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  #2189706 1-Mar-2019 22:44
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jonathan18:

throbb: Have both the 600 and the 500. So easy to setup and and take down, I had a 7 year old setup most of it in under 15min. Taking down is almost as quick.
Found them extremely stable in windy conditions, more so than a typical dome tent with poles. These stay up even if you dont use the guy ropes, I ended up only using 4 of the 12 or so and had no issues.

Also like that they are well ventilated, internal rooms configurable and plenty of entrances.


Great to hear from someone who owns the Torpedo 7 models, so thanks for the reply. Good to hear they're working well for you, which assuages many of my fears.


That said, I'm still thinking of the relative waterproofing - 3,000 mm for the T7 vs 10,000 mm for the Zempire ripstop inflatables; @throb: how have you found your tents in this regard?


We're likely to be using it only in summer (and only sparingly at that) , so perhaps I'm worrying too much about an uncommon occurrence; given I can save a decent amount, and given the expected use, I'm thinking the T7 will probably be adequate for our purposes... unless I can find a Zempire at a good discount that is!


I've only had one night of rain while camping and there were no leeks. One big down pour and light drizzle through the night.
Not an expert on the waterproof rating but pretty sure 3000mm is more than enough for most conditions, I think the tent would be floating away of there was enough rain to penetrate.

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  #2357652 20-Nov-2019 09:41
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A few months on I'm back looking at inflatable tents; friends have recently bought one from Dwight's Canvas (in Wgtn) that we put up the other week, and I was really impressed. The fabric was of a decent weight, and its waterproofing rating is a bit higher than the Torpedo 7 tents; he reckons the Torpedo 7 tents had more 'comfort' features (eg, clear windows) but the Dwight's tents were better built.

 

So we're looking at the following two models:

 

https://dwights.co.nz/collections/inflatable-tents/products/enterprise-2

 

https://www.torpedo7.co.nz/products/T7RTFN9CD/title/air-series-600

 

They're a very similar size, but the layout of the Dwight's (with bedrooms each end of the tent, rather than next to each other) is more appealing. That said, even assuming we can get a 40% discount on the Dwight's tent, it's still $270 more than the Torpedo 7. Unfortunately, our local Torpedo 7 has only the smaller 500 model up (but will still check that out), and viewing the Dwight's will require a trip to Wellington.

 

Welcome anyone's thoughts on the relative merits of these tents, and whether it's worth that extra $270 (which I think it could be, if it's going to last longer, for example).

 

Many thanks!


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  #2357653 20-Nov-2019 09:45
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We have a Zempire inflatable shelter, we left it up at the campground one weekend and there was a storm - our shelter was the only one left standing.




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  #2357658 20-Nov-2019 10:03
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Past or Present Tense?

 

 


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  #2357679 20-Nov-2019 10:54
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I've looked into Zempire inflatable tents, but totally outside of my budget...

Had anyone here had direct experience with the Dwight's inflatables?

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  #2357731 20-Nov-2019 11:35
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I had a look at the dwights ones recently, they're very impressive and well though out.  So much so we're thinking of getting some for our Scout Group to use.


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  #2359131 22-Nov-2019 08:37
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So I called Dwight's yesterday, and they seem really easy to deal with. Yep, they're happy to offer 40% off the 'standard' price at any time, and will still provide free shipping with this price (just needs to be arranged and paid over the phone, or in-store, as the prices on-line are the standard). I mention this in case others are keen on the tents but not so much on the normal price - clearly simply need to ask for the lower price.

 

So $1020 for the Dwight's vs $750 - for the extra $270 we'd get a better quality product, thicker material (but only 3kg heavier), higher waterproof rating, better layout (larger bedrooms, and they're each end rather than next to each other)... That's worth the extra cost. We'll check out the Torpedo 7 one this weekend just to confirm, but I reckon this hits the sweet spot between quality and affordability.




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We bought a Torpedo 7 600 series Air Tent, after the 4th time putting it up one of the air tubes spontaneously exploded about 30mins after set up, the sound was louder than a gun going off, completely ruined out holiday as we had a huge sag in the tent, we were just luck our 2 year old was down at the beach with his mum when it happened otherwise if he was inside it may have resulted in hearing loss.
The tent is still under warranty but I have to wait for Torpedo 7 to go through there return process which is slow to say the least...

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  #2383265 31-Dec-2019 12:37
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We had a Torpedo7 AirSeries 500 for one summer (before it was stolen) and put it up a few times including in moderate wind.  We were very happy with it.  I loved the head room.  Would consider another one.


