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Cheap lightweight tent needed.

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Tortoise Mon 20-Jul-15 13:01:11

Need a cheap tent for camping but needs to be lightweight as going by train and it's only me and 2 DDs age 12 and 11.
Limited on what we can carry. I've got a king size airbed we can share!
£100 is about all I can afford to pay.
Any recommendations?

gingeroots Mon 20-Jul-15 14:05:26

I like Decathalon tents .Good products and value .
This for instance .

But ...probably not that light .Think you pay lots more for good quality light tents .

Can you buy a trolley or big wheeled bag to move it in ?

Tortoise Mon 20-Jul-15 16:01:28

Thanks for replying.
Needs to be higher than that one. We've got a tiny 4 man that is impossible to get dressed in and difficult to get in or out because it's so low. It's 16kg and that's ok to carry.
Could possibly get trolley but all adds to the cost.

gingeroots Mon 20-Jul-15 18:01:33

Actually I meant to link to this one

gingeroots Mon 20-Jul-15 18:20:20

This looks okish ,seems out of stock most places but is listed here

Tortoise Mon 20-Jul-15 18:23:16

Ah thanks, that looks a better size smile. Looks like it's only 9.8 kg which is lighter than the little one we have!

Waltons Mon 20-Jul-15 18:39:30

Hmm ... Scout leader here, so I know something about tents - not an expert, but I know a bit about them.

I can't believe you're lugging a 16kg tent around at present!! Haven't seen a 3/4 man tent that heavy in years!

Not sure what height you're hoping for, but the best you're going to get within the size/price range is around 140cm/145cm.

The Regatta Kivu 4-man dome tent is 140cm high, would cope with your airbed, gives you 1.2m of storage space around that, plus the porch. It weighs only 5.8kg and can be pitched in 10 minutes.

Manufacturer's website here:

The best price I've found so far is £75.00 from Tesco, here:

It isn't a tent that is going to withstand really severe weather conditions, but it is double-skinned, Regatta is a respected manufacturer and it should cope with anything within the normal range. They market it as a festival/ weekend tent because the inner can be used as a quick "pop-up" if necessary.

gingeroots Mon 20-Jul-15 18:41:13

This one is £129 ,so bit over budget

Stratus Tunnel at £113

CampFuer £104

Waltons Mon 20-Jul-15 18:47:04

Too slow posting: I like that Gelert, gingeroots. Extra height and porch space, even though it's heavier than the one I posted.

I would want to pitch it somewhere sheltered if possible - tunnel tents are even more vulnerable to wind and weather than dome tents.

Springcleanish Mon 20-Jul-15 18:52:31

Argos have a five man tent, Trespass branded for about £90. It's easy to put up and very small and light, the sleeping area is sewn in groundsheet, it would be perfect for three plus kit. There is a similar one with a completely sewn in groundsheet in Go Outdoors, but 4 man.

gingeroots Mon 20-Jul-15 19:05:01

That's really interesting about tunnel tents ,I've only experience of domes . We camp on a very windy site and our dome tents have always survivedv .
I was looking for height for the OP ,hence the tunnels .

Waltons Mon 20-Jul-15 19:16:15

Yes, tunnel tents have poor resistance to wind - they just buffet around in it. I've seen one get completely flattened in a strong gust of wind because it was in an exposed position and the wind was coming straight at the side of it.

Domes are better, and for really windy sites the classic "v-shapes" (in each dimension for the modern ones) are the best - low-profile and aerodynamic.

The height of the Gelert is impressive though! I dream of tents I can stand up in on Scout camp. <wistful moment>

gingeroots Mon 20-Jul-15 19:53:46

Sorry to high jack but too interested V shaped = ridge tent type ?

in each dimension for the modern ones) are the best - low-profile and aerodynamic - don't quite get this ?

This one really is roomy .

Tho I bought this because I wanted head height + smaller footprint .

But I'm not sure about it yet .

Waltons Mon 20-Jul-15 20:22:28

Yes, ridge tents - they are cross-braced, as are dome tents. Tunnel tents aren't.

Tortoise Tue 21-Jul-15 09:39:37

Thanks for replies.
The decathlon one looks good, good height and cheap. Reviews are good too.

The old tent was bought in a charity shop for a fiver lol! And only actually camped in it properly twice and only for 2 nights. Mostly used in the garden for sleep out which is where DDs slept last night. Unfortunately pole snapped so definitely need new one now!

hrpufnstuf Tue 21-Jul-15 09:52:59

Go Outdoors have a tent sale on at the moment, would be worth a look.

Tortoise Tue 21-Jul-15 17:49:38

What do you think of this one here
So, well above budget but on catalogue so I can just add to my account!

Waltons Tue 21-Jul-15 19:15:10

No better than any of the suggestions above. Vango is another respected manufacturer, but it is now down to your personal requirements and price.

Tortoise Tue 21-Jul-15 21:19:18

Thanks. Size wise it's very good. Good height too. So difficult to know what to go for.

Blu Thu 23-Jul-15 07:56:58

The vango tent will be better than the £79 Decathlon one.
The Vango one has the Tension Band System (TBS) which is a series of strong webbing straps inside the tent to keep it stable in wind. It also has a mesh door which gives you more options, and a 'linked in' groundsheet in the porch / living area which I think is better than the non sewn in g/s of the living area of the Decathlon.

Decathlon tents are excellent for the money, I have a different one, pop up, but they lack frills and flexibility. Storage pockets, hanging loops etc.

Price and personal choice !

Tortoise Thu 23-Jul-15 09:15:19

Thanks. There's one on EBay for £100 if I can find £100 to buy it lol!

gingeroots Thu 23-Jul-15 09:33:20

Vango no doubt better ,we've always had dome Decathalon tents so no worries about stability .

But they have had mesh doors ,hanging points and pockets . And good zips !

Blu Thu 23-Jul-15 11:25:45

Decathlon are now showing that Vango Drummond tent on their website, too.

The Arpanaz is only 9.8kg...

This Vango tent on the Decathlon website is £119, it doesn't give dimensions but you can look them up by Googling the tent - it is big enough to stand up in, but the living area / porch is small - one good feature that it hs is the little porch over the front door - invaluable on a sloping zip-fronted tent in the rain as it stops the rain coming down into the open door when you unzip it. This tent is 10kg.

Tortoise Thu 23-Jul-15 22:51:43

Thank you. I'll have a look.

Blu Fri 24-Jul-15 19:18:21

Duh - I didn't include the link to the OTHER Vango tent on the Decathlon website - the one with the sticky out bit above the door. this one, £119

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