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Tent Reviews: Sprayway Valley 6 Polycotton

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3 Reviews of the Valley 6 Polycotton

By: Alexadk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I had the Valley 8 polyester and rated it 10/10, We have now brought the Valley 6 Polycotton version as we wanted something smaller due to some campsites restricted size of tents (i.E wooded campsites)also we wanted to try the poly-version as well. Already we have took this tent out on a camping trip and it ticked all the box's for us.

I did read some reviews regarding this tent however the negative comments did not put me off, as I know that everyone does things different ways, which in turn effect the tent, holiday and experience. Our holiday was a typical week of heavy rain in suffolk and some sunny warm days. The tent did not leak once and considering it is a polycotton it dryed fairly quickly, alot faster than a canvas tent I previously owned.

Some tips for the polycotton tent and some general tents:

1) polycotton needs to been soacked with water before using for the first time. I used a hose piped and soaked it twice on a sunny day (errect the tent). The reason for doing this is that the fibers swell up and changes its structure, you may see some leakage and then eventually it will stop (dont insert the inner tent), believe it or not makes the Tent waterproof, just like the Valley 8 polyester it was just as waterproof and did not leak once on holiday.

2) I can not stress this enough to all campers I see around the campsite 'Make sure pegs go in at an angle towards the tent and hook faceing away from tent' if possible use long thick pegs. If you put them in straight down then good luck on a windy day. They will pop out. Seen many times before.

3) Make sure guide lines are tight and check every other day or every day if weather is bad. This will keep the tent from sagging and keeping it stable.

4)Regarding the Valley 6 and also 8 make sure you align tent properly and peg down the vent flaps and tent flaps level to the ground, this will solve a gust of wind flowing around the tent. I unpeg if hot day and open flaps to keep cool. I hear alot of complaints regarding gust of wind but if you peg down zip up and velcro in you will not have any problems around these flaps and bottom of tent.

For me the Sprayway Valley 6 polycotton is as they say class above everything else and The children love it, wife loves it and the sure the dog does as well. Because of Sprayway my wife enjoys camping on holiday now because of all the features it offers, Annex, pockets, the many layers of window fabric, and lounge being part of the inner tent and so much more. This gives it a lovely cosy feel to the holiday and like my wife says. Its better staying in this than a tin can static caravan and whole lot cheaper. As we will make our money back in no time.

If you are a first time family camper. Spend that little bit more for a good quality tent and think about space, and added features. It will make the difference to your holiday and the camping experience.
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By: Victoriafin  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We bought our Sprayway in February after a long traw through the internet and lots of research. We were able to go to Outdoor World in person and look at the cheaper version and opted for the Polycotton for better quality and a longer lifespan.
However we have just got back from our first trip and although erecting the tent went well and we had a really good first ever camping trip we have discovered holes and damage to the groundsheet. I am very disappointed that we will probably have to return it for all of the same reasons as the previous review too.
Fortunately we had super warm sleeping bags and fan heaters however if you plan to use this tent in very wet weather or anything colder than 10 degrees C, you risk everything getting wet and freezing in your sleeping pod. I had to pack all the clothes in waterpoof bags as otherwise they were extremely damp in the morning due to air vents in the bedrooms. We dont plan to camp in colder weather however I am disappointed for the money that we will only be able to use this tent in fair weather.
I cant see the groundsheet lasting anything more than a few bank holiday trips. I am going to contact Outdoor World / Sprayway for their comments and possibly a replacement groundsheet / inner. I have not decided if I would rather have a refund instead yet.
I agree with the previous review the Sprayway is fantastic in all other aspects but has severley let itself down with the poor quality groundsheet and the the airvent in the bedrooms.
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By: Clarelmiller  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

The reasons we bought this tent were. It was polycotton(can't stand the heat in the summer) at a very good price, very spacious living area and ample bedroom space, the side annexe for our luggable loo, the wardrobe/storage in the middle and the canopy on the front keeps the door dry when coming in and out, and fits a medium table in the side for bits and bobs. Windows open fully to let fresh air in, in the summer. It is a very straight forward tent to erect, albeit very heavy, as it is packed away.

Now for the HUGE dissapointment. We took her away in April and the ground was very soggy and the weather very cold and it failed us big time ! It leaked at the bedroom seams, window seams, canopy seam and then seaped up through the groundsheet in the living area and where the material was sewn to the groundsheet in the wardrobe area, the material acted like a sponge and soaked up the water from the groundsheet. Also, the air vents in the bedrooms, 1 at the top and 1 at the bottom let in the cold and was very draughty, as you have to sleep next to it.(our Aspen has flaps you can close). A huge shame because this tent was everything we needed, and I am appalled at the quality of the groundsheet, even the cheapest of tents wouldn't have done this. A huge oversight on sprayway/outdoor worlds behalf, and when we took it back for a full refund (only because we had the reciept)we did not even get an apology, hence I will take it up with Sprayway directly. Had it not have been for the above problems, I would have scored it 10/10.
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Manufacturer's Description

The flagship Valley 6, with its spacious fully sewn in groundsheet design, integral wardrobe compartment, built in canopy, side annex and dedicated storage area is far and away one of the most practical and functional family tents available. This is a premium tent ideal for families and couples with exacting standards who require the very best. The benefit of polycotton is that it is far more breathable than polyester, therefore the tent remains cooler and more comfortable in warm conditions. The polycotton fabric additionally disperses UV rays more efficiently, therefore flysheet degradation is reduced meaning the life-span of the tent is greater.

Pitching method: outer first
Flysheet material: durable polycotton
Ring and pin tensioners: yes
Flysheet tensioners/d rings: yes
Inner tent material: breathable polyester
Inner tent fire retardant: yes
Inner tent groundsheet material: polyethylene
Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head: 3000
Poles: steel
Continuous pole sleeves: yes
Colour coded pole sleeves: yes
Pegs: steel
Electrical hook up access: yes
Total weight: tbc
PackSize: 57 x 54 x 86cm (Canvas), 82 x 25 x 24cm (Poles)


Front fully integrated sun canopy
Integrated rear bedroom storage area
Side annex
Low level vents
Sewn In Groundsheet (SIG) in main living area
Mesh pockets in the inner tent
Integrated wardrobe
Large opening tuck away door
Groundsheet for entrance included
Front storage area
Internal organiser pockets
Adjustable pegging points
Pre-attached guy ropes
Electrical hook up access point
Sturdy and durable wheeled trolley bag supplied as standard

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