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SOULPAD.... should I???

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thisisyesterday Sun 21-Jul-13 17:54:02

family of 5, is a soulpad 5m going to be big enough??
anyone got one they'd like to rave about?

also, how big are they when packed up?

thisisyesterday Sun 21-Jul-13 17:54:48

<supposed to be putting away the current tent having just returned from camping trip, but this is more fun>

MinimalistMommi Mon 22-Jul-13 12:54:55

It is quite big when packed, but as another MUmsnetter pointed out to me on recent thread, the canvas and the groundsheet can be packed separately and flat rather than rolled and trying to squeeze back into original bag.

I think you can fit five in 5 m.
We are four and there is still plenty of space.
We stack beds in day to make most of airy space.

thisisyesterday Mon 22-Jul-13 14:49:15

that's the answer i wanted, thank you :-D

we currently have giant 8 berth gelert, and I don't think the soulpad will be any bigger/heavier than that tbh if what i've read online is true.

will i miss having actual bedrooms though? for the evening if weather is a bit shitty?

MinimalistMommi Mon 22-Jul-13 17:31:36

Yes possibly? You can get quarter inner tents but that takes away some airy space? I go to bed at similar time to DC so not an issue.

thisisyesterday Mon 22-Jul-13 23:15:26

i think i need to see one in real life.
our children are 8, 5 and 4, so tend to need lots of leaving alone quietly before they'll sleep!

amistillsexy Mon 22-Jul-13 23:28:27

Our boys are 6,7 &9. We have a 5m bell tent. Sometimes we shove a few SIMs together and all sleep together, sometimes we take mattresses (proper high queen size for us and 3singles, and still tons of room).
Get one. They're lush grin

lilyfire Mon 22-Jul-13 23:48:17

We had 9 (2 adults, 13, 11, 9, 9, 6, 6 and 4 yos) sleeping for a few nights in a 5m bell tent and there was still room for rucksacks etc.

We regularly use it for 5 people and it feels lovely and spacious. Can't get the children to go to bed any earlier than us anyway, so don't mind about no separate bedrooms.

Miffytastic Tue 23-Jul-13 13:10:47

We have a 5m bell tent and tried it without inner dividing thing once, but then resolved to buy one - it does detract from the lovely roof, but means kids are cosy and living space is defined and tidy (ish)

thisisyesterday Wed 24-Jul-13 21:22:04

i like you lot.
you enablers :P

Bramblesinforrin Thu 25-Jul-13 16:11:39

Yes. Absolutely. I have just returned from a blissful camp to christen our new 5m zig soul pad. Why didn't I get one sooner? Just cleaning the groundsheet so I'm ready for the next trip. I'm in love.

Top tip. Get a fabric sheet that painters and decorators use to cover furniture (bnq) as a loose floor cover.

I did the whole glamping thing with rag rugs and fairy lights, it was great.

Given the heat, the ability to roll up the sides was fantastic.

MinimalistMommi Thu 25-Jul-13 18:03:35

Bramble get a builders plastic tarp thingy from B&Q builder section for about £10 and place as footprint under bell tent tent when pitching. No cleaning bell groundsheet when you get home. You can chuck tarp into back garden and deal with it when you're ready too. Or be lazy like us and never actually clean it, just fold it up and chuck in large bin bag ready for next time grin

sixp Thu 25-Jul-13 18:16:41

We love our soul pad tribe! Absolutely no regrets years on and we are usually the envy of the campsite. Very easy to pitch even in torrential rain and with standing water. But, do note it will be extremely heavy when wet. We have swithered about the stove for a couple of years. Just worried it is too heavy and bulky and dangerous in the middle, although we love the idea. Does anyone have the blaze stove?

Bramblesinforrin Thu 25-Jul-13 20:08:12

Nice one minimalist mom. Anything to reduce the load is great!

thisisyesterday Fri 26-Jul-13 22:47:15

i know there are definitely people on here with a stove because I recall a discussion a couple of years ago when someone was about to (nervously) cut a hole in their tent to fit it :-D

Ohh I just can't decide. it's a lot of money, but they're so bloody cool

sixp Sat 27-Jul-13 08:37:25

They are cool! But, also very nice to sleep in. Our friends tents all seem to either make a lot of noise rustling if there's a little wind, or fill up with flies!!, or get really hot inside. Our soul pad just feels like an oasis of calm when we have it up. The first time we used it, we all slept in as we were so comfortable, all our other friends had been up from the crack of dawn!
Does anyone have a stove in their soul pad?

Bramblesinforrin Sat 27-Jul-13 12:44:43

There are a couple of mnetters at least with stoves.

MinimalistMommi Sat 27-Jul-13 12:46:23

We never did because:
a) we couldn't fit it in the car.
b) I couldn't bare to cut a whole in my bell tent.

Rooners Sat 27-Jul-13 21:00:58


we've got a 4m one and trying it out this coming week - so will let you know what it's like if we return

I have a 10yo, 6yo and 6mo.

Rooners Sat 27-Jul-13 21:02:12

re the hole you would have to take the stove every time you went camping then, because otherwise you would get wet.

I wouldn't have a stove. Also I'd worry about the gases. and safety.

Bramblesinforrin Sat 27-Jul-13 21:45:37

Check on the soul pad website. You don't have to take the stove each time as there is a kit which will seal it up if you don't want to take the stove (my friends came with their 4m but without the stove to camp with us last weekend).
You can also buy the 'ease' which has the stove exit ready cut and fixed to have a stove or not.

sixp Sat 27-Jul-13 22:00:44

As we have the tribe, we wouldn't have to cut anything, as, like a teepee, the flue exits at the top, which can already be opened for ventilation, but I'm still not sure!

Rooners Sun 28-Jul-13 08:31:17

Oh sorry for being wrong! blush

By the way though, we have the 4000 ease and it doesn't have a pre cut hole (well I hope not!!! we're using it this week for the first time!)

Bramblesinforrin Sun 28-Jul-13 09:25:10

Have a wonderful time rooners. I too would be very cautious about cutting a hole in mine. Spent a long time pondering whether I should just go for the full tent/stove kit, then realised I would probably have to buy a trailer for the car due to family, dog and other camping stuff. smile

Rooners Sun 28-Jul-13 10:16:49

Trailer is sounding a good idea. Our boot is full already with rugs, blankets and sleeping bags and the tent and cooking nonsense isn't even in yet hmm

I'm not sure if we may need two trips!!!

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