Ok , I promised you guys a review of the Bison Tundra 4 tipi when i ordered it back in September. Well, after months of waiting patiently, i have it.
Wednesday arvo was looking clear and still, so after work i rushed home and tried to figure out how to put the tipi up (no instructions supplied). After 30 seconds i realised that the reson for this was that even a blind, one legged, golden arches emloyee could erect it, it was so simple. Peg out the tent, put up pole in middle. Done!
First impressions were, s*@t, that it a big tent. I ordered the tundra 4, with a diameter of 4 metres and a height of 2.7. I was having some doubts as to whether i should have gone for the next size up, no way. For a start, i'd never have got the tundra 8 in the garden.
Next job was to fit all the guy lines that were in the peg bag, there are 11 of these, so it took a while. But as i moved round the tipi, i got a chance to check out the quality.
I 'd ordered the polycotton one as this thing is only going to be used out the back of a car to canoe.Ok 13 kg is a fair weight, but no worse than the old force tens i had at school.
The door is nice a big and can be opened so that there is virtually no stooping to get in. It has a verticle zip (very chunky and heavy duty looking) and a rain flap.The door takes up one whole panel, with an option to use the next panel as well. Inside the door is a good mssie net with another chunky zip on it. There is also a good valence around the base of the whole tent to stop the wind etc.
A window (with curtains) is a nice touch.
Inside, there is enough space to swing a lion (let alone a normal cat). Plenty of room to stand up and walk about, and when sitting down there is very little wasted space, even around the edges.
Two of us lying down, a dog at full stretch, two garden chairs and a large moskatelkatan firebox, take up less than half the floor space, with lots left to get up and walk about.
As to using the fire box and the adjustable hat, well, i think i need a bit of practice in setting up the hat in the right direction in relationship to the wind (it was a tad smokey).
Now, as some of you may have noticed, the weather over the last 3 days has, to be blunt, been crap. Heavy rain and gale force winds. It's still standing, the only casualty was one guy line snapping (and that could have been the dog tripping over it).
Over all, i am really impressed. Iv'e used hundreds of different tents over the years, from cheap argos ones to high fight himalayan mountain tents. This has to be the best buy i've ever made. For £200 inc postage, i really don't think you can go wrong.