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18 Reviews of the 5m Ultimate        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: AndyOC  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 01/07/2013

What can I add to all the 10 out of 10 reviews? Nothing really, just want to pitch in and add what a great tent this is. Not really sure (after 1 sunny outing) if we should have got the 4m - the 5m is MASSIVE and heavy - but lovely tent, lovely to sleep in, garnered lots of interest from passers by (must glam it up!) and provided a perfect shelter for our family.

Bought ours direct from Obelink, as we live in Germany, but the price difference is not so great as previous years. The front wing really helped provide privacy and much needed shade.

I think this would appeal to those who haven't camped much before and want some luxury to do it in, or those who have had many years with man-made-fibre tents and want something interesting and secure in bad weather, like us.
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By: Purpleperil  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 30/05/2013

I bought this tent after reading many many reviews and searching high and low for something I could pitch on my own - often the only adult camping with 2 young girls and a dog. I also wanted something a bit different.

This tent is so easy to put up and incredibly quick, my daughters and I get it up in approx 15mins.

I bought a 5m tent because I read somewhere that you can never have too much space and this has proved invaluable on rainy days - we can all fit in as well as the table and chairs.

After 24hrs of continuous rain there has been no leaking and the canvas minimises the noise.

We love it and can't wait to use it again and again .
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By: Drazic  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 16/09/2012

Well, what can I say that has not already been said about this truly awesome tent! My Fianceť, 2 small dogs and myself have enjoyed 5 outings in this beauty this year already and have loved every second! We have been fortunate on every occasion to hit great weather (quite remarkable, given this year's wet Summer!), so unable to comment on it's waterproofing. We have had a couple of days in some heavy winds, and instead of being greeted by the usual plastic rattling, the canvass sound proved to be almost tranquil and certainly not distracting in anyway. From a 'show off' point of view, the comments we received from people on the campsites were incredibly positive, screams from kids 'Look Mum, they have a tee-pee'. We are quite lavish with the solar lights we have purchased, she looks stunning on an evening (yes, I have adopted her as a female!). The space inside is epic, we can set up a small kitchen area, a clothes wardrobe and a king sized inflatable bed, and still have room to swing a dog (not that I have for any PETA officers reading!). The customer service has been great when I called to query storage advice etc. They also offer a re-waterproofing and professional cleaning service at reasonable rates. Being able to roll up the walls has been very useful on those hot days, a cool breeze sweeping through the tent whilst enjoying a refreshing local Ale was one of my highlights. Unless we happen to take this tent on a wet day and find ourselves submerged in the morning, I really can't find a single negative to say about it!
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By: Sirphilalot  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 16/07/2012

Decide to upgrade to this tent for no real reason. Our old tent was fine, we just fancied one because they look so cool. We are so pleased we did. Torrential rain outside and not a single drop inside. No clammy damp feeling either. Tent was very quiet in the wind, the only noise was from the zip handles clinking together, easily sorted by opening apart slightly.

Bell Tent were really good in that they let us take our fishing beds up to there warehouse where they had erected a tent for us to decide if we wanted a 4 or 5m tent. We chose the 5 as it was only £100 extra and we felt we would have always regretted it if We got the 4. If you have the car space go for the 5 every time.

Tent was really easy to put up. Took longer to attach guy ropes for the first time than to put the tent up. Packing up was simple. Bag is oversized so no hassle putting away.

Only thing I would do to improve it is a couple more lower rings on the centre pole for hanging lightweight items like coats. Nothing too heavy so as no to damage floor although easy enough to put a small mat to spread the load. I have made a bar to screw onto ring so we have a coat rack and can hang some lights too.

We also hang a carbon monoxide alarm from the pole too. Very cheap from amazon and worth every penny.
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By: Lullabelle  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 10/06/2012

I absolutely love my bell tent. I even took it to the middle east when we moved there so I could do bell tent desert camping (don't do this - it's far too big and heavy!)

We used it all through the summer of 2010 - went to a couple of campsites in the uk and three in France for a long 20 day holiday. It never leaked, even in a serious storm, and was an absolute pleasure to use. I love the soft light inside, the fact it takes me about 15 minutes to put it up on my own. It felt much warmer than my old polyester tent, and was much quieter in wind - a lovely seaside flutter as opposed to that horrible rustle, rustle, rustle that used to really bother me with my old Wynnster.

I think you definitely need the tarp and possibly the inner - it would have been nice to have a separate sleeping area as it feels very cavernous at night and I prefer cosy. Having the tarp makes all the difference though, as eating, reading and noisy playing can be done outside leaving the bell for delicious chilling and sleeping. I don't normally have afternoon naps but we found we were having them en famille almost every day after lunch. It was just so lovely to lie inside.

We've never undone the zip and rolled the sides up - but it is nice to know we can if we wish!

We went around a big tent display near us full of Coleman, Kampa, Outwell and trailer tents yesterday. Some of the tents were gorgeous, but I'd still choose my bell tent over any of them. It's just got such character. It's my forever tent. (well, as long as it holds up!)
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By: JesusisLord  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 28/05/2012

Wow! We have just come back off our first bell tent adventure and it was truly amazing . This is truly an ultimate tent . It is so quick to pitch up , on your own or with someone its just as easy . Once up you can be sure that you are going to be so comfortable with the ample space this tent allows , and once furnished with your own little touches this is camping in style .If you are thinking about buying one of these tents .Think no more this is the one to go for ! just be prepared for the attention one of these tents causes there are sure to be lots of admirers. I just cant wait for our next adventure . Whoop whoop !
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By: Craggybend  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 08/08/2011

I am disabled and yet I can with just a little planning put the tent up myself.It is heavy, but came with a good strong bag, with easy handles.The kids love it.

