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Subject Topic: Easy tent for single person to put up/dis Post Reply Post New Topic
09/8/2016 at 7:55am
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Can I pick your collective brains on this one?

I need a weekend with a decent amount of living space for 2, sometimes 3 that I can put up and take down myself. It's either me with my 4 year old, or if my partner comes, he's off setting up for a sports event so it's still me putting the tent up.

I've got the lovely canvas storm tent but I need something quicker for overnighters/sports trips.

I need 4 berth, and a sewn in groundsheet, with the least amount of flappyness. I'm tempted by a hi gear gobi being sold locally but I'm also being tempted by polycotton tunnel tents on marktplaats...

Do you have any suggestions?



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09/8/2016 at 11:59am
 Location: North Yorkshire
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The very popular Vango Icarus/Iris 500 is a decent size for 3 and can be put up solo.

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09/8/2016 at 4:44pm
 Location: GATESHEAD
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Polycotton tents can be a bit of a handful due to weight.Have you looked at inflatables? Airgo tents at go outdoors do some nice 4-berths and they are easy to put up single-handed (other makes are available) Sunncamp Breton air? Its all about the money though

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09/8/2016 at 4:58pm
 Location: Northern Ireland
 Outfit: Bell Tent Vango Coleman and Quechua
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4m Polycotton Bell Tent?

The one I have is out of stock now, and probably won't be in until next year (at least that's what happened last season) but mine is a 10T Desert 8 from Amazon UK although the shop behind Amazon is called Spreen Online. The benefit of polycotton is a slightly lighter pack weight and quicker drying time. The polycotton could easily be mistaken for canvas, it's less 'poly' and more 'cotton'.

I go camping by myself. It's a doddle to put up.

An option perhaps!


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09/8/2016 at 6:50pm
 Location: Hampshire
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I would second Campernic's suggestion of a 4m polycotton bell tent. We have the 10T Desert 8 too and it is fantastic value for money - you can buy it here (keep an eye out for when it comes back in stock). I use it when going away by myself with a 5 and 6 year old but we had 6 people sleeping in it a couple of weeks ago (that was very snug!).



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10/8/2016 at 1:30pm
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They are tempting but they are a bit over budget. I've been trying to weigh up a Hi Gear Gobi 4 vs an Outwell Pasedena 5. I would normally lean towards the outwell but I think it was a go outdoors and the hydrostatic head is actually less. It's a tunnel which may be easier to put up alone but I've always liked the semi geodesic style....


10/8/2016 at 2:59pm
 Location: Gwynedd
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In my collection of tents, I have one of these.

Really easy to put up on your own.


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10/8/2016 at 3:25pm
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I like that 1man, and they are certainly very reasonably priced. I would like to be able to stand up in it though...


10/8/2016 at 3:30pm
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That is the downside. My full height tents are a Hi Gear Rock 5, and a Lugano 6.


11/8/2016 at 9:10am
 Location: Hampshire
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If you were tempted by the 10T bell tent they are back in stock now. Approx 250 delivered (depending on the exchange rate offered by your card).

You could probably get that amount back for it if you didn't like it and sold it on

Edit: Spreen are selling one on EBay for 236 free delivery! That is a total bargain.

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11/8/2016 at 7:41pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Campernic on 09/8/2016
4m Polycotton Bell Tent?

The one I have is out of stock now, and probably won't be in until next year (at least that's what happened last season) but mine is a 10T Desert 8 from Amazon UK although the shop behind Amazon is called Spreen Online. The benefit of polycotton is a slightly lighter pack weight and quicker drying time. The polycotton could easily be mistaken for canvas, it's less 'poly' and more 'cotton'...




Not according to the link by "shorthamstrings", it isn't!

"Material
Outer tent: 100 % TC (65% polyester/35% cotton)"



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