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Tent Reviews: Skandika Saturn 6

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Bedroom inners:
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Pitching Style:
6  (more 6 berth tents)
41.80 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
6.25/10 from 4 reviews

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4 Reviews of the Saturn 6

By: Chipmonkey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 06/04/2013

We bought this tent as we wanted a large family tent. We have two teenagers and two smaller children and live in Ireland where it rains a lot so we expected that when camping, we might have to spend a lot of time indoors so wanted a bit of extra space. Having done a lot of research, I knew that brands like Outwell and Cabanon were excellent but were outside our budget. This looked like a good alternative and was much cheaper. Also the pitching video on youtube made it look very easy to pitch.

On size, it delivers. There are two spacious bedrooms and a huge living area. But unfortunately, that's where the good points end!

First, don't be fooled by the youtube video. It is not half as detailed as it should be. For comparison, look at the video for the Saturn 6 and then look at Outwell's video for the Montana 6. Outwell actually show you how to pitch the tent! The Skandika video shows a guy putting the poles in but neglect to show how the little key fits into the bottom of the pole. For seasoned campers, I'm sure this might be obvious but for a novice camper, putting it up with the aid of a teenager, it wasn't enough. The instructions given with the tent are also inadequate and neglect to mention anything about pegging down the groundsheet itself which I figured out from Outwell's video and from common sense.

The other thing I find puzzling, is that there are only guy lines for the front and back of the tent and none at all on the sides. Again, looking at similar tents there are guys all the way round so I can't see why Skandika think it's Ok for the Saturn 6 not to have these.

Which brings me to my next point which was that this tent did not withstand any kind of wind at all when we practiced pitching it last summer. Luckily it was only in our back garden and was possibly also due to our inexperienced pitching and lack of knowledge but our boys had to come back in as the tent had collapsed around them! It is back up again now in the garden, and as far as we know, we have done a better job of pitching it so are waiting to see if we dare to go away in it.

The other bad point is that the bag it comes in is totally inadequate, so much so that now I have to buy an alternative one, probably Vango. The bag is huge and is supposed to house the tent, inner tent, poles and pegs. However, we found it difficult even to cram the tent itself in and when we tried to put the poles in too, the bag frayed. I think two separate bags would be a much better idea.

We are stuck with it for now as we can't afford a better one but I am saving for an Outwell!
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By: Kentishlady  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 21/08/2012

Score given for space only awful tent. Side doors and widows are mesh wind blows in under zip down flaps also blows under ground sheet at the front giving a balloon affect when inside. Very cold. No anchor supports at the sides this means it moves in the wind and leaks from window in roof right where the electric light hangs.Also canopy at the front acts like a sail.Used 4 times each time holiday has had to be cut short last time we used it we dumped it at the site.We would defiantly not recommend this tent.
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By: Nuttytart44  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 14/06/2012

Used this tent twice once at the hop farm for a long weekend and then in the isle of wight for a 10 day stay. It was easy to put up and take down, our only niggle was the front door area needs an extra peg down to help keep the floor down and easier access through the door. Held up well in severe storms and is very spacious.
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By: Andy67  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 08/04/2012

I have used this tent twice now and each time I have found it easy to set up, only taking about 35 minutes. Loads of space inside with good head room (I'm 6'1'). Build quality is good. My only niggle is the large front door zip. No matter how I set the tent up, there is always to much tension on the zip when trying to close it. That aside, I find the tent easy to use with nice features. It should last well.
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Manufacturer's Description

Saturn is a great tent for your group or family vacation.

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

No rain water entering, since the tent floor and the outer tent are tightly sewn together and sealed
No pests and no insects in the living and sleeping areas, since all openings are fitted with mosquito netting and screens
Pre-assembly provides for very quick set-up
Many lovely details such as the magazine holder and the cable bushing are evidence of the outstanding functionality.

One highlight of the tent is the sky window. This skylight allows plenty of light to enter without others being able to see into the tent.

The living space has a floor space of more than 18 m. Enough room for 6 people! And so high only the very tall will have to worry about bending or crawling. The many doors and windows allow plenty of light to enter the common area. The windows feature air-permeable mosquito netting at the top and transparent PVC at the bottom. This clever combination ensures the interior is always breezy and bright.

Breathable inner tent material - ideal for allowing fresh air in. And this means the tent has an ideal climate in all weathers!

Extra resilient water column. A tent is considered waterproof even at 1.200 mm (47.2'')! The Saturn model offers 3.000 mm (118'')! This also makes the tent UV-resistant and especially storm-proof.

The water column describes the quality and strength of the coating. The higher the water column, the more water-resistant the coating ( ...and the higher the price). For this reason, tents with water columns of 2.000 mm (79'') or lower cost less. But you'll soon regret cutting costs here the first time you pitch it, if not before.

The tent comes in a handy pack complete with numerous accessories such as guy lines, stakes, and assembly instructions.

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