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Tent Reviews: Skandika Athen

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Bedroom inners:
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Pitching Style:
9  (more 9 berth tents)
42.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
5/10 from 6 reviews

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6 Reviews of the Athen

By: Kevinm01  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

First time we pitched we had no real problems, only that it is really hard to lift the dome part of the tent. But on the second trip the faults came at us like a train. The plastic poles started bending out of shape. The connectors couldn't grip these poles. So What should of been 1hr set up time it turned out to be 3hrs because of the poles falling apart. It took 3 people to erect the tent not 2. Ultimately these problems led to the dome sagging from 8.5ft high to 5.5ft. The poles just couldn't take the weight of the tent. The front door would not close properly until you unfastened the velcro from the pole on the side of the door. The supplier don't want to know and keep telling us we have set it up wrong. We have now resorted to buying a new tent from kampa which in my mind a much better quality tent.
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By: Soggym  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We are new to camping and the Skandika Athen is our first tent.

Having a large family (four young children) we were attracted to the large living area. We managed to buy this tent from ebay for 197, a bargain.

OK so it is not that easy to erect, it takes both my husband and I to get the thing up ( a few curses under our breath), but we are new to this game and the tent is huge! It just takes a bit of getting used to! We have been away three times already and loved every minute. We have had to cope with wind and rain (a bit of sun in-between.

We took our gazebo on our last trip as when it does rain heavily and you open the door the rain does come into the tent. Negative is you may be stung for two pitches or xxl prices due to its size. Kids love it, they have loads of room to play if raining so we are happy.
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By: Rooks  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We have just had our first 4 day trip in our new Athen and loved every minute of it U.P.S delivered it the box was not broken all the poles were there and so were clear full colour instructions on how to put it up

It takes 2 of us about 50 minutes to erect

One night it rained hard from 11pm to 7 am and not one sag or leak it was also blowing quiet hard and no worries at all

The three pods easily fit our double air beds with room to spare and we looked lost in the living area

It has 2 doors so when its hot both can be opened allowing a breeze through so the tent can be used/sat in all day long

The poles if pushed together correctly are superb I don't think you would break one in a hurry

Value for money yes. Am I happy yes
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By: Deanbracken  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Seen these bad reviews on this tent and could not believe what I was hearing.

This tent is superb. I owned the Skandika hurricane before this one, which gets excellent reviews and the Athen is just as good. I think the guy on the last review must have set it up wrong. You don't have the elastic cords in the middle of the poles but with simple instructions and common sense it is easy to put up. If not quicker with a built in ground sheet for guidance.

I just pegged the ground sheet first to stop it flying away on windy days then just add poles easy.

Please don't get put off, this is a excellent tent. And only cost me 320 on ebay.


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By: Azul  Reason: Other  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I have just purchased the same tent, not used yet mine. Was delivered in same condition, had to be returned, all the poles had fallen out of box. Have only unpacked it to check it was all there. Some guy lines are missing. As you suggest the video looks real easy but a calm day and no wind I suppose it would be easy. So you think extra poles would help to stop the sagging
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By: Plasticsdirect  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Before you read this note that the pictures are not a true reflection of the tent we received. Our outer fabric doesn't fit so well and they have the doors open in their picture so it pushes the outer skin away. Once you close it all up the skin will slump. Their pictures are not a true reflection of the product in a day to day situation.

We have recently brought a Skandika Athen Tent from Ebay. We was expecting some Great Piece Of German engineering, but we got a cheap Chinese tent.

As the tent came out the back of the UPS van it gave the impression of not being what I expected. The carton it came in was a soft cheap box that was split. The tent poles where left loose in the box along with the inner tents and tents. And there respective bags thrown in on top.

We started to erect the tent and it was apparent that this is a cheap tent masquerading as a German Masterpiece. I will list some of the problems.

