Sleeping and Comfort

Tent

The Hannibal Impi
£2375
approx weight 63kg

The YKK zips are all working fine as are the gas struts and hinges. It's a very well made tent and the mattress is very comfortable. We keep all our bedding in the tent all of the time as well as the ladders. The high grade thick canvass is lasting well with no holes or rips and there has been no leakage. Future maintenance will be to bee wax the zips and treat the canvass. The only real problem with the tent is the small porch. The stitching on one of the internal pocket has came undone rendering it useless but this was fixed with a needle and thread. We love this tent and it's a real night time retreat of comfort and safety from the elements. We use the side door and ladder point 90% of time as the when using the rear ladder point it gets in the way of the rear door opening or closing. 
This tent came almost brand new with our car and the previous owner had changed to this tent after owning a fold out style roof tent because the dust that collected on the tent was unworkable when they were in Morroco. In my opinion this tent is for warmer, dryer conditions as most roof tents are. 

We have tested the tent in many conditions. 

  • In high wind, the tent has been outstanding with the added support that comes from the fibreglass roof. We haven't taken wind speeds but we have been very impressed with it, never feeling in danger of the tent breaking. However, in high wind it is very noisy as I'm sure most tents are.
  • In wet weather, the tent hasn't leaked at all but you cannot have any of the doors fully open in heavy rain including the front entrance even though it has a small porch. The porch is not big enough and it does collect the rain storing it for an early morning shower when climbing down the ladder if you forget to tip it out.
  • In cold weather, the tent needs a lot of ventilation to stop condensation from forming and the under mattress can get wet from lack of air flow. But with good bedding we have many cosy nights at -10 deress and the altitude of 5,300m
  • In tropical climates, the tent can struggle in prolonged wet weather due to the heavy canvass staying wet. You must take every opportunity to dry the tent as to keep your bedding moisture free. We have had no mould forming so far but we have always tried to dry the tent.
  • In hot dry wether, the tent has been very good with all 3 doors fitted with mosquito nets. You get a fairly good flow of air when the doors are secured open with the plastic buckles. When not in use, these buckles do flap in the wind and knock on the tent. However, this is fixed by shortening them with a knot when not in use. The holes in the mosquito net do look a little large to me but we haven't had any issues and I'm sure Hannibal did their research. 

Uses: everyday when camping (We camp 90% of the time)

Awning

Foxwing 270 degrees 
£655, weight 18kg provides around 10sqm of coverage.
2x awning tapered sides - £175 each

We have been lucky enough with the weather on our trip so far which has meant that the awning doesn't have to come out very often. Whenever we do use it though for shade or shelter from the rain, it is money well spent. The whole awning is pretty easy to deploy and can be done by one person in around 3 to 4 minutes, provided there is no wind and that you are not vertically challenged like Me-An. If it is windy, make sure that you guy each section of the awning down as you fold it out (Here is the ​​ link on this). We didn't do this on our trip to Scotland and a gust of wind took the awning up like a sail and snapped one of the poles.

On a positive note, we found out that every part of the awning can be replaced. Once deployed and guided down, the awning is quite robust in high winds and rain but do keep an eye on it if the wind is unpredictable. 

We also have 2 sides for the awning which can turn it in to and enclosed room or massively increase the area of the awning with aid of 2 extra poles that are provided when you purchase the sides. In high winds the sides make the whole structure of the awning stronger and stops the wind getting under the awning.

There are a number of accessories which can be attached to the awning such as a tent. There are ample guys and good quality pegs provided. The repacking of the awning is also very straight forward. There is little wind noise when driving. You can buy addition fitting kits to attach the awning to many different types of roof rack/bars, we didn't buy this and adapted the brackets that were provided. We haven't used the sides as much as the awning but it's nice to know they are there if needed.
 

Uses: on average around 1 in 5 camping days, however we are chasing the summer on our trip and it has been used more for shade more than shelter from the rain in recent months.

Sleeping bags

Rab Andes 1000 (£620) weight: 1625g  ​
Tested ratings: extreme -22c (800), -27c (1000)

As we are traveling the world, we chose high quality sleeping bags that can withstand any temperatures we can throw at them with the extreme ratings of these bags, hopefully, exceeding our requirement. We know we will always be warm at night or in an emergency. The tempurature has only been as low as -10 so far and we have never been cold. But with temperatures in Mongolia capable of dropping to -30 we needed to be safe. The bags are very warm and they are in perfect condition to date. However if the bags get wet then the down is useless. Much care is needed to ensure they stay dry. The bags are provided with a good waterproof stuff sack and pack quite small for the level of warmth provided.
 

Uses: 20