Kathmandu Retreat 360

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 09:29

Simon H1

Anyone seen/used one of these tents before or any of the other retreat range of tents? They look very appealing but I can't find out much info on them besides what's on the Kathmandu website. Particularly quality wise etc?

Simon
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AnswerID: 481075   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 10:42

Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) replied:

Simon

I have a Kathmandu back packing tent, can't fault the quality, nor could I fault the quality of a "up market" K Mart 3 man dome tent we bought 15 years ago either.

You wouldn't want to buy any Kathmandu gear though unless it is at least ............"50% off". Thumbs UpThanks 0
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FollowupID: 756461   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 10:45

Simon H1 posted:

Hey Mark,

Thanks for your reply.

Yeah this tent retails for over $1000 normally which is obscene for this style of tent but it is currently on sale for $600 which is much more reasonable.

Just not sure if im prepared to go down the Kathmandu route over a bigger brand like Coleman.

Simon
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AnswerID: 481097   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 14:21

Adricat replied:

$600 = rubbish. Check the macpac sale cutrrently on. A far better tent for far less.
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FollowupID: 756473   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 14:42

Simon H1 posted:

Whilst I appreciate the advice Adricat, I'm not too sure you are at all familiar with the specifications of the Kathmandu retreat 360, particularly it's size. The BIGGEST macpac tent is about half the size of the retreat 360 so this is definitely not a suitable alternative.
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FollowupID: 756474   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 14:44

Adricat posted:

The only reason $600 seems reasonable is because $1000 is highway robbery.
Standard Kathmandu practice, inflate the price then offer HUGE SALES.
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FollowupID: 756475   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 14:49

Simon H1 posted:

Yes I realise that Adricat, which is why in my original post I commented that $1000 was way too much, but $600 is a fairly reasonable price for that style and size tent. The equivalent Coleman tents costs between 450-650, the oztrails slightly less. And to be fair, the biggest macpac tent (which is still half the size of the kathmandu or the Coleman's) is normally $1000 and is currently on sale for $600 so it is exactly the same!?
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FollowupID: 756476   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 14:50

Adricat posted:

Macpac v's kathmandu. har har
Ebay is your friend.
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FollowupID: 756478   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 14:52

Adricat posted:

Similar then to Kathmandu products?
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FollowupID: 756477   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 14:52

Simon H1 posted:

Adricat your input in this thread has become less than useless.
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FollowupID: 756479   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 14:56

Simon H1 posted:

That maybe so, but unless your prepared to substantiate your criticism of the Kathmandu tents in a constructive way so that it may actually be helpful as opposed to merely trashing the product and promoting macpac (which I have clearly stated is not in any way a suitable alternative), then please keep your comments to yourself.
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FollowupID: 756480   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 14:57

Adricat posted:

Cry me a river.
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FollowupID: 756493   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 17:17

Steve M1 (NSW) posted:

"cry me a river" LOL

Rodgers and bloody Hammerstein've turned up
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AnswerID: 481128   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 21:12

Cole replied:

Hi Simon. Choice did a review on the retreat 270. this was done in 2011:

Kathmandu Retreat 270, $830

Good points

* Dry steeping area after rain.

* Easy to attach the fly to the frame using velcro strips.

* Instructions sewn into the bag.

* Pegs are reasonably long and thick.

Bad points

* Slow to put up and take down (25 minutes up, 15 minutes down).

* Comparatively heavy to carry.

It was 2nd place in the line up. 1st place was Outdoors connections Weekender.

Hope this helps

Cole
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FollowupID: 756518   Submitted: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 21:15

Simon H1 posted:

Thank you for the helpful response cole.

I was looking at the outdoor connection galaxy plus as well (similar shape but a bit bigger in the rooms etc). Hadn't heard much about the outdoor connection tents either but so its good to hear that they are also a good quality tent apparently.
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AnswerID: 481475   Submitted: Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 21:45

Member - Daryl N (NSW) replied:

Hi Simon,
Daryls wife here offering a little constructive comment as opposed to some. We own 2 Retreat tents both of which have done a fair amount of work, 1 of them travelling around australia for 3 months- have to say great tents in all conditions. I worked for kathmandu for some time and have to claim to know a little about them and other brands as well. They stack up well in quality as regards waterproofness and quality for a tent of that size and yes no-one in their right mind would buy one at full price. During the years that i worked at kathmandu i could count on 1 hand the number of retreat tents that were returned claimed as faulty which compared to the number we sold was inconsequential. Most returned tents were a result of misuse, most commonly not being set and guyed out properly in bad weather. All in all on a par with any of the quality tent manufacturers and good warranty ,just depends what features and style you like. Hope that helps
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