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Review Of The Cabanon Guadeloupe For 365 Camping Caravanning

 

 

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Cabanon Guadeloupe

 

Tent Reviews - Cabanon Guadeloupe

The Tent
The Guadeloupe (pronouced "gwadaloop" or so I'm informed, but don't quote me )  is a pyramide-style tent and is made of top quality 100% cotton, is very simple to erect has a strong PVC Sewn-In-Groundsheet (SIG) and an integral 1m sun canopy. This style of tent is quite popular in the rest of Europe and is a breath of fresh air on a UK campsite. Reminiscent of my camping days in the old Ridge tents the Cabanon Guadeloupe oozes nostalgia with a mix of modern comfort. 

 

  • Material  - 100% Cotton

  • Integral Sun canopy

  • Heavy Duty PVC Sewn-In-Ground (SIG)

  • Roll-away front panel  (containing 2 PVC windows with mesh)

  • Optional Side Panel/Wind Break (around the £40 mark)

 

Cabanon are renowned for the quality of their tents and the purchaser of these gems of the camping world are quite confident that the tent is of the highest quality BUT why oh why do Cabanon insist on packaging their tents up in inferior looking tent bags? The Guadeloupe is no exception to this as the ‘tent bag’ is akin to a white plastic potato sack with a sticky label saying “Guadeloupe” on it and an inferior piece of ribbon to tie up the top opening. Once past the disappointing packaging then all doubts are cast aside as the look and feel of the quality Canvas and Groundsheet leaps out at you. This really is a high quality tent.

 

Pitch Footprint, Size And Weight
At just 380cm X 305cm that's a medium size tent by most campsite standards, with a height of 230 cm at the centre. The living area is 305cm X 150cm, with one door access. Weight is just 24kg and the unit comes packed all in 1 bag

 

Erection / Pitching
I’ve erected some easy pitch tents in my time but the Guadeloupe is by far one of the simplest and quickest to erect in it’s size group. Poles and pegs are packed in there own bags and rolled up with the tent. The quality of these bags are more of what I would have expected from the tent bag itself. Instructions are by way of  an A4 piece of paper (English and French versions) but you really don’t need more as they are short, clear and concise. The tent only has 3 main poles (+ 2 to keep the canopy propped up) and is designed for a quick erection as follows:- .Peg 4 corners of the tent to make it  square. Open door and insert main pole (the one with the rubber end) into the roof of the tent (special re-inforced patch in roof), raising the tent as you do so. Insert 2 poles in door way section. Peg out the rest of tent and guys, insert 2 poles into canopy and guy out. Job Done. Total time 15 minutes.  Ah, but what they neglected to say is that on the first erection you have to tie ALL the guy lines onto the tent first and as there's quite a few then it took a lot longer than 15 minutes, but hey, at least you only have to it once unless you like to take your guy lines off to dry them separately.

The 1 metre integral Sun Canopy is a useful little feature but  it’s only 1 metre at the roof  and actually tapers to 48cm at the ground , not quite what I expected. The optional Side Panel compensates for this somewhat. Very simple to attach, fix top of side panel to canopy pole, velcro at side of Sun Canopy, tie the ribbon near base to the Sun Canopy and guy out (2 minutes max).
What’s clever about the optional Side Panel is that it can be used on either side on the Sun Canopy (or buy two and use them on each side). The interior of the tent echos quality but lacks storage pockets and hanging points for lighting.  It doesn't have an inner tent as canvas is warmer and more breathable than synthetic and as such produces less condensation. I believe it's bigger sister (the Barbados) now includes an inner tent but not sure if this is just to try and tempt the campers who are accustomed to having an inner tent. A large curtain divider (zipped in the centre) separates the 5ft x 10ft living space from the sleeping area. The sloping walls don't seem to make it feel claustrophobic as the tent centre is 7ft 6" high. The tent does feel a little darker than some synthetic tents as it only has 2 front windows but all of one side of the front wall can be rolled away to the side to open the tent up on those hot summer days.

 

Pros and Cons 

 

Pros:

  • Easy to pitch (15 mins)

  • Solid as a rock

  • Quality assured

  • Has a ‘what camping is all about’ feel

Cons:

  • Found it hard to find any

 

 

 

The Verdict
If you're used to a large dome/tunnel synthetic type tent then this tent will take some getting used to as it is smaller and has less of that light airy feeling BUT the wow factor of the shape, simplicity & speed of pitch plus the quality of manufacture and materials is definitely a strong pulling point and at 24 kg it’s easy enough to lug around. Definitely a good weekender tent (or even longer)

 

The Cost

Around the £325 mark, which makes the Guadeloupe within a lot of people’s budgets and definitely worth considering.

 

Information and Links
For further information on Cabanon and their products visit Cabanon 

 

Reviewed by Camper Pete
Note We recommend with all tents that you see them fully erected and satisfy yourself that the product is right for you prior to making a purchase.

 

 
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