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11/3/2024 at 11:20am
 Location: North Somerset
 Outfit: Caranex H1
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Thanks Richard,
I thought I had replied to your last post but it may have fallen foul of the router change-over this morning...

Anyway, yes, I had thought about a bell tent - albeit very briefly! As I thought they might be a bit big and heavy for me, and bulky when packed down to get into the back of my little Toyota Yaris. Someone pointed me in the direction of the Cabanon Guadaloupe, which I thought would have similar advantages to a bell tent, and its smaller stable mate, the Noumea would be even lighter! I have yet to see either 'in the flesh' yet, and at any rate, may stick to my Caranex.

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11/3/2024 at 1:58pm
 Location: South Cumbria
 Outfit: Lightwave T10 Trek
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You can get 3 metre bell tents which may be somewhat easier to handle. For example - https://belltentsussex.co.uk/collections/3m-bell-tent-collection/products/3m-bell-........

I do like the idea of a tent with a wood burning stove for winter use - although I wouldn't be carrying it up the hill!

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12/3/2024 at 7:41am
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Quote: Originally posted by richardh1905 on 11/3/2024
You can get 3 metre bell tents which may be somewhat easier to handle. For example - https://belltentsussex.co.uk/collections/3m-bell-tent-collection/products/3m-bell-........

I do like the idea of a tent with a wood burning stove for winter use - although I wouldn't be carrying it up the hill!



Thanks Richard, nice looking tent but double the pack weight of my Caranex! I would want to go and see this 'in the flesh' though, before considering a purchase.

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12/3/2024 at 11:05am
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I was more thinking about ease of pitching, CyberCynth, bell tents are reputedly very easy to pitch, lots of videos out there of people erecting them solo, just peg out the canvas and then get underneath and erect the centre pole.

Here's an example - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vwGcRUzEZo&t=138s

PS - the 3m tent that I liked to earlier is also available in polyester, weight 12kg. But for a tent like this I would much prefer canvas.

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12/3/2024 at 12:05pm
 Location: North Somerset
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Thanks for the link Richard. Lovely tent but I think my Caranex takes a lot less time to erect. That seemed like quite a lot of pegging out to do. I may end up trying either a Guadaloupe or a bell tent one of these days, just because I like to try something different and/or quirky! The thing that appeals to me about the bell tents is the solid poles, as opposed to the twangy carbon fibre type in most modern tents.

I like a good old fashioned frame tent, too, partly because of the solid poles, partly because they're usually made from cotton canvas but mainly because once they're up, you have full head height throughout most of the space, therefore less likelihood of rubbing up against wet canvas when you're moving about inside the living space.



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