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  #2383295 31-Dec-2019 13:49
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jonathan18:

 

So I called Dwight's yesterday, and they seem really easy to deal with. Yep, they're happy to offer 40% off the 'standard' price at any time, and will still provide free shipping with this price (just needs to be arranged and paid over the phone, or in-store, as the prices on-line are the standard). I mention this in case others are keen on the tents but not so much on the normal price - clearly simply need to ask for the lower price.

 

So $1020 for the Dwight's vs $750 - for the extra $270 we'd get a better quality product, thicker material (but only 3kg heavier), higher waterproof rating, better layout (larger bedrooms, and they're each end rather than next to each other)... That's worth the extra cost. We'll check out the Torpedo 7 one this weekend just to confirm, but I reckon this hits the sweet spot between quality and affordability.

 

 

 

 

@jonathan18 did you end up buying the Dwights enterprise? and if you did have you have a chance to use it yet and do you rate it if so? 


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  #2383477 31-Dec-2019 17:48
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@dt: sorry for the delay; been at the beach...

 

Yep, we did end up buying the Enterprise 2; took only about two days to turn up. 

 

We had it up on the front lawn for a week, and we're totally happy with it - really well-made and cleverly designed (eg, the sleeping pods can be completely removed so it's a single space; this also means the sleeping areas have a double-layered floor), easy to put up. Haven't yet packed it up (left it to dry in the garage while we were away), but one trick they don't tell you (but is visible in a video) is to open the valves use the back of the valve covers.

 

It's also a pretty large tent - we'd not measured out 6.5m, so weren't aware how large it was. Our kids love it; the eldest slept most nights in it, and wants it up again this weekend for a sleepover with a friend. 

 

And now I see the buggers have dropped the price even further - we paid $1000, and it's currently $850, which is a complete steal.

 

https://dwights.co.nz/collections/inflatable-tents/products/enterprise-2

 

Can't see how anyone could be disappointed in it for that price, as I think it was already great value at $1k. Let me know what you think of it if you do end up with one.


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  #2590054 21-Oct-2020 21:41
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Hi @jonathan18,
I’m so glad to have come across this thread as I’ve been comparing the same 2 models (Torpedo7 Air Tent 600 & Dwight’s Enterprise II). I’m also leaning towards the Dwight’s tent (currently on sale for $999). Did you purchase any of the accessories - the footprint or awnings? Wondering if they’re worth getting. A general update if you’ve had more use out of your tent would be great too. I’m getting it to take my 3 young kids camping so it will be fair weather camping for us too. Many thanks.
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  #2590107 22-Oct-2020 05:25
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MadameMoot: Hi @jonathan18,
I’m so glad to have come across this thread as I’ve been comparing the same 2 models (Torpedo7 Air Tent 600 & Dwight’s Enterprise II). I’m also leaning towards the Dwight’s tent (currently on sale for $999). Did you purchase any of the accessories - the footprint or awnings? Wondering if they’re worth getting. A general update if you’ve had more use out of your tent would be great too. I’m getting it to take my 3 young kids camping so it will be fair weather camping for us too. Many thanks.
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Hey there,

 

No, we haven’t purchased any accessories, but that they’re available is a nice to have.

 

As for the tent, totally worth it and would definitely recommend over the Torpedo 7. I don’t think their quality is comparable. We took it camping early this year and it was brilliant. Friends have the smaller one (also for a family of four) but, given the different layout, I think the larger is a much more flexible beast. Nice having just a little distance between us and the kids, for example, and the larger vestibule area. Go for it!


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  #2638582 20-Jan-2021 08:56
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Cool to read these.

Having just returned from camping with a large canvas tent, we've just purchased a Torpedo 7 inflatable.

 

Will be keeping the canvas until we've seen and tried the inflatable, but am just sick of it for the relatively short durations we do each year (usually 5 or 6 days, once a year).

 

It's big and has long heavy pole bags as well.  Come a storm I'm glad I'm in it, but a change of vehicle has meant a lot less boot space than normal and it's driven the change.

 

 

 

Unfortunately these aren't on special as much at the moment or have sold out, but we'll just see how we go.

 

They have a slightly new version that has blackout material on the sleeping pods, which is a bit gimmicky but also could be quite cool.

Great to hear the real world experiences.  Happy camping everyone!

 

 


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Quick question, but did the Enterprise 2 Inflatable Air Tent have a internal body and separate full fly setup?

The Torpedo 7 variant does not have a fly, and instead only the sleeping pods include a separation gap.
It's like the pods are tents within and the main tent itself is the fly, if that makes sense?

 

That approach is quite unusual for a nylon tent not to have a full fly / internal dome configuration.


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