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Can you please recommend an 8 person (to sleep 5), fly first, tunnel, SIG tent of a reputable brand for under £550ish?

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AppleAndMelon Tue 19-Aug-14 18:59:03

Also needs to be easy to pitch as we often go for just one night.

Many thanks.

Pixel Tue 19-Aug-14 21:07:54

We've got a khyam Harewood that fits all your criteria except it is only six berth. However they do a very similar tent that sleeps eight called the Balmoral.
We've had ours a few years now, camped in some grim weather and never had a problem except the zips on the main door tend to get annoyingly caught. We chose it because we wanted a fly-first so it would be easier to pitch in the rain than our Vango.

AppleAndMelon Tue 19-Aug-14 21:34:38

That looks amazing pizel esp at £1200 down to £479! I remember looking at Kymans before but they were very expensive - I expect the new Vango inflatables have brought the price down. Do you think that would be quick to put up though? The last tent we had that was complex took about three hours in the garden and nearly put me off camping for good ( I know it says 20 mins ... but ...)

AppleAndMelon Tue 19-Aug-14 21:35:40

Also, does anyone know where you can see Kyman tents pitched?

Pixel Tue 19-Aug-14 22:12:20

Tbh I'm not sure where they got those prices from, we only paid about £350 for ours on sale. It's a nice tent but not worth £1000 by any stretch!

Pixel Tue 19-Aug-14 22:33:08

I've never seen them at any camping shops etc so I can't help there but there is a video. We don't put ours up that quickly but the main part of the tent still goes up pretty fast it's the pegging that takes time as always. It may not be clear in the video but the poles at the sides where the bedroom parts go are very simple to fix on, they just thread through a couple of loops (nothing like threading fibreglass poles which I loathe) and then snap on with clips.
Actually looking at that I wish we'd bought the Balmoral instead! It looks as if the porch is part of it whereas we had to buy ours separately and that is what slows us down a bit as it has to fix over the top and dh and I are both short! Also it's in a separate bag, just makes it a bit more fiddly, although if we were only staying one night we probably wouldn't bother to put it up.

Pixel Tue 19-Aug-14 22:41:15

Here's ours smile.

yellowdinosauragain Tue 19-Aug-14 23:42:10

Vango maritsa 700. Fab fab tent. Only 7 berth but proper genuine 7 berth that could put up 7 people in comfort, huge for our family of 4 and would be fine for 5. Lots of deals to be had and second hand on eBay which would bring this in well under budget. Took us 45 mins or so to get up the first couple of times but with practice it's down to 20 mins on our last trip.

AppleAndMelon Sat 30-Aug-14 23:40:46

Thanks yellow and pixel. I learnt at a camping shop this week that Khyam have gone out of business in some way (though still trade on line) - I have just googled and this was mentioned on UK Campsite in 2009 (I'm a bit out of date!).

Are the poles fibre glass or steel?

Turns out our tent can be repaired, but still tempted.

Pixel Sun 31-Aug-14 21:59:28

Oh I didn't realise. We must have bought our tent around then (I have a pic of our first tent dated 2006 and we had our Vango for a couple of years after that) but we didn't get the khyam awning straight away when we bought the tent. When we eventually decided that we could do with an awning we couldn't get one because of course they'd changed the colour scheme and were all out of blue. I thought I'd found one online but it turned out to be green so I had to ring up the company and speak to someone to cancel the order so there were real human beings there then grin. Then eventually I spotted a notice on their website saying that due to popular demand they were going to make some more blue and if we pre-ordered we could have one. We had to wait several months for it to arrive so that takes us to at least 2011. All very odd.

Anyway, I thought the poles were all aluminium, I've never noticed fibreglass but according to this they are both.

MairyHoles Sun 31-Aug-14 22:12:56

We have the Outwell Imagine, which is much the same as the Montana 6 and was a special edition several years ago. We bought it second hand for £200 and it had only been used once, the guy ropes and pegs had never been used as they had just camped in their garden. It was a Montana 6 I was looking for, this one is different in that it is slightly shorter, less hydrostatic head and has a kids room. The only reason I bought it was that it was so cheap and nearly new. It takes 2 to set it up but we can do it in about half an hour (the part that needs 2 people only takes 5 mins). We went away for a few days a few weeks ago with my sister and her kids, so 10 people in total, and there was plenty room in it for us and all our stuff, although it was classed as a 6 berth. When it's done I will get another Outwell, maybe the Montana 6 like I intended! It may be worth looking at second hand tents in good condition - specifically the Montana!

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