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Tent Showcase: Karma Canvas 5m ZIG Bell Tent

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9.71/10 from 14 reviews

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14 Reviews of the Karma Canvas 5m ZIG Bell Tent        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: Leishans  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 18/06/2011

These tents are brilliant. I had the Eurohike Buckingham (Tunnel Tent) before which was fine, but nothing special, then I saw one of these last year and was so envious! After much looking around and comparing, I finally bought one from Karma Canvas who were really helpful and dealt with any queries.

Ordered the tent and within 2 days it had been delivered. We put the tent up for practice and were surprised at how much bigger it was! We bought the 5m with the zip in groundsheet.

Very easy to put up - we managed to put it up in pitch black the first time we went camping, and caused considerably less arguments! Once put up, there was so much space inside for my wife, myself and our very naughty springer spaniel puppy.

We do not go camping 'light' and pretty much took everything with us, including a chandelier for the central pole of the tent. It looked amazing at night and got lots of glances from other people during the day!

We also bought the awning and the tent inner, but didn't use the inner as the tent is cosy enough without it. There is loads of headroom and I almost want it to rain so that we can spend more time in the tent!

The canvas bag that the tent comes in is open at one end with a draw-string, so we were worried about packing up. I looked up online and saw examples of how to pack it away so when it came to it, it took about 15 mins to undo it all and pack it up. Was even more pleasing as I had the pleasure of watching the in-laws still undoing their tent, whilst we had packed away! Result! Great way to end the camping weekend!
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By: Kate08  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 28/05/2012

I'm delighted with my beautiful bell tent.

Good points:

Easy to put up and take down solo.

Great quality of fabric and groundsheet and poles.

Loads of space inside.

Stays much cooler in the hot weather and no condensation.

Aesthetically stunning from inside and out!

Not so good points:

Only one.The zip catches on the groundsheet so to takes a while to zip on and off. Not enough of a bad point to knock it down a mark!

Point to note.It is really really heavy. I'm fairly strong but could not lift the bag with poles and pegs in the main bag. Without poles and pegs I can just about lift it. If it was wet I'd have to take the zig off to lift it.
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By: P-T Family  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 09/06/2012

I had doubts before getting this tent, purely on the basis that there just aren’t many reviews of it. I compared the 2012 version against a couple of their competitors and this tent won me over. As well as all the other features the competitors offered, it also had a drop down doorway and mesh on the door all at a very competitive price. We opted for ZIG as we have limited space to dry the tent if it gets wet.

This tent is heavy for a weakling like me and I suspect that I will probably end up getting a wheeled bag for it at some point but I am seriously impressed by how quick and simple it is to put up (and down) – even easier than the Vango Icarus we previously have owned and I didn’t even feel the need to threaten the other half with divorce like I normally do!

Being canvas the tent was much quieter than Nylon tents in rain and wind – the noisiest thing being the tabs on the zips moving but it was very, very windy! The tent definitely felt much cooler when it was hot, particularly compared to our friend’s tent but being dark green probably contributed to that.

We eventually opted for a bedroom inner because we felt it would make the tent easier to keep warm during chilly evenings and our children will not go to sleep if they can see us moving about but it does take up a lot of the space and spoils the look a bit. We ended up getting the inner from Bell Tent as this was the only company that currently sells one with a divider down the middle and it fit perfectly.

Quite frankly I love this tent due to the sheer simplicity of it all and it is so relaxing to sit in. Negatives found so far – people wanting to look in (when I was trying to get dressed) and the impossible to resist ‘need’ to glamp it up! My big burly other half loves it too!

Also feel the need to comment on the service at Karma Canvas – Andrea was fantastic – from answering my initial questions about it, sorting out my order when I mucked it up to phoning me to confirm details of delivery. Would recommend both the company and the tent.
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By: Wilts camper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 15/04/2013

Well after many months of saving and researching for a Bell Tent we went for the Karma canvas one. Bought it a couple of weeks ago. Ordered it on line on a Tuesday night and it arrived on the Thursday very impressed with the fast delivery. We also got the inner.

Got back yesterday after 2 nights camping the weather was the worst! Rain and high winds for at least 8 hours. That tent was given a good test run and passed with flying colors while our friends Vango Icurus 500 ( which is the same tent we had before this) died a death with broken poles whoops! The Bell stood fast.

The sandstone color makes the dullest day seem so much brighter inside compared to the green of the Vango.

Great price , fast delivery. Takes no time to pitch, put it up twice and it was a so easy .

Looking forwards to many years with our bell tent.
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By: Melz24  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 09/05/2013

So pleased with the fast efficient service from Karma.Ordered the Bell 5m Zig over the weekend, took delivery on the following Tuesday.

