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Tent Reviews: Eurohike Flash Mach III Blackout

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5 Reviews of the Flash Mach III Blackout

By: Brainspiller83  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I had previously owned a 2 berth fly only pop up tent which was terrible for condensation and every time my head or sleeping bag touched the sides it would let the water in. So, after seeing the Mach III black out on offer in millets, I snapped it up and never regretted since.

It is a fantastic little tent. Easy to put up and take down if you know how. Though, you may struggle a little bit. The only issue with these tents is the instructions on how to take it down. They aren't always that clear which can easily be overcome by watching tutorials on YouTube. The Mach III black out is no different to taking down a fly only pop up tent. The 3 berth is however, is considerably bigger both up and down which makes it a bit more awkward but not a major issue.

It is very lightweight and easy to carry which is fantastic for festival goers and short break campers. However, if you are trekking a fair distance from the festival gates to the desired spot, or if you are using public transport, carrying this tent with other equipment may be a little awkward. The bag can be carried like a rucksack or via hand.

The tent itself is fairly dark during the day which I found helped to keep drinks and food cold on a hot sunny day, fantastic for festival goers who do not have the luxury of electric hookup. It also has 2 curtains close to the floor on either side which can be folded up to allow a little light.

The tent is well ventilated and does not pose an issue with condensation. There is a small canopy at the front which helps prevent rain getting in and keeps it somewhat dry. It can be a fly sheet first pitch or all in one pitch choice, making it easy to erect in rainy weather. The plus point with this tent in comparison with the previous pop up I had owned, was that there is an inner tent which helps keep the bugs out (so long as you don't open the door). It holds up in extreme rain and wind, keeping everything inside dry. This being experienced during very heavy rain a few years back at sonisphere festival. So thumbs up there.

Like with most tents, the common thing is they aren't as big as they make out, it could sleep 3 people using roll mats or self inflating mats with 3 adults if being close is not an issue. 2 people could sleep comfortably with some space for belongings. Though more than enough space for 1 person and chairs when not in use and other belongings too. The door is of a good size and getting in and out does not pose a problem.

The plastic hooks that attach the inner tent to the outer are a little flimsy, but can easily be replaced by something else.

For festivals, this is probably the best pop up tent to buy in my opinion for those who take their children or those who find complete darkness easiest to sleep in. Even if not, it is a great design tent and the colour is perfect for metal heads, punks, goths etc. Or anyone who likes black. The only thing likely to keep you awake is the other festival goers shouting 'timmeh' or 'Linda McCartney'.

For quick break campers, this is a fantastic little tent and I highly recommend it as with these points considered you can guarantee to have a comfortable nights sleep.

If you can get hold of one, it is well worth the money.
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By: Neafbar  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Best tent I have owned.

It is the second pop up I have owned, went for a three man on this occasion which gives so much more space to fit that double airbed.

If you want to pitch quickly, this is for you. When combined with a 12V pump for the bed, you will get looks from other campers as you set up in record time.

After using it for two summers, the tent has hardly shown its age. I am very surprised at the weather proof performance of these tents when you consider the 'novelty' design.

To comment on one drawback, the diameter of the tent when packed away could be an issue. Not that I have had a problem yet.

Go get one
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By: 74giggles  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Bought this as a small tent for me to use on my Scout Leader Nights away course and as a pup tent for the kids.

Really simple to erect, but took 3 Scout leaders to try to take the thing down. I think with a little practise, it will be become easier.

Plenty of room inside for 2 adults and an over night bag, at a squeeze we managed to get 2 adults and our 6 year old in for a night.

The front porch gives a little extra privacy and protection from rain. The blackout fabric kept the tent cooler than a normal tent would have done and prevented the glare of the early morning sun.

I love it and looks good on the campsite too.
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By: Adasb  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I bought this tent to use in the north of Scotland two weeks ago, when it could be too wet or too windy to struggle putting up our larger conventional tent. I cannot begin to praise it enough! I am a 65 year old not-too-agile woman, who came to camping only 12 years ago (what have I missed?!) and have bought and tried various tents, but this one beats the lot for ease of putting up - take the strap off and stand back - then put the cross poles through the top, peg out and move in! The porch is brilliant too.

I slept really well in it, very cosy and warm, with howling winds and rain beating down all night. My partner slept in his Citroen Despatch van, declining to join me, so I had the spacious tent all to myself. As I have arthritic hands I do struggle a bit to hold the hoops together when folding back down, but I have indeed managed it alone. But it is better with two people - he holds the hoops together and tips the tent on end, whilst I 'do the magic' with the top and bottom parts and the folding in - takes two minutes! I'd recommend some practice at home, if possible, before taking it camping for the first time.

It's very nice having an appreciative audience when you have mastered the art of getting the tent back in it's bag so quickly.
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By: T3nt2008  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I bought one of these after hearing Radio 1 raving about a 'Blackout' tent, and I have to say it is the best pop up tent I have ever used. Pop up used to something of a novelty item, but Eurohike have managed to run with it to make this a proper camping tent. The blackout fabric is fantastic for camping in summer, especially in Scotland when it gets daylight at 3am! The Black fabric also has a pleasant red-ish tint to it when the sunlight hits it. It has 2 low level windows with blinds that provide enough natural light to see within the tent during daytime.

My only real concern before trying this product was that the black fabric would make the tent too hot on sunny days, but hats off to the Eurohike designers, because they have managed to add some very effective vents to the top of the tent that provides great cooling. To my surprise, the Blackout is noticeably cooler on hot days than my friends tents sitting next to it. The shadow effect of the dark fabric must have something to do with it.

There is also a canopy that extends over the tent door. Anyone that has ever used a decathlon pop up tent in the rain will testify that getting in and out without soaking the inner tent is impossible! No a problem with this one.

After loads of use last summer, we are looking forward to 2009 to get it out again.
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Manufacturer's Description

Based on the Eurohike Flash Mach 1 but with room for three people, this remarkable tent doesn't need pitching simply take it out of the rucksack-style bag and it pops into shape immediately. The waterproof double-skin design makes it ideal for summer fun and festivals. It is made with a black polyester flysheet and a breathable black polyester inner to cut down the amount of light entering the tent, so that you get a good night's rest. It also helps to keep the tent cool on hot days. The groundsheet is polyester and the poles are lightweight fibreglass. An additional loop creates a canopy to provide shelter over the door and there are large vents on rear for ventilation and condensation control. There are low-level windows and the guylines are fluorescent.

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