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Subject Topic: Family Weekend Tent - Recommendations? Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by JamboUK29/7/2014 at 12:49pm
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Hi all,

Looking for a family (2 adults, 2 children of 8 and 11 years) weekend tent that is a good small size packed up but spacious and practical when up as well as being quick to put up. We have an Outwell Montana 6 for longer holidays but want something smaller and quicker for the weekend. This is a new market for me so was looking for recommendations.

The Vango Icarus 500 seems to fit the bill on paper and write ups are good. What do you think? Thanks.

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Message posted by 100_mph_pennine29/7/2014 at 12:55pm
Outfit:  Kampa Frinton Classic Decathlon Air     Location:  Birmingham
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We use a quechua 4.2 family pop up for weekends but also rely on a tarp to sit/ cook under - although it is a bit of a squeeze if I'm honest, although a lot depends on the weather.

A lot depends on how much comfort your after.

Although, if I had loads of spare cash I would go for a small/mid size (4+ man) inflatable tent for (supposedly) ease and speed of putting up/ down.



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Message posted by jackuk29/7/2014 at 9:02pm
Outfit:  Lots of outwell !!     Location:  Surrey
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I use a trout lake 6 for weekends/short breaks, so quick to pitch with only 3 poles and you can keep the zipped in ground sheet and bedrooms still attached when packing.

Its not the lightest/smallest to pack, but with all the benefits of polycotton and 3 bedroom pods, just just great!



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Current tent line-up (all outwell)
Yellowstone falls - for week or more
Clear lake - Flyball team entertainment
Cedar lake - not been used yet!
Trout lake 6 - short weekend trips
Trout Lake 4 - for just me and the dog
Concorde L

Message posted by JamboUK29/7/2014 at 10:26pm
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Quote: Originally posted by jackuk on 29/7/2014
I use a trout lake 6 for weekends/short breaks, so quick to pitch with only 3 poles and you can keep the zipped in ground sheet and bedrooms still attached when packing.

Its not the lightest/smallest to pack, but with all the benefits of polycotton and 3 bedroom pods, just just great!





Hi thanks for your help. It is a great tent. Love Outwell but pricing puts it we in the realms of a main tent which I already have.


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Message posted by dozie7702/8/2014 at 8:18am
Outfit:  Outwell hartford Xl & Royal Tampa 6     Location:  Portland Dorset
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Have just bought a royal tampa 6 as our weekend tent was 199 with footprint and carpet . No idea what it's like! Waiting for it to be delivered! :-)

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Message posted by Lyds102/8/2014 at 6:11pm
Outfit:   Vango Icarus 500      Location:  West Yorkshire
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Just bought my first tent a Vango Icarus 500 off ebay and used it twice already. It was perfect for us, 2 adults and 2 children (age 8 and 5). Very easy to put up, I managed it myself. We removed the divider in the sleeping compartment and all slept in one room. The living space was ample but I would like to buy the porch for extra space but new they cost more than I paid for the whole tent!

My whole family enjoyed this tent so much so that we made a second trip within a few days. Noticed the tent is on special offer in go outdoors too.

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Message posted by KampaWendy02/8/2014 at 6:22pm
Outfit:  Outwell Nevada M + Extension     Location:  High Wycombe
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Outwell Nevada M is a good choice for weekends the Vango Icarus can be a bit of a pole breaker.

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