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Tent Reviews: Khyam Harewood XXL

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7 Reviews of the Harewood XXL

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

Having previously owned a ridgi dome xxl from 2000-2006, we bought a smaller tent (an eagle extreme)now there are only the two of us. What a mistake, even though smaller it takes more time to put up and is nowhere near as stable in the wind. Bought a harewood xxl in blue during summer and we are delighted with it. It is even better than the old ridgidome and also bought groundsheet and carpet at a bargain price. By the way our old ridgidome was passed on to a family member and is still giving good service!
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By: Ziggynn  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Now known simply as the Kyham Harewood I think. Bought one this summer. List price 500 (I paid less!)

Now 2tone blue throughout. Easy to erect, even without instructions but Penroses of Truro (a great store!) got them posted to my home so we could winterise it properly folded.

I will purchase a separate rock sheet to go under the built-in ground sheet which could mark/tear on some of the dry, stoney pitches we've camped on in Europe.

Plenty of room. Lots of options on the main door - fully closed, plastic window, mesh, etc. Good weatherproofing on the two doors, if a little fiddly to start with but we soon got used to them.

A good 6 berther but will mostly be just for 2 of us until perhaps the patter of tiny feet come along (yikes, hope I'm not tempting fate) but can see that this tent could easily sleep mum and dad and a whole host of little 'uns quite comfortable.

Overall, very pleased with the new tent and looking forward to summer 2010!
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By: Mattat58  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2003   Rating: 

Our version of this tent is in the Old School burgundy and green colourway, 2 bedroom areas off of the central living space, a J door and window at the rear and a pole supported porch extension at the front. Bought it new in 2003, so we're 6 seasons into ownership and it hasn't given a single day's worry.

Lots of folks highlight how easy it is to put up, but I've experienced the other Khyam feature that is even more important - that they stay up . . . Regardless of conditions.

I made the costly mistake of being tempted by a larger, sown in groundsheet, inner-tent-first Sunncamp thing in 2006 - and spent a sleepless 3 nights and days watching the wind beat it to pieces at a site in Hartland in August 06. We went home early with broken poles and split seams - something that had never, and has never happened with the Khyam.

In fact the Khyam had been through much, much worse in the Breacons and Scotland with no issues at all. As I lay there awake watching the sunncamp bounce around in the wind waiting for my hourly patrol to re-hammer the pegs I wished to the great god of camping that we'd been in the Khyam instead.

So, the Sunncamp (what's left of it), has been consigned to the shed. We've decided to get a little more living room in the Khyam by buying our sons the excellent Igloo (also by Khyam and even more robust if the pictures of them in the arctic are anything to go by.)

This means we only need one bedroom up in the main tent, and at a stroke we have created a good deal more space for our table and chairs etc. We've also decided to up the luxury a bit and bought the khyam roof insulator (we'll see how that goes), which is now in a light blue that will no doubt clash nicely with the burgundy.

I can sleep through storms again knowing that everything and everyone will still be there in the morning.

I should never have been tempted away from the path of true Khyam-ness. With the blustery wet summers we're having of late I wouldn't go camping with anything less than an khyam, and If we ever replace this tent it'll be with one from the same folks. Can't recommend them highly enough.
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By: SEWER CIDAL  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

I think these are one of the best tent on the market.

Easy to put up and pack away. You can buy a foot print ground sheet for about 20.00, you can also get an extension for about 100.00. Well worth buying.
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By: Abbiyorks  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

We have recently purchased the green/grey XXL version (but brand new) for 249 (the newer blue available for similar price but preferred this colour).

This is a fabulous family tent, plenty of room even on a rainy day with two children! Putting up the tent is very easy after you have mastered the technique, the main dome is up in just a few minutes. The bedrooms have just two poles per side with very little threading due to a series of clips which are much speedier.

We have not experienced any problems with size as most campsites consider 6.5m x 3m to be average. We have not found the windows to be a problem as we would usually have the door open as a canopy which makes the tent as airy and comfortable as a tent can be in warm weather. We also have a hook to hang a lamp from in ours.

It is a shame that a tent of this standard did not come with a groundsheet, however the new version (Harewood) does have one.

The layout is simple but practical and overall we highly rate this tent for quality, practicality and style.

We purchased the additional annexe but to be honest we probably will use it very little as the tent itself is quite large, it would be a good addition for long trips I would imagine.

We are extremely pleased with our purchase.
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By: Green Pesto  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2004   Rating: 

This was originally known as the XXL Excelsior. Original colours were in Burgundy/Grey, then Green/Grey & now renamed & with the current blue/blue colour.

Size is around L.24' x W.10' x H.7'7'.

Great tent, very spacious & easy to erect when not very windy. Lots of technical innovations in its time which is becoming more common place with good quality tents.

An Annexe is available for these making this tent into a 'T' shape with an extra L.10' x W.6'6' x H.6'.

The only downsides are:

1. The storage size & weight,

2. Poor quality storage bags,

3. That some sites try to charge you extra for its size when in fact a Caravan & Awning can often be bigger.

A technically well designed tent that is very popular.
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By: Jamieharris  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

Wow. Extremely easy to put up-faster than a lot of my smaller tents. No messing with sliding fibreglass poles through sleeves. Very sturdy pole system and guying system-although initially confusing, is quite a good setup-not hundreds of superfluous guys. Loads of space.
On the downside, it is quite heavy, and pretty expensive-although you can find the older XXL (identical) version still for sale. I am a little surprised by some of the features, or lack of them. There is nowhere to hang a lamp, and there is no roof vent. Also, there are only 2 small windows, and the groundsheet is an extra (although I prefer seperate groundsheets for flexibilty).
Definately my tent of choice when camping with the family though-especially when we arrive in the dark and the kids are squawking!
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Manufacturer's Description

Formerly the Ridgi-Dome XXL, the Harewood with its sewn-in groundsheets is set to out do the popularity of its forbearer. The fabric is still 2oz polyester 185T double coated, flame retardant with taped seams giving a hydrostatic head of 3000mm. The main pole construction is aluminium with fibreglass roof poles and a pair of steel porch poles supplied for propping open the front door.
The Khyam Harewood comes complete with two removable inners - a 4-berth poly/cotton inner tent which has a divider and a 2-berth inner. Apart from the main front door there is also a rear door and 2 large window panels set into the doors. Finally, after years of appearing in the classic Khyam burgundy and then green, the colourway for the Harewood has been updated to a striking Mid-Blue/Dark Blue with Grey trim. Comes with free instructional guide

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