The Lichfield Kiowa.
Lichfield has an outdoor heritage which
spans over 130 years and as they now come
under the umbrella of the AMG group (which
includes Vango) then quality is assured.
Family tent that erects in under 5 minutes.
Unique patented pole system gives extra standing
2 air vents.
No see UM mesh.
Detachable riser groundsheet in living area.
Ring and pin system.
Colour coded poles.
2000mm hydrostatic head.
Colour coded inners.
Size and Weight
Size of tent overall (H)220, (W)320,
Size of each room (H)220, (W)320, (L)230cm.
Height at highest point 220cm.
Packed size 71 x 28 x 25cm.
Pros and Cons
Easy to erect
Small pack size
Value for money
No SIG in living area
Steeply sloping door
Not enough vents
This is a 5 berth tent, but you would NOT be
able to fit 5 air-beds in, managed to
squeeze in a double and two singles, but
it's perfectly suited to two people with a
good-sized double air-bed and a bit of
standing room for getting dressed. The
bedroom takes up half of the tent.
Erection: Peg out the back corners of the
fly-sheet, feed the central steel roof pole
through, attach the steel legs to this roof
pole and put the ring and pins into these
two legs. Taking hold of the front two main
guy ropes, pull the tent up like a pram hood
and temporarily peg these guy ropes out.
Feed the two fibre-glass poles through the
sleeves and attach to the steel pole via
ring and pin system. Now you can peg the
rest of the tent, attach the inner and the
living area riser groundsheet before
tightening the tension straps.
The Kiowa is very quick and easy to erect
for one person without any help. Though I
prefer a tent with a sewn-in-groundsheet,
the riser groundsheet has provided adequate
draught-proofing. It's been quite a few
years since I have used a tent as low as
2000mm HH and was surprised how waterproof
it was. Had some very heavy rain and nothing
got through the seams or the fabric,
although due to the sloping door, it lets
rain in when you open it. There is a
separate canopy to help prevent this, though
it still let a little rain in when it was at
it's heaviest, and you have to angle it to
suit the direction of the wind/rain as shown
on my photo. Also used it in very strong
wind and it stood firm, hardly moving, again
I was pleasantly surprised at this, as it
only has one set of poles in contact with
the ground. I love the windows on both
sides, but would have liked a few more mesh
panels, especially on the entrance, as you
would be able to leave the door open when
you are away from the tent, A cosy little
tent for 2, with an unusual shape and I have
now just about got used to the bright green
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