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Tents for the summer

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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Hi, This summer me and a few friends are going to an international festival and are looking for some tents. So far iv been directed to the quick pitch tents by Gelert. Although these tents are extremely simple to set up, for me they lack the space i will need for such a trip.

We are away for around 3 weeks in July in the height of the summer, so of course it will be very hot, so the plan try and battle this is to purchase tents with "More than" enough space, this is to fit both ourselves and our belongings. Tents with some sort of porch would be great in order to store the things we have with us. So the details are ; 3-4 people for 3 weeks to France and Spain.

It is not a necessity to have just the one tent, two tents is a possibility but ones with porches would be ideal.

Thanks in advance
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago

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how are you getting there, if you have a car the weight wont be a problem and you can get a tunnel tent like this:


they are really easy to pitch and have loads of space as the design has steep sides, meaning you can use the space right up to the side. If you get a dome tent, your useable space decreases and the sides slope more inwards, therefore the space near the side is useless.

If you are doing it on the cheap and dont wont really use the tent after then the one in the link is great. If you are serious and will keep the tent then you might want to pay a bit more. Ill assume you know nothing about tents to make it easier to explain but if you are caught in heavy rain the above tent would leak after about an hour of prolonged hard rain.

You should look for a tent with at least 2500mm Hydrostatic Head and a groundsheet of at least 4000mm. This will keep out the water......trust me if the water gets through a 4000mm HS groundsheet, you will be in a river and therefore a tent would be useless!

the above tent was the first i came to as i was only looking for an example........if you let me know your budget and whether you want a dome or a tunnel ill find you a fairly good one for your money! Also let me know if you are backpacking or going by car/train as you really dont want to be carrying a 15kg tent on a train!!!!!!!

Hope this helps
Coleman tents are very good:

If you do want a bigger tent fowler909 found this good deal:
This tent is amazing.
My friend has one which we stayed in - very comfy, loads of room, 3 separate sleeping areas, big porch.
Check eBay if you want a little cheaper, but this is pretty cheap anyway. They were originally over £350.
Argos had some good deals!
Thanks for all the advice it is all very much appreciated, I forgot to mention, yes we are travelling in a car so the weight should not be an issue. I like the sound of the tunnel tents but i am still a little confused on how they differ, sorry about that. I bought a tent from millets last year for around £300 which i use normally and its in great condidtion. Im not even contimplating using that, a few friends in a tent for three weeks and who knows what state it could finish in ?

The budget could be somewhere around £100.00 i guess, if there are some cheaper that you recommend then thats great but £100.00 is about the ballpark figure i think we would pay.
So to summarise, a tent or 2 for 3-4 people, travelling by car,with space to store belongings in but not be too worried about the condition it finishes in.

Thanks once again

OK - the difference:

Dome tent - the 4 corners all meet at a centre point somewhere above the middle of the tent. The corner space at ground level could only be used for storing say plate and cups as the walls of the tent slope in to meet that centre point. if you could sit at the edge of the tent your back would be hunched over and you would be in effect leaning in to the tent.

Tunnel tent - there are no corners in essence as the walls will rise near vertically then curve over your heads, therefore all space around the edge is useable. ie you could sit right at the edge of the tent with your back straight.

I purchased this tent for £150 - it is less now, just before xmas and me and 4 mates (that is 5 in this 4 man tent) had loads of room to spare.........


.............it rained all night and day for 72 hours and we were on the moors, and it never leaked once or had that muggy damp feeling inside either. we just sat there drinking and watching the rain through the porch windows......great stuff. Anyway back to it, youll notice it has a 3000mm hydrostatic head which is perfect for the uk and europe. The porch groundsheet (5000mm HH) is detatchable - idea for cleaning. The guy ropes glow in the dark so it looks really cool and you have loads of space.

Oh and it has a doormat! So very cool! Outwell are a dam good make and ive had several of their tents.

I highly reccomend this tent. You might find it a bit cheaper and to be honest, im a bit guted its gone down this cheap..........i might get one for folks now!

Let me know what you think.
buy a rteepee! good times!
Tanks again for the feedback, feels as though im getting somewhere close now, im going in a month so its getting close. The link that "ThePasty" posted seemed brilliant, if its as spacious as it sounds, it sounds fantastic. I think its almost certainly going to be a tunnel tent now.

Do you know if there are many tents around with 2 bedrooms in the tunnel tent style, im looking at the decathalon website now to see what there is. The only problem i face is they all seem to be 2 bedrooms that fit 2 people in each, this may possibly get a little bit cramped and hot in the conditions we are travelling in. Have there any ideas?

So what do you actually want bedroom wise? 2 rooms for 2 people or 3 rooms or 1 room each?
I think, 2 bedrooms that will fit 2 people in each comfortably, just because of the heat etc. After looking at decathlon iv seen this which looks ok, http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/t4-2-xl-35289256/

Im going to look at it tomorrow, how does it look?
Never heard of the make and they dont list the waterproofing figures in the standad way so i cant compare. Ive had a look for reviews and people seem to be at 50:50 whether they are any good.......have a look below.

Better make, bigger room, same price: http://www.outdoormegastore.co.uk/acatalog/Lichfield_Arapaho_6DLX_Family_Tunnel_Dome_Tent.html
There are so many makes on the market and it really is a good idea to buy from a well known tent manufacturer.

The above posted by ThePasty is a much better option for that price.
Thanks for all the advice, unfortunatley i have only seen these recommendations today and bought the tent from decathlon yesterday, i shall see how it goes and let you know, thanks
Thanks for all the advice, unfortunatley i have only seen these recommendations today and bought the tent from decathlon yesterday, i shall see how it goes and let you know, thanks

You cant help all of the people, all of the time. goodluck! :thumbsup:
Well you've helped me! I had no idea where to start with getting a tent before reading all this but I have just now ordered a Coleman tent... Thank you!
Well you've helped me! I had no idea where to start with getting a tent before reading all this but I have just now ordered a Coleman tent... Thank you!

LOL :thumbsup: :-D Glad to be of service!

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