Light and incredibly spacious: The Apteryx 3 tent by Bach

Bach has made a name for itself over decades as a manufacturer of high-quality backpacks. The brand is little known for its tents and chairs. Wrongly so, in our opinion. We got that Tent Grabbed the Apteryx 3 and the Kingfisher and Kiwi camping chairs and set off.

More precisely we are with the 4 season tent Apteryx 3 and the two camping chairs first set off with the camper. In keeping with today's multi-option society, we wanted to keep all options open. The two camping chairs were used for the first time after a climbing tour in the Alpstein. We tested the tent in a different frame, but more on that later.

Bach chairs: Assembly is child's play

Bach camping chairs: light, robust, quick to set up

The camping chair Kiwi as well as his older brother Kingfisher come in a slim bag with a handy loop. They can be carried comfortably in the hand for shorter distances and attached to the backpack for further transport.

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The small pack size also comes into play when you use the Bach-Want to use chairs primarily around the camper. Because although buses have a lot of storage space, it is known to fill up quickly. Then it is all the more convenient if you have compact camping chairs with you that are quickly at hand.

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Camping chairs from Bach: on the left the olive-colored and slightly larger Kingfisher, on the right the yellow model Kiwi.

As shown in the video above, the linkage of the two chairs cannot be put together incorrectly. It is made of robust eco-duralumin, i.e. aluminum with environmentally friendly anodizing. The seat cover is first attached to the backrest and then pulled over the lower rods using two straps. That's it.

Bach camping chairs: practical features

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  • bach kingfisher feature

Despite their low weight of 990 grams (Kiwi) and 1250 grams (Kingfisher) respectively, the two camping chairs are solid, the lateral torsion is minimal. The two chairs are the best place to end the evening. Thanks to their weight, they are an option for those who do not want to do without the comfort of a chair, even for multi-day camping tours on foot or by bike.

The camping chairs Kiwi and Kingfisher Chair by Bach at a glance

Camping chair kiwi

  • 990 grams
  • Set up quickly and easily
  • Load capacity 145 kilograms
  • Very small pack size (50x10x12cm)
  • Seat: 59x31x52cm

Camping chair Kingfisher

  • 1250 grams
  • Set up quickly and easily
  • Load capacity 145 kilograms
  • Very small pack size (45x10x12cm)
  • Seat: 54x34x78cm

Apteryx 3: Four-season tent with a wide range of uses

Whether on the multi-day tour in the mountains or on the campsite: That Apteryx 3 is a real miracle of space. The 4 seasontunnel tent weighs just 2,8 kilograms when packed and still offers space for three people and plenty of material.

We took advantage of the recent window of fine weather to use Bach's tunnel tent on a river hike in eastern Switzerland. Because why wander into the distance when the good is so close? At our pretty spot right on the river bank, we were also able to see that a little water couldn't harm the tent floor with its laminated thermoplastic polyurethane coating (10000 mm water column).

Video: The most important features of the Apteryx 3 summarized

Assembly alone possible

Even if the tunnel tent is held in shape by three tent stands, it can be set up by one person. It works like this: you fix the end of the tent with pegs and bring the colour-coded poles into position. If you then pull on the front of the tent, the tunnel folds out like a hand organ.

This didn't quite work for us like in the promotional video. The solid aluminum pegs didn't find enough hold on the sandy-stony river bank, no matter how good the material is. Weighted down with stones and driftwood, the Bach tent quickly took on the desired shape.

The Apteryx tunnel tent literally has tensioning options at every nook and cranny to secure it. This is a big advantage in more alpine areas where a rough wind likes to blow.

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The clamping systems ensure that the tunnel tent, once erected, no longer moves.

Tip: In a windy environment, it is worth setting up the tent so that the short side faces the wind and offers little surface to attack.

A small miracle of space

From the outside, the Apteryx 3 doesn't look that big, especially since the awning is flattened at an angle. But it's 4,35 meters long and 1,9 meters wide. And this becomes noticeable when you enter the awning. Our first thought: Two more people could spend the night here if they had to. In fact, you can really spread out here while cooking, deposit your rucksacks and stretch your muscles after a hard day.

In our case, the sleeping area is of course doubly luxurious, since we only slept in a tent designed for three people. We were impressed by the large material compartments that can be found on both sides along the entire length of the tent. The entrance to the inner tent, which can be stowed away in a pocket in the ceiling area, is also extremely well thought out. At least this one always stays clean.

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The entrance of the inner tent can be stowed at the top and is therefore never in the dirt.

The awning can be entered from both sides. This is not only useful when several people are busy. If you cook in the awning when the weather is bad, good ventilation can be ensured.

All in all, the Apteryx 3 is a totally spacious 4-season tunnel tent, which is an excellent choice for multi-day tours thanks to its low weight. But the Apteryx also offers enough comfort in a classic way on the campsite. As you would expect from Bach backpacks, the tent is made of high-quality materials and has a clean finish. This makes camping fun even in bad weather.

The Apteryx 3 at a glance

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The Apteryx 3 Four Year Tunnel Tent by Bach
  • Super-light 2,8-season tunnel tent weighing 4 kilograms
  • Spacious awning area, accessible from two sides
  • Versatile ventilation options
  • Robust system with quick releases
  • Color coding simplifies construction
  • Tent floor with 10 millimeters water column

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