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Review Of The Sprayway Ravine 5 For 365 Camping Caravanning

 

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Sprayway Ravine 5
(Sleeping Capacity 5 persons)

 

 

The Tent
Sprayway have extended their quality tent range for 2009, adding to the Sprayway Valley range the Sprayway Canyon and Sprayway Ravine ranges. Here we review the new eye catching Ravine tent. This tunnel type tent is available in 2 sizes (Ravine 5 & Ravine 6+2) with optional accessories of carpet, windshield and footprint groundsheet to really complement a nice looking tent.

You would be forgiven at first glance of the Sprayway Ravine 5 for mistaking this tent for one of the Sprayway Valley range but take a closer look inside for proof your eyes are deceiving you. Although the general pitching method of the Valley and the Ravine models are the same i.e. pitch flysheet and then attach fully sealed inner tent to flysheet it’s the latter where the big difference resides. Sprayway have totally redesigned the integral inner tent, in fact, the inner tent only covers half the tent which contains the rear bedrooms and a total privacy living / changing area (no exterior doors or windows, nice idea) here.

The second half of the tent contains, as Sprayway advertise, “a large ‘wet’ living area” (Not sure Sprayways description does it justice as I don’t believe anyone would want a ‘wet’ living area)

 it’s actually a large living area ( in addition to the privacy area previously mentioned) with a removable (non-riser) groundsheet and does benefit from excellent peggable storm flaps to reduce drafts and water from this area.  It has large panoramic windows (4 to the side and a large window on the front door) it’s great place to sit and watch the world go by. The large U shaped front door is fully removable to really open up the interior but I found this large door slightly disappointing as it can't be folded or rolled back and 'toggled' in partially open positions.

 

The interior window covers nicely drop down into their own pockets, glad to see Sprayway continued this design from their Valley range. The integral sun canopy is a nice touch and will provide shade (and a bit of shelter) if required. I especially like the large hook & eye design onto the front poles. There's standing room completely throughout the tent. Each bedroom is a comfortable 2 berth, separating these bedrooms is the integral walk-in wardrobe with hanging rail or this could be utilized to sleep a extra very skinny person. This area isn't large enough for a campbed but may fit a self inflating mat.

 

As with most of the Sprayway range it's well ventilated which should help prevent condensation also a great asset in warmer climates. Nice to see Sprayway’s low level vents have been redesigned to also include a zip closure to prevent draught in high wind conditions.

Features

 

Pitching method: Outer first

Flysheet material: 190T Polyester

Flysheet Hydrostatic Head: 4000mm

Flysheet taped: yes

Ring and pin tensioners: yes

Flysheet tensioners/d rings: yes

Inner tent material: Breathable polyester

Fully sewn in groundsheet with bedrooms & storage

Large open tuck doors

Integrated sun canopy

Fully opening front window

Electric hook up access

Low level vents (with zipped closure)

Fire retardant inner tent: yes

Sewn-In inner tent groundsheet

Poles: steel/zinc (x 5 sets), includes canopy poles

Continuous pole sleeves: yes

Colour coded pole sleeves: yes

Mudwalls: yes

Electrical hook up access: yes

Doors: 1

Vents: 6

Windows: 5

Colour: black/grey

 

 

Size and Weight

 

Width : 355cm

Length : 665cm

Pack size: TBC

Weight: 25kg

Standing Height: Yes (220cm)

 

Pros and Cons

 

Pros:

Quality

Spacious

Integral Sun Canopy

Easy to pitch (30mins)

Good heavy duty oversized storage bag

Lots of pegging points

Looks good

Storm flaps on front of tent

Cons:

Whilst the large front door can be removed it would have been nice to have seen a facility to accommodate the door being partially rolled back.

 

 

 

 

 

The Cost

Around £399

 

Verdict

Verdict: Well made, stable and will be popular with families on sites in the summer months. I have to give credit where credit is due as Sprayway have only been in the tent market for 2 seasons but already are forging ahead in their second season 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 365’s 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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