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Review Of The Aztec Cantera 9 For 365 Camping Caravanning

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Aztec Cantera 9
(Sleeping Capacity 9 persons)

 

The Tent
The Aztec Cantera 9 is a large 9 Berth Dome tent which utilizes Tuf-flex poles and is pitched inner first. The tent features a large inner living area with three sleeping pods off of the main living area with entrance / exit doors between these bedroom pods. The sleeping pods will sleep three in each but are better suited to two persons due the nature of the sloping roof on the pods. The main entrance of the tent is via a covered porch area which comes with a groundsheet and is suitable for storing that wet gear outside your main living area. The tent is made to Aztecís usual very high specification (see below) and is designed to ensure large comfortable living space for the larger family.

Flysheet: Coated Polyester 4000
Inner: Breathable Polyester
Sewn-In Groundsheet (SIG)
Tuf-flex colour coded poles
Large Porch area
Detachable bathtub porch groundsheet
Seam taped flysheet
Skylight

Groundsheet: Double coated polyethylene
Four entranceís  Two with mesh
Multiple Ventilation points
Outer and Inner pack into a single suitor type bag.
Repair kit
Steel canopy poles provided
Fire retardant

Pitch Footprint, Size And Weight
Width: 735 cm, Length: 680 cm,
Height: 225 cm in living area
Packed Size : 80 cm x 55 cm
Weight : 35.5 kg

Erection / Pitching
This tent pitches inner first and uses the popular ring and pin method to locate the poles on both the inner and outer and takes two to erect. The poles are all colour coded making it very easy to identify which poles go in which sleeves. The inner uses six poles to hold up, three for the main living area and one each for the bedroom pods. Once all poles are threaded, its advisable that one person gets inside the inner tent and supports the main poles as they are located. Tip here and for most tents of this design, make sure the first pole you locate on the main living area is the pole on the bottom of the crossover at the top of the tent, this then takes the weight of the poles above making it easier to secure. Locate the main poles and then the bedroom pod poles using the ring and pin system. The inner tent will then require pegging down and this takes around twenty pegs to secure. Finally once the inner is secure the outer flysheet is pulled over the inner, tied on the main poles and then finally pegged. The final thing to do is to locate the two porch poles and secure with the ring and pins and then peg out the guy ropes.  

Pros and Cons

 

Pros

Cons: 

Spacious
Well ventilated
Stable
Good Storage

Great porch area
SIG on Inner Tent

Pitching time
Packing Time
Inner tent first
 

 

The Cost
Expect to pay around £350 for the 2007 model but the cost may increase slightly for the 2008 season.

The Verdict
Aztec are a very well known and established maker in the camping field and this tent has been around for a couple of seasons now. Itís not a quick tent to pitch we find it still takes around a good hour and half after practice. The quality of the tent is very good and by using a separate inner and outer tent this helps to maintain warmth in colder weather. The tent has multiple doors that afford a nice breeze whilst providing shelter from direct sunlight in warmer conditions. The poles are very good and we have never suffered from the poles bending in high winds. The main problem we find with this style of tent is the inner tent first pitching, which in wet conditions can lead your living accommodation being wet before you even set up camp, although for the 2008 season several manufacturerís are producing a flysheet first / all in one pitching dome tent. If this is not an issue for you, these tents provide a very living area for a family with the bedrooms nicely apart affording all a little privacy and their own space.

Information and Links
For further information on Outwell and their products visit
Aztec

Reviewed by Rickit for 365 Camping Caravanning
Reviewed 2008
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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