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Tent Reviews: Khyam Harewood

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23.30 KG
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8.71/10 from 7 reviews

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7 Reviews of the Harewood

By: Nsuzanner  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We were lucky enough to borrow a friends Kyham tent for our first camping trip with the children. We liked it so much that we decided to buy the Kyham Harewood DLX, which was the newer version of the one we borrowed. We have been away in it quite a few times now and have got the knack of putting it up. Although it is fairly quick to get the tent up, the pegging out takes time. Once up though, it is very sturdy and stable.

It is very spacious with the two bedroom compartments and large main living area - ideal on rainy days. The reason we bought the DLX model was because it comes with a porch area where we can leave all cooking equipment along with dirty shoes. We bought the footprint groundsheet and inner carpet and both have been well worth while.

The only downside is that it is large and heavy when packed up. Ours has a pole bag which is separate to the main tent bag.

Overall, this is a great tent, well worth the money and will last us years and years. Highly recommended.
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By: Seahorse2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Dark Green Harewood 2011 - bought at a cheaper than usual price on the Internet. We are a family of 5 and had been looking for an easy to erect tent that would fit us all and our gear. We bought the tent in spring and have used it several times this year.

My husband and I used the larger 2 person sleeping section and our 3 children used the 2x two person sleeping sections. There is a light 'voile' that divides this compartment but it isn't attached at the floor; it can be undone and rolled up to make a large 4 person section. Alternatively this sleeping section(and the other one) can be removed altogether.

We bought the footprint but felt that the Khyam carpet was expensive. I ended up buying a larger than usual square picnic rug at a reasonable price which worked really well. We also got hold of a second hand Khyam porch which we found really handy when we camped in France in the summer and had sports equipment/shoes/food etc to store.

We are pleased with the tent because it is roomy and easy to erect after some practice. It kept us dry in storms.

There are some aspects of its design that could be improved though:

When it was very hot in France, it was hard to ventilate the tent; I couldn't get any flow of air through the tent. As a previous reviewer has mentioned, it would be much better if the window at the back could be unzipped to just mesh, instead of clear plastic, to let the air through and keep the bugs out.

Also we found that there weren't any handy pockets inside the main section of the tent to put small items that you want to access easily (e.G. Keys, phones, sunglasses, torches) and a couple of ceiling hooks would have been useful too.

My final criticism is that the door nets were continually snagging on the velcro around the doors - so much so that it makes me wonder if the design had actually been tried out before being manufactured.

We will be getting lots of use out of our tent and would recommend it for anyone who needs a 5/6 birth tent that is sturdy and quick to put up.
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By: Melee  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We've just been camping in a week of constant torrential rain, it was bouncing off the ground but we stayed dry inside the Harewood. When we took the tent down there was a huge puddle on the footprint groundsheet but none of the water had come through into the tent. It took us a couple of goes to get the hang of pitching but now we have it goes up very quickly, the guy ropes are the most time-consuming part but we are getting better/quicker at that too. Overall we are very pleased with our purchase, and when we found a fault with the sewing on the inner tent hooks the first time we used it Kyham couldn't have been more helpful in rectifying it so we had no complaints there. We also have the porch/awning which doubles the living area and makes a big difference.

However (there has to be a 'however'!), there are several things I would change about the Harewood if I could. The bag is far too small and results in a wrestling match to get the tent back in. It is a difficult job with two people, which is ridiculous (perhaps we were spoilt by our Vango which had a great roomy and sturdy bag which held the tent with room to spare). The zips on the outer doors snag ALL the time no matter how careful you are and are generally a pain. The little door at the back could do with a net so that you can have a through-draft in really hot weather without all the midges coming in, and it would be lovely if the window could be opened for ventilation too.
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By: Billy Can  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

We've only had one outing in our new Harewood but feel qualified to comment as we had all weathers!The tent coped extremely well and we felt good and secure and snug throughout heavy rainy, windy nights. The tent is of generous proportions and we are delighted with the space it offers. The tent is simple and quick to erect and affords a speedy pack up time too. Inside the tent is very simple and we would have like some storage pockets in the living space in addition to the bedroom pod pockets. There is a quality feel about the tent's make up and we hope it will protect us from the elements for many years.
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By: Vickynewby  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

My OH recently acquired the Harewood off eBay for an amazing bargain price. We were lucky as it hadn't appeared to have been used. The tent is very easy to erect, now my OH has the hang of it, he can get it pitched in under 15 minutes alone. This was key for us having 3 young children.

We have now had the tent up 3 times, twice in the garden and once on a site. We had to erect on site in fairly windy conditions and it was no problem at all. We just secured a couple of guy lines once it was on its knees and it stayed put. Throughout the weekend the wind did get worse at times, as well as a lot of rain and the tent was just fine.

We ventilated well and didn't suffer any condensation, despite having a fan heater on all night too! We've also got the footprint groundsheet for it and carpet, which makes it feel luxurious! We also added on the Classic Annexe, which now makes the tent far more comfortable for our family of 5.

I agree that the tent bag is very poor and we have had to find a bag for the poles. A couple of other very slight niggles are that the zips constantly get stuck on the seams of the door (or maybe that's just us) and it really could have done with some sort of pocket organiser for in the tent. It doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would, not being able to stand up much in the bedrooms, they're just for sleeping right?

