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    Anybody got anything to say about 360 degrees tents from Outdoor Warehouse, particularly the Bridge 4man family tent?
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    Come on okes! Has nobody got any experience with these tents?
    I've got 1.5 days left to buy a tent or I'm sleeping in a black bag.
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    I'll be sleeping in the black bag right next to you...

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    You've all had 3 weeks to think about it... so anybody have any comments on the these tents. I need to buy a tent for the weekend of the 21st April and was at Outdoor Warehouse today to look...

    The "Siesta" one appealed to me (and my wife) quite a bit.

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    Derren I eventually bought one from Riceburner. The only experience I have with it is erecting it on the lawn so that I could figure out how it all works.

    It seems ok. My only regret is that the one I got is not the one I thought I was getting. It doesn't have the extra "room" on the front like the Siesta. If I could do it over again I would get the Siesta, as well as a small tent for when it's just me on my own.

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    Thanks Spike.

    I think that was the really handy thing yesterday... being able to see the tents erect and walking around in them, etc.

    Yeah, the room on front was a definite winner. The weekend where I need the tent will just be my daughter and I (so far) but I liked the space. Might also get a much smaller tent for myself only.

    The only thing with then tent is the "water column" of 1500mm. Is that enough? I dunno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derren View Post
    The "Siesta" one appealed to me (and my wife) quite a bit.
    I don't believe what I'm hearing!!!! Your wife camp?? Before long you'll have her in the bakkie on a gravel road!!!!

    Let me know what you're doing right...

    Joke's aside, some of the "rooms" on the front aren't exactly that, so make sure they have walls which attach to the "room's' floor.

    Also, these tents aren't the most robust in the world. If you plan on using them for longer than 3 years with hard-ish usage, think of other material. Ours has seen better days after 4 years of moderate usage.

    Also the water column stats are pretty meaningless.... Essentially means that it will hold a column of water 1cm x 1cm and 1500mm high without water penetrating the weave... damp canvas can do that once it has swelled...

    Rather look at construction, stitching, availability of spare poles etc

    Oh, and get a decent groundsheet on which to pitch the tent itself...

    WRT additional tents we normally take my 3-man backpacking tent (an old Backpacker Kestrel) as well as the normal one... takes 5 minutes to pitch, so we normally use that one when only staying in a place for one night.
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    Thanks Simon.

    Don't ask me, I nearly fell over when she said we should get a tent that is big enough for when she comes with. It remains to be seen when that will be but there is hope that I won't need to tour Namibia, Kalahari, Botswana alone. LOL .

    For now the price appeals to me compared to ripstop canvas and maybe in three years time I want a new tent, so I know that I can't expect my kid to inherit it .

    Ok, will check re the ground sheet, and check about the front room. If I a remember right it is was more a room for your "stuff" and somewhere to sit but with sides, etc, so you could close it off.

    Will be going to take a better look probably this weekend and maybe look at a couple of others.

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