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Tent Reviews: Wynnster Mercury 9

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28.50 KG
225.00
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Fly first
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8.92/10 from 12 reviews

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12 Reviews of the Mercury 9         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: Jikki  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

We have owned this tent for a number of years now and it is fantastic. We're a family of 6 (plus dog now) and we still have oodles of space!

The tent goes up so quickly - the colour coded poles and slots are so easy to do. You definitely need x2 people to put this up. The outer fly can be up and bear minimum anchored in just 10mins - fabulous when it's raining and you want to get the family out of the car and inside in a hurry (obviously the rest of the guy ropes and pegging takes longer but we can do in approx. 30mins)

This tent is like the tardis. It is so huge inside. I am tall, and I can't reach the apex of the inner roof even on tiptoes. The pods are great.

We have the four kids on airbeds across one side (and when it says it sleep x5 on that side, that's without airbeds. You would really struggle to get five airbeds in). Us parents sleep in one of the other bedrooms - and prior to dog, the other bedroom was our storage pod and changing room. Now we share it with the crate!

The entrance way is great for kids coming in and taking off wet shoes - although the slope of this end can be tricky when trying to unzip from inside and it's raining.

The back entrance is great when the weather is good. The canopy can be erected and creates more space when cooking.

The handy pockets and numerous places to tie torches/lamps/lights are fabulous.

As this tent is now quite old, our only gripe with it is not having an integral groundsheet.

We've had 13 of us eating in there before now, the picnic bench table fits in the middle section if it's raining - we have picnic rugs on the floor with our garden chairs round it and still have room to move.

It really is a great tent for a larger family who need a 'lounge/dining area inside when it's wet out rather than being constrained to cricked necks and everyone sitting on their beds. We end up with sprawled kids, sprawled dog and chilled out times even when the weather isn't good.

It is big - you really do have to watch pitch size in some campsites, but we love it.
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By: KevinRhodes  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

This is the best tent my family and I have owned, and we have accumulated several over the last ten years or so while we have been camping. That said, there are one or two flaws which let it down - hence the rating, but more of that later.

We are a family of four and the Mercury 9 gives us plenty of space. The large pod comfortably takes two double air beds with the partition unzipped (it would really only serve as a 5-berth pod without airbeds). The remaining pods serve well for storage and a discrete home for the Porta-Potti!

We usually pitch with the porch round the back and fit it out as the kitchen, for which it has ample space. It can also be completely sealed off from the rest of the tent with the zip door. Alternatively it can serve as additional storage and changing area when friends come to stay.

The main part of the tent is huge - We have had ten in there for evenings and it would take more. The real plus here are the 'bent' poles. Two ferrules on each pole are bent, which means that the sides of the tent are more vertical than with a traditional dome or tunnel tent. This makes more of the floor area useable. The ceiling is very high and there are large curtained windows, which let in light and allow one to see out. Velcro ties up one corner allow an electric light to be rigged up and there is a hook-up inlet point.

The sewn-in groundsheet certainly cuts out drafts, however I would prefer to see a fully-zipped back door for this same reason. It is clear, though, that the existing bath-tub solution, which allows the groundsheet to be folded out flat, permits easy access while the door is open.

The tent is very easy to pitch, whether you remove the pods or leave them in. There are few straps to tighten except in the corners, the poles simply fit into the colour coded holes. When packing away make sure all doors are left open, otherwise it's like trying to pack a partially inflated balloon into a matchbox.

Now the drawbacks: the first is simply a trade-off. The 'bent' poles, which help create extra space, also make the tent slightly less stable in high winds. The wind was pretty bad on our last trip and this still wasn't a major problem, however.

My main grumbles are regarding construction quality:

1. On our last trip there was also heavy rain. We had several leaks to contend with, which may have been due to the lack of tape on the seams. (Correcting this would probably increase the price of the tent.) Also, although we purchased and used the additional footprint groundsheet, when we removed the large pod we found significant water ingress beneath it. This had partially made its way inside the pod too.

2. As with other tents we have owned the quality of the tent pegs supplied is not good. The pressed steel ones were very flimsy and have now been replaced.

3 Most disappointingly, although we only purchased the tent at the start of this year and have used it about half a dozen times, including a 5-day and fortnight-long trip, the two main poles are about to split and need to be repaired or replaced. I really don't expect this after just a few months.

To sum up, this is a superb tent in terms of design, catering admirably for family use. A few notable quality flaws in terms of construction let it down, however, and prevent the rating being higher.
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By: Watershiprabbits  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Saw this tent set up in a New Forest Camp shop & knew it was the tent for us. Ordered it without my husband having a clue what a Mercury 9 looked like! Fortunately, he was really impressed with it. Loads of space, room to stand up & airy. As a family all our camping had been done in a 1970s canvas/metal poled family tent, so we were ready for something new & modern! It took 3 of us to put it up in an hour, first time out. Colour coded poles were useful, but putting it up in the windy required extra bodies to hang onto it! As it rained most of the time we camped, the large living area was brilliant for the kids to play in. We have used this tent twice now - both for week long trips. Its too big to put up and down for the odd night.In fact we ended up also buying a smaller Vango tent for shorter trips away. A great tent for those who like lots of space & for longer trips. But a word of warning - it takes up a lot of room when needing to dry it back at home.
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By: L Strevens  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2004   Rating: 

