Easy Camp Boston 300 green tunnel tent
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- Sleeps: 3
- Pitch: Flysheet first or as one. Flysheet: 185T polyester PU coated
- Hydrostatic head: 3000mm. Inner: Breathable polyester
- Pack Size: 70 x 30cm. Weight: 12.4kg
- Poles: Fibreglass 11.0mm
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The Boston 300 is perfect for couples and younger families. The Boston has had the porch redesigned to provide a deeper front porch canopy providing superb protection for the entrance and the 300 is a new addition for 2012. The large windows ensure a bright interior whilst the vents offer an airy feel. Fire retardant material. Fully integrated sewn-in groundsheet. Waterproof. Taped seams. Flexible pole frame. Cable entry point. Ventilation points. Light, bright front porch. Organiser pocket.
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So it came to pass that I suddenly found myself in need of a tent for occasional, short stays away and the Boston immediately came to mind. My thoughts turned initially to the 500, as I had previously managed a tent of a similar size on my own and this would surely be ideal. I read a few reviews, which were mainly positive, except for comments about the difficulty in zipping up the door. I went to look at one at a local display and my fears seemed to be confirmed, as it seemed impossible to get it even to get the zip beyond the top corner of of its curved track.
It just so happened that I knew 'a man at Outwell', Easy Camp's parent company, who assured me that this really shouldn't be the case. In the meantime, I was being swayed by some seriously attractive discounts on this tent, but sensibly decided that the 300 would be far more suitable for my needs and would also save me even more money.
I bought the tent and it's footprint, but not the carpet, as this would detract from the bargain that I was still proud of procuring. I opened the pack to find the instructions, which announced that 'this tent requires a minimum of two people to erect it'. Not so good.
I watched the You Tube video and after making mental notes of the technique, decided to put it into practice within the safe environment of the back lawn. I first pegged out the footprint, which is supposed to help in positioning the corners of the tent (it didn't). Threading the poles (two of them colour coded) was easy, but then it came to the crunch - how to locate the pins single-handed. Firstly, I had reasoned that if I zipped up the door before erecting the tent, it would then have to be at the correct tension. Problem... you need to be able to step inside the body of the tent to reach the pole at the far end.
Although I was gradually acquiring a feeling of impending doom, I found that the rear pole actually stayed located on its pin while I hooped it round to the one on the other side. Then onto the next pole which also behaved itself, although I now began to feel as if I was only just in control. Abandoning the official instructions, I pulled the two rear arches upwards and temporarily held them into place by roughly pegging a guy rope on each side. I was then able to complete the others, which much to my relief, didn't snap in two, or even overly protest at being sprung into place. I quickly pegged down one of the front guy ropes to stop the entire assembly collapsing, but by this time the tent had wandered off its footprint. I certainly wasn't moving the tent, so I unpegged the footprint and repositioned it so that water couldn't run onto it.
Now it was just a matter of inserting the vast number of pegs - not every one of which is necessarily essential, but I wanted to do it right. The pegs supplied are okay for pegging down the base of the tent (including the rings in which the poles are located, but for the guy ropes I'd recommend something far more substantial.
The inner sleeping compartment was a breeze, simply being suspended by the numerous toggles stitched into the outer. Now for the door, which wouldn't zip up - not by a mile.Now followed a lengthy comedy procedure involving multiple adjustments of the front pegging points until I finally got it right.
How long did it take me? Absolutely ages, but it was the first time, remember, and I was flying solo.
A week later and I was at the C&CC site at West Runton, where I had to do it all over again, whilst giving fellow campers the impression that I was actually in control of this beast. The weather was hot and humid and I should think that set-up took me even longer than before. Not to worry though, it's early days yet and I'm sure I'll get much better at it. One annoyance is the way that you go to peg down the guy ropes, only to find that you've somehow incorrectly inserted the poles through them (they're arranged so that two points are anchored by one peg). This isn't a problem unique to the Boston, but it's something that's difficult to notice until its too late. Luckily, it isn't too difficult to take the pole out of its pin, untangle the guy rope from it and then put it back.
It didn't rain, so I can't tell you how it would perform in a deluge. Its hydrostatic head rating is 3000mm, which is par for the course, but other users have been very complimentary about its performance in this respect. It wasn't windy either, but this tent seems exceptionally stable and I feel totally confident that with all pegging points used (I used the far sturdier pegs from my fishing bivvy for the guy ropes), it would probably take a hurricane to uproot it. My one fear would be of trying to set it up single-handed in even a moderate wind, which I can easily imagine ending in tears.
Don't even think about housing three people in the Boston 300; a double air bed fits in perfectly and a single one gives you quite a luxurious amount of space in the bedroom. Ventilation is excellent and there wasn't even a sign of condensation on a misty morning. There are two big polythene windows in the front section, although I felt they left me feeling a little over exposed in a relatively small tent such as this, so left them closed off with the blinds.
There was a family on the site who had bought their Boston 600 at a ridiculously low price. Needless to say they have been absolutely delighted with it and have added the porch extension to give them luxurious accommodation at less than the price that some people would pay for a pair of headphones.
Given the prices that you can now pay for any of the Boston series I have to give it 5 stars - possibly four at its original retail price, but it is supposed to be a budget tent after all. I'd have to nominate this as one of the best tent deals for those who aren't yet ready to venture into polycotton. It's perfect for occasional campers and perfect for those with a four-seat, two-bed motorhome or campervan.