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Tent Reviews: Khyam Tourer 400

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17.50 KG
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9/10 from 6 reviews

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6 Reviews of the Tourer 400

By: Martin131166  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

Great tent, once you get the hang of putting it up and taking it down.

Plenty of room for 2 adults and 3 children.

Would I get another one? Yes.

We have used ours a minimum of twice a year, sometimes in very windy conditions, and it has always stood the test.

Expensive to start out, but as they say 'you get what you pay for'
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By: Mj4man  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

First try back at camping since having children, tent has lots of room for four to sleep in - 4 means 4.

Children love it, and even my wife puts up with it.

Build quality seems good. Very easy for one person to put up, takes me about 30 minutes to have it all up and pegged out, bedrooms in. The tent is fine for a weekend for four people, any longer and it might be too small.

The tourer 400 has given us inspiration to be more bold and am contemplating what to move on to for longer trips.
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By: Jlh22  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

This tent is fantastic. It is easy to pitch and can be done by one person although two is easier. The tent has stood up very well in exceptionally windy weather on the Isle of Mull, Cornwall and North Wales. When we have experienced very windy and wet weather we have double pegged the guy ropes and this has worked brilliantly (we bought extra pegs). The tent has never leaked and as long as it is pitched properly we never get any puddles of water.

The tent can be pitched with none, one or two sleeping ‘pods’ and works equally as well with any combination. The sleeping pods are just big enough for a double airbed. I like the many pockets that the sleeping pods provide. When it is just two of us we usually only pitch one sleeping pod and spread out a bit more. I don’t bother with the central groundsheet as I would rather have everything off the ground (in boxes on stands) and then I can keep boots on inside the tent. There is just about enough headroom. I like having two doors and the window vent combinations.

I would recommend this tent for two people for long camps (we have done up to 10 days) but for any more than two you probably wouldn’t want to do much more than a long weekend. The tent dries quickly as long as you get plenty of air through. It is a tight fit in the bag but with practise we are now very quick at putting it away.

An excellent straightforward design for a tent. Highly recommended.
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By: Wyresoft  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2004   Rating: 

A friend bought this new, huge mansion of a tent from Khyam called the tourer 400. This was his second Khyam, the first being a much smaller and older model. The first experience I had of it was a trip to some motor racing where I had a whole end 'pod' to myself. This was repeated the following year, then this year we borrowed it for a weeks camping in Wales.

It's a beast to pack into a convertible, long and unweildy. Erecting it is fairly straight forward, even though I couldn't remember doing it the two previous times. It's not as big as I'd remembered either. Weather wise, we had a few bad days, including high winds and rain, but the only problem was where the door had blown inwards, exposing some of the tarpaulin we had in the living area. As a consequence, quite a lot of water had run off the tent and was sat waiting for us in the morning. It's made me realise I like sewn in groundsheets (which this has in the sleep pods only).

Although it's initially a good weatherproof tent, apart from our own in-experience of not fully pegging the doors, on retrospect, it's not quite big enough for a weeks camping. In one way, there's no real space for cooking as condensation builds easily (not enough mesh space in the doors) when cooking inside. If you try and use the poles to prop up the doorway, it will only protect from very vertical rain and this will quickly gather on that door. We found we had to try and prop the door at 45 degrees to give a compromise between protection and ventilation.

The biggest problem (IMHO) however, was packing it - I have to say that I hate it. I'm so used to something where you seperate the poles and then roll/fold, that I can't handle the untidy, weildy spider of a mess that Khyam tents are.
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By: Campingtim  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2004   Rating: 

An excellent excellent tent - stands up to everything, high winds, hail, thunderstorms! Goes up/down very quickly. We've used this so much - I'd recommend this tent for a small family (two adults/two small kids). It has never leaked and never let us down.
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By: Dadsbeaniemad  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2004   Rating: 

Used our pre-loved Khaym for the first time last weekend.

We managed to pitch the tent itself in less than 15 mins (even though we lost the video before we watched it so had no idea what we were doing).

The Quick Erect system is great. The poles very quickly 'snap' into place and then it's just a matter of pegging out. I have no doubt that I could manage to pitch all by myself if need be. Even my 12yr old daughter could get the basic structure done herself.

The footprint is a must as it will save the tent getting dirty (especially after this summer) when pitching and decamping.

