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Tent Reviews: Khyam Ridgi Dome XL Excelsior

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7 Reviews of the Ridgi Dome XL Excelsior

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

It's great to use in combination with our camper van , quick and easy to erect and dismantle, loads of space for sleeping and storage. We have struggled occasionally in windy conditions so we are careful when erecting in these conditions.

The grandkids love having sleep overs in the garden when they come over and want to have all their friends over as well.
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By: Lizzz  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We owned the XL Excelsior for 5 years, sleeping four of us in the one bedroom.

There are videos on-line showing you how to pitch these amazing tents, but I would liken them to the old spider style travel cots.

On longer holidays, we used the annexe in addition. Within the bedroom, however, with two double airbeds, there is little room for baggage/clothing without putting additional pressure on the bedroom base, at the edges. This had a knock on effect of the damage we managed to cause to tent wall, where the bedroom attaches at the back and needed to repair. There is plenty of room between the bedroom and the walls of the tent and so we have never had a problem with them touching and the wet coming through.

I can easily pitch this alone, unless there is a lot of wind. With total pegging and adding the bedroom, this can be done within 20 minutes. It is incredibly easy and quick to 'drop' too. The only negative thing I have to say is that the actual size and weight of the packaged tent is quite hefty. But I think it is a small price to pay. It just means that packing the car becomes an even greater challenge!

For us, now the kids are teens, we have opted to upgrade to the XXL (two bedrooms). The Excelsior is no longer manufactured due to economical climate and our annexe fits on none of the Khyam tents currently on the market. We opted to go for the Classic, which is not as tall/high and purchase a further annexe to fit that.

The model we purchased was an older version (the maroon), whereas our previous model (the newer one) was blue.

Although the lower height of the classic makes it an easier pitch, the bedrooms on the classic only allow an average height adult to stand up at the door and not throughout the entire bedroom, like the Excelsior.

The older maroon style too (in my opinion) has a little design flaw which allows the corner brackets on the bedrooms to 'ping' and split, when the horizontal poles are being positioned. Although we intend to solve this problem using jubilee clips for additional support as the brackets only seem to suffer the pressure whilst pitching and are fine afterwards, once the bedroom is in place. In the blue tent, which is a newer model, this has been corrected and the horizontal poles from those brackets are already curved and so do not put the same pressure onto the brackets.

We have since been able to purchase the xxl (two bedroom) in the excelsior (the taller) which our first purchased annexe fits onto. Now having pitched all three tents, single handedly, I can say there are advantages and disadvantages to all three.

With two bedrooms (xxl), obviously there is a lot more storage but you do loose a blank wall within the tent. The square living space has small door on one wall, large door on the other, and bedrooms on the two opposing walls. In the one bedroom (XL)the blank wall is great for stacking stuff against - i.E. Boxes, chairs, etc.

The advantage of the classic over the excelsior is that it is smaller when packaged and weighs less. It is also an easier pitch and additionally the annexe is a very easy addition if you are already pitched and you decide at that point you want to add it (say, if the weather turns).

The advantages of excelsior over classic, the height of the bedrooms means you can stand up within the whole space. I would also guess that someone 6ft + would be able to get through the doors without having to duck/bend their head.

All in all, The Khyam quick erect has been our third tent and we shall never sway away from this design as we have quick pitching (going head to head pitching with our pop up tent camping buddies and coming out a draw), being plenty spacious for a weekend, even if it rains and you need to eat inside. And, with the annexe is plenty big enough for a long holiday, even in the UK!
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By: Benlh  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I love my Khyam - its fab. Goes up pretty quickly and its massive.

Yet still fits very nicely across the back seat of our car, meaning the boot is free for bags - lucky we've no kids so far!.
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By: Dk168  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I love this tent, even though I found it difficult to pitch on my own, being a whimpish 5'2 middle age female.

I chose this tent as I did not want to use a small tent + gazebo combination, after the 'pop-up' gazebo bent in sections in high wind. The living area of this tent is the same size as a gazebo, which is ideal.

The living section is ample to have a table and 2 chairs inside all the time, still with loads of space around them for other items. I particularly like the side door as it makes it easy getting in and out once the main door/canopy is zipped up at night.

It is very sturdy even in high wind.

The bedroom section is huge and it was a bliss to be able to stand up fully while getting dressed/undressed.

