We have a vango icarus 500 - fab for weekends, spider proof - only 3 poles all same length. It serves our family well 2 adults 6 and 2 yr old with 2 bedrooms divided by curtain and enough inside room to eat your brekky inside. Cost us £104 in sale but generally £150.
Aksherly you might be right, I use the Monty for weekends but only because I use it for weeks too, it is quite large.
However that said do buy a bigger tent than you think you will need, unless you are a wierdy minimalst camper who plans to travel with no more than a blanket, a shovel and a tin mug. I know nothing of that kind of camping.
If there are 4 of you, you need at least a 5 man.
The Wild country is good, a few have been purchased by mntters lately, hopefully one of them will be along soon to give you a better low down. Ukcs do seem to review it as taking a long time to erect though review here. It doesn't appear to have a SIG throughout, so may not be ideal for keeping out all creepy-crawlies. That said I don't think I have ever seen a spider in my tent, wasps, mozzies, endless earwigs, and general annoying flies aplenty.
we have a Montana 6 which we have stopped using because it is too big.
we often camp at festivals and it was embarrassing having this mansion of a tent when all around there were little ones without really enough room.
now we have a Minnesota 4 (which seems to me to be identical to a Monty - maybe it is the Monty 4??) and it is ideal IMO. Plus we have a side extension which we use if staying for more than 1 night, for cooking in and sleeping out in.
I can put it up single handed in under 15 minutes, as can DH, since we watched a brilliant clip on Youtube.
should say we have 2 DCs aged 5 and 7, space is just right, but if they were much older it might start to feel a bit more cramped.
We've got a Wild Country Halo 43. I'm not entirely sure how it compares to the Homestead 52 exactly but when I saw a Homestead in a shop the bedrooms seemed to have a separate SIG to the main bit whereas the Halo SIG is continuous. I think the quality is really good. It is heavy and bulky but I guess any tent of a similar size is. DH can put it up on his own in about 20 mins (he reckons).
We've used our Monty for 1 night and as it's the only tent we have, frequently use it for a weekend camping trip.
Ok, half an hour to pitch, but that's not a lot out of a weekend.
Have seen a video on YouTube and it is possible to put it up in about 8 mins single handedly!!
I love my Monty 6, it is a really great tent and unless you are planning on camping at lots of festivals or wild camping where space is really restricted (we are planning on wild camping next year with ours) then I personally think it is a fantastic tent, I am biased though
Here's a real bargain that wont be around for long Outwell Michigan L It looks really good, within your budget at £199, big enough for 4, with a built in porch and a sig in the living area. If you dont like camping then you could always sell on, as outwells seem to hold a good price second hand. Emma
Sorry to crash this thread. We are also first-time campers and I thought we might purchase this tent, Vango Kura 800 . We are a family of six and it will be used for week-long trips rather than weekends. Does anybody have any comments on this tent, or suggest another tent that might suit us? Many Thanks