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When we were looking at buying a climbing frame for the boys, I started thinking about what features might be most appreciated by them. The range i chose, the tp challenger set, can be fully customised by buying the parts that you want to use. I bought mine as a complete set including a den for a special price of £430. The best price for the complete set now is about £500, and for the den alone it is about £75 so it is best to look at buying a complete set to get the best value for your money.
We had a little shock when we looked into it, as when you buy the den, all you get is the waterproof canvas which makes the roof and sides. You then need to seperately purchase the challenger platforms which are also £70, otherwise you have a pretty useless unuseable den. You could just use the platform without the den, but then i think i would be more concerned about if my kids would fall off and it would be less fun.
Assembling the den was pretty straight forward. There are black loops which you thread onto the frame as you assemble it. I would say that it would be easiest to purchase the den and platforms at the same time as the frame as you would otherwise need to dismantle the frame to get your den in place. The den itself is a strong durable weatherproof canvas. It can be washed with soapy water which is useful in our garden at least as we have a lot of birds fly over and christen it for us. The door rolls up, or can be left down.
The way the den is located on the climbing frame, it is a little tricky for smaller kids to get in, but my two have worked out how to get in now without problem. They sit down on the upper platform and then shuffle forwards. There is no way myself or my husband could get up there, so the kids think it is great they have their own special place. Space wise, we have had my two plus an extra child in there, and it is an ok fit. If we tried to squeeze anyone else in i would start to get worried. We like the window on the side as we can see in to see what they are up to, but we aren't spoiling their enjoyment.
This den is only suitable for the challenger set. There is a hexagonal shaped den for the slightly cheaper and smaller explorer set from tp. We went for the challenger set as it was bigger and we were looking to get more years use out of the set. The age range is 3-13, though i think this might also be affected for us by the size our children grow in this time span as they are already big for their age.
We highly recommend the challenger set and all the component pieces. Our kids are always on this set every day and it is a good energy burner.