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Tent Reviews: Wild Country Family Khamsin

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Bedroom inners:
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5  (more 5 berth tents)
9.00 KG
Inner first
Average User Rating:
6.4/10 from 5 reviews

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5 Reviews of the Family Khamsin

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

We too go on holidays as a family of four by cycle and train and this was the only mid-price tent of a suitable weight with bags of day-space room and two compartments and from a very reputable company with a UK base.

We have had this for four years and camp for 20-30 nights per year and it has been very reliable and durable.

It has performed well in wind and extremely heavy persistent rain.

We recommend the additional groundsheet protectors to extend the life of the tent.

We picked this up for 50-60% of list price and there is usually somewhere online with that kind of offer available.
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By: Campingjane  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We bought the tent discounted from terra nova. The tent is quite light and easy to pitch. We found it to be very stable in wind. We have had problems though as on first use one of the sleeves holding the porch poles broke. I thought they should replace the fly sheet however terra nova refused and took 6 weeks to mend it as they would a normal repair. Also we have had to send it back twice as the repair was not done right. Also one of the porch poles has now snapped. The customer service from Terra Nova is very poor.
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By: Alfresco65  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

We owned one of these for many years and camped many nights in NW Scotland and then all the way across Europe to Corsica and Sardinia. We camped in it with our 3 children and it always performed extremely well in all weathers. It is now getting a little small to fit our 3 kids in one bedroom and last summer the fly sheet tore after years of UV light and hot temperatures. We have upgraded to a larger tent but I still miss the Khamsin as it was simple , strong, light, has a small footprint but is big enough for me to stand up in.
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By: Dorset mouse  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

The design of this tent is quite good but it has one major flaw, the guy points. There are simply not enough and not high enough on the tent to support the structure in windy conditions, the tent flexes far too much even in moderate winds. The tent is sold as a three season tent and it is hardly adequate in my experience as a summer tent, I was on a family camp site in summer and it became windy and the tent flexed so badly that a main aluminium pole broke, this ripped the fly sheet so badly that we had to pack up and go home. There were other tents around us that were of a lower spec and they did not have any problem.

I have been camping for many years both family and high mountain,I have also been camping in quite severe conditions and feel that this tent completely under-performs what should be expected of it as a three season tent. I think that as well as extra guy points some internal bracing would help because the semi geodesic design is simply not up to the task and this would add very little to the weight.
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By: Arayment  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2004   Rating: 

We often go on our holidays by Cycle and Train, so need a lightweight Tent, We have used this for 6 years and it has done the job.

As a lightweight it has to well pegged and regularly waterproofed.

We camp for, on average, 30 nights a year.

As you would expect it is not as robust as a heavy tent so it has to be put up carefully ( it takes about 15 minutes to erect although it took double this time when we first got it). Once up it will withstand storms well. We were once the only tent left on a site in Snowdonia and the kids slept through the storm!
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Manufacturer's Description

HIGHLY COMMENDED - The Family Khamsin has been highly commended in the 2010 Camping Magazine awards!

For families involved in outsdoor activities the Family Khamsin provides reliable shelter for two adults and up to 3 kids.

Separate bedrooms allow some privacy and can act as 'store rooms' during the day. A large central area provides space for sitting and eating and is almost 6' high. A small area under the fly sheet can be access from the adult bedroom and provides excllent storage for dirty items.

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