In August A couple of friends and I decided hike the Tugela Gorge.
I had already been to the Falls earlier this year, so a view from the bottom would be cool, So we thought.
Early weather reports, had suggested a huge cold front was due to hit the area late on the Friday Afternoon,
early evening. Bring with it high snow falls as well as freezing temperatures.
We had based our selves at Mahai Camp, with the intention of heading out early the following day.
I had bought a Campmaster explorer dome 2 about 8 months earlier and had never used it.
I had read about it on the Campmaster site and for the price, I thought i was getting a good deal.
According to the specs the tent was a 3 season tent, 2000mm water column, Geodesic frame.
The tent Rolls up fairly compact, Less that 1/2m long and about 160mm dia, 2,7kg
set up is easy and quick ( I had it up in less than 5min, with out assistance)
It comes with fibreglass pegs and a repair kit
it looks quite neat
But that is all the good i could find
They state it is a 2 sleeper.
2 people could fit, but there would be no room for packs or anything else
At the front is a small vestibule but this really for boots or one small pack
I was on my own in the tent I had small air mattress and my pack an clothing
The weather started turning bad from around 7.30pm and a light drizzle, with a few small
snow flakes started falling.
At around 1.30am I woke up when a drop of water hit my face.
I checked where the water had come from with a torch
To my horror, the entire inside flysheet roof area had large (10-15mm) drops of water forming.
some would run down the side and out.
The drizzle hadn’t increased at all.
By 4.30 am, more drops of water where getting in different area’s along the top of the tent,
and by 5.10 I was forced to vacate, as the water had started pooling on the tent floor.
I had to seek shelter at the near by ablution building.
I Know that this is a gear review page, So apologies for not getting to the point
I just would like to see if anyone has had a similar experience, with the same tent brand, because
when made a complaint to the manufacturer, they said it was the first time it had been reported
They did a “test” on the the tent and found " no fault", the manager that I spoke to, said he used a " Garden hose for 30 min"
This how a tent company quality tests its products,
How can it make claims that the products will be able to withstand outdoor conditions, without having the means to properly simulate the conditions?
I just would like to caution, prospective hikers or campers, against considering buying this brand
and more specifically the Campmaster explorer dome 2
The Tent states that the structure allows for camping in any conditions.
In my opinion these words are untrue and deceptive.
rather check out the gear reviews on this site before making a purchase.