The tent outer skin is not cut a sewn correctly so as you rely on the small elastic loops around the edge of the tent to pull it taught for the rain to run down the material will not allow you to. This leads to the tent collecting water at the edge and it pools before it can run away over the tighter plastic skirt.

The inner tents have pre sewn in hooks you clip to eyes in the tent. They are to large and hence you get a sagging inner. I suppose the sagging outer helps but it is not correct and reduces the size of the room dramatically. There is no adjustment built in so you are stuck with it. If you want to put a thick blow up bed in a room its impossible as the slope and sagging inner stops you from doing this. Also the person who draws the short straw to sleep next to the edge will have the inner in their face.

The Athen tent has 2 mesh windows that have a cover on the outside to stop the rain coming in. However they have a velcro tab only on each corner so a bit of wind and it all blows in. Terrible design. It should have a way to fully close them as you are laying in a room with wind howling in (it is England after all not Spain) and no way of stopping unless you get some gaffer tape and close it like I did.

The front door on the model we have has 2 zips. 1 zips the whole front out and the other allows you to just open a small section.But along the bottom,all bar 2 small squares of velcro there is no way of sealing it.If you have pitched you tent into a head wind it just blows in. Another bad point.

All guy ropes are only mounted from the top areas of the tent. There is no intermediate ropes al the way down to the elastic loops similar to the ones my wife uses in her hair. As the tent has a built in ground sheet that restricts the flexibility of the foot print of the tent, so if the panels are not cut and sewn correct as is the case with our product you have very little chance of getting the tent more upright.

Our tent leaked on a roof seam. Almost straight away. Not what we expected as they claim a Hydrostatic head of 5000mm!

The poles. Well my daughter has a play tent she puts up indoors. They are like plastic tubes you may know the sort. This Skandika tent is similar but on a larger scale. If you haven't pitched a tent like this before it can be very difficult as the instructions are not what you would expect. A video on you tube on how to erect would be good as it is a nightmare. A Real nightmare. You need 4 people to put it up and hang on to it.

I have taken my complaints to the manufacturer who has confirmed it is a Chinese product. I am trying to negotiate a refund as we are not happy however they say as we have erected it, its now a used item. So you cant win.
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Manufacturer's Description

Art.No. 1950Manufacturer: Skandika
Family tent/group tent
Recommended retail price: 719.00
Huge: Enough place for 9 people! A giant 8 6" tall - beat that!
Sewn in groundsheet! 185T Polyester! 5,000 mm water column!
Fleximer tent poles: sturdy and flexible! Insect free! 2010 model!

DescriptionWith 3 separate sleeping pods and a large living area the Athen provides plenty of space for 9 people. The well thought-out layout provides flexibility for various uses: should you need more living space, simply remove one of the sleeping pods.

The air vents and the particularly breathable material help keep a pleasant climate in your holiday home.

The revolutionary Fleximer poles guarantee suitability all year round: even in the most adverse conditions such as heavy rain or snow storm, these sturdy poles ensure your holiday home remains strong and safe. At the same time these innovative poles are particularly flexible and nice and easy to mount. This makes the Athen quick to erect and extremely hard-wearing. The sturdy finish with waterproof sealed seams, reinforced eyelets and tabs and fire retardant material make this large tent extremely durable. This tent is a good investment which will give you many years of use.

Offers a very large living space and complete insect protection for living and sleeping space. The sewn in tent floor offers many benefits:

Capacity: 9 persons
Sewn in groundsheet
Hook for lantern with cable fixture
Mosquito mesh on the main entrance
Mosquito mesh on the sleeping pods
Fire-retardant material
Water column: 5,000 mm
Taped seams
Material (flysheet): 185T Polyester, PU coated
Material (inner tent): 185T Polyester, breathable
Material (floor): PE 125 g/m
Measurements (total): 740 x 820 cm
Measurements (pod): 210 x 340 cm
Poles: Fleximer (21 mm)
Repair set included
Weight: 42.9 kg
Pack size: 107 x 42 x 32 cm
Colour: green
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