most all of the camper vehicles had disappeared. Bear in mind the site had been turning away new arrivals the day before.

I bought the Bedouin 280 because I hoped it would be able to deal with Hebridean wind, and it did, it was terrifically good in that regard - very stable. But there is one thing Im not sure about: the first serious rain we had was on South Uist and was fairly persistent, and moisture did wick through the fabric. When we moved on and set up at Glen Brittle it was still raining and the tent was already wet outside and fairly damp on the inside and was even dripping in places, but not alarmingly so. However, next day the sun dried everything out very quickly and that was surprising, how rapidly the canvas dried out (even at home draped over the bannister rail the tent was completely dry within 24 hrs). Given the extremely wet conditions on the evening we left Glen Brittle the interior of the tent was, intriguingly, totally dry. My hope is that there had been some expansion of the fabric which tent forums say happens to new canvas and this would have helped minimise wicking, but I have a feeling the real reason was because the strong winds were blowing the rain off the tent, thus preventing it settling on the surface. According to Esvo the fabric Ten Cate Cotton, 300 grs./m is fully waterproof, but I did not initially find this to be the case and I wont know how the tent copes with heavy rain with no accompanying wind until I use it in those kind of weather conditions. The Tencate site describes its fabric as water repellent, not waterproof. So, the jury is out on how waterproof the tent really is.

The side settings do flap about in the wind and lack the overall tautness of the tent proper, but they are good and useful when it's dry and not windy. They're not a big deal to take down. One of the thick rubber ties holding down the front of the left setting couldn't take the Glen Brittle wind strain and snapped with the heavy buffeting, though we thought this was a small price to pay for the fact the Bedouin was so stable in the very severe conditions.

It wasnt at all nice putting away the tent in the rain and wind, but Im not quibbling about that as the same would apply to packing away any biggish tent in bad weather. One definite drawback is that there are no organiser pockets or ties or loops of any kind; I got over this by using those heavy cable ties use for tying up computer cable mess under desks: tightly wrapped around the steel poles they clung well and we were able to hang up stuff.

Overall, I think the Bedouin is a really good tent and as a family we liked it a lot, really nice inside; both my wife and son think we made a really good choice. And unlike plastic tents its quiet. Owain, aged 12, thought it was the most beautiful tent on the whole Glen Brittle campsite and that was when scores of tents of all sizes and shapes were pitched.
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By: Sjd08  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Bought the Bedouin 280 with side screens, awning and organiser from ESVO. Ordered Monday, arrived in the UK Thursday, brilliant service! Purchased a Gelert Horizon 8 carpet at 34 which fits nicely with it and saves a few bob. The canvas and stitching is very good. Solid zips and straps all round. Fairly straight forward to setup once you understand. Emailed ESVO asking for English instructions, they responded within 30 minutes, unfortunately they only have generic pyramid tent instructions in English, am considering writing my own for the 280 with pictures to help the next person :-)

This tent not only looks good, but feels good to use, it should last many years use. I would say this is really only a comfortable 3 man tent. Unfortunately the supplied pegs will shred your hands, so consider a mixture of delta and blue diamond pegs as an instant upgrade. The poles are solid but required a little bit of finish at home with a few sharp bits of metal not removed, again could of caused cut hands if not noticed. Not sure if I have got the front of the awning right yet, as it's raised from the ground too far to peg the first loops, any advice on this anyone?

All in all beautiful tent with just a couple of minor gripes, ultimately I know we are going to have many happy camping trips, safe and solid no matter what the English Lakes throw at us. Happy happy happy! :-)
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By: Eric S  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

The Dutch pyramid tent Bedouin is our finest Esvo tent so far, we own some other of these Dutch tents as well, so we are used to the high quality of 'ESVO' tents. The Bedouin is easy erected by 1 person and very stable in bad weather, even the canopy will take some beating. Very sturdy, comfortable and good to use outside summer-season.
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Manufacturer's Description

Pyramid tent Bedouin 280 with sewn in groundsheet
Question: how great is your desire to space and do you expect a long tentlife?
A down-to-earth answer: judge and criticize the down-stated tents and your needs are met!
These tents have been tested several times and year after year by Holland's most popular magazine and each time with splendid results and qualifications.
Ask for these and you will be convinced.
Made of long-lasting and heavy duty Ten Cate Cotton, 300 grs./m.
Fully waterproof
Storm-resisting, consistence/firmness in shape/form, high light fastness
Comfortable breathing and ventilation facilities
-All seams are absolutely waterproof.
Where needed the critical points and extremities are reinforced.
-The outdoor tents are well-supplied with extra ventilation applications and are equipped with heavy zip-fasteners.
-BEDUIN 280 with a sewn-in groundsheet
Roll-up deviding curtain in the center.
More details: see the specific product information with the particular tents and/or ask our Sales Department.
The outdoor tents are of 300-grams cotton
The groundsheet is made of strong pvc coated polyester
The storm-resistant poles are of expoxy steel.

Height: 220-190 cm
Weight: 25,5 kg
Package: in 2 bags
Pack size: 110 x 13 & 19 x 13 cm
Persons: 2 / 4

Price: 799,00 (Including tax)

Organizer L/R 49,95
Sun canopy: 69,00
Set side screens: 185,00
Vario canopy incl set side screens (+zippers): 449,00

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