I bought a Freelander recently (see separate review) to replace this tent, as I am camping on my own these days with my dog (a Border Terrier). However, I am keeping this tent, as I love it, and hope to have the chance to go camping with someone again in the future.

10 out of 10 for a great tent.
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By: Hamster  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Bought the XL Excelsior having owned a Khyam RidgiPod Excelsior for a few years which was a great tent but just too much to tour with.

The XL Excelsior is much easier to pitch/strike with, so much so that we were happy to move camp on alternate days, where the RidgiPod was a pitch-in-one-place for a week as the minimum.

The XL Excelsior got flattened to the ground with 10 broken/bent poles in North Wales in May 2008, but we liked it enough to repair it/persevere with it because it is basically a good and convenient tent for generous camping/touring for just 2 people.
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By: Edy_  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I bought this tent after looking for a model with a good sized living space that I could stand up in (I'm 6' 3'). The Khyam offers both of these and I'm very pleased with it.

The rapidex poles mean I can put it up on my own (not possible with many tents this size, or smaller) and it's up and ready in about 15 mins. It's not v aerodynamic so it does catch the wind if it's breezy when pitching. Using the side guys (as recommended in the instructions) does help though and these are good for keeping it stable in strong breezes when up (along with the other guys).

The bedroom area is spacious for 2 people. It takes a kingsize airbed, week's worth of luggage and still has walking space either side of the bed. It should be possible to roll down the dividing wall and fit 2 standard size double airbeds in, but luggage would have to go in the living area.

The living area doesn't have a ground sheet, but as I use camping chairs, tables and plastic boxes for food, it doesn't need one. Having no ground sheet cuts down on how much grass you kill off during longer stays!

The construction seems good quality and it's not needed any re-proofing / seam taping despite heavy downpours this summer. The inner skirt at the bottom of the tent walls pags down helping to cut draughts. There's a large vent at the back so the bedroom doesn't get stuffy. Despite this and a vent in the living area (if the outdoor window blind is pegged out) it is prone to condensation. This is especially true on warm days, early in the morning and can be a pain if you're trying to pack the tent away dry - the outer can be bone dry but you'll need to wait for the condensation inside to go. Unpegging the bedroom section and folding it back over the rear poles while having the main front door open creates a through flow of air and helps dry condensation out when striking camp.

The only down side is that the overall weight means you wouldn't want to carry it further than to and from the car.
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By: Mchhu  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I bought this tent after owning an ultradome khyam for 12 years. A rigidome being a step up (or so I thought). The first taste of wind which was not excessive and 1 pole bent and the other snapped at the joint. Not to be deterred I replaced the poles. This season I used it only to come up with more normal uk wind which broke and bent the same poles only this time the broken pole destroyed the flysheet. Khyam didn't want to know and referred me to the supplier and after several emails to them I'm still waiting a reply.
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Manufacturer's Description

XL Excelsior from Khyam is ideal if you want more headroom as well as plenty of living space.
Perfect for couples or small (or tall!) families, XL Excelsior is a perfect home away from home and because it is a Khyam Quick Erect tent

* Flysheet: WeatherWeave 3000 with flame retardant coating.
* Hydrostatic Head: 3,000mm
* Taped Seams including PVC windows.
* Family / Group dome tent with generous living area.
* Front canopy door with full window and privacy curtain, roll down secondary mesh door for ventilation.
* 1 x set of canopy poles provided for front canopy door.
* 'J' door with water proof zip cowl. Half panel PVC window and privacy curtain. Multi function window vent.
* Comfortable bedroom section with rear guy out vent.
* Internal roof hanging point for lightweight items (gas lights not recommended).
* Tri Guy system on all main poles. Adjustable main corner webbing pegging points. Double looped shockcorded intermediate pegging points.
* Main Poles: A combination of 19 mm Aluminium and solid 13 mm fibreglass poles utilising the unique Rapidex joint system - 2 manual joints & 1 auto joint operating around a central Rapidex hub.
* Bedroom Poles: Aluminium auto-jointed bedroom pole with QCP system.
* Inner Tent: 1 x Poly Cotton inner tent with robust Polyethylene sewn in groundsheet.
* Berth Capacity - 4 with central dividing wall (removable) and dual entrance doors for easy access.
* 4 Inner tent pockets for handy storage.
* Inner tent rear mesh panel & secondary mesh doors on main inner tent doors for added ventilation.

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