Tent Reviews: ESVO Bedouin 340
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3 Reviews of the Bedouin 340
By: Tentinvader Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2014 Rating: Date: 09/06/2018
After camping for the last few years in a Blacks Good Companion we decided to get something larger for the family, 2 adults, 2 boys. We bought a modern polyester inflatable tent made by Outdoor Revolution having considered a Bell tent. We chose the inflatable because of its awning and cooking area facilities, what a mistake. The polyester was too hot in relatively mild weather in Bude and poorly ventilated as well.
Then after much internet searching we discovered the world of Dutch Pyramid tents. We sold the blow up crisp bag and contacted James at Camping Travel Store who arranged a viewing of this tent for us.
It’s fairly easy to put up for one person and relatively quick. The main tent excluding side panels and adjustable awning, ( vario Luifel as the Dutch say), takes no more than 20 mins, less with practice.
We had heavy rain during a trip to Sussex recently and we were bone dry. It has a feel of good quality which is unmistakable, from the heavy zips to the thick sewn In groundsheet, this tent is durable and will last. Compared to a polyester tent it is cool in the heat and warmer in the evening.
The doors with windows and fly mesh have a variety of configurations to let in as much or little air and light as you please.
Th inner tent is made from a much lighter cotton but is still robust and durable.
There is one ventilation panel apart from the doors, at the rear. If you would like more Esvo can fit these for you at a small charge.
Although more expensive than a Bell tent, they are far superior in terms of design, manufacture and usability of space.
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By: Dk168 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2016 Rating: Date: 04/07/2016
Tent repaired by ESVO and my faith has been restored!
Pitching the tent with its sloping side towards the wind made a massive difference, and it stood up to the elements for the stormy two days during my 6-night trip at Birchwood Tourist Park near Wareham, Dorset.
The vario awning was put to good use, however, I did take it down at night and when I was away from the site for long periods of time - I did not want to take any chances!
I must remember the following for my future trips:
(a) thread the horizontal pole in its sleeve (it did no harm on this trip without doing so though)
(b) raise/tighten the inner tent's strap on the main pole before guying the tent out fully, as it is very difficult to tighten it afterwards
I have attached a pic of how I attached the fairy lights and bunting to the pole so that they did not need to be undone when I moved the poles from the eyelets on the side panels to the eyelets on the vario awning.
Also in the same pic shows the use of a karabina to hold the zip for the vario awning in place.
I did use extra guys for added peace of mind for front frame.
With a different carpet (Lidl's camping matt, very good except for the holes that allowed dirt and grass to get through), the feet of the front frame did not slip when compared with PVC-backed picnic rug that I used previously.
It definitely takes less effort to pitch and to pack up when compared with my Hypercamp Escala 4.
With compression straps, I was able to pack it so that it would fit into my custom-made bag by Bags4Everything.
Thanks to Camping Travel Store for arranging the tent to be taken back to ESVO via their contact at Karsten for repair; and for ESVO to repair the tent free of charge of any kind!
I have learnt to respect the limitations of the tent, and it is not mightier than gale-force winds!
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By: Dk168 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2016 Rating: Date: 03/04/2016
PLEASE NOTE: My first outing with my custom ESVO Bedouin 340 did not end well, however, it was no fault of the tent or ESVO.
I added two extra vents in the living area, and an EHU entry point, all at very reasonable prices.
The build quality of the tent is superb, very good quality canvas and stitching.
It is easy to erect, if one is familiar with erecting Dutch pyramid tents.
I did it front frame first then main centre pole.
For my first attempt, I was too eager and did not peg down the tent loosely first when I raised the centre pole. It was quite windy, and no prize in guessing what happened next.
For my second attempt, I pegged down the tent loosely and securely first, and with first hand experience in raising the front frame, the tent went up in no time.
I used Delta Groundanchors (Deltas) for all the pegging points, as my pitch was exposed, and it was windy, and I did not pitch it with the sloping end towards the wind (that option was not available).
