on 7 July 2014
We went for a week to France, a mix of lovely sunny weather and torrential downpour. The tent was easy to put up (myself and my 10-year old daughter), and take down, and a relatively small package for the huge interior size. It is a very well designed tent and perfectly constructed, not a single flaw that we could find. After two days of almost non-stop rain, there were some damp spots inside, where it was starting to leak where items were pressed against the fabric. Highly recommended for a family trip.
on 9 January 2015
Given the enormous size of this behemoth, it is extremely light and very simple to put up/take down. Once it's up it's stable and sturdy - we used it once as a 'fort' for a bunch of 2-4 year olds who were throwing themselves at the walls and it handled them just fine. Another plus is the amount of ventilation you get through both the roof and the end windows, and being able to take the roof off is a masterstroke. It heats up inside under the sun, just as any other tent does, but you certainly feel the benefit of having the openings when they let a light breeze in.
It's not the best tent in the world when it encounters rain. I've had it up twice in moderate rain and woken up with some leakage around the door and end windows, nothing too drastic but enough for a little harumph. You'll need to plan ahead with a towel or newspaper to put inside the door for taking your mucky boots off too. We once had to take it down while it was really teeming down and that was a disaster. Given that when it loses the structure afforded to it by the poles, the huge opening in the roof of the tent gets exposed, this meant that by the time we were ready to fold up the tent there was a fair puddle sloshing around inside and it was not easy to get that water out without a multiple-man operation flipping and tipping a wet, heavy, cumbersome tent.
I got this tent for around £120-130, can't remember exactly, but for that price it's a steal. If you get this then obviously the main thing your going for is size on a budget, and on that front you can't go wrong.
on 6 June 2014
Great price, great tent,
Does what it says, and the price compare to others in the same range this is a good buy.
Only built in my garden not used for a holiday( which is august)