Easy Camp Boston 400 2010

The Easy Camp Boston is a new model based around the popular tunnel design, with a massive front porch area that leads to spacious sleeping rooms at the rear. Large windows make the porch extremely light and airy, while the low price tag gives this an irresistible financial edge that anyone on a budget would no doubt welcome.

Design
Tunnels make good group tents as they allow a large structure to be pitched with relative ease. The Easy Camp Boston 400 is the smallest model in the range, as there is also the 5 person Boston 500 and a 6-person Boston 600. The tent is pitched outer-first with the poles being slipped through sleeves around the outside. There is ladder-lock adjustment at the pole ends and lots of guy lines to be fitted. There is a small canopy at the front door, but the main highlight is the cavernous porch area, which gives access to the inner tent at the rear. There is a removable divider in this inner, allowing kids and parents to have their own space. The windows around the porch have rolldown blinds so that you can have privacy if needed. This is a large tent that weighs in at 15.2kg and has a very large packed size. But the interior space is extremely impressive.

On the hill
It’s easy to think weight and packed size are unimportant if you have a car. But the Easy Camp Boston is a heavy tent to move around, and it takes up a lot of space in transit. When I used this on a campsite it went up reasonably easily, although as the poles are fibreglass they have alloy ferrules between each section and these tend to snag as the poles were being threaded through the sleeves. Also I noticed that the shock-cord was not tight enough to prevent sections coming apart. This made pitching irritating. But you do get big pegs, and the guy lines make the tent pretty stable. The top is quite large and flat, and so water did collect on top. I pitched the Boston several times and found there was a bit too much lateral tension on the inner, which made using the doorway zips frustrating as they often jammed. The space inside is superb though: we had two adults and three young kids inside and it was excellent. The kids enjoyed watching the rain through the windows too! The small canopy at the front was useful for protecting wellies and boots that we left outside.

Design 4-pole tunnel
Poles four shock-corded 13mm diameter fibreglass
Inner breathable polyester
Outer PU-coated polyester, 3000mm hydrostatic head   
Groundsheet polyethylene
Internal footprint length 375cm; width 260cm; height 190cm
Packed size 65x30cm
Weight 15.2kg
Made in China
Stores in the UK 30
Stockist details – tel. (01937) 591101; www.easy-camp.com

The Easy Camp Boston boasts a low price tag; lots of internal space; massive porch; good stability. But pitching not as easy as some; it is very heavy with a large packed size. It’s excellent value (indeed, it won our ‘Best Value’ award) and spacious for the price, but for more money you get easier pitching and some better features.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2010