French ''F1'' Commando Tent. Dk.Olive.
....a.k.a. 'FRED'....what's yours called?!
Breaking news....my thanks to Chris for the excellent write-up and images of one of our F1's in-situ. Chris has used one of our tents on a recent trip to the woods and would like to share his experience with you!
See his review at end of this page! Thanks Chris!!
Here we have a genuine French military 2 person 2-3 season tent.
Styled per traditional 'ridge' which offers a rugged and robust no-frills design.
With a single skin, twin doors and multiple venting points you'll be hard-pushed to find a better value package.
Easy set-up; unpack, lay out and peg the footprint, prop the poles, guy-up, peg, sleep.
We had a sample F1 and erected it in the Endy-wilderness (a.k.a. Kev's garden) for 4 weeks and were very impressed with the quality, build, and functionality.
In fact, the E-dogz enjoyed it as a play-pod and managed to turn it into a wrestling ring, hence 'the tent' being called Fred...."okay, dogz, let's go 'fighting' in Fred!" - this would see them zooooom out into the garden, dive through the tent door, and spend the next five minutes wrestling each other all around the tent, with lil' one (Dot-dog) flinging the other one (Roo-dog) up the walls by the ears. Bonkers!!
So, quite enough of this 'ear wafflin....
What do you get?
1 x F1
2 x 3-sectional lightweight aluminum shock-corded poles
2 x main guy lines with tensioners
6 x skirt guy lines with tensioners
17 x super-sturdy galvanised pegs
1 x large storage pod
1 x small storage pod for ancillaries
1 x erection instructions - in French
0 x dogz!
Footprint; 215cm / 7' 0" x 150cm / 5' 0"
Height; 100cm / 3' 3"
Packed size; 50cm / 20" x 20cm / 8" x 12cm / 5" approx.
Weight; 3,300gms / 7lb 4oz approx.
And here is a review of the F1:
Hey Kev, Good morning!
Just back from a weekend in the woods and thought I would give you some feedback on the French F1 tent's first outing.
I was first to arrive at our camp area at the edge of the woods and picked a level(ish) area to pitch. For the record this is the first time I have used a tent in many years, being a tarp user by preference.
I was extremely impressed with how quickly this tent goes up! I didn't time it exactly but would be honestly surprised if it took longer than 2 mins!
An extending pole either end, front and rear guy line then peg out the corners and you are up and running, really useful if the weather is bad and you need to get kit under cover quickly.
From that point, a bit of fine tuning with the tension on the pegging out points and your home from home is ready to go! ( I took steel pegs as I was vehicle portable and weight was not an issue, however, swap those for, say, Ti pegs and the weight is halved making this a viable backpacking tent.)
Build quality is superb, one piece construction so no faffing with separate fly sheets. I was slightly worried about condensation but the tent has full zip opening fore and aft and mesh venting at the apex of each end.
Size wise, a perfect one person tent with ample space for kit either side of ones central sleep area or cozy for 2.
This is a low profile tent so sitting rather than standing height, added to which the block olive drab colour fits in perfectly with the woodland setting.
A real success Kev, something reassuringly old fashioned about the sturdy build quality of this F1 without the old fashioned weight penalty!
I must add, an ABSOLUTE barging at this price.
Thanks again for the help and advice.
My best. Chris Davis.
P.S I have sent you some images of my camp. Feel free to use them if you think they will help! C