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MrsDoolittle Sat 30-Jul-05 09:47:13

We shall not be camoing this year but dh has decided that now, when the sales are on, is the time to buy a tent.
By next year we will be a family of four, two adults and two children. We would like to get a 6 man tent.
Dh has spotted this bargain . I think it's less than that now.
Anyway, I thought I should ask Mumnsetters what they thought. I notice that the Colorado is rated most highly.
Is this a good deal? We are also going to have a squiz around Touchwoods this afternoon to see what's on offer.

MrsDoolittle Sat 30-Jul-05 16:11:56


sarjon Sat 30-Jul-05 16:48:59

Hi - just had a quick look at that tent and it does look like a bargain!

The only thing I would say is that when I used to work in a camping shop the Gelert tents were the 'cheaper' alternative (this is going back 4 years tho so it might have changed). They did the job perfectly well but tended not to last quite as long as some of the others so it depends how long you want to have it for??

We own an outwell tent (only a three man tent - no kids... yet!!!) and its now 4 years old and going strong. Been used frequently every year and always looks new/strong/keeps the rain out etc everytime we get it out.

The Colorado was one of the most popular family tents when I was working at the camping shop - suppose thats why its still selling now and they've hardly changed the design. But it is more expensive.

Not sure if any of that helps or if it was just pure waffle!! Please ask if you have any q's and I'll try and rack my brains to see if I can think of anything else to help!!

happymerryberries Sat 30-Jul-05 16:52:46

We have an outwell colorado 8 and it is great

They do the montana range now which looks even better, but is more expensive

pootlepod Sat 30-Jul-05 17:18:53

Have a look at this article

happymerryberries Sat 30-Jul-05 17:34:45

One thing that you do need to look out for is the Hydrostatic head of any tent you buy. This gives you an idea of just how waterproof the tent it. So tents sold on e-bay , for example are not much use in a UK summer!

the tent I have has a HH of 3000, some go up to as much as 5000. People recomend that going below a HH of 2000 isn't that good an idea, as they may let in rain. Be very wary of a tent that doesn't list its HH.

the other thing is take the 'sleeps 6' rating etc with a pinch of salt. Ours will sleep 8, but you would have to realy, realy love the people you were camping with! If you divide the sleeps rating in half it will let you camp in reasonable comfort, essential if you are camping with kids and it rains IMHO!

happymerryberries Sat 30-Jul-05 17:35:24

Sorry that should have read so some tents on e-bay.....before I get sued!

sarjon Sat 30-Jul-05 17:48:10

Ooooo its all coming back to me now you've mentioned hydrostatic head!! That was exactly the point with Gelert - they (used) to all be at the smaller end HH rating and, therefore, weren't ideal as all year tents. But they were a good basic family tent.

I would tend to agree that with any tent the 'sleeps 6' (etc) rating is very very generous. I usually assume that you can usually take 2 people off the recommended (so that a 6 man becomes 4, and 8 becomes 6 etc) to be truely comfortable.

Thank hmb, you've jogged my memory loads, makes me want to go and read up on it!!!! Can't believe I was once a fully qualified (took the exams and everything!) gortex specialist!

happymerryberries Sat 30-Jul-05 18:08:18

have a look at this as a package

or this one

The latter is just a HH of 2000 though and is a two season tent

sallystrawberry Sat 30-Jul-05 18:15:38

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happymerryberries Sat 30-Jul-05 18:16:20

I right up there with you!

sallystrawberry Sat 30-Jul-05 18:23:53

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happymerryberries Sat 30-Jul-05 18:28:21

I like the look of the Sunncamp magnum as well....god, how sad do we sound!

last time we went camping I found myself walking round the site going 'Hmm, so that is what the Gelerts look like' or 'Oh That is a rigidome!'. Blimey I'll be drinking real ale next and growing a beard!

sallystrawberry Sat 30-Jul-05 18:37:39

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happymerryberries Sat 30-Jul-05 18:47:48

Outwell colorado 8

I'm hankering after one of the new montanas, but I'll not get one! I also want to get one of the Outwell canopies

sallystrawberry Sat 30-Jul-05 18:53:46

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happymerryberries Sat 30-Jul-05 18:56:37

I've got an outwell windbreak as well

But then with dh in the tent we need one

I love the light , there are 4 big windows and the fact that you can stand in the bedrooms. But my mate had one of these

Vango diablo 900 and I lust after the Tunnel at the front and the huge living area

sallystrawberry Sat 30-Jul-05 19:08:04

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sarjon Sat 30-Jul-05 19:08:07

My sister has just bought this tent as a replacement to our mum's (now 25 years old and only just beginning to fall apart!). I'm loving it apart from the fact thats its so heavy and big. My little 3 man tent does us fine (I guess not when we do have children though ).

But look at the vango diablo 900....all that space and what a great design with the 'bedrooms' away from each other. May have to go and badger DH that smaller dome tent now no longer acceptable!!!!

happymerryberries Sat 30-Jul-05 19:10:53

Nice! It is funny that frame tents are not as popular as they used to be, they ruled the world at one time, didn't they? Loads of room and very comfortable

People on UKcampsite swear by canvas vs synthetic.

happymerryberries Sat 30-Jul-05 19:12:11

The only thing I don't like about the diablo is tha bedroom pods are not tall and I have a bit of claustrophobia....daft I know in a tent

sallystrawberry Sat 30-Jul-05 19:12:42

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sarjon Sat 30-Jul-05 19:18:28

As long as you don't have to carry the tent very far and you have a big boot in your car then I personally think the frame tents are usually a better option as they last such a long time and are much more ridgid and resistant to the British weather! The number of times I've been camping and had a dome tent bending and twisting in the wind....

Altho, if we're gonna be honest here, the frame tents just don't have same 'curb appeal' as a fashionable dome do they??

sarjon Sat 30-Jul-05 19:20:12

sallystrawberry, are you sure you dont work for cabernon?? and if not why not with your brilliant marketing slogans!!!!

"cant go wrong with a Cabanon" lol!!!!!

Surfermum Sat 30-Jul-05 19:20:21

We've got a massive but very old frame tent. We must have looked like the Beverley Hill Billies last week in Cornwall as we have a really tatty old trailer too! I love the amount of space inside our tent, and the fact that you can be all sealed inside and still see out the windows. It leaked far too much though (not good last week) and we've decided it's time for a new one.

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