Tent Reviews: SunnCamp Kashmir 400
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3 Reviews of the Kashmir 400
By: 2adultsplus2 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2009 Rating: Date: 19/08/2012
We bought this tent as the pair of us are 6'2' and wanted sufficient headroom. This tent is perfect in this department - room to stand easily and plenty of room to stretch out when lying down too. It takes us more like 40 minutes to get it all up with the guy ropes tight etc. But we only put it up once a year so have to read the instructions again every time! I will try the trick of leaving the lining in next time though, this will save several minutes. The tent has plenty of ventilation and because of the good headroom, has an airy feel. We have had no problems with leaks and the whole thing is pretty sturdy once up. We have been very pleased with it.
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By: Markdev Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2007 Rating: Date: 01/08/2009
I bought this Kashmir 400 last year hoping to get away during 2008 but it never happened. My wife had insisted that now we had a young family we must have a tent you can stand up in - I just shut up, and put up, and got one. I would normally continue use my trusty Vango Hurricane Beta which must be something like nearly 20 years old but is still going strong just as reliable as ever, but I was now confronted with brands I had never heard of - Sunncamp being one of them.
I went to Camping Exhibitions in Wokingham and together we chose the Kashmir after lots of debate and after speaking to the staff in depth about speed of pitching and other technical stuff.
We finally took this (huge) tent camping in July of 2009 having only put it up in the garden last year to check all was well with it after we had bought it.
We arrived at the Rosewall Campsite in Weymouth on a wet and very windy day, but a break in the rain gave me enough time to pitch the tent. Initially we did struggle in the wind, but there were other people there trying to get smaller more serious mountain-type tents up and having just as much drama as we were. It was W I N D Y!
The problem I had was that the pole-ends would not stay hooked on to the eyelet, I eventually sussed that if I clipped the support clips on the side of the tent to the poles it helped keep them in their curved profile and that kept them on the eyelets (The leg on the eylets could have been longer which would have helped). If I had known that before I started, the time to put it up would have been probably 15-20mins. I reckon it took 30+ mins because I hadn't worked that out at the time!
As soon as the tent went up, in spite of the blowing gale, the tent was rock solid once I had got the guy-lines in.
Now here's a tip: The instructions say that the inner goes in after you have the outer up. Forget this - THEY CAN DEFINITELY GO UP TOGETHER. (If you pack it away like this, make sure you have no condensation between the inner and outer, or get home and dry it out properly. Not that we experienced any condensation whatsoever - ventilation is very good) When I had packed it up from the test run in the back garden I deliberately left the inner connected as I couldn't see why I needed to take it out, and in that wind I'm so glad I did because it saved a lot of bother in that wind.
The week saw changeable weather and we had at least one day of really relentless heavy torrential rain and a couple of stormy and very blustery nights. But it was no drama for the tent - I needn't have got up to go and check things in the middle of the night, it stood up to the battering admirably and in spite of the shakey start putting it up, my confidence grew and grew. The next day the guy lines were all still fine.
Space is plenty for four adults to sleep along with all their bags and kit. There is an internal 'dividing panel' you can hang up but we didnt use it.
The front vestibule is huge, easily accomodating a table and six chairs!
It has two side doors and what I liked about the side-doors is that you can have them zipped up in two ways - fully shut, or just as mosquito net doors. That was one of the features I really liked when we bought it.
With the two side-doors closed or open, the centre (end panel) can be raised on the two poles supplied to give a bigger covered area, although water did tend to pool on the surface so I removed a section from each pole so it ran off away from the tent.
A similar mosquito door is on the inner tent as well, so you can be inside looking out through the mossie-net door or have it fully zipped for privacy.
There are pockets on the inner tent and convenient points at which to hang lightweight lamps though I think these are intended for the divider.
At the time of writing this review, the Sunncamp Kashmir 400 is probably not as available in the stores as it once was, prices are way down to around £100 and I can tell you that is a real bargain! This is a truly very good tent. The publicity photos don't do it any justice so go and see one.
It remained stable in some horrible weather that may even have been outside its designed limits. We had no leaks whatsoever, and I feel that in spite of my lack of experience with Sunncamp products that I would confidently choose this tent again.
It's going to last us years I'm sure!
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By: Austen Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2006 Rating: Date: 02/10/2008
As a Cub Scout Leader that helps with Scouts and loves camping and the family come too, this was a well researched buy. We wanted a tent that was 'quirky' and functional. This ticked all of the boxes. Its easy to erect, and you are soon inside in the dry.
The only part of the tent that took some getting used to was the installation of the inner, for this you need to slacken off completely the rear fixing points and start aligning the front pegging points and bath tug hanging points. Once the front os done, then tighten up the rear points first and then the mid ones, then all should be fine,
Loads of space for the two of us and had put up with best part of 2years camping from March to October at least 7 outings a year. We feel that we have really had value for money from it. What's more the tent is still in very good condition.
It a shame that Sunn Camp don't supply a footprint groundsheet or a fitted carpet for it, but they assure me that this was a new fad last year. Local camping shops do stock pre packed carpets that you can cut and builders merchants supply damp proof membrane 4m wide which can be easily cut to make a cheap reusable footprint.
So to summarise, easy to pitch, loads of room, brilliant value for money, easy to strike and a quirky look to boot! Well recommended.
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A HEAD TURNING FOUR BERTH TOURING TENT OFFERING GREAT HEADROOM AND GEODISIC DESIGN FOR EXTRA STABILITY.
*SUNNCAMP REGISTERED DESIGN*
Pitching: Flysheet first
Hydrostatic Head: 3000mm
Poles: X-Flex (With five year guarantee)
Inner Tent: Breathable Polyester
Groundsheet: Sewn into inner tent
Large front canopy door
Canopy poles included
Two side doors with secondary mesh
Four berth inner with removable divider
Two front windows with curtains
Two side vented windows
Two roof lights with covers
Cable entry point
O’ ring hanging point
Groundsheet for living area
Secondary mesh to inner tent doors
Pocket storage to bedroom
Rear gusseted vent to inner tent
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