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Tent Reviews: Rage Bodo 3

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3  (more 3 berth tents)
6.50 KG
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7.29/10 from 7 reviews

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7 Reviews of the Bodo 3

By: Neilgwhite  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I got this from eBay, as it's seems to be their best outlet. Good value for money, I think I paid 36 for it. I haven't used it a great deal, but It performs well when it needs to.

I have just come back from a weekend in Edale on a windy site. I went alone, so had to erect it alone, and managed. It's quite strong, but the zips on the inner tent are rubbish, failing on the second trip. There are loads of zips, hundreds of them, but it does make for a very adaptable tent with front entrance, side entrance and another from the bedroom section.

The tent pegs are usual OEM thin, so you'd be better get some thicker ones as well.

It's a smart looking tent too, goes well with my car and mountain bike, so makes for a good outfit.
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By: Gizzler  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Seeing the comments on here makes me realise that we weren't as bad at putting up ours as we thought!

We also had a problem with it looking wonky and the outer not quite sitting right.

We did also have some condensation problems after our first night but on the second night we left the top of the door unzipped by about an inch or 2 and this solved the problem.

I really wouldn't recommend trying to fit 3 people in this tent, 2 of us and 2 dogs had a very 'cosy' night!

Overall though I do like the tent and it's great for just getting away for a weekend with 2 of us, I'm not thinking of replacing it any time soon.
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By: MARKYDD  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Be careful with this one.

Make sure you have the chance to pitch it at least twice before you use it in anger. 1st time the outer skin of mine was all stuck together and took over 1 hour to gently peel apart. 2nd time was easier but some patches still caught. 3rd time was fine. Wouldn't fancy doing either of 1st two in the rain - everything (inside and out) would be wet.

Pitching is not as easy as it should be as mine's not quite square so it takes forever to adjust guy lines to ensure that outer skin doesn't touch inner sleeping area. Especially difficult if the wind is blowing hard. It does leak if they touch (as expected). I improvised after 1st couple of times and attached 2 additional guy lines to the tunnel's rear pole - it's external so easy and (tie on plus bit of gaffer tape to keep it in place) it does the trick.

The sleeping area seems smaller than the description suggests. I'm only 5'8' but couldn't roll out my Theramrest and sleeping bag length-ways without them touching the sides. Had to sleep width-ways which is OK except if I need the toilet in the night when I have to climb over my girlfriend. Also means OKish for 2 but you would really struggle with 3 unless you leave all your kit outside in the 'living' area.

Other than that, it's an OK little tent. Reasonable weight for the size - probably too heavy for real backpacking but easy to carry from the car. Mine came with a separate groundsheet for the living area - good size with enough to slide 4' under the sleeping compartment so no real chance of water getting in.

Poles initially seemed a bit flimsy to me but they have survived a gale, thunder, hail and a serious downpour so can't complain.

Price, well 100 RRP is a complete joke. Can I recommend it?

Well, if you need a cheap, good size 2 person tent with a reasonable size living area and are prepared to put up with a little inconvenience in sorting it out before you use it then I would say 35-40 reasonably well spent.

Personally, I'm now looking for a discounted/used Vango Beta/Gamma 350 or a Coleman Bi-space 300 (maybe a 450/400 as a little more room) - I had a few wanders around the campsites this summer checking out similar sized tents, a quick chat with the other campers. They cost a bit more but I had nothing but positive comments from their occupants.
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By: JAFFA1414  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I bought this tent from E-bay. I planned a two night trip with my six year old son as his first camping experience.

On arriving we opened the tent to try it in the garden. This was when the doubts began to set in. Firstly the tent was 'stuck' together, kind of like separating cling film. The instructions were very vague and no diagram was included which I felt was a major oversight. The tent, once erected, seemed a little 'twisted' and sagging. I put this down to the fact that it was my first attempt. But it proved to be just how it was.

We arrived at our camp site and erected the tent, again it had become 'stuck together' not as badly as the first time but frustrating none the less. Our bad luck that it started to rain shortly after the tent was up. Within no more than 15 minutes the first drips were apparent in the 'sleeping' compartment. This only got steadily worse. Eventually we went to bed down for the night. My night consisted mostly of staying awake to make sure the rubber backed picnic rug I had brought was staying over my son in an attempt to keep him dry.

By morning the inside of the sleeping compartment was so wet it was clear that we would have to pack up and go home, a BIG disappointment for my son. The 'porch' area was even worse and was as wet inside as out. Overall this tent was utterly useless. No more, in my opinion, than a play tent or a summer festival tent.
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By: Kmmp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I have only used my tent a couple of times but I am very pleased with it, I got it off Ebay for 26 pounds in Sept 2007 and I find it plenty big enough for just me and the dog and I managed to put it up on my own with no previous tent experience so no complicated instructions needed :o) Very pleased with the tent.
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By: Marcusopp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Just bought this from e-bay for 52, a total bargain! I've previously been tight and bought argos 20 tents, this is miles better! Decent sleeping space and a huge porch, with ground sheet. Easy to erect and take down. I definitely recommend it. Contrary to the previous review, mine was immaculate when unpacked.
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By: Gemma-lu  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We bought this for weekend trips and it has performed well.

The tent is different from the description - there are no porch triangular windows and there is no halfmesh / half plastic back door - it is all mesh.

To be honest were a bit dissappointed as when it turned up there were a few marks on it, there were bits of cotton hanging from the seams in the inner tent and the zip to the sleeping pod is a bit sticky. It looked like it hadn't been finished properly. However, these are cosmetic issues and the tent actually performed really well in very wet and windy conditions!

It was easy to pitch, plenty of room for the two of us and our gear. EHU zipper slot thingy, organiser pocket and a clear plastic window in the living space. Wouldn't use it for anything more than a weekend but maybe that's because I was spoiled by having a 6 man tent first! we managed to get it off the internet for 50 - would not have paid any more than that for it but at that price it was good value.
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Manufacturer's Description

Dual position inner tent : Breathable Polyester
Groundsheet : Polyethylene - Sewn In Bedrooms, Removable in Central Area
Full Central Area Groundsheet Included
Flysheet Erected First
Flame Retardent
Triangular front porch windows
Double Meshed Inner Doorways..to stop the Creeepies
Front & side canopy doors
One Rear Opening Half Mesh, Half Clear Window
Inner tent panel pockets & logo
Full, Comprehensive instructions
FREE Tent Repair Kit..In case of accidents!
Heavy Duty, Oversized, Double strapped Carry Bag...No more trying to squeeze your tent back into its bag.

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