Pitched the tent, just to check it over, in about 15 minutes even in high winds and no instructions (we had left them behind). Have yet to actually camp in it, but really looking forward to it.
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By: Stewey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 27/05/2013

Used our 4mtr karma bell tent this weekend .What a tent.So easy to put up.We took it down very quickly and sailed into the bag. Loads of room inside .We wish we would have got one years ago.Inside it was lovely and cool during the day. Thanks karma canvas for your brilliant tent and superb customer service .Next day delivery.Now just got to start saving up for the coir carpet and tarp.
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By: Moodykat  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 29/05/2013

Bought my Karma Canvas bell after lots of confused looking around. The main selling point was the mesh door which not many of the others had. Bought the ZIG version for the same reason as having the mesh - a dislike of insects, although have not yet tried to zip off.

I emailed the company before buying to ask a couple of basic questions and the responses were fast and friendly. I bought the tent and it arrived via courier the very next day. Amazing service.

The first pitch was in the garden that evening! Took husband and I 15 minutes which included attaching all the guys etc.

Since then we have taken the bell for a couple of overnight quick trips away - which is one of the brilliant things about a bell tent - the speed you can put it up and take it down again!

It has also been up in the garden for quite a period of time - we have had some horrendous weather and I have been worried about the tent getting damaged or the poles snapping but it has been BRILLIANT. Really has taken a battering by rain and some seriously strong winds and I have only had to tighten the guys.

Awesome tent.
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By: Tynxuk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 16/07/2013

After owning a lesser brand 4m bell tent we decided to purchase a 5m ZIG version but OH needed convincing it was big enough for our main holiday so visited the Karma show room.

As soon as he saw it he was happy it would be more than big enough for us so agreed we would buy one after Christmas. Change of plans came when I received their newsletter email with a 10% discount and so tent was purchased a little sooner :).

First pitch was Easter where we had sub zero temperatures, being 3m tall compared to the shorter 4m bell tent it isn't so easy to heat but that's not too much of a problem.

After several large tents which weren't quite right for one reason or another I'm convinced this is our 'keeper'.
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By: Tentage  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2013

Having lusted after a bell tent for years, and after lots of careful research, we bought a 5m ZIG tent from Karma Canvas this summer. We've just got back from a week in Wales and were very impressed.

The tent is very easy to erect - by far the easiest big tent I've ever used. In a little over ten minutes we were up and running. All the components seem very well made and the zips and guy lines functions smoothly.

In the wind and rain, the tent performs brilliantly. We had no water ingress whatsoever and it feels really solid, even in strong wind.

Like all large canvas tents, this one is HEAVY and we bought a fold-up sack truck for moving it around on site. With this caveat, it's a tent we can confidently recommend.
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By: Okean  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 08/09/2013

We purchased our 5mtr ZIG from Karma back in April, and have been blessed with some great weather to test it in over the past 6 months. In total we’ve now had 13 trips out with it, so we’re now in a position to review.

Our last tent was an Outwell Montana Lake tent, so were already used to the benefits of a polycotton. We were worried about the internal space reduction, but really needn’t have been. OK, the m3 is less, but the use of the space is different. While there is a defined sleeping area in the Montana, this becomes less important in the bell.

Putting it up is so simple. The quickest its took me and the OH is 9 minutes, but I can do it on my own in around 15. A single centre pole, a frame for the door , and the guylines are the only things that keep it up.

In the wind it’s very stable, as the gusts just roll around the shape. In one monsoon of a storm the tent the centre pole barely moved, while around it other tents were being devastated. The only sign that there had been any rain was a few spots on the pole that had been blown in through the top vents – really nothing.

On hot days the zip around the ground sheet can be opened, and the sides rolled up. When it was 90degrees plus this summer it was invaluable.

We opted for to have Karma put the stove flap in the side, ready for the stove we planned to get, which we were really happy about. The little branded flap has Velcro on the bottom keep it sealed when not in use, plus 4 eyelets for securing the flue collar.

Karma canvas customer service was outstanding too, with responses to questions answered quickly. The tent was delivered on time, after the flap had been retrospectively fitted.

Expect plenty of questions and people asking to look inside – being different to the blue/green tents

An absolute stunning tent, with zero negative points. If you’re in the market for a new tent, don’t mind people asking to take a peek inside and want to have something a bit different – this is the tent for you.
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Manufacturer's Description

Karma Canvas 5m ZIG Bell Tent

They combine the best features of a 'detached ground sheet' bell tent and a 'sewn in groundsheet' bell tent giving you the benefit of both designs rolled into one. The ZIG bell tent incorporates modern design and durable components such as lightweight poles, pegs and guy's keeping the weight and size to a minimum and are simple to erect and tension.

With a little practice it takes 1 person around 12-15 minutes to put up. All our bell tents have been manufactured to the highest possible standards and have been designed using ideas gained from extensive experience of camping in bell tents. No component has been overlooked on these tents and our aim is to bring you the best bell tent design and specification on the market at the most reasonable price.

Weight 29kg
Length x Height 500 x 500 x 300 cm
Packed size 96cm x 40cm x 40cm

What's included:

Canvas bell tent with waterproof groundsheet connected by a heavy duty zip system.
Attachments to install an inner tent.
Spring loaded metal tent poles.
Guy ropes and slides.
All the pegs - steel angle pegs & pin pegs.
Matching canvas storage bag.
Erection guide & general instructions.

Poles: 35/22mm

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