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Review Of The Sprayway Canyon 4+2 For 365 Camping Caravanning

 

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Sprayway Canyon 4+2
(Sleeping Capacity 6 persons)

 

 

 

 

The Tent
Sprayway have extended their quality tent range for 2009 with the new traditional style Vis-a-Vis style Canyon tent. The tent is available in 2 sizes (Canyon 4+2 & Canyon 8+2) with optional accessories of carpet, windshield, footprint groundsheet and ĎFront Extensioní to really complement this great tent. The  Canyon 8+2 is also available in Polycotton. Vis-ŗ-vis style tents have not been made obsolete by the rise of the Tunnel tents and Sprayways new Canyon range will ensure the vis-ŗ-vis style continue to thrive. This tent style provides good separation of the two main bedroom areas and are very popular for that reason with families. In the usual Sprayway style the Canyon pitches flysheet first with the whole of the fully sealed inner tent (living area and bedrooms) attaching to the flysheet. With only 3 poles (of the same size and colour) this tent is a breeze to put up. Each bedroom sleeps a comfortable 2 people + a storage / wardrobe room or unzip the bedroom divider to create one large bedroom for 3 people with generous storage pockets in each bedroom. I admire Sprayway for actually matching their advertised sleeping berths with their bedroom sizes (other manufacturers please take note).

Although the main living area is of standing height for an adult the same canít be said for the bedrooms as the sloping roof will only allow standing height when the bedroom door is open, but I could live with that. The living area isnít overly large but doesnít feel claustrophobic. I like the use of 2 doors but these would benefit from a small rain cowl on the flysheet to avoid rain water dripping off when opening the  door. The instructions state that a wardrobe hanging rail is to be setup but one wasn't supplied with our tent nor could we see where one could be fitted, maybe it was a typo with our instructions.

Features

Pitching method: Outer first
Flysheet material: 190T PU coated polyester
Flysheet Hydrostatic Head: 4000mm
Flysheet taped: yes
Ring and pin tensioners: yes
Flysheet tensioners/d rings: yes
Inner tent material: breathable polyester
Inner tent fire retardant: yes
Inner tent groundsheet material: polyethylene, Sewn-in
Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head: 3000mm

Poles: steel/zinc (x 3 sets)

 

Continuous pole sleeves: yes
Colour coded pole sleeves: yes
Pegs: steel wire and 8 plastic
Mudwalls: yes
Electrical hook up access: yes
Doors: 2
Vents: 8
Windows: 2
Colour: black/grey

Low level vents

Electric hook up access

Fully opening window

 

Size and Weight

 

Width : 230cm

Length : 665cm

Pack size: TBC

Weight: 20kg

Standing Height: Yes (200cm in living area)

 

 

Pros and Cons

 

Pros:

Cons:

Quality

Easy to pitch (20 mins)

Good heavy duty oversized storage bag

Lots of pegging points

Looks robust

Would benefit from storm flaps as on the front of the Ravine but thatís a personal preference

 

 

 

The Cost

Around £299

 

Verdict

Iím not a big fan of vis-ŗ-vis style tents but thereís something about this one I like. It would make a great weekender, itís well made and with the pole design should be very sturdy. As with most of the Sprayway range it's well ventilated.  Nice to see Spraywayís low level vents have been redesigned to also include a zip closure. I have to give credit where credit is due as Sprayway have only been in the tent market for two seasons but are already forging ahead with their innovative ideas and designs. I look forward to what Sprayway have up their sleeve for next year.

 

 

Information and Links

For further information on Sprayway and their products visit Sprayway 

Reviewed by CamperPete (with assistance from his trusty sidekick 365ís own Andy)
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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