Freedom Trails Sandero 6
** Please note that this tent is now being sold under the Eurohike brand. This is due to Go Outdoors being owned by JD, the same company the own Blacks and Millets and the changes have been made to try and streamline their brands. The specs are the same and only the branding has changed.
The Freedom Trail Sandero 6 is the tent that my partner and I have used as our weekend tent for the past 2 years so I am very familiar with it. This has served us well as our go-to weekend tent and we love it. But, there a few points that I feel could be improved but I will speak about them later in the review so don’t let that put you off this tent. All in all, this is a great weekend tent please read on to find out all the specs. You will also learn how I remedied the one area that I felt let the tent down for pennies this simple trick was quick to do (I did it on the campsite, while the tent was up) and it resolved the issue and added more comfort.
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So what is offered with the Freedom Trail Sendero 6?
The Freedom Trail Sendero 6 is a great weekend tent. It is sufficient for a family of 4 if the weather is good and you are going to be out of the tent for most of the day or like us if you are a couple who want a little more room to laze about and relax.
The tent has a fully sewn-in groundsheet and comes with 1 detachable bedroom pod. The bedroom pod can be removed to provide more room or if you want an open plan layout.
We use this tent as a couple with adequate living space. We have spent several wet weekends in this tent without feeling cramped or falling over each other.
This would also suit a young family with 1 or 2 children for weekends.
Personally, I feel that this tent is not suited for 6 people unless you were only using it to sleep in during the night and making a quick breakfast before moving on. As this has a fast pitch of 15 minutes this would also be a suitable tent for touring. While providing enough room to stand, sort through your gear or sit around a table planning where you are heading to next.
Poles – the Sendero 6 comes with 3 sets of fibreglass poles with steel connectors.
Guy Lines – All guy lines come pre-attached to the tent
Fabrics – the tent is made of polyester material with an HH of 2000mm. Inner tent (bedroom pod) is also made with breathable polyester materials
Cable Entry – the tent has a zipped cable entry point if you are camping with EHU. The tent also has a central light hanging point.
Windows – the Sendero has 2 windows, one on each side of the tent. These are fairly small windows measuring about 50cmx50cm. The windows are split with the top half being mesh and bottom being clear plastic. The curtains to cover windows are on the outside of this tent and can be zipped down completely at night. If raining you can zip the curtain down half-way to stop rain coming through mesh top half.
Doors – this tent has 1 door to the front of the tent. The door is rolled up when in the open position and held with 2 toggles. The door is closed by zips on each side and bottom held shut by toggles. This is a large entrance door and in good weather, we use a couple of king poles (not supplied) and stretch the door out creating our own little canopy.
NB. We have attached poppers or snaps along the bottom of the door as when we experienced high winds we found the middle of the door sometimes blew inwards when raining we once had a small puddle at the entrance. These are the ones we used.
Ventilation – there are 4 ventilation panels on this tent. The 2 at the tops of the windows and 2 at the rear of the tent behind the bedroom pod.
Bedrooms – the Sendero has one large bedroom pod to the rear of the tent. This has a light hanging point to rear and storage pockets along either side. The bedroom door also has a zip away the top curtain to reveal a further internal mesh vent to allow air to circulate during the day.
This is a good size pod and we easily fit our double height, double air mattress in the room with room for clothes storage.
Living Area – the Sendero living area is modest in size but as this tent is recommended for weekend use this should not be an issue unless you are using it to full person capacity. We find it spacious enough to store all our kitchen equipment while still having room to lounge about and read in the evenings.
Optional Extras – you can purchase a tent carpet for this tent that is fully shaped to fit the living area. This is around £35 and adds a touch of luxury and added safety (read my blog on the benefits of tent carpets here).
Canopy – You can now purchase a Freedom Trail Universal Canopy to attach to the front of your Freedom Trail tents. This will help keep your tent dry when entering and exiting in adverse weather conditions and also provide some shade if you want to sit out in the good weather but not in direct sunlight. These can be purchased here.
These are priced at £35 (price correct at time of publishing)
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*Please note that price was correct at time of publishing and will be updated on a regular basis.
We think the Freedom Trail Sandero 6 is a great weekend tent that will help provide a great weekend, touring, or festival camping experience. As the tent only has a Hydrostatic Head of 2000mm it is more for fair or dry weather. On saying this we have only experienced the tent leaking from the seams once and this was during a torrential downpour that left neighboring areas flooding so it can withstand some heavy rain.
If you wish to expand your camping space this tent you now have the option to buy the universal canopy for this tent, we think that this makes the tent even more appealing than before. This would be an ideal area for cooking or relaxing on an evening out with a tent.
All in all a great weekend tent and as stated above the door somewhat lets it down but this can be remedied by adding poppers, Velcro or a zip. This should only cost an extra few quid and turns this into a great weekend tent.
Have you used or owned one of these tents. Please feel free to leave your thoughts to help others make more informed choices before purchasing. We all have different needs and uses when it comes to our tents so you may offer something I have not covered.
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