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Review Of The Lichfield Kiowa

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Lichfield Kiowa
(Sleeping Capacity 5 persons)

 

 

The Tent
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.

 

Features

Family tent that erects in under 5 minutes.
Unique patented pole system gives extra standing room.
2 rooms.
1 door.
4 windows.
2 air vents.
No see UM mesh.
Detachable riser groundsheet in living area.


Ring and pin system.
Colour coded poles.
2000mm hydrostatic head.
Taped seams.
Colour coded inners.
Tension adjusters.
Quick clips.
Fire retardant.

Size and Weight

Size of tent overall (H)220, (W)320, (L)460cm.
Size of each room (H)220, (W)320, (L)230cm.
Height at highest point 220cm.
Packed size 71 x 28 x 25cm.
Weight 12.5kg.

 

Pros and Cons
 

 

Pros

Cons: 

Easy to erect
Small pack size
Value for money
Standing height.

No SIG in living area
Steeply sloping door
Not enough vents

The Cost

Around 60

Verdict

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 colour.

Information and Links

For further information on Lichfield and their products visit Lichfield

Reviewed by Suprememum 2010

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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