So, overall, a fantastic tent that I think we will be keeping for a long time. I also like that Khyam's add on products are very reasonably priced unlike some other tent manufacturers and so Khyam will always be one of our favourites.
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By: P4ul  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We have recently purchased a Harewood DLX ( think the title of this review needs corrected )

We , as the other reviewer, spent a long time considering the best tent for us. We also bought the extra stone groundsheet ( just a normal groundsheet ) and the carpet ( good quality ).

Our remit was simples - tent for 5+, min 2 bedroom pods, enough room for 'living' and a porch for all the crap you do not want inside the tent. I also needed to be able to put the tent up more or less by myself as we have a young family.

The Khyam was a 'no brainer' as far as I was concerned. Its very easy to put up after a couple of trial runs and once you get the knack and work out how to peg it properly it is super stable. We have had a couple of weekend trips so far and although I cannot erect/strike in the time Khyam say but I can do it all in about 30/40 mins - that is groundsheet down and pegged, tent up and erected/pegged, guy ropes pegged and bedroom pods attached.

My only issue is that the tent is light blue and so are the bedroom pods. For me if the bedroom pods had been a darker colour would have been better as you ( as well as the weans ) are up as soon as the sun is up !

Very much worth a look if you have a similar requirement to me :-)
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By: BigKid  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Well, it took me over two years to make a decision on buying a tent due to the wife’s reluctance to go camping due what a storm did to our tent in Scotland whilst we were still inside and the fact that we now have 3 young children. This year I was given the green light due to economic reasons (self catering cranking the prices up due to school holidays) and the last bit of toilet training being out the way. My camping experience extends from childhood canvas holidays to small two man tents and a Coleman Biospace which got blown inside out in Scotland.

As mentioned, it took two years to make this decision. I dabbled with various makes but Vango, Aztec and Kyham stood out. The main reason for liking these three makes was they used metal poles and had a more squat shape. Remember any tent becomes a sail when it gets windy and the bigger the tent, the bigger the sail. In the end we went for the Kyham as the Vango had all the bedrooms together and the Aztec was inner erecting first which seems mad for an English climate. Also in the Kyham’s favour was the benefit of an enclosed porch for getting rid of muddy boots before entering the main tent area. Think English weather before deciding on an open porch – with the Kyham you can always roll up the door way when the weather is good. The other winner was the quick erect system – handy for putting up in the rain and also less time spent on short weekends.

One stumbling block - the price. Nearly £700. The wife and I mulled it over and over ten years of camping that is only £70 a year but we still could not bring ourselves to fork out that sort of money so decided to wait for the Winter Sales and use an old tent we had. About a week before we went on holiday, I found that Somerset Camping were selling them for £449 so the tent was purchased along with a foot print groundsheet and carpet. As promised it all arrived the next working day. Now best bit of advice – never buy a tent and not practice putting it up first before going on holiday. This is specially the case with the Kyham as you need to get your head round how it works and unfortunately the instruction book leaves a bit to be desired. Some manufactures provide a DVD showing how to put their tents up and you would think that Kyham would do likewise for a tent that has a recommended retail value of nearly £700. Anyway once you get your head round the Quick Erect System and how the additional poles fit, it is really straightforward and “quick”. I can put the entire tent up myself as long as it is not too windy. In windy conditions, you will need help. Also buy the additional footprint groundsheet as it will protect your tent but make sure that it does not stick out from the main edges of the tent or it will allow rain water to run under the tent.

The real test. Five nights in a lovely site in NorthWales - http://www.Caeducampsite.Co.Uk/ as mentioned on this site. Tent went up well though setting the guy ropes can take time if doing it right. It rained most days with some pretty heavy stuff during the night with blustery windy conditions. A bit of guy rope tweaking and the tent sat better against the wind. Tent stayed dry bar the usual ceiling condensation. I am about 5’8” and I did find that sometimes my head brushed the ceiling and got wet. Living – the tent layout was excellent. One large bedroom for the 3 children (can be divided) on the left, a large lounge section with the Kyham carpet (worth the money) great place for the children to play (drawing, Lego,etc.) and Mum and Dad’s bedroom on the right and finally the porch section. The bedrooms have sloping ceilings so standing up is manageable but easier in the lounge. Mind I did choose this design to be squat so as to sit better in windy conditions. The porch section served as kitchen and diner with a Halfords collapsible picnic table. I know you are not meant to cook in tents but this was Wales. I have a decent shielded 3 burner cooker on legs but what you do is your responsibility. Good mesh screens on the “lounge” area doors allowed air in and midges out. When time came to take down – it was very easy and required very little help from the wife. Anyway it did well enough that the wife wants to go again so hopefully this time next year we will be in France.

8/10 - cracking tent but let down by pitching instructions,no pole bag,tent bag very poor for the size and weight of tent some manufactures provide a sturdy bag canvas type with wheels. Also suspicious as to whether condensation was condensation or that heavy rain was starting to seep as on dry nights - no condensation.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Harewood features 6 berths, front and back doors and a host of other features making it a true classic with all of the benefits of the latest Khyam technology. The Harewood also features a fully sewn in 150D polyester groundsheet. This large family tent is perfect for a last minute weekend away or longer stays. Erecting and pitching in minutes the Khyam Harewood can be put up easily by one person (its even easier with two!)

The large inner tents provide spacious,comfortable sleeping areas complete with inner pockets and a clip-in dividing wall. Ideal for up to 6 people.

We also recommend the use of our tailored SPS Groundsheets which will protect your integral groundsheet from sharp stones and also keep it clean and dry.

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