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French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus. Pictured is the nylon model which we usually get.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus. The stakes may be either type: the stronger ones on the left or the lighter ones on the right, which weigh 25 grams (0.88 oz) a piece.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.

French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus

Price 51.99 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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French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus. The stakes may be either type: the stronger ones on the left or the lighter ones on the right, which weigh 25 grams (0.88 oz) a piece.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.
French F1 / F2 2-Person Tent, Surplus.

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. The F2 versions 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.

We previously had the occasional F1 cotton version, which is worse and no longer available. This may be reflected in some customer reviews.

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 tents have doors in both ends, the khaki ones have 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. Some tents have come with a stake set weighing at one pound. These have been surprises to us and we don't pick and choose these.

Contents

  • The tent itself
  • Two aluminum poles
  • A bag of 17 stakes (8 for the guylines, 9 for anchoring the tent base to ground)
  • Guylines: two long ones for the ends, six for the sides
  • 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

16.07.2020
Just received my second tent in tan to go with my older OD one I've had for a while. The tan tent seems to be completely NOS, whereas the OD one seems to have seen a bit of use.
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I would recommend for a friend

24.07.2020
Teltta tuli tänään postiin ja pakkohan se oli heti koe kasata, ennen huomista retkeä. No onneksi koe kasasin, vaikka teltta oli ihan koskematon, on pakkausta joskus varmaan käpistelty. Kasatessa luulin jo yllätäneeni itsenikin omalla yksinkertaisuudella, mutta sitten ammattikoulun matematiikalla kykenin laskemaan, että yksi lyhyempi naru ja 4 kiilaa puuttuu. Onneksi tilasin samalla kertaa dd:n kiilsarjan ja kengännauha ajaa oivasti narun virkaa, joskin pikakiristimen puute hieman jäi harmittamaan. Lopputulema ihan oiva teltta, kevyt (tottunut retuuttamaan sissiteltaa mukan), tilava kahdelle riisitautiselle
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25.08.2020
Decent tent, goes up and comes down easily. Only reason not 5 star is because it sucks up water from the air, a fog will leave water dripping on the inside roof of tent. Easily solved with a can of waterproofing. Switched out the guide lines with some orange reflective para cord which makes a huge difference at night. I ordered the green tent and it seems to be brand new NOS, worth the money.
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I would recommend for a friend

12.09.2020
Hyvä teltta lämpimällä kelillä. Kesäkuun lopussa tilattu F2 vihreä teltta oli uusi.
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22.09.2020
My tent arrived and I set it up in my backyard almost immediately. Easy to set up and seems quite well made. For the price is much better quality than a similarly priced tent at Walmart or Canadian Tire. What I really like is that it can be opened at both ends. I'm going to use it camping this weekend, so I'll find out how water resistant it is.
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28.10.2020
Tämä teltta on toiminut useampana yönä ja kaikkina kertoina olen onnistunut yksin saada teltan pystyyn. Ei kannata odottaa normitelttaa parempia unia ja ominaisuudet ovat kutakuinkin samat mitä muissakin teltoissa. Teltta on kuitenkin halpa ja kestävä. Ei ole mitenkään äärettömän nopea pystyttää, mutta riippuu tietty siitä, että montako kiilaa nyt meinaa siihen laittaa. Vakiona tulevat kiilat kannattaa vaihtaa kevyempiin kuten kuvauksessa kerrottiin tai käyttää sopivan paksuisia keppejä suoraan metsästä.

Olen itse siirtynyt jo käyttämään riippumattoa, jolloin ei mene aikaa etsiessä tasaista telttapaikkaa, mutta äärimmäisen kätevä pitää varalla vaikka autossa.
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I would recommend for a friend

15.12.2020 (Edited 15.12.2020)
I'm yet to take this out on an overnight hike, so this is just first impressions (will update after using it a few times).

Great tent, especially for the price. It is much lighter than I expected (even with the heavy tent pegs), definitely not as light as some of the specialized hiking tents that are on the market but it seems like it will more than do the job.
Extra points for the old school look that is difficult to find in most modern tents.
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08.01.2021
Oliivinvihreä versioni oli kuin suoraan tehtaalta tilattu, täysin iskemättömässä kunnossa. Taisin myös saada sen oliivinvihreän poikkeusyksilön joka on varustettu ovella vain toisesta päästä, ja tässä ovessahan on myös hyttysverkko (suuri plussa). Ja taisi olla nyt tähdet kertakaikkiaan kohdillaan kun vielä kevyemmät kiilatkin olivat eksyneet pakettiin.

Tässä vaiheessa olen erittäin tyytyväinen ostokseen,
laitetaan kevään mittaan testiin luonnonvoimia vastaan.
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