Tent Reviews: Easy Camp Boston 300
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3 Reviews of the Boston 300
By: Gill Ford Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2015 Rating: Date: 18/09/2015
We bought this tent as we had to downsize, 2 adults and one dog instead of family of 4. We still wanted a good living space having had an Outwell XXL and it needed to be able to pitch with 2 people with one who is a tad on the short size! The bedroom is big enough for our airbed and space to put clothes-no living out of bags. The living space is large enough to fit a table and 2 chairs to eat at and we then moved it to oneside and we had the dog, the table, fridge 2 deck chairs containing us with no feeling of crampness. The only downside was the stiff plastic on the windows, you have to be careful when unfolding as it seems like they will rip. We did have a rip at the bottom of the door window whilst it was fastened up and a trip in the dark -literally caused a split which we can hopefully be repaired. I do feel a mesh on the front door would be useful especially on a balmy evening when the bugs are about! I also think some pockets in the front space would be useful for keys, pens etc. The small porch also protects the front door so you can get out of the tent without soaking yourself and everything els if it rains. All in all we are very happy with our new smaller tent and would recommend it to anyone
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By: LumpyAndBumpy Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2013 Rating: Date: 07/08/2013
This is our first tent in years and we chose it to see if we still liked the camping experience.
After looking for so long at so many tents that 'almost' ticked all the boxes for us, the Easy Camp Boston 300 was a welcome find as it had many big-tent features but in a small tent size for a reasonable price.
It's a breeze to erect and plenty big enough for two people even when you need somewhere to hide from the rain. Taking the tent down is also easy-peasy and for the first time in history I didn't end up in an argument with the other half!
The large windows allow plenty of light into the tent and the porch on the front keeps the rain out a treat so you can even have the door unzipped while it's raining.
After using it for the first time last weekend there are a couple of things that would make it perfect for us.
1. A mesh screen on the front door to keep the bugs out when the door is open.
2. A porch extension option as available for the 400 and above models for those times when you may need a bit more space.
Would we recommend one - definitely for those who don't want to have to buy a big car and trailer just to get all their camping things packed in.
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By: Charlie Bravo Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2011 Rating: Date: 12/07/2011
I tend to do a lot of research on things before I purchase them and so set about looking at all of the tent manufacturers websites to look at the different models available.
Firstly I was all set on getting a 2010 Gelert Atlantis 3 as a package with matching footprint and carpet but then changed my mind and began to look at the Vango Icarus 300. Something that put me off of both tents was just how small the living area windows are meaning that should it rain or get cold and you want to retreat inside the tent, you're going to feel quite enclosed and separated from everything outside.
Then I discovered the Boston series of tents from Easy Camp with the huge windows giving you an extreme panoramic view of the outside world.
My next task was to set about emailing Gelert, Vango and Easy Camp with a very open question. Why should I buy one of your tents? (If I'm going to spend £100-£150 of my hard earned then why shouldn't I ask)
Gelert to this day haven't replied, Vango asked me what I wanted to know about the Icarus and mailed me some info and Easy Camp simply came back with because ours is the best! That did it for me, I liked the witty answer and the product seemed to tick all the boxes.
A mixture of lack of time and bone idleness meant that I didn't erect the tent before heading away with it but having watched the video made by Easy Camp on how to put the thing up, I felt quite confident about doing so.
Fast forward to the campsite and everything is laid out on the floor. In the video they lift and gather all 4 poles together and slide them over the pins but for my girlfriend who is only 5'2 this was a bit much so we elected to do one at a time which went pretty well.
The tent pegs supplied were pretty strong and even though the ground was hard in places, they didn't bend. I wish the Coleman mallet I bought was as good as the head flew off after the first peg was hit home!
Once the tent was up and all the ropes pegged out we set about fitting the bedroom compartment. As expected, no problems there although some of the elastic holding it in place did seem a little too stretched but this may have been us not doing something right when the tent went up.
We also couldn't get the front door to zip shut but moving the front poles inwards a little solved that.
I wasn't prepared to pay £35 for a small piece of carpet for the living area but a 200x150cm picnic rug from Tesco for £9.99 more or less sorted that. Yes there was a small uncovered section of groundsheet at the edges but it felt a lot more comfortable than nothing at all.
Something I was pleased about was lantern hanging points. There is a hanging loop just outside of the bedroom area for the living area and a small hook just inside the bedroom. This worked out very nicely for the lights I had purchased before I even got the tent.
At night once the temperature had dropped, we retreated into the tent and closed the door. Whilst it would have been nice for the main (and only) door to have a mesh opening, this was also fitted with one of the huge windows this series of tent is kitted with. When closing the curtains, you simply undo the toggles keeping them rolled up and stick the curtain to the velcro tabs around the window. Easy.
Speaking of mesh, the Boston 300 has quite a large mesh section on the rear of the tent which is covered by a zipped panel. When unzipped, the panel is then held open by 2 guy lines allowing air to flow freely. The bedroom section then has a huge mesh area on the rear and also on the whole of the door (which also has a full zipped cover of course just like many other tents).
At the front of the tent just above both front windows are 2 more mesh vents which again can be zipped up. Once the bedroom door is unzipped to reveal mesh only, you really can feel the air moving through and helping you keep cool (we needed it as the weekend temps had been sky high).
One downside of the tent is the front door. Easy Camp have designed the sown in groundsheet as such that the groundsheet plastic by the door can be lowered to avoid tripping. A good feature indeed but this in turn means that the tent isn't fully sealed once the door is closed allowing for unwanted insects (which I do not entertain) venturing into my new abode. This can be and will be sorted with a strip of velcro in the near future.
Although I say this is a downside of the Boston 300, I also read a similar comment from another review on the Gelert Atlantis 3 so this issue isn't restricted to Easy Camp.
Once it came to packing the tent away, again this was the first time we had done it but having watched the video from Easy Camp a few times it didn't prove to be a problem. Once we had squeezed any remaining air from the tent, it was folded, rolled and fitted nicely back into the bag it came in. If only all tent manufacturers would make the bag the tent comes in as spacious as Easy Camp.
It seems the very reason I purchased the Boston 300 (it's huge windows) was also the reason another couple approached us to ask what tent we had. They had what looked like a Vango Beta series tent and wanted something with more headroom but also a nicer living area. Says it all really as there were several large tents on site when we were there.
Roll on the next trip.
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Quick to pitch, large enough to stand in and offering plenty of living space, the compact Boston 300 tunnel tent has all the features that will appeal to a couple looking for comfort, or a younger family just starting out. And the latest model features a redesigned deep front porch canopy that provides superb protection for the entrance and the large vents that sit over the windows. A further two panoramic windows keep the interior bright and cheerful no matter the weather, and the full sewn-in groundsheet ensures the tent remains draft and bug free. Optional carpet and footprint enhance the camping experience.
Type of tent: Tunnel
Sleeps people: 3
Hydrostatic Head: 3000 mm
Flysheet: 190T 100% polyester PU coated. Fire Retardant
Inner tent: Breathable 100% polyester
Rooms: 1 bedroom, 1 living room
Poles: Fibreglass 11 mm
Floor: 100% polyethylene
Groundsheet: Sewn-in groundsheet
Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Pack size: 68 x 24 cm
Weight: 12.2 kg
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