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French F1 2-Person Tent, Surplus

French F1 2-Person Tent, Surplus

Price 45.99 USD excluding VAT

This French commando tent looks like something from decades ago. Well, actually these are just that. Fits two persons and has luxurious space for one. If traditional design inspires you, this isn't a half-bad option for leisurely camping or festival life. It's sturdy army surplus and fairly lightweight.

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This French commando tent looks like something from decades ago. Well, actually these are just that. Fits two persons and has luxurious space for one. If traditional design inspires you, this isn't a half-bad option for leisurely camping or festival life. It's sturdy army surplus and fairly lightweight.

The French didn't adopt the shelter-half style of pup tent like so many other European armies did but instead went for a nostalgic Snufkin-style tent. The waterproof groundsheet is sewn to the main fabric to keep scorpions and centipedes out. These are made of nylon with aluminum poles, which makes them light to carry and quick to dry. Easy to pitch by two, can be done solo as well.

The ends can be opened up quickly and the closed design means nothing gets inside if every opening is shut. Additionally, each end and sides have vents with mosquito nets. The side vents can be closed to retain heat, at the expense of increased condensation.

The green tent has doors in both ends, the khaki one has a single entrance.

Technical info

Inside length 2.1 m83"
Inside width 1.4 m55"
Inside height 1 m39"
Packed size50 x 23 cm20" x 9"
Total weight3.4 kg7.5 lbs
Fabric and guy ropes2,140 g4.7 lbs
Aluminum pole set330 g11.5 oz
Steel stake set*900 g2 lbs

*The stakes are unnecessarily heavy in our opinion. Ditch them for lighter ones or have your companion carry the stake set while you carry the rest of the tent to balance loads.

Contents

  • The tent itself
  • Two aluminum poles
  • A bag of 17 stakes (8 for the guylines, 9 for anchoring the tent base to ground)
  • A bunch of guylines
  • A nylon stuff sack

Modifications

You can lighten your load by using lighter stakes. The ones included are definitely strong but weigh a ton. You can also use wooden sticks to anchor the tent to the ground, so you really need maybe 8 stakes. We recommend using 6 smaller stakes and 2 bigger ones for the ends.

Additionally, consider cutting a big hole into the tent floor if you do not need it. This will help cleaning and drying the tent but also removes the "Insect-proof!" bit. Your call!

The tents alone do keep out water to a degree when waterproofed with a suitable agent and pitched taut. In heavy rain, you're supposed to rig a tarp or flysheet over the tent for protection. In sunny weather, a flysheet helps keep the tent cool.

French army surplus

Mostly unissued, but there might be some used ones (in a pretty shape of course) in the mix. In any case, you'll get a lot of tent for the buck!

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I would recommend for a friend

05.07.2020
Mahtava teltta, varsinkin hintaansa nähden (kevyemmät kiilat vaan mukaan). Pari yötä puuttomalla tunturialueella viettänyt yksin hyvällä menestyksellä. Melkoinen läpiveto tuntui olevan teltan sisällä, vaikka alemmat tuuletusaukot olivat kiinni. Hieman oli vettä tullut teltan sisään, oletettavasti vetoketjujen kohdalta (senttilitroja). Seuraavilla modifikaatioilla menee vaellusteltasta kesäaikaan:
- Kiinnitä kuivausnaru teltan yläosaan
- Viritä absidi / tuulisuoja esim sadeviitasta
- Lisää tarrasulku yläosan ilmanvaihtoaukkoihin
- Rätti mukaan, niin kuivaat mahdolliset vedet pois aamulla
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I would recommend for a friend

29.07.2016 (Edited 04.08.2016)
I would recommend for a friend

20.01.2017
Toimiva ja kestävä perusteltta kestävällä telttakankaalla jossa plussana verkotus tuuletusaukoissa, jolloin yöunet myös lapissa taattu. Kestää isältä pojalle, jos ei kovin pahoinpitele. Hiukan painavahko, saattaa vaatia telttakyllästettä mutta muuten 5/5.
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I would recommend for a friend

01.07.2017
If we compare this tent to modern designs its construction is obsolete, and yet I find it quite charming. Perhaps because it reminds me of the first tent I've had as a boy. Nostalgia aside, this tent is quite good if we consider the price. I've received the brand new and complete nylon version. The stakes needs to be replaced for the aluminium ones since the ones included with a tent weight as much as the tent itself but everything else is good. The tent is still to heavy for backpacking though unless you are on a budget, if so you might wish to use hiking poles instead of the tent poles to cut on weight even more. However for car camping or canoeing this tent is very suitable. Not sure how the condensation will be in this tent but increased condensation in a single wall tents is common so will see. Like I said for the price very good.
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I would recommend for a friend

21.07.2017
Huikea härveli, iteltä löytyy tuo puuvillainen versio ja sen säänkestävyyttä testasin Nummessa jussina. Välillä vettä tuli enemmän ja välillä vähemmän, mutta vasta neljäntenä aamuna alkoi nurkista tulla vettä sisään. Tähän hommaan olisi pieni ojitus varmasti jeesinyt. Kattoon olen kerran kyllästettä ruikkinut ja se kesti moitteetta koko setin ilman pressuja tms virityksiä.

Syssyllä tää lähtee viikon vaellukselle. Katotaan miten äijän käy.
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I would recommend for a friend

02.10.2017
Suuri teltta, nopea toimitus. Käytetään vuoristossa.
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I would recommend for a friend

14.10.2017 (Edited 28.05.2018)
Tosi hyvä ja helppo teltta. Myös tarpeeksi miehekäs.

Olen pystyttänyt teltan kovillakin vesisateilla, eikä ole tullut vesi läpi. Yksin saa pystytettyä naurettavan helposti. Parempaa saa etsiä.
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I would recommend for a friend

25.10.2017
This is a good, sturdy tent. Easy to set up. These do not include the rain fly but just use a DD tarp or a similar tarp. Has good ventilation.
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I would recommend for a friend

13.12.2017
Arrived virtually brand new. Had that milsurp storage smell No rain fly. Replace the pegs (1lb) to lose a little weight. Set it up in -10C Canadian backyard for the week and tested it out a few nights for condensation. Snowed heavily and it stood up well buried in snow. It's nylon. Walls got pretty wet without everything open. Very good ventilation all things considered, spacious, comfortable. 50$. Win.
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