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Message posted by Donkers25/8/2009 at 4:08pm
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Hi there!

We'll be looking to replace our small weekend tent at some point in the not too distant future and I am after some recommendations please. We're a couple and our current tent is a small Eurohike, which has given us really good service over the years, but is now rather worn and needs replacing. We use it frequently but only for weekends / odd nights away and also for music festivals.

 

Our main requirements are as follows:

Compact weekend tent – 2/3 births with storage space, ideally separate from main compartment, i.e. a decent sized porch area. Ideally the main compartment would also comfortably fit a double air bed.

Quick and easy to erect but preferably not a "pop-up".

Sturdy and reliable in bad weather; particularly able to withstand windy conditions and with a good HH rating.

Budget – this is not our main tent so we don't want to spend a fortune but we are willing to pay a bit more for a quality tent.

 

Our main tent is an Outwell Trout lake (which I love!) and we also have an Outwell day tent. Given the quality of these I'd definitely consider another Outwell, but even the smaller ones look quite large with living / standing room, which we don't really need.

I do really like the polycotton tents but there do not seem to be many small ones available.

My friend has a Khyam Igloo, which I really like the look of, but the groundsheet doesn't seem to be very thick or even particularly waterproof and that puts me off - I don’t really want to have to buy a footprint.

I also like the look of some the smaller Vango's – Beta 250 / 350 (seems to have a big porch area for storage), Sigma 300, Delta 300+.

Or do we go for another Eurohike – good value and the Avon is similar to what we have now?

 

Any comments or suggestions that may help me decide are welcomed!

Thanks guys!


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Message posted by HEJC7225/8/2009 at 4:20pm
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We have the Licata 400 as our weekend tent.
Standing height, bedroom takes 2 double airbeds and can be divided by curtain, massive windows with curtains, SIG, good size living area, door can be canopied out. If you search the Net you can find it for less than £100 - BARGAIN!!

If that is a bit too big for you then maybe look at the Licata 300?



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Message posted by chinagirl26/8/2009 at 12:29am
Outfit:  Campus Sherpa 4 +Easycamp Licata 400     Location:  Northants
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Hey, I've just bought the Licata 400. £99 Go Outdoors online offer. Bargain. Love the SIG, and the big windows. Can stand up in it too. All this and still only 3 poles, so not complicated to erect either.

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Message posted by JK9826/8/2009 at 1:23am
Outfit:  Cabanon Elody & Julie & Combicamp      Location:  Coventry
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Have a look at the Vango Omega 350. A good sturdy tent with alloy poles & a good sized porch area.



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Message posted by xAndyCx26/8/2009 at 11:00pm
Outfit:  Orchy400 Khyam Highlander Evolution400     Location:  None Entered
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I have a Khyam Highlander, which is slightly bigger than the Igloo that you mentioned. I've never had any problems with the groundsheet or leakage etc. I use it for a lot of music festivals - it's ideal for that because you can put it up in seconds and it's so stable that you don't have to guy it (unless it gets extremely windy) so you don't have to worry about people tripping over your guy ropes in the dark on the way back to their own tents!

My tent has just celebrated its tenth birthday so even if it's a bit more expensive than a supermarket festival tent it is well worth it in the long run.


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Message posted by Rowlands27/8/2009 at 11:51am
Outfit:  vango fireblazer 500 Outwell Indiana4     Location:  Lancashire
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We use a very old Vango fireblazer for weekends...you can by it now under the name of Vango Venture 500....I like it because its not big but I can stand in it...Go outdoors are selling it for £69.00...which is a real bargain, especially as the one we have has been battered over the years with constant use and is still going strong...

Message posted by space_doubt27/8/2009 at 1:23pm
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Firstly, apologies if you've already seen it, but the tent reviews section is well worth a look (although be warned - it's addictive and if you're not careful you could end up with even more possibilities thrown into the mix ).

The Avon is a decent weekend tent and Millets had them at £30 in their sale, if you can still find any (they've taken them off the website now but the shops may still have them). As a shameless fan of budget camping, I'd recommend you buy one of them and use the money you've saved to treat yourselves. Ours cost £40 last year and we reckon it was good value at that price.

Alternatively, my local Blacks were doing the Vango Beta 350 for £55 (which was cheaper than their online price) so I snapped one up because a) the Avon is technically my girlfriend's and I wanted a tent for myself and b) I'm not mad about the Avon's porch area and fancied something a little bigger and less dingy. Not had chance to use the Beta yet, but on paper it should fit the bill.

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Message posted by spiculum27/8/2009 at 5:17pm
Outfit:  2 Cabs & 2 Outwell 1 sunncamp 1 relum     Location:  Birmingham
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the starcamper 3 is worth a look, on my last site had a look at one in storm and rains and it stood everything thrown at it, the owner was very impressed.

Message posted by Donkers28/8/2009 at 10:36am
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Thanks guys, really useful input!

For some reason I'd missed the Vango Omega 350 when looking at the tent reviews but it sounds perfect; think that could be a top contender.

Hope you all have a great Bank holiday weekend, whatever you are doing, and hope the weather is kind if you are camping!



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