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Old September 3rd 03, 09:49 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
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sPoNiX said...
Considering buying a new (Budget) tent and came across the "Trent" at
Millets for 99.99.

Has anyone any experience of these? Is it a good buy?


In its favour is its price for a 4-man tent, the general
design and the fact that it pitches fly first. It has a
decent sized living area/gear loft/porch and there's room to sit
properly on chairs rather than having to crouch down on
the floor. Against it is the fact that it's not designed to
withstand very much weather and as such might not be suitable
for other than summer camping. Have a think about when and
under what sort of conditions you're likely to want to use it,
and if it's mainly summer or the occasional weekend I'd say go
for it; however if you want to use it all year round or for a
week at a time I'd be a bit more wary.


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Old September 4th 03, 03:06 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
Phil Cook[_2_]
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On Thu, 04 Sep 2003 07:57:28 GMT, sPoNiX wrote:

On Wed, 3 Sep 2003 22:49:10 +0100, Fran

Against it is the fact that it's not designed to
withstand very much weather

This is presumably measured by the "Hydrostatic head" rating

No it isn't. "Weather" means blowing wind. A test most budget tents fail

Can anyone explain how this is measured and how it relates to a real
life situation?

Hydrostatic Head is a measure of the waterproofness of a fabric and is a measure
of how much water you can stack up on the fabric before it leaks. Imagine
putting a disc of fabric at one end of a pipe and filling it with water until it

We'd probably only camp on proper sites when reasonable weather is
forecast-we're not ones for mountain trekking!

You will probaby be alright with a budget tent then. More expensive tents as
well as being able to stand up to more wind come rather lighter but for campsite
camping where the furthest you will have to lug the tent from the car is a few
dozens of yards weight isn't important.
Phil Cook looking north over the park to the "Westminster Gasworks"


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