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    Default French f1 tent opinions please.

    I am looking for a budget tent to get me back into my canoeing and camping this year has anyone used one of these or have any guidance.
    https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-Fr...-/122737533432

    Dave
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    Hi Dave,

    I would think there were better options at similar prices. Single skin tents can suffer badly from condensation, and if I'm honest the low unsupported ridge design like that is very old fashioned, lacks space and stability, and is not particularly light. There is also no porch, and if its raining and blowing hard, its going to be difficult to get in and out without water getting inside.

    I'd look at something like a more modern tunnel tent or dome. Go Outdoors have a few options, perhaps the Vango Nyx 200 would be an option, and is quite light. I haven't seen one in the flesh, but their Freedom Trail Lombok 250 may also be decent value.
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    If you can find room for a disc 65cm in diameter, you'd get a Quechua 2 man popup for pretty much the same price. They have an inner and are remarkably robust. Weighs less than the one you're lookng at. I've had one for 4 years now and have used it in conditions it was never intended for. As a budget option, it's a good one. The only two downsides are a lack of porch and slightly unwieldy pack if it's to be carried any distance.

    It ticks a lot of boxes for canoe camping being self supporting, midge proof, with a built in bathtub groundsheet and is blisteringly quick to errect and strike. It's quick enough to errect to even use as an emergency shelter if someone was properly cold because you'll have a wind and weatherproof structure you can get inside literally within 2 seconds. Undo a zip, release the safety strap and throw it in the air. It will land tent-shaped.

    https://www.decathlon.co.uk/2-second...d_8378283.html

    If you get one, make sure you practice putting it away again following the youtube video before you go. It's relatively simple but in no way intuative.
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    Whilst I'm no prolific camper now, I definitely agree with what's been said already.
    I'd stay well clear of single skin tents unless they are cotton or poly/cotton.
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    Decathlon but Do practice putting it away. I've had to come home with mine in a figure of eight twice, but even then it fits in a wide boat. Used mine on the Thames source to tide, Wye, multi day trip,Wye weekend base, Central Massif on Tour with Slime, some of this was wet, some very hot.

    There are lots of subtribes in SOTP. The basic division is whether you canoe to camp (need a bigger tent,.. and boat,.... and car) or camp to canoe (need no firebox..or wood.....or porch). Place your correspondent in the right tribe before you consider the advice.

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    Thank guys I'll keep an eye out and see what comes up.

    Dave
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    I'm another Decathlon pop-up disciple. While other manufacturers now make them (and some do single-skin ones - avoid those for condensation is a problem), Decathlon were the original, and I still think the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Impcanoe View Post
    Place your correspondent in the right tribe before you consider the advice.
    I'm one of Peter's 'camp to canoe' tribe. I looked for the lightest tent I could find at a sensible price. I have a single person, single pole (hoop) Vango which is big enough for just me and I can sit up in it. It weighs 1.2kg and cost a little over 100. It's a bit like the Berghaus Peak 3.1 but I'm not sure they still make it.

    How about something like this?

    https://outdoormania.co.uk/yellowsto...gaAsfuEALw_wcB

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    Just remembered, I advertised a tent for sale on here last May which may fit your bill, it didn't sell so I still have it.
    Here's the link http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...-Tent-For-Sale

    It has an inner sleeping compartment, so is double skinned in that area. It has a door at the front and another on the side.

    There was only one picture of it which bloody Photobucket stole from me, but if you think you might be interested, I think I can send a picture via an e-mail


    Just figured out how to post the pic - I think

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    I'm firmly in both camps , to recent SotP Big Meets I've taken an immense (well it seems so to me) Vango Diablo for which we initially needed to recruit a small army of helpers to erect and dismantle in a safe manner ... with practice we can now do it fairly easily with just two, still better with more. It's purchase could have been an education, it was at a local auction and I bought it for 12 plus fees. Neither I nor anyone else was going to unpack it all to check it over before the auction so effectively "sight unseen", thankfully all pretty good, a couple of minor repairs and I've had well over 12 of use out of it.
    For quick lightweight overnighters I've been using an Aldi backpackers tent, cost 19-99, single hoop support, inbuilt basic "groundsheet". These are double skinned, however a large part of the inner tent is mesh so it breathes well but there is a tendency for condensation on the fly to drip straight through . In Aldi clearence sales the can go for half price ... that's why I have 2 and take both with me ... it's good to have a back up if required.
    Otherwise I'll be in a traditional Vango Force10 or Medina Conquest (as F10 but on steroids).
    Each to whatever form of camping suits them, but it doesn't have to cost a fortune.
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    Small solo tent? Don't like plastic/prefer canvas? Then the polish lavvu at around 30.....bloody marvellous....and I'm 6' 4"

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurence milton View Post
    Small solo tent? Don't like plastic/prefer canvas? Then the polish lavvu at around 30.....bloody marvellous....and I'm 6' 4"
    Cool where does one get these from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by E_McNeill View Post
    Cool where does one get these from?

    Ewan

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    Here, plus other places if you Google it http://www.militarymart.co.uk/polish...-lavvu-teepee/

    Type Polish poncho into U-Tube, you should get several examples of usage.
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    Military Mart definitely, also see VIZ UK wear on Amazon, as supplies seem thin on the ground at the moment: also see UK Campsite...click tent/awning reviews; click "other" in left hand column and scroll through alphabetically. See also "Simon, a bloke in the woods" on you tube.....

    So impressed I bought two, and customised one. Now getting harder to source and prices creeping up..........

    Most people set them up incorrectly and inside out. Whereas they should be set up LOOKING inside out........all will become clear should you get one
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