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Hi-Tec gear at Coop?

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The Coop's new "Trophy" this time of year is a bunch of Hi-Tec camping/trekking gear. Do any of you have any experience with their gear? In particular, are the tents any good? I've searched for reviews, but I can't find any on these particular models.

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Hi there,

The Coop's new "Trophy" this time of year is a bunch of Hi-Tec camping/trekking gear. Do any of you have any experience with their gear? In particular, are the tents any good? I've searched for reviews, but I can't find any on these particular models.

Thanks in advance for your responses.
If this is relating to their latest collectable stamp offers, I can only speak in general terms, on the small amount of experience I have personally.

Normally, the goods themselves are of reasonable quality, but the 'discounted' price, with the full card of stamps, is usually in the region of 'normal' retail price - the advertised original price, is usually completely unrealistic.

I would hazard a guess that these offers run by Coop are to help suppliers/manufacturers shift surplus goods, which aren't shifting due to over-inflated pricing, by tempting the punter to make purchases that they may not have considered, by duping them into thinking that they're picking up a bargain quality product.

However, if you normally shop in Coop and get the stamps anyway, and are in the market for some camping gear, it's probably not such a bad deal.

Regarding tents, it should be two layers - inner and outer/flysheet, and waterproofing of over 2000 (may get away with 1500 for light, summer use).
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If this is relating to their latest collectable stamp offers, I can only speak in general terms, on the small amount of experience I have personally.

Normally, the goods themselves are of reasonable quality, but the 'discounted' price, with the full card of stamps, is usually in the region of 'normal' retail price - the advertised original price, is usually completely unrealistic.

I would hazard a guess that these offers run by Coop are to help suppliers/manufacturers shift surplus goods, which aren't shifting due to over-inflated pricing, by tempting the punter to make purchases that they may not have considered, by duping them into thinking that they're picking up a bargain quality product.

However, if you normally shop in Coop and get the stamps anyway, and are in the market for some camping gear, it's probably not such a bad deal.

Regarding tents, it should be two layers - inner and outer/flysheet, and waterproofing of over 2000 (may get away with 1500 for light, summer use).
The tents look pretty rubbish. What do you want to do with one?
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The tents look pretty rubbish. What do you want to do with one?
Camping one would hope.
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Re: Hi-Tec gear at Coop?

Thanks for your responses.

We're not hard-core trekkers. Was merely thinking of an easy peasy camp by a lake or something, in good weather, at a site with full faciities. (ie, wimpy fake "camping" ).
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Thanks for your responses.

We're not hard-core trekkers. Was merely thinking of an easy peasy camp by a lake or something, in good weather, at a site with full faciities. (ie, wimpy fake "camping" ).
In which case it is a good deal - for what you want it is perfect. True, the stuff they have at the coop is a long way from being top of the range but for the prices - it is a good deal - great for the intro to easy summer camping.
Don`t get drawn into paying 100`s of francs for a high spec that you don`t really need.
Go to somewhere like TRANSA (which is a great store) and look in their catalogue and you will pay a fortune for a similar sized tent.
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Re: Hi-Tec gear at Coop?

For light occasional camping, places like Landi and Aldi also have very good priced functional tents.
Not a regularly stocked item, but in the both stores that I use, I have seen left over stock from previous offers on the shelves.

I was able to find a link to the Coop Trophy offer to which you're referring (crap description and details, though), and they look fine for your requirements and, as said above, not bad for the money.

I don't how many would be in your party, but, unless you're hiking with it, or on a (motor) bike, I would opt for the bigger 4 person one for 100 chufs.

The camping experience (especially in wet weather) is so much more enjoyable, when there's sufficient space to store your kit and move around.
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Thanks for your responses.

We're not hard-core trekkers. Was merely thinking of an easy peasy camp by a lake or something, in good weather, at a site with full faciities. (ie, wimpy fake "camping" ).
They'll be fine for that.

They would be pretty useless for a few weekends in the windy wet English lake district though - and quite heavy to carry.

That's why I asked what you wanted to do with it. It's a fair question.

You'd get a similar response if you said you wanted to buy a car and was a particular model any good.
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Re: Hi-Tec gear at Coop?

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Hi tec is a pretty cheap brand in UK and not a name associated with camping but cheap sports stuff. Personally speaking i wouldnt bother. You may find better on rocardo or amazon.

I' a camper so have some experience with tents. Quality is everything and you always get what you pay for...

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