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Tent Reviews: SoulPad 4000-ease

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21.90 KG
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9.75/10 from 8 reviews

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8 Reviews of the 4000-ease

By: Orintex  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I bought two Soulpad tents off eBay in a terrible state. Dense mould, torn stitching and ripped groundsheets. Soulpad's customer service was unparalleled - even though I'd bought the tents used.

I sewed and sprayed and glued and cleaned and reproofed the tents with help and advice from Soulpad - and they've come up like new. These things will last for decades.
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By: Scrunchkins  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

I've just bought and tested the Soulpad 4000-ease and although I've only used it for one night I'm very impressed. The tent is light and airy and the space is fantastic. I had no problem fitting in a double SIM, a good sized table, a chair and 2 bedside tables. I intend to use this for a family of four and have checked and the kids single sims will fit in perfectly although I will probably stack them on top the double during the daytime to give us a bit of extra floor space. It did get a little chilly at night with the high ceiling but a small halogen heater on low for a few minutes soon heated the space and the canvas seemed to retain it. I needed a tent that I could pitch quickly and by myself as my hubby doesn't often join us on our camping trips. This tent fitted that requirement perfectly. It took a total of 15 minutes from out of the bag to fully guyed out - brilliant.
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By: Nmyp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I run a large youth project. We have been slowly buying soul pads over the years - we now own 7 x Soulpad 4000 ease and 3 x Soulpad 3000 hybrids.

We love Soul pad tents. Things we love about them

* They are very robust. Camping with kids things happen - horse play is to be expected. In three years, we have had to spent £20 replacing one pole - a fraction of what we expected to pay with dome tents.

* They are very easy to put up. 3 ten year olds can put one of these beasts up in about 10 minutes. Unlike dome tents and similar where adult assistance is needed to try and 'pop' the fibreglass poles in.

* They are huge! We have had up to 9 (smallish!) kids sleeping in one of the 4000 series tents.

* They have a hook at the top of the pole - ideal for adding a light or similar.

* They keep kids and stuff dry. Not one leak yet and we have camped in some pretty awful weather.

* Kids (and adults!) can stand up and move around inside them.

* Built in Mozzie nets. Nice.

* Groundsheets clean very easily.

* Sealed groundsheet to tent. Very useful - stops spiders and other creepy crawlies getting in.

Yes, they are very expensive (although the lovely people at soulpad do give us a bit of a discount as a non profit making organisation) and yes, they are a COMPLETE PIG to dry properly if they get wet - particularly when you have 10 of the critters! - but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. I see no reason why we won't still be using these tents in 10 years time, unlike dome style ones which had to be replaced every 2-3 years.

Lastly - due to the volume of air inside them they can get a bit chilly - particularly if you don't have that many people inside them - but blankets etc have never failed to solve that one yet. We've steered clear of the stoves as small children and hot things in tents is not a great combination.
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By: Markphelan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Excellent service from Soulpad, despite a few problems with the delivery of our order they were always quick to respond to emails and put things right.

We ordered our 4m 'ease' (with sewn-in groundsheet) along with the blaze stove so we could escape the city during 'off-peak' times of year. We've used it a few times this year - and it's been fantastic, regardless of the weather. If it's cold or wet outside we just fire up the stove and can sit quite comfortably inside.

We've been through a few days of rain and wind in Scotland and the canvas has coped fine - not a single leak, and it's not drafty at all.

Definitely a good investment, we hope to make much more use of it over the coming years.
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By: sitespecific  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

My Bell tent, 4000 ease from Soulpad 2010 has had an eventful year! It was blissful to camp in, a fab vibe and good temperature. However, after coping well with heavy rain in Cornwall - completely dry inside - it got caught in a flood while stored! The tent was found floating in 3 inches of water (in an open waterproof laundry bag). It was a few months before we could get over to pick it up (was not stored at home) and then a few weeks until it could be put up and checked. Some patches of canvas were still wet, also a few patches on the SIG but it had survived remarkably well! Minimal mould and hardly any musty smell, still fine to camp in. I will clean and re-proof and expect small dots of black will stay forever but considering how damp it was for so long, I am very pleased with how good it looks. Will be using it again this year.

Last summer we found the 4m space a bit cramped but this was me & 3 kids, including 2 teenagers. It was such a good vibe inside, my 15yr old son abandoned his nylon pup tent completely (after getting soaked through one night) and slept in with the rest of us very comfortably(on camp beds). We used the bijou inner (takes up a quarter of the circle)which fitted a camp bed well, but might be a squeeze for a double mattress. This is something we are about to test on a camping trip in July; five of us this time. We are thinking of buying an additional bell tent for the 3 kids/teens to sleep in.

So highly recommend this tent, although go for the 5m if more than a couple of small kids, and although it should always be packed away dry, these are really tough tents!
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By: Cheekymrs  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

It's here! Reason for this review before we've even used the thing is Soulpad themselves. Hence why it's only a 9 - as we've yet to use it!

Couldn't ask for a better service - friendly, good advice and delivered next day.

Now it's sat in the living room, all bagged up and ready to go. Off for an inaugural outing to Anglesey, the only possible hitch is that the good weather is due to end this weekend and we may just have a storm to contend with. Oh well as long as there's a decent dry pack up I've no qualms about the SPs ability to cope.
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By: Jill and sid  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We have only tried the soulpad out for one dry weekend in Bishops Castle,however, I would agree with the above comments. The differences I noticed was feeling cool in hot weather. At night, the open plan and high roof did make it a wee bit chilly at night. We are still awaiting for the fire burning stove to be delivered, due to demand.

In weighing up the alternatives, I did consider the canvasandcast special offer, which was cheaper and came with inner compartment, porch shelter, lamps and stove. I have to say that the soulpads stove and accessories looked the more stylish of the two. The stove and lanterns on the c&c tent were too busy/gaudy for my liking. However, I have since read that the canvas on the c$c tent is considerably thicker, which is preferable.

Jill is now looking at interior design and has bought rugs and mats. The accessories from Soulpad,look on the pricey side. Eg carpet £180, although you can always shop around. Got one for £80.

It's early days, and we'll have to see how we get on with the canvas tenting experience. My first experience of camping was in my Dad's 2 man canvas army tent, which was dark green and smelt of cat urine.
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By: Maceman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

By far the best tent I have ever owned!

Good points:

- Easy and quick to pitch (ten minutes tops)

- Canvas, so less condensation

- Stylish

- Spacious

- Can take a woodburning stove (which ours has) which is perfect for winter camping and cold wet nights.

- Durable, tough, canvas

- Promotes tent envy amongst other campers!

- SIG, so nice and cosy

Bad points:

- Needs to be totally dry for storage

- Could be prone to mildew if not looked after properly

- Makes you feel even more fed up when you have to go home.

We used ours with our blaze stove on New Years Eve, and although it was -3c outside, we were toasty warm in the tent!

I would thoroughly recommend a Soulpad to anyone who's looking to camp in a more unique and stylish way.
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Sewn-in groundsheet (SIG), 4m diameter, 1.4m entrance, 2.5m at centre, weight 21.9kg. The easiest SoulPad® to pitch, holds it's shape well and looks great every time.

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