Sorry - first post
I did a search and havent been able to find anything relevant:
We went on our first family camping expedition this weekend and had a great time. Unfortunately our tent however, did not live up to expectations and has been returned
(Spinifex Derwent from Anaconda).
1. The stitching on one of the fly screen anchor points came undone meaning one door couldnt be fully opened without the fly flapping around in the wind
2. The bug screen zip on the front door developed tears like laddered tights near the zip allowing mosquitos unfettered access to our tent.
3. The bag split...
We had deliberately bought cheap gear 'cos we bought EVERYTHING at once and needed to keep our startup costs down, but were pretty disappointed that this tent failed at the first outing, and in good, non-taxing conditions! Obviously we took it back and got a full refund without too many questions being asked (Anaconda are clearly used to handing out refunds!)
So - now we're looking again to buy a tent - we *did* like the layout of our tent and the large number of vents and airy feel, so are happy to keep the basic design the same BUT we want something that isnt going to fall apart QUITE so quickly!
We narrowed the choice down to three
OzTrail Elite Chalet 6 ($280)
Coleman Timbertop 6CV ($399) : http://www.kangarootentcity.com.au/welc ... opGeo6.jpg
Black Wolf SG6 ($399 inc postage): http://www.productreview.com.au/itemimage/81593
After chatting with a few people, we've heard one or two quality control stories about OzTrail (although nothing near as bad as the Spinifex stories we've heard now!), so we're tossing up between the Coleman and the Black Wolf
Both are the same essential design, similar size, similar price (coleman from tentworld in Brisbane, BlackWolf from eBay vendor in Gosford)
Coleman says its '75D/186T' material
Black Wolf '68D/190T'
What does that mean?
Coleman has smaller triangle windows that dont look like that can be held up as an awning like the Black wolf, both weigh in at around 21kg.
I'm a bit nervous about buying a tent from eBay - but if its a better tent then I'm happy to give it bash (they are a vendor with premises in NSW at least it not like its a dodgy HongKong exporter!).
Anyone offer any comments on our choices? Any experience with either tents - or general brand comments? I've heard good things about BlackWolf canvas products but dont know whether their polyester stuff is similarly robust or whether they are just pandering to the 'lowbrow' market and cashing in on their name....