The ground became very soft due to heavy rain, and even Deltas showed signs of lifting, especially for the pegging points on the windward side. So I double and triple pegged those points, again with Deltas.
I damaged the tent by hanging a work lamp on the loop that is not designed to take the wait. With strong wind bashing against the side panel, compounded with the weight of the lamp, the stitching for the loop broke, and I lost the ability to keep the side panel in place.
Had the weather been nicer, it would not be an issue as the front overhang was sufficient to provide cover for the kitchen set up. However, with such strong winds and heavy rain, there was no escape and everything was wet.
In the end, the tent was no match for Storm Katie, and I decided to pack up and go home early before more damage could be done to the tent. It was just too risky to continue.
Another mistake I made due to not being familiar with the tent (I did not have time to do a practice pitch before the trip), was to secure the fairy light and bunting on the spikes of the front poles.
I discovered this was not practical as I would have to detach the fairy light and bunting from the spikes first before I could move the spikes to the eyelets of the Vario awning.
With regard to the Vario Awning, like the tent and Side Panels, it is very well-made, and provided sufficient shade so that no additional tarp would be required.
The inner tent is also very well built, and the only niggle, and it is only a very small niggle, is that it does not have a loop for a small LED light to be hung. No big deal, as the light is only used for a couple of minutes between switching the light in the living area off and climbing into bed. And I can stick the lamp on the main pole using the magnet on the back, for the light to come through via the mesh panel at the top of the inner tent.
It is strongly advisable to use cups for the poles outside the tent to prevent them from digging into the ground.
With a thick and heavy PVC Sewn-In-Groundsheet, the tent is heavy, and I can just about managed to load/unload from the car, and drag it into the house for drying with the aid of a cheap tarp.
I have not been able to pack the tent small enough to go into its original tent bag, and shall have a larger bag made instead. Please note, this is quite normal for a tent not to be able to go back into its original bag, hence I have not marked this as a niggle.
I have reflected on what I did wrong, and shall make the necessary amendments so as to avoid damaging the tent again.
All in all, I am happy with my ESVO Bedouin 340.
Lastly, a big THANK YOU to James at the Camping Travel Store, the official stockist/distributor of ESVO tents in the UK, for helping me with my tent purchase, and to arrange for it to be repaired by ESVO, which is much appreciated.
Roll on June 2016 for my next trip, and I shall provide an update to this review, including more photos.
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A sturdy, modern and very durable pyramid tent. Model 2014
• Very practical tent
• Quick set-up – halving de number of pegging
points(without affecting wind resistance)
• Fully closable inner tent
• Beautiful styling
• No guy ropes but ultra strong straps
• Heavy duty materials – canvas and zippers
The pyramid tent Bedouin 340 is a designed to be strong and beautiful. This tent will withstand the worst weather conditions of altitude and environment. Perfect as family tent or for people who love space. The pyramid tent Bedouin 340 is bigger than the 280 version but also has an inner tent. We have chosen for the very durable and strong tent cotton canvas of Ten Cate, Europe’s best manufacturer.
So the quality of the outer tent is guaranteed and the tent deck / cover is absolutely waterproof for many, many years. The pegging points have been reinforced and have extremely strong straps, so no guy lines. This pyramid tent is truly sustainable and competitively priced.
Durability and materials
• Ten Cate cotton, 300 grams/m²
• 10 mm YKK-zip fasteners, extra strong and wide
• Breathable. Rigid and colorfast
• Heavy pvc soil of heavy coated (bisonyl) polyester 450 g/ m²
• Storm poles. Epoxy coated steel.
- With reinforcement sewn webbing from each corner to the peak which acts as a suspension system for the body. This “skeleton” keeps stretch and deformation to a minimum.
- Fixed soil Fully enclosable inner tent. Made of cotton and polyester. Perfectly breathable.
- Good rear ventilation
- Pegging points reinforced and equipped with very strong straps
So the Bedouin 340 is a very comfortable and heavy duty and also ec
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