Its warm, comfortable and very easy to live with. I have bought the inner sleeping 'tent' I had used the main tent on its own, but now wouldn't be without the inner tent, especially in midge areas.

So far its stood up to everything the weather has thrown at it.
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By: Boyan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 25/06/2011

Having procrastinated for about 2 years as to whether I should buy one of these, I finally bit the bullet in April this year (2011). The website these are sold from is brilliant, and in line to their 'camping with soul' caption. Ordering online was easy and, unbelievably in this day and age, a phone no. Is available which is answered straight away by a real person as opposed to an infuriating automated voice menu system. The phone no. Was put to good use when it seemed like my tent was delivered without the pegs, and new ones were DHL'd the next day (to my old address mind you, but still.). I might add that the RRP is a bit out of date, it's more like nearly £500 now.

Now then, classic camping with this tent is not possible. This tent is all about glamping! When packed away, it's very heavy and bulky , 25kg for the tent, plus another 5 for the pole, so if, like me, you're the only adult with kids, a trolley of some sort is essential (I have one of these: http://www.Amazon.Co.Uk/gp/product/B000LFYO7E/ref=oss_product. It flat packs neatly, but you need bungee ropes). Once out of the bag, given its size, it's ridiculously easy to erect by one person, and just as easy to collapse, and it fits back into the bag with relative ease.

The tent itself is a masterpiece. Me and my 7 year old daughter went camping in this for the first time in June, and we decked it out with rugs, tea light chandelier, low table, incense holder, and so on. It felt opulent and luxurious, and needless to say, my little girl was in heaven. We got a ridiculous amount of attention on the campsite (our neighbours in a camper had 3 girls of similar age, and the four of them were constantly in this tent). The atmosphere inside was homely, warm and very relaxing, and during the day it doesn't feel claustrophobic due to the soft light inside created by the beige canvas, and it's just not possible to achieve this in a normal polyester type tent.

With reference to the size, despite it's vast size, I'm not sure if I'd have more then 3 people sleeping in this, 4 absolute max; it will sleep 8 people easily, but then all the clothes, cooking stuff, food etc has to fit in as well, at which point it becomes too cluttered, which kind of defeats the purpose. That's just in my opinion, of course.

Overall, top marks, money well spent!
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By: Maxf  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2010

After much research into tents, we decided on the Bell Tent 5m ultimate. We have two Great Danes so any tent we purchased needed to have plenty of space and the wide open space of the Bell Tent fits the bill exactly. We love it and the dogs can't wait to get into it! We were undecided about the inner tent, and after sleeping in the tent a few times we have definitely decided against buying an inner tent - the structure is beautiful and I love gazing up to the apex and watching the tent move gently with the wind.

Pitching the tent is really quick and simple. The two of us working together can have the tent up and ready in under 9 minutes. The first time my husband put it up on his own it still only took 15 minutes.

We have done a fair amount of 'pimping' - I have made mosquito netting to attach around the entrance and a canvas awning. We have replaced the metal pole with a bamboo pole and my husband has made a wood-burning stove out of an old gas cylinder, which will really extend our camping season.

In common with other reviewers, the only downside is the weight of the tent. We keep the groundsheet in a separate bag from the canvas tent in order to make it more manageable.
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By: Sleedale  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 24/08/2010

The easiest tent to pitch by far, can be done by one person - even a short person (me). The quality is exceptional and instead of flapping in the wind, this tent breathes, gently and quietly. The shape and design make it a great space to be in, when it's raining outside, staying in isn't cramped or dark or dreary, rather relaxing and restful. The light through the canvas creates moving pictures and when it's lit at night it looks amazing from the outside. Fill it with rugs and comfy seats, low down if you are young enough, and it's luxury camping at it's best. In a downpour it proved to be totally watertight, and wind seems to roll around it instead of whipping it about and trying to flatten it as with dome or tunnel tents. The best tenting experience by far and it will also make a great home camping shelter or extra outside space when not being used for trips away. We intend to get the Malu awning too, simply because it's beautiful and versatile; extra rugs and mood lighting.
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Manufacturer's Description

* A deluxe Bell Tent with a zip that lets you roll up the walls on a scorching summer afternoon
* Lightweight but strong 285 g/ m≤) high quality cotton canvas (think of new denim jeans thickness)
* Weighs 31.5kg (This is a serious bit of kit so you don't want to be carrying it too far.)
* New for 09 all our bell tents have all the loops and attachments to fit one of our inner tents should you decide you want to add one. This is unique to Bell Tent UK and other bell tents don't have these fittings.
* Has a metal hoop on central pole, great for hanging things from.
* All packs down into matching canvas bag small enough to go on the back of a Smart Car. (approx 100cm - 45cm - 45cm)
* Fabulous Colour (no bright white nightmares) giving a warm and gentle vide inside
* Material is treated to be water, UV and mould resistant for up to 60 weeks constant use. ( re-proof liquid costs around £15)
* A frame covered Entrance. Unlike some bell tents this has an A frame entrance which creates a porch to stop the rain coming in. Those without this feature leak all the way up the entrance flap i.e. to the middle of the tent!
* Takes 2 people around 9 minutes to erect (Ok it took us 4 goes to get it that fast)
* Can be erected by one person in around 13 minutes
* Heavy Duty Waterproof Integral ground sheet that comes up the side creating a waterproof "bath".
* Ideal for those non fair weather campers who like to get out and about come rain or shine
* Beautifully made, quality build
* Unzip able windows / air vents complete with mosquito nets
* Heavy Duty Zipped front door for fast access
* Door can be "locked" by padlocking the three door zips together
* Can be fitted with the Bell Tent Stove
* Updated A frame footing and door flap to avoid tripping

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