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Tent Reviews: Khyam Explorer 400

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16.10 KG
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8.5/10 from 2 reviews

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2 Reviews of the Explorer 400

By: Lonewolf66  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Being a solo camper I was looking for a tent which was easy to erect as well as stand up in ( as I am getting to old for grovelling around on my hands and knee's ) the explorer ticked all the boxes . I found erecting the tent easy in under 10 minutes the first time on my own . I cant fault the build quality in any way a part from one small leak on a seam after a down pour soon sealed. As mentioned in previous review water will pool mid ridge and no mater how you tension guys you can not tension this area of fabric but never leaked so no problem.

Ventilation was brilliant being able to open up the large side window was a bonus and being able to keep the bugs out of an evening by having the fly screen in place which was a plus with temperatures in the 30's and 20's of an evening.

Packing it away was just as easy as erecting it.
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By: TechGuyo_O  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

First Khyam tent, bought the week before a trip to Jersey. In the bag you get the fly/pole structure, one collapsible pole for the top of the porch, two black poles for the porch supports, and two grey poles for the doorway to be propped up. Pegs are a selection of standard metal pegs, and plastic stakes for the guylines. With the inner tent is a separate fabric divide to make the tent a 2+2. The bag is sufficiently large to accommodate an after market groundsheet and mallet.

Putting the tent up the first time was problematic, so I was glad of the short period of time to test it in the garden before departure. I was disappointed to discover that only some of the seams were sealed, but the supplied sealant seemed to do a great job once properly applied. Places which I'd missed quickly became apparent, but there were no big leaks to worry about.

The tent held up remarkably well considering the weather; As eclectic as you'd expect from a British summer! Baking sun was easily dealt with by opening the front door fully, allowing plenty of air circulation. If the heavens open, the flysheet seemed happy enough with what I could consider to be a heavy summer shower, as well as prolonged lighter rain. I spent a good 45 minutes watching water pool above my head on the living area roof, though, as I couldn't get that part of the tent taut despite attaching the door pole guy's to the porch poles for extra tension. I'd expect they were individual pools either side of the mid-ridge, roughly 1pt of water in each. They harmlessly rolled down the porch walls once sufficiently large, though, and never leaked.

The living area is spacious, to say the least! With two stacks of boxes down one side, a 1m^2 table and chairs, we squeezed 4 people in there during some heavy rain. Given the choice I'd have preferred fewer, or the boxes to be in the car, but then I would have had to go out in the rain to get the gear ;) The front door can be opened 3 ways; The main door can be rolled up, or either of the two side panels can be used for in/egress. This proved invaluable during the heavy rain; No matter the direction, there was an entrance which wouldn't allow rain into the living area when moving in or out.

I was expecting big issues with the tent regarding rigidity in high wind, as the poles are jointed and not solid. However, once guyed out properly, it proved more than capable of taking the abuse of more than one strong gust. It did move quite a lot, and was disconcerting for a few minutes, but once you got your head around the fact that it would spring back every time, it was quite comfortable! The storm flaps, while slowing ventilation, kept any flapping fabric noises to a minimum.

The inner tent is, as you'd expect for a 4 man, a cozy 3 man size with light gear, or ample for 2 with suitcases. The girlfriend and I were never in each other's way. The sleeping area can easily be transformed to a 2+2 with a toggle-loop secured separating sheet (The 2 doors to the inner tent are arranged as such, too).

The storm flaps proved very good at keeping both water and beasties out, but also very good at preventing air circulation. The only ventilation is the dome cap which, while directly over the sleeping area, proved insufficient to prevent condensation on the fly. Still, the inner tent is well separated from the fly, with contact between them taking conscious effort.

I give the tent 8/10 for three reasons. Firstly, the tent is fantastic. For £150 in a 2010 model clearance sale, it was a bargain and I'd buy another in a moment. It loses one point for the ventilation; I may add some velcro tape to keep the storm flaps up in fine weather and see if that helps with night ventilation. The other one is between two points; Half for the unsealed seams (already mentioned), and half for the pegs. In the bag I received exactly the correct number of pegs, plus one spare of each (a plastic stake and a standard metal peg). This would ordinarily prove no issue, but two of the plastic stakes snapped. I was fine using a standard beg for one guyline, but it just proved that the stakes were brittle and poor quality. I may replace these with better stakes at a later date.

In short, I'm very happy with the tent, and the issues I've experienced are terribly minor and wouldn't put me off buying another Khyam tent, especially if they're on sale. I wouldn't say I've managed the 'three minute erect' time they have on the site, but for a 4 man tent it's significantly faster than any other I've seen. The only tent I have which is faster to pitch is a pop up :p

Thanks for reading.
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Manufacturer's Description

Providing generous accomodation for 4 people with a spacious front porch. The Khyam Explorer 400 Tent is an ideal touring family tent. Panoramic windows and ample ventilation in the front porch make an ideal space to spread out and relax.

Bedrooms 1
Sleeps (max.) 4
Doors 1
Windows 5 (inc 2 triangular porch windows with privacy curtain)
Poles Rapidex® Solid fibreglass / Steel & Shockcorded fibreglass Porch pole
Flysheet Polyester Weatherweave Pro
Inner tent Breathable Polyester
Inner tent Groundsheet 14 x 14 Polyethylene
Height 210cms
Weight 16.1kg
Packed Size 78x30x27cms

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