/ Oex rakoon 2 tent

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no_more_scotch_eggs - on 13 Mar 2019

In Go Outdoors sale at present 

https://m.gooutdoors.co.uk/oex-rakoon-2-backpacking-tent-p429817

looks basically a copy of the Terra Nova Solar 2, with entrances at both sides. And the Solar 2 was a fantastic tent. The Rakoon is not the lightest at 3kg; but then that’s only 800g heavier than the Solar 2 for 1/4 of the price. 

Has anyone used one? Reviews of Oex tents appear to be pretty positive re the build quality, has anyone had a different experience? 

At £70 I’m tempted to take a punt on one...

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Timmd on 14 Mar 2019
In reply to no_more_scotch_eggs:

It has fiberglass poles which isn't so great, though replacement alu pole might be sourced fairly cheaply I guess.

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no_more_scotch_eggs - on 15 Mar 2019
In reply to Timmd:

Ah - hadn’t spotted that. Wouldn’t be planning anything too testing for it, but still...

Anyone out there used any of the OEx range? Decent enough at the price, or limitations quickly exposed? 

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richlan - on 15 Mar 2019
In reply to no_more_scotch_eggs:

I’ve seen a few OEX tents about, the most notable one was on Barra in a gale which knocked several other tents flat and it looked rock solid, want this model though which probably doesn’t help !

Have they any others on sale ?

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no_more_scotch_eggs - on 15 Mar 2019
In reply to richlan:

Yes the whole range appears to be half price at present. All appear to be modelled on ‘premium’ tents but are a bit heavier, and a lot cheaper!  

With that recommendation I think the Rakoon is worth a punt- may take a look tomorrow...

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richlan - on 16 Mar 2019
In reply to no_more_scotch_eggs:

I think it was this one I saw:

https://m.gooutdoors.co.uk/oex-phoxx-ii-tent-p446962

Looks a better option to the Rakoon I think

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no_more_scotch_eggs - on 16 Mar 2019
In reply to richlan: 

yes, I see that ones got aluminium poles, and is a fair bit lighter 

the space in the old Solar 2 was huge though, and it was very stable. My brother has taken long term custody of ours (he does use it more) so having a ‘back up’ one would be handy. 

How easy/expensive is it to get replacement poles ie I could get the Rakoon, and if the tent body was as good as the reviews suggest, I could ‘upgrade’ to the aluminium ones for better weight and robustness...?

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Timmd on 19 Mar 2019

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