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Buying a tent at the festival is it possible?


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Written on: 06.12.2012 16:39
Unison
Posts: 30
Can you buy a tent at the festival when you arrive?
Written on: 06.12.2012 18:32
Saturnus
Posts: 3048
yes
Written on: 06.12.2012 19:01
Unison
Posts: 30
Cheers.
Written on: 12.01.2013 23:03
Axel
Posts: 26
I got one of those (4 person-) tents last year in the Get-a-tent-area which are the same tents that you can just buy and pitch wherever you like. We expected to arrive pretty late and wanted to have a fallback in case there would be no space left somewhere else. Anyway, we were lucky and only collected the tent for use at home.

I love Roskilde Festival but I am sorry to report that these tents are total crap.

The tents are not rainproof at all and are only suitable for occasional light rain. After only a couple of hours of medium to heavy rain you will have water in the tent.
The 2 cabins within the tent are only about 1,90m long making it unsuitable for persons over 1,80m.
Also, the tent-cloth is hanging down in the cabins, so you will have to stuff baggage under it which makes it impossible for 2 persons to share one cabin.

I would be curious if a RF person could comment on this. RF is all about respect for each other, but offering these tents is not respectful.
Written on: 13.01.2013 10:17
Coldblooded
Posts: 1229
Axel wrote:

I got one of those (4 person-) tents last year in the Get-a-tent-area which are the same tents that you can just buy and pitch wherever you like. We expected to arrive pretty late and wanted to have a fallback in case there would be no space left somewhere else. Anyway, we were lucky and only collected the tent for use at home.

I love Roskilde Festival but I am sorry to report that these tents are total crap.

The tents are not rainproof at all and are only suitable for occasional light rain. After only a couple of hours of medium to heavy rain you will have water in the tent.
The 2 cabins within the tent are only about 1,90m long making it unsuitable for persons over 1,80m.
Also, the tent-cloth is hanging down in the cabins, so you will have to stuff baggage under it which makes it impossible for 2 persons to share one cabin.

I would be curious if a RF person could comment on this. RF is all about respect for each other, but offering these tents is not respectful.


I don't work for Roskilde, but to me it doesn't sound like you pitched the tent correctly. The outer shell should NOT hang down in the sleeping cabins and that's a sure way to make any tent leaky and unable to withstand rain. Stuffing luggage underneath the tentcloth only worsens the problem as it weakens the resistance of the fabric even further. Ideally, the tentcloth should be stretched out very tightly by the poles and the guy rope (in Danish: barduner), so the water bounces back off the fabric upon impact. The guy rope is especially important at each end of a tunnel style tent, which the Get a Tent models is, as far as I remember. Did you forget to peg down the guy rope tightly so it stretches out the fabric?

As for the size of the sleeping cabins, this is a common problem for me too. I am 1,90 m tall and in most dome-style tents I've tried, I have to sleep diagonally with luggage in the two remaining corners. This is the case for many, many tent designs out there – not only Roskilde's GAT tents.

Consequently, I've bought a really good tent for myself, which I have been using for the past four Roskilde Festivals, this one:
http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/tents/userimages/2554.jpg

It has a long enough cabin to even sleep people taller than me. This photo also shows how the tent should NOT be pitched. The fabric is flopping down in the ends and thus the middle of the tent is the only place where it really will be waterproof. My point is: Even the most expensive of tents are not waterproof when pitched carelessly.

[This article was edited 2 times, at last 13.01.2013 at 10:23.]
Written on: 13.01.2013 11:25
Bongo Anders
Posts: 1155
I had my GAT tent from 2006 (the black one) with me in 2007 and I had the most dry tent in my camp.
And we had a huuuge lake just in front of us in Agora P infront of the kiosks if anyone remember the size of that one.
Written on: 13.01.2013 12:20
anno
Posts: 273
i have stayed at GAT the past two years and have no problems whatsoever. That includes the 4 person tent during the crazy rainstorm of 2011 without any rain in the tent.
Written on: 13.01.2013 14:47
zoon_67
Posts: 39
I shared (2 persons on i each compatment)in a GAT large two years now. Generally its a good place if you want to sleep when you want to. But the large tent is not a good construct, and possible its been badly pre-pitche,also. But it not for 4 people if you want to sleep in the compartments, you can sleep in the middle i guess but no inner tent in that section. I sleep with the inner tent in face all time and still inner tent touches the outer tent so you get a bit wet just from the condensation. The sides of this tent is just too steep, making the compartments too small, even for one. So a change in tent-type would be recommended. If get this large GAT bring/buy some tarp for the middle section to cover the open grass, just a tip.

Not my pic, but gives a good view of the tent. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuifmeel/4366698519/


They should also prepare the road to that area, it takes no rain at all to get it all muddy, esp. around the showers. May not right place for GAT rant but anyways.
Written on: 13.01.2013 22:07
Axel
Posts: 26
weired how different the experiences with the 4-person-tent are. Maybe those tents vary very much in quality.

when we collected the then pitched tent last year on Friday afternoon we found puddles of water in the cabins due to the rain on that morning.

At home I used the tent on a bicycle-tour and pitched it a dozen times in the best possible way, I am very sure.

trouble with the tent I got:
- seams are not properly sealed
- cloth of the cabins cant be fixed to the outer tent like in other tents of this type
- outer cloth is thicker than usual so it dries only slowly

well, good luck with these tents, then :-/

[This article was edited 1 times, at last 13.01.2013 at 22:25.]


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