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Tent Reviews: Karsten 300 Standard Pod

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14 Reviews of the 300 Standard Pod         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: KARAMAC  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

After years of debating do we really want to spend this kind of money on a tent the answer is clearly yes and why didn't we have one years ago, after 11 tents in total over the last 13 years costing in excess of the price of the Karsten we are so pleased with this tent its pitched in less than 10 mins by one person and just looks amazing quality, nothing was getting through that sewn in groundsheet it's like leather, the ventilation is fab, it houses a huge double air bed, 2 full size camp chairs, a large plastic dog bed a loo and a small table loads of room. The rain we had was awful thunderstorm and lightning and the karsten was superb, the hoses that hold the tent up are fantastic for their size and solid. We will now invest in the CA (comfort awning) EA (extension awning) and FW ( front wall) to give us the set up we want for living and sleeping and camp to our hearts content.
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By: Staffies  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

Having camped for over 20 years and love traditional cotton tents I have dabbled for the last few years with Outwell polycotton tents and a 4m bell tent. Whilst these tents are good tents in their own right our biggest bug bear with them is always the time to erect them, peg out all the bits and pieces and then the length of time it took to decamp which if it was raining was particularly not fun. Our search for the perfect tent then took us to realms of trailer tents but even then storage and towing became other logistics to resolve, hence our movement to the inflatable.

We had been considering the Outwell air beam range but our research took us to www.Campingtravelstore which were the UK retail centre for Dutch Karsten Tent range and state that these tents are the 'Rolls Royce' of tents! Reviews of the tents are constantly positive and despite the hefty price tag the supposed life span of the tents certainly makes up for the cost.

SO after much debate and discussions with the lovely James at the store we decided on the 300 pod and comfort awning (CA) in blue as our base purchase. One of the biggest advantages of these tents is the range of accessories and modifications that you can buy and make with these tents in order to create you perfect set up and whilst we would have liked to add extra windows/awnings we decided that we would first pitch with our base unit and then discuss whilst on site, and in use, what we would like to do/change.

Our first pitch took us 50 minutes to have everything set up including kitchen stand/beds etc and to be sitting outside with a cup of tea. The actual pumping up of the tent took no more then 10 minutes. We ended up buying 2 types of pump, a car battery one and a mains one, and it was noticeable how much quicker the mains pump was, however we have the car battery one if we need it! We also ended up putting more guys then was necessary and have since learned that 4 guys on top of the side flaps are fine and you only need to add more if you are expecting high winds. A huge time saver and also makes the tent that little but more aesthetically pleasing! Taking down the tent was even simpler and it was flat on the ground ready for folding inside five minutes!

Our thoughts on the tent was the colour was lovely, the quality was outstanding and time saved in pumping up and deflating was excellent. We enjoyed the tent so much that the wife suggested on our leaving day decamping and moving to another camp for another couple of days instead of going straight home which in the past would have been unheard of as we are normally so fed up of having to pack up that the idea of setting up camp down the road would be torturous - not with the Karsten. 1 hour after the decision to move camp we were in the car and again with an hour of arrival at the camp we were all set up again once more!

A fantastic tent and we are now in the process of buying a front wall (FW) and zipped in bathtub groundsheet for the CA and FW plus rain awning (RA) which we are going to have made in blue to match the tent colour. We are also going to be modifying our CA to fit in additional windows and will be buying the plastic foil window covers to cover the mesh windows in order to have them open all the time to see out of them. Likewise we will also be purchasing the mesh door cover in order to prevent the unwanted bugs creeping in at night!

Whilst the price tag may seem large and the additional extras increase this, the quality of the tent, the time saved during pitching and general easiness of the tent outweigh the cost and the fact that you can create the set up of your own choosing definitely suits us as seasoned campers as we can alter camps depending on location, time away and weather!
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By: El basso  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

Looking at family tents, the current choice is massive. Many of the pop-up or inflatable tents around at the moment seem popular and easy to pitch, so why on earth would I make a sizeable outlay on a Karsten?

