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soulpad, bushcraft or 10T bell tent

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lifeistooshort Tue 24-May-11 22:58:46

I am still lusting after a bell tent. Any experience of the above? and if so which one would you recommend? Are they all the same quality?

airborne Wed 25-May-11 07:33:58

Soulpad. Excellent customer service, so helpful - when it arrived the pole had been ever so slightly damaged in the transport - I took a photo and they swapped it without any question, arrived the next day & I didn't even have to send the original one back. Not sure about the quality comparison but my soulpad seems pretty high quality. I think the higher quality ones are heavier cotton and might have fancy pegs with them. I haven't felt the need for better pegs and the 5m soulpad is heavy enough thank you very much!

needanewname Wed 25-May-11 10:23:30

I got the 5m hybrid equivalent from Obelink, however I know someone who got one from Soulpad and they have been very happy with their customer service and delivery. I have bought bunting and the door mat from Soulpad and have been very happy.

I know people who have bought from and have not been happy with service or deliver. No idea of the other 2 I'm afraid.

Lovecat Wed 25-May-11 12:35:35

people are probably sick to death of me banging on about my soulpad, but I do love it smile

It's very thick canvas (agree with airborne, it's bloody heavy!) and seems very well made. Can't compare with other makes, as I haven't seen any, but their customer service is fabulous and their delivery very speedy. Despite the somewhat daunting instruction sheet that came with it, the guys were pre-tied in place (thank Christ!) and pitching was a doddle. I had DH stand there with a stopwatch just to see if I could do it single-handed and it took 25 mins from bag to putting out the doormat! This after us spending 3 hours and needing 2 people to come and help us put up the crappy nylon tunnel tent we had at Latitude last year!

I recently ordered a 1/4 size inner tent which I will be road testing on Friday and it seems the same excellent quality.

needanewname Wed 25-May-11 16:27:30

Snap Lovecat!

lifeistooshort Wed 25-May-11 17:50:42

Interesting....sounds unanimous....Would have like some views on the other two but it seems everyone is buying soulpad (which is probably why they are sold out!)

needanewname Wed 25-May-11 18:05:51

Can you get over to Holland?! Or do you know anyone in Europe that you could ship it to and then they to you?

Also look on campsite UK and ask there if anyone has bought from the others.

poppyboo Thu 26-May-11 10:36:42

another very very happy soulpad owener here, 5 m Hybrid, beautiful tent, cotton very thick, the customer service from them is really really brilliant! very friendly, helpful, speedy...i also ordered a brazier from them, said i wanted it for the next evening, and they got it to me within 24 hours ! don't know about the others I'm afraid.

lifeistooshort Thu 26-May-11 13:34:44

I could get it sent to my SIL in France but first I need to make up my mind...which is really difficult thing to do as I have actually never been camping. It might sound mad but I know that with DH whatever we buy now we'll camp in for the rest of our lives so I want to make sure I get it right....part of me is also still lusting after the emperor tent.....I wish I could win the lottery!

MisSalLaneous Thu 26-May-11 14:06:01

It's a shame we don't have anything like the Obelink store here in UK - it was extremely useful being able to actually go into all the different tents so get the "feeling". For example, I loved the Tripstein a lot, although still went for a bell in the end.

Why don't you try a bell tent before buying anything? I've just done a quick search, and this is an example of a place where you can try before you commit? (Please note, I know nothing of this place, just random internet search.)

needanewname Thu 26-May-11 16:34:17

Where abouts are you? There may be some bell tent owners camping near you over this weekend (or fairly soon) and you maybe able to have a nosey!

The emporer os gorgeous, and if they had the ZIG when we went over last year I think we'd have got it, but they didn;t and it probably is a bot too big really - however it is gorgeous and I'm not sure how many of them are over here so it would be abot different too.

I would def get it shipped ot your SIL if she will do that.

PrinceHumperdink Thu 26-May-11 20:40:14

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needanewname Thu 26-May-11 22:38:56

But then you just get a stove!!!!

lifeistooshort Thu 26-May-11 23:46:18

oh god I will end up having to buy a lorry to carry the lot....I hadn't thought about the emperor being cold. All I could think off was space with my free young DC....I really do know nothing about camping. Still I impressed myself by buying ONE self inflating mat to try on at home before I end up buying 4... I should be as sensible about the tent really....ooh I like the tripstein too....

PrinceHumperdink Fri 27-May-11 09:06:55

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MisSalLaneous Fri 27-May-11 09:30:17

PrinceHumperdink, what tent to you have? Interesting to hear about heat, and I wondered if the size of tent would influence it massively.

PrinceHumperdink Fri 27-May-11 10:41:07

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MisSalLaneous Fri 27-May-11 11:17:41

Thanks. For ages now I've been itching to get one - I just love the idea of it. We've only ever used it in yurts, but it was wonderful there.

Two things have been putting me off: Space in car, which is an issue as it is, and the idea of having to cut a hole in my tent. shock

Not being that useful for heat therefore good to consider. We've got the 4m hybrid one (or whatever it's called - the zip-off groundsheet).

PrinceHumperdink Fri 27-May-11 11:46:36

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MisSalLaneous Fri 27-May-11 11:52:05

Would love to camp in Scotland, wish it wasn't so far.

Yes re flap - I had a look at the "ready made" options the other day - ridiculously expensive, so I'd make one myself should we ever need to, I think. What do you do when you don't use your stove, or do you always take it with?

Sorry btw for the many questions, it's just so nice to speak to someone that uses it for inside info vs sales pitch. smile

PrinceHumperdink Fri 27-May-11 12:06:30

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MisSalLaneous Fri 27-May-11 12:41:42

I've found one that, whilst not as great performance as the other bigger ones (and needs cleaning more often), is very portable, and the reviews seem ok. It's this one. It's also the only one I could persuade dh on. Now just to decide if it's something I really want ...

lifeistooshort Sat 28-May-11 21:48:09

for those who have soulpads, do you have the inner tents? Is the idea just to partition the tent or that the sleep pods keep some heat?

ReshapeWhileDamp Sat 28-May-11 22:09:32

I think Soulpads are restocking at the beginning of June? I'm still dithering about bell tents or not bell tents, and I just hope there are some left by the time we make up our minds! sad

In my la la fantasy world, I have an Emperor and a Bell, because they mate at one end of the Emperor, so you have a bell-sized pod at one end! grin

lifeistooshort Sat 28-May-11 22:38:58

reshapewhilstdamp you and I seem to share the same fantaisy! I also would like to know the answer to your question on the other thread as to whether there are any places you can see a bell tent pitched

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