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It's a thing of beauty. Any time I see one or similar pitched near me, I have my beady eye on it all Monday just in case they're rich, lazy feckers that are going to leave it.  But it seems when one has found a great tent, one never leaves it behind.  As it should be.

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This comes with my strongest recommendation -

Helinox Chair One - £45 from Blacks / Millets / Ultimate Outdoors (all essentially the same company)

Far, far better than any other camping chair on the market - packs smaller + lighter, and supports heavier loads. I've never seen it below £70 before. The catch is they've only got the Yellow one left but at that price I can live with that.

Just don't line them up in rows like a barrier.

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47 minutes ago, incident said:

This comes with my strongest recommendation -

Helinox Chair One - £45 from Blacks / Millets / Ultimate Outdoors (all essentially the same company)

Far, far better than any other camping chair on the market - packs smaller + lighter, and supports heavier loads. I've never seen it below £70 before. The catch is they've only got the Yellow one left but at that price I can live with that.

Just don't line them up in rows like a barrier.

Chairs with that kind of framework / bracket construction don't tend to last long with our lot. People drop in to them like they are settee's with the inevitable stress failure resulting in thier demise. I've lost count of the number of broken ones I've taken home from various festivals. A friend scavanged seven chairs for me at last years Glastonbury and not one of them survives. I have now started buying far more sturdy (and heavier) chairs for festivals off ebay. However, it's easy when you can just pluck them out of your campervan and set them up on the spot. I don't do Glastonbury in the campervan though so can see the appeal of the lightweight nature. It's just that if you go off for a piss someone end up flopping in to your chair anyway.

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To be fair, the Helinox design does seem more durable than the standard frame chairs you get sold at the Festival and most camping stores. You still need to treat them with care, and so it sounds like it might not be suitable for your group, but for me I love that it folds down small & light enough to fit in my day bag so I can carry it around the Festival without it being a burden.

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I bought two moon chairs like these thinking they would be the dogs for comfort;

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Unfortunately I was on one when it ever so gently collapsed leaving me sitting on the floor. I then had the other one out when a load of us were camping this year celebrating my birthday. I looked to my right to see the person sitting in it also ever so gently be lowered to the ground as the chair collapsed. And guess what - I don't even think he noticed that he had been 'lowered' to ground level he was that pissed. He just carried on talking away as if nothing had happened.

 

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On 01/12/2015, 18:29:57, paddyclark said:

not in the market for a tent...

but could see the attraction of this for £150   5 person and would get round a gazebo ban lol

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/vango-eos-550-sc-tent-p321269

 

 

I'm not in the market for a tent either but have to agree that that tent is a thing of some beauty. Even though I now have a campervan I am still very affected by tent porn.

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On 05/12/2015 at 3:18 PM, Yoghurt on a Stick said:

I'm not in the market for a tent either but have to agree that that tent is a thing of some beauty. Even though I now have a campervan I am still very affected by tent porn.

You can be AC/DC and go for both CV AND tent porn. Spread your wings a little....

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On 1 December 2015 at 6:29 PM, paddyclark said:

not in the market for a tent...

but could see the attraction of this for £150   5 person and would get round a gazebo ban lol

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/vango-eos-550-sc-tent-p321269

 

 

That tent does tempt me. I'll wait to see what deals are about in march though

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On 11/30/2015 at 7:39 PM, Yoghurt on a Stick said:

Chairs with that kind of framework / bracket construction don't tend to last long with our lot. People drop in to them like they are settee's with the inevitable stress failure resulting in thier demise. I've lost count of the number of broken ones I've taken home from various festivals. A friend scavanged seven chairs for me at last years Glastonbury and not one of them survives. I have now started buying far more sturdy (and heavier) chairs for festivals off ebay. However, it's easy when you can just pluck them out of your campervan and set them up on the spot. I don't do Glastonbury in the campervan though so can see the appeal of the lightweight nature. It's just that if you go off for a piss someone end up flopping in to your chair anyway.

I weigh 19 stone and mine survived last festival with no issues.  Only thing if you've not seen one is that they are small low chairs, not full size. Despite that I was surprised at how comfortable it was and considered getting a backup when I saw how cheap they had gotten. Decided £45 is a lot of beer and will stick with one.

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22 hours ago, carlosj said:

You can be AC/DC and go for both CV AND tent porn. Spread your wings a little....

I must confess that I do do a bit of CV porn every now and again too. What I really like doing though is looking at old Optare single decker buses for sale and dreaming about converting one to a campervan.

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10 hours ago, ukmountie said:

I weigh 19 stone and mine survived last festival with no issues.  Only thing if you've not seen one is that they are small low chairs, not full size. Despite that I was surprised at how comfortable it was and considered getting a backup when I saw how cheap they had gotten. Decided £45 is a lot of beer and will stick with one.

I think it must be the flopping action that does it. It's got to be something as there's plenty of discarded broken ones around the site on Monday morning. Just to point out that I bring the broken ones we have back home with me. My back  garden is sprinkled with them. Unfortunately I can't bring myself to call it art so I really must put the lot out of the front of my house for the scrap metal man to do his bit with them. Maybe this post will motivate me to do it. And maybe not.

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1 hour ago, mrf said:

http://gadgetshow.channel5.com/news/meet-smartphone-10-day-battery

I reckon this would fulfill most peoples needs of needing social media access at the site, but not wanting to have to try to plug their phone into a powerbank at least once a day!

just buy http://www.amazon.co.uk/EC-Technology-22400mAh-Flashlight-Smartphones-/dp/B00F5Q4F0U/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1450124298&sr=8-11&keywords=portable+charger 
and charge your phone while you sleep

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1 hour ago, jonodillieono said:

Which is why I said for those not wanting to plug their phone in at least once a day - or twice for iPhone users! I use an Anker one like that and its amazing.

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some good deals at go outdoors but as all stores are different i reckon you should check it out on line ....love abit of tent porn i do lol

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On Monday, December 07, 2015 at 10:34 PM, carlosj said:

You can be AC/DC...

It's a sign!!!

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On 12/14/2015 at 8:19 PM, jonodillieono said:

+1 for this,I got this one before last year's festival and it was great. I was away from home for a full week and used my phone (iPhone 4 ) a lot and this kept me charging all the time really great 

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7 hours ago, donthaveacoolname said:

+1 for this,I got this one before last year's festival and it was great. I was away from home for a full week and used my phone (iPhone 4 ) a lot and this kept me charging all the time really great 

£13.64 now for the red one. thats half the price of the other colours.

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8 hours ago, donthaveacoolname said:

+1 for this,I got this one before last year's festival and it was great. I was away from home for a full week and used my phone (iPhone 4 ) a lot and this kept me charging all the time really great 

+2 for this - we used it last year for 2 phones all 5 days of Glastonbury. I think it still had a half charge when we got home

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