I purchased a 300 pod with sleep extension, comfort awning with front wall and zip-in groundsheet, and a combi awning. My many questions were answered as soon as I first pitched.

This kit is in a different league from any of the nylon tents I have owned in the UK - Vango Tigris 600, Coleman Weekender 6, Outwell Bear Lake 4 - in terms of quality of materials and workmanship, flexibility, and how it functions.

Because the Karsten kit is modular, we can use as little or as much as we need for our family of four. The tent alone goes up for overnight stops, up and pegged out in less than 10 minutes. An extra 10 minutes is all it takes to put up the comfort awning and the mid section of the combi awning for weekend stays. The whole kit can be pitched in less than 30 minutes for stays of a week or more. It is so flexible.

Rock-solid and quiet on windy sites, totally waterproof once weathered, and very cool inside when the sun is beating down, with very clever ventilation. Beautifully constructed, it comes with a 5-year manufacturer's warranty against defects in materials and construction.

I hope and expect we will get many years use out of this tent. I have seen 15-year-old examples changing hands in UK and on Dutch site Marktplaats for quite sizeable sums of money - it seems this is one of the few brands that don't depreciate much!
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By: Mjdb  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

We now own a 300 main pod with sleeping unit & awnings.

The tent is of great quality, even though we bought the tent 'used' from Karsten in Zwaag Holland it looks new.

The main pod once all corners are pegged out took us 8 minutes to inflate few more minutes & the pod was standing strong & guyed.

Then we attached the sleeping unit.Hardest part was reaching the zips.No fault of the tent but I'm kinda short ! So hubby did the high parts & me the lower.

The awnings were added by hubby whilst I did all the inside .Beds , carpets etc.

All in all an easy job to erect the tent either 1 of us could have done it alone.

I would not hesitate to recommend a Karsten tent to anyone , quality & design are excellent & service from Karsten in Holland was also excellent.

When buying new there are so many possibilities on colours, sizes & configurations , you do need to think ahead of what you want to add as zips & connectors need to be added to you main pod on ordering. Parts can be added at later dates so the amount of pods & extensions is endless.

A pod can be used on its own for short stays/ over nighters then sleeping unit & awnings added when needed.

This will be the last tent we buy as we feel it won't be bettered.

Yes they are expensive .But as the saying goes .' you get what you pay for '.

Very happy with our new tent.
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By: Basichendo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I am now the proud owner of a Karsten 300 tent with comfort awning.

This tent is in a different league in terms of quality. We previously had a bear lake 6 by Outwell, which was good but this is epic.

It really does take 1 person 10 minutes to set up. And less to take down. That is superb and make over night stays on route somewhereso much more likely.

The true Beauty though is in the modular design, so flexible for every type of holiday. Take all or some of the pods / awnings depending on the trip. Also, it helps with accruing your perfect collection / set up over time.

The ventilation is superb, and contrary to man views it is not too dark inside, the window lets in lots of light. The guy ropes have caribinas for speed and ease of removal. The guy rope runners are strong steel. The pegs are incredible quality. Everything is!

The groundsheet and bag are also very thick and strong. No leaks there me thinks. It's stable and strong in very strong winds - there really is not a bad point. Other than the cost, but you get what you pay for.

In terms of an all rounder, flexibility and quality - this cannot be beaten. It's cheaper and smaller than a caravan / TT but in my opinion far superior in many ways.

This will be the last tent I think my family will ever buy.
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By: Pingvin  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating: 

This is a great tent, mine is from 1997 and still going strong. I bought it second hand (at least 2 previous owners), one toggle was loose and the colour was a bit faded.

As pointed out by other reviewers it offers lots of space because of the triangular flaps that pull the sides outwards when the guy lines are used, so the sides are not sloping as much as in other domes.

I can put his huge tent up on my own, but have never managed to do this without the help of a pole I put in the middle to support the tent until all the four corners are guyed out. And I have learned to zip the sleeping pod dividers to the roof before the tent is up, otherwise I'll have to bring a ladder!:-D

Once up the tent is extremely windproof.

There is very good and flexible ventilation.

