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Khyam Ridgi-Dome XXL

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      31.08.2001 22:34
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      When we decided to buy a tent in 1998, we looked for many factors: * Reliability in horrendous weather conditions (we're British, after all) * Ease of installation * Size (Family of 2 adults & 3 kids) * Strong material (friends have had bad experiences with rips on the first outing of other Dome tent makes) * Value for money We examined many, and finally settled for a Khyam Ridgi Dome XXL. Once we got over the initial outlay (Khyam charge seperately for inner tents: this seems steep until you realise the wisdom of enabling you to buy whatever inner tent suits your family, rather than a pre-ordained sleeping space). In our second outing, a week in Devon in May, 1998, we experienced sea mists, hailstorms, thunderstorms, gale force winds, and had no sheltering in the campsite. The tent withstood it all (even if we didn't get much sleep!) It is so easy to install: my wife is 5'2", and was able to install it solo in a campsite recently, with the help of our 11 year old son. (I was at work that day). It is important to follow the Khyam instructions carefully: though after frequent use, it soon becomes second nature. We chose 2 inner tents: a small one for my wife and I, and a large one for the 2 kids to sleep in. They set up instantly, and provide comfort and security when all around is tempestuous! (We have since camped in fine weather, although this is sadly a rarity in British summers!) The actual tent itself allows a tall man to stand without stooping, and has provided ample room for us to install a 5 seater folding table and play games (when it's raining outside!) All RidgiDome tents come with extremely durable meshed nylon material, which is extremely hard to rip. So the Khyam scores very highly on that front. The only gripes we have had concern the early model which we bought. In 1998, RidgiDomes came without mudwalls (a major omission) and nowhere to hang a cent
      ral light (so you have to use lighting at horizontal levels, which can be tricky and casts a lot of shadows). The mudwalling is now installed on all models, I understand, so that point is moot, as is the central strap now standard for overhead lighting on current models. All that remains is to say that this tent was superb value for money, and the only thing we'd like to do is upgrade to the 2001 model: money permitting. If we can't, our current model is still absolutely excellent, and has given our family many happy holiday memories.

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