Tent Reviews: Rage Hamer 700
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1 Reviews of the Hamer 700
By: Camper extraordinai Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2010 Rating:
I have never formulated a review on a website before so please bear with me if it doesn't seem to flow right, but I am just going to refer to my experiences.
I bought my tent in 2010; my 2 children (boy and girl - ages 8 & 10) were a few years beyond that toddler age whereby they could start contributing to camping life and hence the family getting more out of the holiday. It was conveniently timed too as the usual 2+ holidays abroad had to be knocked on the head due to tough economic times. So I decided to give the camping scene a go for a while and I am really pleased that I did.
My better half certainly likes the good things in life and the subject of caravans did crop up. However, as it was our first time camping, we agreed that getting a caravan wouldn't be wise, in case we didn't take to it (not to mention the cost).
I reviewed many tents and one of our key factors that we discussed was comfort / space. We did look at some larger family dome tents, but I couldn't get the Royal seal of approval on that design. However, the larger family size frame tents did meet approval. So I had narrowed it down to a tent type. After much deliberation, we settled for the RAGE Hamer 700 DLX 7 Berth tent. Over time, we have discovered some features of this tent that are great and really useful as well.
The first one of these features is the 3 separate sleeping areas, which was ideal for what we wanted; we each got a 'bedroom' to ourselves. This was down to the separate sewn in bedroom compartment, which was removable inside the main tent area. My wife and I had the middle 3 berth bedroom and the kids each had one of the outer 2 berth bedrooms. Another nice feature about the bedroom area is each room also has its own vent windows and the cable entry points into each bedroom. The inner tent area was also surprisingly spacious, which also has a generous height of 2.2 metres (7.2 ft); plenty enough for the tallest of people.
Another feature that we found using quite a lot was the area under the detachable canopy. We found ourselves using it like we would on our Villa holidays, where we spend enjoyable times on the veranda, gazebo or porch.
It was the perfect area to sit around the portable table and chairs for our meals or to play family games etc.
A really important feature is the double meshed inner doorways for insect protection. Depending upon the weather, time of year and/or location, there can be higher concentrations of insects and we have been really thankful of this feature on quite a few occasions.
In terms of Quality, The manufacturer lists the tent flysheet as double coated, breathable light green / dark green Polyester 190T with taped seams. As far as I am aware the 190T refers to the thread count in the weave. A higher number means more threads per inch. 190T is generally described as a high quality polyester taffeta tent fabric, which is anti-static in nature and tear resistant. The Groundsheet is heavy graded polyethylene, which speaks for itself.
The poles are described as steel 12.7mm (1/2'), which are sturdy and form part of the main tent structure, and also shatterproof fibreglass flexi poles for the roof. All I can say is that I have never had any problems with any of the poles in the 2 years of camping.
The first thing I noticed about this tent when it arrived was that the whole thing fits into a heavy duty, oversized bag. The manufacturer describes the situation as. “No more trying to squeeze your tent back into its bag”. This is certainly true as I have never had a problem getting the tent back into the bag. The whole thing does weigh just in excess of 25Kg, which is quite heavy, but I use a small portable folding Luggage Trolley with a bungee strap around in case I need to wheel it anywhere. Generally the pitch is normally right next to the SUV, so this is not usually a problem.
Before we went camping for first time, I decided that I needed to carry out a dry run first to ensure that I didn’t look like a Newb down on the camp site. I got the rest of the family involved; I convinced them that it was all part of the experience. I have to say that it wasn’t too bad at all. Once you lay the poles out and thread the roof poles in, the rest is just a balancing act until the pegs were hammered in to provide stability. Then it was just a case of making minor adjustments as required. It was quite easy with somebody on each corner whilst the initial 4 pegs were put in. I wouldn’t relish the thought of trying to do it alone or in high winds. But if I was doing it in weather that was as badas that, we wouldn’t be going camping (yeah I know, what can I say – we are fair weather campers). Once the tent it is fully erected, the feeling is quite a good one. It also looks impressive when you have finished, just as it suggests in the manufacturers description … “the tent has a commanding presence on the campsite with its great contemporary styling and imposing stance”
All in all, we have been impressed with this tent. It has given us many weekends of family holiday fun. I would say that it has paid for itself dozens of times over, given the price of a short weekend at the likes of Centerparcs for example. It has been a great chapter in our life so far; the kids have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I have save some money on holidays at the same time.
I hope that this has been insightful. Happy camping.
Camperextraordinaire . . . Living Life
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The Rage Hamer 700 is spacious, airy, stable and comfortable - these are key attributes that make this tent so special. This tent has a commanding prescence on the campsite with its great contemporary styling and imposing stance. It has numerous doors, windows, and detachable canopy that all contribute to a superb camping experience
• 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
• Rigid Steel Poles
• Side opening door and poles
• Triangular front porch windows
• Double Meshed Inner Doorways..to stop the Creeepies
• Front & side canopy doors
• Vent windows in each sleeping compartment
• 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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