I have the 3x3m tent, comfort awning, extension, and front with windows. I felt the extension was a bit dark, so I have added two 'DIY'-windows (sewn in, fabric glue plus seam sealer)with blinds I can take off. My next project will be a mesh window with a clear cover in the door.

I would have liked some extra guy lines to the sides and the back of the tent, to avoid the upper part of the sides bulging so much inwards in the wind.

As many others I like to put the poles in the extensions in an angle to make the construction more stable, of course when I do this the mudflaps split the wrong place.

I expect to have many years of happy camping in this tent!
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By: DougH  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We turned to Karsten because we have a growing family and wanted a tent which was quick and easy to put up and down single headedly, would stand up to harsh weather while having the modularity to expand with a growing family.

After discussing the various options (tent size, colour, awnings, extra windows etc) with Suzie at the Camping Travel Store it was clear the level of customer service would match the high quality and design of the tent itself. We ended up going for a Karsten 300 with sleeping modification, comfort awning, extension awning (c/w two optional windows), front wall (c/w window set) and rain awning. We decided on the 300 over the 325, because the size of the 300 and sleeping extension (3m +2m) will fit on a standard C&CC pitch size.

The tent looks absolutely stunning when pitched, and inside the quality and attention to detail is superb, Karsten have obviously put a lot of thought in to all areas of the tent. The ease of pitching the tent (approx 10 minís to inflate the main pod, and 50 minís all up with awnings) has meant we now camp more often with the Karsten; the tent also provides the flexibility of just pitching the main pod for a single night, and with awnings for longer stays.

The tent also performs really well in all weather conditions - it has been well tested in heavy rain, high winds (very quiet), and during a heat wave Ė where the adjustable air vent in the roof and large lower vents in the main pod came into their own.
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By: JohnBaxterWalker  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

After much searching we decided that a Karsten was most likely to be the tent for us. We visited the Karsten display at Newbury this year where the majority of the range was on view. We were made very welcome by Suzie and James King who own the Camping Travel Store based in Buntingford. Seeing these amazing tents in the flesh showed us why they are rated as the Rolls Royce of Tents. They are superb in every way. Another couple were in the process of ordering one while we there. We went away and discussed which model to go for and settled on a model 325 with sleeping extension, comfort awning, end wall and rain awning. Our concern as to whether it would fit in our new Fiat 500 was unfounded as it all goes in complete with all our other camping gear.
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By: Ybyatt  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2002   Rating: 

FANTASTIC! Being a single mum, this tent (Karsten 300 comfort awning and front wall with rain awning) has been amazing, I can erect it (pump up, awnings zipped on, all pegged down and everything inside) in 40 mins, alone! The air filled tubes are not to be mistaken for lilo type but once filled are as solid as the tyres on your car. Looked at them for two years and held back because of the cost, but well worth it, for stress free camping.
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By: Gavkaren  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2002   Rating: 

Just recently bought a second hand Karsten with very little use. The quality of these tents is amazing, lots of really clever touches that makes these tents in a league of there own. We have spent years using a Coleman Bispace 500 which is a good tent but as soon as you get a good strong wind they fold up. The price of a Karsten seems astronomical and yes it is but at the same time this is the rolls royce of tents and you definitely get what you pay for and will outlast a standard dome by many times over.

Its not just the quality of the build, these tents peg out and erect in such a way it maximises the room of the tent so well, you have to see one up close to really get to grips with how good these tents are
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Karsten 300 inflatable storm-proof tent.

Karstenís inflatable tents have demonstrated their quality over the years. They are no ordinary tents. Witness the top quality materials used, the sturdy construction, the excellent ventilation, their sheer spa-ciousness, and the perfect finish. What distinguishes the Karsten tents from other quality tents, however, is the fact that they are inflatable.
The modern dome-shaped models and porch tents are up in no time - itís only a matter of inflating the tube(s). This can be done with a small foot pump, a 12V compressor or, better yet, a bottle of compressed air. Thatís all it takes. Taking down the tent is even faster due to the high pressure inside the tubes. The tents will resist even the worst weather imaginable.

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