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Review Of The Easy Camp Boston 400 For 365 Camping Caravanning

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Easy Camp Boston 400
(Sleeping Capacity 4 persons)

 

Easy Camp Boston 400

 

  Front Of The Easy Camp Boston 400

 

 

The Tent
This Easycamp Boston 400 is a new 2010 model developed by the team at Easy Camp offering all the benefits of a large tunnel tent combined with a front awning to offer protection for the entrance. The very light and bright front porch area allows for chairs and tables as well as other equipment to be in a comfortable and inviting setting, even on gloomy days. The bedrooms are large, separated by a zip divider to offer privacy. The size and features of this Boston range make it an interesting choice for families searching for a modern looking tent.
Do I need another tent?, I already have six tents, the simple answer is yes as I like a tent for every occasion (sad I know). I was looking for something to utilise for the ‘boys’ weekends that met my criteria ie cheap, quick pitch, stand up height (but small), tunnel design and sturdy. I have to say the Easycamp Boston 400 ticks all of those boxes. “A sturdy tent with fibreglass poles” I hear you say, well yes, those guys at Easycamp seem to have done an excellent job. The 13mm fibreglass poles are secured via roof sleeves (non snagging too!) and then clipped to the flysheet via 3 plastic clips on either side of each pole and with well placed guy lines and anchor pegging straps at each corner of the flysheet it should hold fast BUT that’s not all, those clever designers at Easycamp have designed the bedroom as slightly lower in height so as the wind is deflected over the top of the tent and, wait for it, they’ve also put an extra 3 pegging points at the base of the bedroom flysheet and with the rear of the tent having no less than 5 guylines then this baby is staying put.

I would have liked the canopy to have more protection on the sides just in case the wind changes but luckily I found the Vango 2008/9 Universal canopy fits the Easycamp Boston 400 perfectly (well almost). I’ve heard others say the drop down groundsheet flap at the front door requires a Velcro tab and that the bedroom can be a bit of a tight fit, well maybe the groundsheet flap on the 500/600 may do so due to the tents extra width but the 400 looked fine to me. On first fitting the bedroom (only has to be done once as it can be left connected ready for your next pitch) it did seem a bit tight but loosening off the guylines where the poles connect to the bedroom flysheet seam worked a treat, once the bedroom is all toggled up then just re-adjust the guylines taught. Hot Tip!: As there’s only one door (at the front of the tent) and the main ventilation points are also at the front (bedroom has one ventilation point at the rear) then when packing the tent away fold the tent in from the sides and roll it up starting at the rear towards the front so as the air is expelled effectively as you roll.
 

Features

 

Features
Flysheet first pitching (or as one)
Fire Retardant fabrics
Flysheet: 185T 100% polyester PU coated
Hydrostatic head: 3000 mm
Taped seams
Storm skirt system
Sewn-in groundsheet
Clear windows with internal covers
Pelmet with storage pockets
Poles: Fibreglass 13.0 mm

Standing Height: Yes
Pre-attached guylines
Heavy duty polesleeves
Ring and pin system
Inner tent: Breathable 100% polyester
Floor: 100% polyethylene
Inner pockets in bedroom
Lantern point (living area)
Cable entry point
Handled carry bag
Doors 1


Size and Weight
Pack size: 65 x 30 cm
Length 375cm
Width 260cm
Height 190cm
Total Weight 15.2kg

 

Pros and Cons

 

Pros

Cons

Good quality
Quick pitch
Spacious
Sturdy
Price

Would prefer ventilation area above side windows or mesh window option.
Would benefit from an oversized bag for those occasions when you need to pack quick and throw it in the back of the car but it did go back in the bag once I’d left the poles out of the main bag.

 

The Cost
Good discounts available on MRRP SO Search around as the cheapest price at the time of writing is £109.
 

Verdict
With Easycamp being a sister company of Outwell then quality is assured and the Boston 400 is a very affordable weekender tent or for new campers not wanting to spend the earth on their first tent. It’s advertised as a 4 berth tent and yes it is BUT if you are wanting lots of space for 4 people then you may look towards the Boston 500 or 600. To me it’s a very comfortable tent for 2 (maybe 3) people. I can’t really be detrimental towards this tent, it’s rare you’ll find the effort in design and quality on a tent so close to the £100 mark (although I would have personally preferred a ‘green/sage’ colour)
Easycamp, I salute you.

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Reviewed by Camper Pete  (08/2010)


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