I love this tent! Had two other tents prior to buying this one and it was definitely third time lucky! Bought it new in 2004, have used it many times since and it's still going strong. Withstood the back end of a hurricane and further gale force winds, as well as many downpours. The main bedroom allegedly sleeps 5 but we've had 4 of us in it and it was comfortable, but any more and it would have been too much. The other two bedrooms comfortably sleep 2 people in each. We've had seven of us camp in it and it's great. The living area is excellent. Still feels nice and cosy even though it's a vast space. Plenty of room to spread out. When our two girls were smaller they shared a room, so we only used one of the bedroom pods, which gave us even more living space. A fabulous family tent, easy to erect with two people, colour coded poles, plenty of guy ropes for stability, and a good size porch area. All in all a great tent.
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By: Wilkinsj70  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

Fantastic large tent with a porch at back as well as front which makes it really roomy inside. Good co-ordination for poles with colour ends slotting onto matching colour sleeves. Definitely a 2 person job to put up due to height and size. Only slight gripe is that no way to seal off front porch from rest of tent if want to sit out in the evening.

Other than that fully recommended tent at a great price.
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By: Dazza123  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Bought one of these off fleabay as didn't have the funds for brand new. It is an excellent tent up in about 35 minutes and down the same and this was the first try but there was 4 of us doing it. It sleeps 9 with ease and has a massive living area . I couldn't find a bit of condensation in the morning which is strange as the past tents I have used were normally soaked. We had 6 adults and 9 children in the tent for meals and a few tinnys and we didn't feel crowded. All in all the best tent that I have used not that I have used many and hopefully this one will last a few years yet.
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By: Mrhs  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Fantastic tent, bought it at the end of last season as a replacement for a Colman Bi-space 700. Very easy to put up, even the sewn-in ground sheet didn't present any problems. Loads of room, we found that we can sit and play games etc. Without knocking each-other, very light and airy,(due to canvas colouring), have just put it back up in the garden to dry off, it can be done on your own, just takes a little longer and some patience. Could do with a two-way zip on main porch door, especially when cooking, giving extra ventilation, however if you un-zip it but leave the velcro tabs done up and fold the upper flap outwards you get much the same effect, Have also just discovered the Outwell side canopy works with it as well (well done Outwell) giving some extra outside sheltered room. My daughter is having a sleep-over to night so I'll know if it works in the morning. All-in-all a great family tent and we are all looking forward to many camping holidays in it.
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By: Stubey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We've just bought this tent but are quite seasoned campers. It's a great tent with no major niggles. Minor niggles are: a. The groundsheet is sewn in in the main living area and bedrooms but not in the annex? b. The outside door zips are not two way, I quite like being able to open just the top half for ventilation. Top tip, Leave the inner tents attached when collapsing; it still goes in the bag.
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By: Magical3  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

We are a family of 3 with a German shepard We have been camping each year for the past 3 years for 10 days at a time and we find this tent fantastic.

It is very easy to erect with 2 people and only takes us about half an hour.

It is easily colour coded and sturdy.

We have a energetic 12 year old and our dog and there have been no tears or rips.

This tent has so far with stood all weathers.

Last year we took another couple with us and still found we had plenty of room.

I actually have to stand on a chair to turn of the lamp in dome:-)
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By: Cheshire Al  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

I think this model has been improved since we bought ours. Our groundsheet is not attached in the living area and as a consequence can get rather draughty. On the plus side it is easy to put up if you have helpers, and has loads of room inside, so is easily comfortable enough for a weeks holiday or more. It also looks pretty smart when up.

My main concerns with the tent is when we have used it in extremes of weather - nearly every time LOL.

I had a pole snap when putting it up in very windy conditions, it still worked though.

We also got a nasty tear in it when the wind blew it almost flat against the cooker stand.

The front door is difficult to get just right and can be at too much of an angle making it hard to zip up from inside and also catch too much rain.

All in all it is a good tent, although I wouldn't necessarily recommend it over other tents in this price range and size.
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Manufacturer's Description

This really is a great tent for family holidays as it provides accomodation that is both versatile and comfortable. The Wynnster Mercury 9 is a great family sized dome tent that pitches flysheet first making it easy to assemble, it should take 2 people no more than 35 mins to pitch.

The Mercury 9 offers 3 / 4 bedrooms. The 2 person bedrooms in these tents are large enough to accomodate a standard sized double airbed.
# All fabrics used in for the flysheet, sleeping compartments and groundsheets have been given a Fire Retardant treatment, which in the event of an emergency will allow significantly more time to escape.
# The complete interior of the tent (the communal space and bedrooms) has the benefit of an integral, bathtub style groundsheet and secondary mesh doors, which will effectively keep this space free from insects and draughts.
# Each Wynnster tent is supplied with a repair kit and they include an emergency pole repair sleeve, fabric cuttings, seam sealer, guy line, peg point elastic and various clips.
# The taped seams are heat sealed with a polyurethane tape to ensure complete waterproof protection.
# The colour coded system incorporates colour coded poles and pole sleeves, groundsheet clips points, plus colour coded bedroom hanging points, this reduces assembly time by highlighting the correct place for each part.
# The main pegging points have been reinforced with several layers of fabric and strong bar tack stitching to provide maximum strength.
# This tent is also Guy Line Tidy. Elastic loops are attached to the tent so that the guy lines can be quickly and conveniently tidied.
# The Mercury 9 benefits from Power Ports. These are conveniently located zipped openings in conjunction with lantern loops and velcro cable ties, that allow a mains electricity hook up supply into the tent for the operation of electrical appliances and lighting.

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