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Subject Topic: Pole v Air tents Post Reply Post New Topic
via mobile 12/8/2021 at 3:01pm
 Location: Fife
 Outfit: Vango Joro Air 600XL
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We currently have an Outwell Nevada M, 5 man, pole tent and front awning. We are considering replacing it with an air tent.

We've been very happy with the tent we have but would like one that has a proper door on the front of the awning (we have a make shift one) to expand the living space.

We've not been able to view many air tents, but the large 7 man one we have seen was massive when deflated and packed away. Are air tents comparable with pole tents when packed up, or are they generally larger?

Any feedback would be gratefully received.


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12/8/2021 at 4:06pm
 Location: Manchester
 Outfit: Vango Rivendale 800XL
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They generally pack up quite large but it is all in one bag rather than a bag forthe tent and another for poles, etc


via mobile 12/8/2021 at 4:11pm
 Location: Fife
 Outfit: Vango Joro Air 600XL
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We usually roll the poles inside the tent so don't have a separate bag, though we do have a second bag containing the awning.

The packed size is a critical consideration as my OH refuses to tow and we have to use the car and roof box ... currently quite full, so we'd not fit a much larger tent in.


via mobile 12/8/2021 at 4:21pm
 Location: Glasgow
 Outfit: Airgo horizon 4 tent
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If packed size and or weight matters to you might I suggest that you you visit one of the larger camping stores and have a look. You may be able to see your desired tent erected and also be able to check the bag size and weight.
We did this when we got our tent.


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via mobile 12/8/2021 at 4:23pm
 Location: Fife
 Outfit: Vango Joro Air 600XL
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Unfortunately we don't seem to have many such stores in Scotland. I'll need to do some research.


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via mobile 12/8/2021 at 4:42pm
 Location: Glasgow
 Outfit: Airgo horizon 4 tent
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Go Outdoors in Edinburgh & Glasgow. Also Tiso in Glasgow have displays.


via mobile 13/8/2021 at 10:37am
 Location: Glasgow
 Outfit: Airgo horizon 4 tent
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I forgot to mention Decathlon who also have stores in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
When we decided to come back to camping after a 12 year break, we found that by making direct comparisons with tents on display and their packed size and weight, was a essential factor in our choice of tent and equipment.


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via mobile 13/8/2021 at 10:39am
 Location: Fife
 Outfit: Vango Joro Air 600XL
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Thanks, we'd no idea there were these displays. Will go and check them out.


via mobile 13/8/2021 at 12:25pm
 Location: Glasgow
 Outfit: Airgo horizon 4 tent
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You could possibly get a good package deal of tent and equipment at this time of the year. Hope your search goes well and you find the ideal tent.



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