Recommend me an upgrade tent

(16 Posts)
Hopefully Wed 09-Jan-13 21:42:00

We have had an Outwell Indiana 4 tunnel tent for about 5 years now, but now there are actually four of us camping, it isn't big enough for all my junk our family needs. It's also got the world's heaviest poles, and I'd quite like a tent that weighs in a little lighter!

Things I like:
- not too big a footprint - I don't want a tent with wings and buttresses, l like rectangles!
- big living area
- full height standing room
- porch

Things I now want:
- preferably 3 sleeping compartments, but I'll compromise on this if it's two big ones
- probably a 6 man size tent? Maybe a 5 man, if such thins exist
- I would love a SIG, but cope with the bathtub one we have, so that's not a deal breaker
- not too heavy!
- sub £500 if possible, but I'll look at any links for ideas
- waterproof enough and robust enough for April-October camping. We are not hardcore winter campers though.

Please help!

And while you're at it, any festival recommendations in the south west much appreciated grin

Kahlua4me Wed 09-Jan-13 21:47:43

Outwell Montana always gets good reviews and sleeps 6.

We have a Bearlake that I really love, but it is huge and heavy! Mind you we can get it up and pegged in about 40 mins.

Kahlua4me Wed 09-Jan-13 21:49:30

Sorry that wasn't much help!

Have a look at camping world website as they list most tents I think. Also try ukcampsite tent reviews page.

Hope that is more helpful!

momb Wed 09-Jan-13 22:06:25

http://www.outdoorworlddirect.co.uk/outwell-florida-6-premium-tent.html

Equally heavy poles (steel) but I think that you'll find fibreglass poles won't feel substantial enough to you (as you do get more movement in wind) now that you are used to the Indiana 4.

If you have your heart set on fibreglass for lightness something like this?:

http://www.outdoorworlddirect.co.uk/outwell-florida-6-premium-tent.html

I'm a Vango fan myself but the polyester isn't really sturdy enough for april-october. I envy you: I love tent shopping!! grin

Hopefully Thu 10-Jan-13 07:03:36

Kahlua thanks, will check those sites out. Montana 6 sounds like a possible.

Momb I had literally never even considered the stability aspect of heavy poles. I do love the solidity of our tent! Oh god, I'm going to end up with another 35kg one, aren't I? I should just get a bell tent and be done with it.

yellowsubmarine53 Thu 10-Jan-13 07:14:04

I just bought the Vango Samara 600 for £250 in Jan sale.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5PzCK9RJs8

I really coveted the Outwell ones when we were camping last year, but didn't want to spend that much.

momb Thu 10-Jan-13 10:06:41

just realised that i posted the same link twice! The second one should have been an outwell lightweight tunnel thing with a porch but I don't have time to look today. Sorry
If you go to ukcampsite tent reviews and pick Outwell then sort by number of people you can pick out the cheap/mid ones from the list. Good hunting!

p.s. Bell tents are fab but only one room really so not so good for 'after the kids have gone to sleep' type activities (IYKWIM) and remember canvas is hard to dry if you have to pack up wet. I switched the Brownies from canvas to poly even though the tents are less hardy because I just had nowhere to put them up to dry!

steph124 Thu 10-Jan-13 11:33:43
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Ffuntimewincies Thu 10-Jan-13 16:08:29

We've just bought this barginous Kampa Croyde 6 package.

Sturdy and rectangular but 2 bedrooms.

troutsprout Thu 10-Jan-13 16:42:00

but lovely .They make brilliant quality tents...we have a 4 berth by them and an Outwell .We haven't used the Outwell since tbh

Hopefully Fri 11-Jan-13 07:50:09

Thanks for all the links! Will have a proper browse later when DH gets back from work. How dare he work when I have tents to browse?

SparkyUK Fri 11-Jan-13 13:45:17

We have the Vango Samara 600 and it's pretty great - loads of room for us 4 (we use one bedroom as a closet). It is heavy for me on my own, so DH needed to haul it around but that isn't necessarily a bad thing Am thinking of getting a seperate case for the poles though as this would force me not to be such a lazy bum give me independence.

yellowsubmarine53 Fri 11-Jan-13 14:39:41

That's good to hear re Samara. We're also a family of 4 but our 4 berth way too small and leaky for living inside.

hillbilly Fri 11-Jan-13 14:55:13

Outwell Oakland XL - it's has 2 bedrooms sleeping 5 so maybe not big enough for you.

Apronlady Thu 31-Jan-13 21:53:32

we got a half price Kampa studland 8. flexible four bedrooms, rectangle shape. it is rather heavy though to be honest. but i think it will withstand the windiest fo scottish weather, so worth it. (i mean it's not like you'll be hiking with it, is it?)

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