There are 2 sleeping pods - one at each end - and they are easy to attach. There is room for a double airbed in one and two singles in the other so plenty of space for 4. Bed pods have ground sheets.

I would only use this as a short stay tent (which is why we got it) as the living area is not really big enough for all the kit you take on a weeks holiday - either that or you need the porch or sun canopy. We managed to fit in a gelert double aluminium slatt table and 4 chairs (2 adults size and 2 child size) but not an awful lot of room for anything else furniture wise - just a crate for storage of shoes/wellies.

Head height is good apart from first entry when you have the door 'up'. Both of us had to bend a little (me only 5' 52) but Ok once inside. I would imagine there would be a problem with rain getting in every time you open the door if the weather is bad so again you would need a porch/sun canopy.

Tent has no sewn in ground sheet so we had a cheap tarp on top of the footprint in the living area. (then the picnic blankets!)

Tent was warm (didn't need the heater on at all even in mid sept)and for the most part dry. One small leak at taped seam where velcro bits are sewn into the seam on the roof - not sure if this is to do with the tent or something the previous owner did so will give tent the benefit of the doubt. Easily fixed.

Did get lots of condensation on the second night/third morning but it was mid September and a clear sky at night and nippy first thing morning, but nothing was wet or dripping.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tent to any family of 4 looking for a quick set up weekend/short stay tent or for 2 people for longer stays. Have a picture of it pitched on my profile.

The Quick Erect system is also to be recommended as I am sure this would be of even more benefit if the weather was wet or windy when trying to erect it. Tri Guys and delta pegs are a good combination.(Delta pegs not supplied with tent)

Don't know what the equivalent 2008 model would be but I would definitely consider getting one of the newer 6 man ones as our main tent.

Dimensions of tent are:

Length 640cm

Width 250cm

Living space 250cm x 240cm

Bed pods 200cm x 240cm

Tent info:


Khyam QE Tourer 400

The range of sizes available and the generous sleeping and living areas create a suitable 3-season tent for groups from 2 to 9 people. The Aluminium main poles and innovative tri-guy system provide a solid, quick-erect structure making the Tourer a worthy consideration for almost everybody.


2oz Polyester Weatherweaveä 185T (3,000mm HH) - resilient, fire retardant fabric achieving over 3,000mm hydrostatic head

Woven Polyethylene with welded seams is used to make a durable waterproof inner groundsheet

Breathable Polyester inner - to prevent condensation forming on the inner-tent walls

Semi-proofed inner-tent fabrics to prevent flysheet condensation dripping into the sleeping area

Spacious bedrooms for maximum comfort

Clip-off, lockable Rapidexã joints for easy erecting and maintenance

Unique Rapidexã polework system for fasted pitching of your tent

Telescopic dome poles to give maximum head height while reducing pack size

Guy-line limiters regulates and corrects line tension

Tri-guy system to spread load as appropriate on pole

Double layer reinforced triangular guy points to spread the load therefore minimising stress

Aluminium main poles are strong, stable and durable

Flysheet and inner-tent vents to help regulate temperature and condensation

Trayed Groundsheet to keep inner tents dry and draft free

Reinforced, double shock-corded pegging points - reduced tension in each loop minimises the chances of breakage

Pre-cut stone protection sheet available


Flysheet: 2oz Polyester Weatherweaveä 185T (3,000mm HH)

Groundsheet: Polyethylene

Inner: Breathable Polyester

Poles: Central Dome: Aluminium (top sections are fibreglass)

Bedrooms: Fibreglass

Joints: Glass Reinforced Nylon

Design/Style: Ridgi-dome

Colours: Khaki/Dark Green/Pistachio trim
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Manufacturer's Description

A step up from the Flexi-Domes the Tourer has a large living space but is still light thanks to the telescopic aluminium poles using the unique Rapidex pole system, the only quick erect tent pole system that works. Tourer 400 is perfect for car based family camping…

• 4 berth(400)
• Flysheet: 2oz polyester 185T
• Hydrostatic head: 3000 mm
• Inner tent: breathable polyester
• Ground sheet: polyethylene
• Bedroom/porch poles: fibreglass/steel
• External height: 190 cm
• Weight: 16.5 kgs (200)/17.5 kg (400)
• Packed size: 105 x 30 x 23 cm (200)
• 93 x 25 x 27 cm (400)
• Flame retardant

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