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Tent Reviews: SunnCamp Kansas 8

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8  (more 8 berth tents)
30.00 KG
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8.8/10 from 5 reviews

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5 Reviews of the Kansas 8

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

We bought this tent second hand recently, and have just returned from our first trip with it.

It's a very good tent;very roomy in bedrooms and living area, and even though we had rain all night it did not leak( we had treated it with Nikwax tent and gear solar proof). The only thing we didn't like too well was the slight draft coming from the bottom of the door, as it only has a Velcro patch at the bottom instead of zipping all the way around.

Pretty happy with it;will probably use it for a couple more camping seasons and then upgrade.
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By: Madmace  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Very good tent with plenty of space - great when it rains as there is plenty of room inside to chill. I also have the porch and use it for cooking and preparing - makes a difference. Two negatives - 2 out of 3 clips for sleeping pods have come away from ground sheet and although we thought we had put tent away dry it had patches of mildew on tent when we unpacked it for our holiday. We would highly recommend this tent otherwise.
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By: Campasarow  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Having decided to (sadly) downsize from our magnificent Coleman Evolva (a veritable Rolls Royce of a tent but very big and time consuming to erect) we finally plumped for the Sunncamp Kansas 8, purchased from Outdoor Megastore in the spring of 2011 taking advantage of the Outdoor Megastore Loyalty Card offer and getting a good reduction on the tent, the Verano DL Extension and the tent carpet.

Now the Kansas 8 is essentially the same tent as the Shadow 800 but was made exclusively for Outdoor Megastore and badged the Kansas 8. The only difference is that the Kansas 8 comes with a HH of 3000 as opposed to the Shadow's HH of 2000. The Shadow also comes in a DL version with a higher HH and you can still find a Polycotton version, the Shadow PC.

We opted for the Kansas as we wanted a vis a vis style tent, generous proportions (we like our space), a reliable brand name and without paying premium Outwell prices! We could have bought the Shadow 800 but the Outdoor Megastore Loyalty Card offer meant we got a slightly better tent (having a higher HH of 3000) for less money.

With one daughter now no longer going on holiday with us we needed a tent that would sleep 3 people very comfortably in a minimum of two separate sleep pods, and with our second daughter insisting she had to sleep on the opposite side of the tent to her parents this required us to opt for the vis a vis layout!

Mum and dad sleep in a very large double sleep pod (which can be split into two smaller pods if required) whilst on the opposite side of the tent there are two single sleep pods, one for our daughter and a spare which last year we used as a luggage come shoe storage area. This summer our daughter will be bringing a friend on holiday so she will have the other sleeping pod.

Having purchased the Verano DL Extension, this became our kitchen/food prep area and was a real bonus. It meant that we were able to keep the tent living area free of clutter giving us a very generous living space.

Many of the photos in the review section are of our tent (including the quirky black and white ones when we first test pitched the tent) in which you will see the tent with the Verano extension and how useful a space this provides.

The made to measure carpet made the living space that bit more comfortable and cosy and warm underfoot.

Ventilation is adequate but in very hot weather you need both doors open, both mesh vents unzipped (they are not windows comprised of clear plastic but open vents covered in mesh and with zip down panels that are on the outside of the tent) and the zipped rear vents to the bedrooms open.

The tent is very waterproof - we experienced no leaks - and with a generous amount of guying points (all provided with yellow luminous guy ropes) the tent felt very stable.

The tent was easy to erect comprising 5 colour coded fibreglass poles utilising the ring and pin system.

OK, you don't get some of the 'extras' that you would as standard on more expensive tents (e.G. Outwells and Vangos) but if you can live with the fact that you aren't provided with things like hanging storage pockets, for its price (we paid 199 for the tent, reduced from 249) you really can't wrong with this.

It's not a premium tent, but it's also not a cheap ebay tent or a budget branded tent; it definitely falls somewhere in the mid range.

Sadly the Kansas 8 is no longer available as Outdoor Megastore have sold all their stock. However you can still purchase the Shadow 800 (and it's smaller sister the Shadow 600) even though Sunnflair (the manufacturers) have now stopped making the tent, replacing it with the Quantum 600 or 800 which by all accounts is pretty much the same but with a higher quality 150D polyester; but it's also more expensive.
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By: Smurfie3066  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

This an excellent tent, loads of space and very easy to put up. The separate sleeping compartments are a boon when it is a mixed group. The middle living area is excellent for cooking in, and also just lounging in, when the weather is not too good. It is a very practical tent and is child friendly as it doesn't take long to put up.
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By: Emmatobin  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We bought this tent on the 18th July 2010 and we tried it out that night - what a fantastic tent! it is very easy to pitch - took two of us 30 mins to get it up (not bad considering it was our first time doing it and we had a 4 year old to amuse at the same time)! It couldn't be easier to put up as it has colour coded poles. (oh and typical British weather it was raining)

I will be honest I went to outdoor megastore with the full intention of buying a vango tent but when I saw the Sunncamp Kansas I wanted it! It is so spacious, there is bags of living space - even with all 4 bedroom inners in place!

There are two separate bedroom inners on one side, and one larger bedroom inner on the other side - which can be separated by a toggle in divider, we used it as one large bedroom though and used the other two inners as a childs bedroom and a toilet/storage area.

It rained all night and we were lovely and cosy inside - no leaks at all and the sewn in groundsheet kept out bugs and draughts.

We also purchased the tent carpet which makes the tent feel very cosy. All we need now is a canopy!

All in all a fab tent, Loads of living space and great value for money - 229 is the price at outdoor megastore but we paid 199 with our discount card.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Sunncamp Kansas 8 is the new 8-berth vis-a-vis tent for 2010 made to Outdoor Megastore's own premium specification. The Kansas 8 is an 8-berth (the clue is in the title) vis--vis tunnel tent with a sewn-in groundsheet throughout. The sewn-in groundsheet creates a superb sealed internal environment, free from drafts, water seepage and creepy-crawlies. At one end of the tent is a 4-berth inner with removable divider curtain while at the other end are two removable but separate 2-berth inner tents. The inners themselves are made of breathable polyester and feature ventilation panels in the doors. The inners are all removable so that the internal living area can be adapted to suit the number of people in the party. Even with all inners in place the tent still offers a generous 3.5m x 3.0m central living area. There are two side exits - one features a large picture window with internal curtain and props open to form a canopy (two steel upright poles provided). The other side door is a 'J' door with eyebrow pole over the top of it. The flysheet is made from double-coated flame retardant polyester with fully taped seams giving a hydrostatic head of 3000mm. The tent also features two side mesh vent with covers and zipped rear vents to the bedroom areas. Additional features include, a mains cable entry point, cable tidy, hanging points in the living room and bedrooms, double seamed zops on doors, bedroom storage pockets, valance for extra protection. The frame is a fibreglass (colour coded) pole construction with ring & pin system. Pitched flysheet first.

Dimensions: (Inner) 205 + 300 + 205 x 320cm; (Overall) 720x360 (internal living area c. 360x300cm)
Height: (Inner) 220cm
Weight: (Packed) 30kg
Colour: Blue/Silver Grey

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