Tent Reviews: SoulPad 4000-hybrid
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10 Reviews of the 4000-hybrid
By: LandyBellTent Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2013 Rating:
Our soul pad is fantastic. Lots of space, we started with a quarter inner tent and when our little boy came along we bought a half inner. Quick and easy to pitch, great in all weather's (we've used it in a force 9 storm and it hadn't moved an inch!), and still looks brand new even though we have used it hundreds of times over the last 5 years. We won't be buying anything else when this one does come to an end. Buy it! You won't regret it!
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By: Mambogoddess Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2011 Rating:
We love our soulPad and so does everyone else when we take it away, lots of people have asked about it and wanted to go inside for a look.
Canvas really is the best, we have never been so warm and cosy in a tent before especially at night. We havent had any leaks at all. The tent goes up really easily you just need to make sure you get the central pole central and put the guy ropes out in the right order.
We have used the tent about 12 times, including on our wedding night and it has been extremely stable even in extreme conditions. On a particularly windy week in Woolacombe ours was the only tent that wasn't being ruined by the wind, it was barely moving. The tent had been standing up to some extreme conditions until May this year again in Woolacombe. We experienced crazy 50 mph wind one night which did unfortunately bend the pole and we had to take the tent down in the night. It was about the 12th time we'd used it and I don't think the pole was completely straight. I wouldn't let this put you off though, a replacement pole was only £25 and that was some freak weather!
We love the tent, the design and the canvas are amazing and we will never go back to nylon tents!
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By: Shoeless Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2010 Rating:
I adore my soul pad . And yes I have big cushions and rag rugs inside and a low table for my gas stove . And fairy lights.We made a drape out of an old army parachute that ties to the central pole and to the rings on the wall with parachute cord ,quick and easy to use .At night it can be brought round to create a cosy private bedroom area partitioning off however much of the tent you wish. I escape away at least once a year
I think its the fastest tent of its size to put up although a bit heavy for me at other times I manage and camping people are usually nice enough to help with the final fling back into my boot .
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By: Whinney Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2008 Rating:
I have been the proud owner of a Soul Pad 4000 for a few years now.
I am in my seventies and still go camping regularly, some times on my own! I bought the Soul pad 4000, as a member of my family already had one and I saw how easy it was to put up.
I manage quite well on my own. I love the airy space, the light mornings and how cosy it all feels when I'm all tucked up at night.
I don't have much of a problem even when wet, as its folds nicely and goes on top of everything else in the car, then at home, its hung under the car port to dry off.
I have solar fairy lights around the door way and flags around the whole tent. Other campers always comment on the lights and tent shape, and say they are like a marker to help them find their on tents.
I regularly have people coming in for look round, they are amazed at the space.
I have a small gas heater I use if its very damp outside, but it easily warms up, so I don't use it much.
Although the ground sheet is quite thick I still put a old one underneath to protect it from mud/stone etc.
I have flokita rugs for warmth around the bed area so it is really cosy, and I use solar lighting most of the time.
I also made a door net to keep out the dreaded Scottish midges ( as my older Soul pad doesn't have a door mesh.
I just have a couple of little niggles though, as I have got older! I find bending the few inches to get in and out of the door way can give me neck ache! Just wish it was a foot higher.
The other thing (which I have sorted now) is I was camping on a site where the wind changed directions quite dramatically and when it rained heavy the rain was blowing on the door way, meaning the whole door mat and area got wet through every time I came in or out.,
My answer to this was to make a porch shelter from Light coloured tent material., It is about a metre depth and fits onto the front pole, and stretches out to both sides about 2 metres sloping down towards the ground, a few guide ropes and an extra adjustable pole for the front and hey presto! I now have a porch area to leave chairs, wellies and coats and even the odd tee towel to dry. And sit under when its raining!
I still love my Soul Pad, and can't imaging using any other sort of tent again. Can't wait to go off gain soon.
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By: Roxieabc Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2012 Rating:
A beautiful tent so easy to put up.Used for the first time at Sonic Rock Solstice in torrential rain and wind. Stayed warm and dry inside.
It is easy to keep the canvas clean when taking the tent down and drapes over the dining table to air out once home.
Ok it's a bit heavy but manageable and it feels sunny inside even when its dull and rainy outside.
The best tent I've ever owned.:-)
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By: Shaggy2000 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2012 Rating:
Recently been converted to Soulpad tents after a friend at work told me about them. I had been looking for an upgrade to my now old tent (Vango Orchy 400) partly because it now has a hole in it, but mostly because it's really difficult to erect by myself (yes, I'm a single camper)
Anyway I've recently had my first erection in the back garden (fnar fnar) and I am astounded at how simple it is to erect. The instructions are easy to follow and practically tell you how to do it word for word. The best part though is how easy it is to pack away, now I realise the tent was bone dry, but my old tent was a nightmare to pack away, in fact most times it ended on the back seat of the car in a big pile. The soulpad though easily fits in the bag, in fact I'd almost swear you could fit two tents in there.
Size wise this tent is deceptively big, the pictures don't do it justice, its like a TARDIS in that thing. Its easily going to take all my camping stuff and still have room left over.
The only downside I have found with it so far is that there isn't an EHU cable hole. My old tent had a bit of a gap next to the doorway that I could feed the cable through, this though is completely sealed, so the only way I can see for an EHU cable to enter the tent is through the doorway where the zips meet. Not a huge problem but would have been nice if a hole of some kind had been put into the tent for us that have the EHU cables.
All in all 10/10, an expensive tent, but you pay for quality, and this tent has it in bucket loads.
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By: Cheekymrs Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2010 Rating:
Well after a LOT of research - thanks to Soulpad for their patience in the face of a lot of questions - we settled for the 4000 ease but. The 4000 hybrid arrived instead, not that we noticed until it had been up for 18 hours! (Soulpad immediately offered to replace it but we're more than happy with what we have).
It went up for the first time on a windy and stormy Anglesey afternoon and we were up, pegged and bringing in beds within 10 minutes. As someone used to an Outwell Montana 6 it was a refreshing change to say the least!
We've used it several times now and had both wet and dry put ups and pack ups and so far NO problems whatsoever. The 4000 is roomy enough for the 3 of us and all our paraphernalia and has easily accommodated 7 on a wet evening with the prerequisite fish and chip supper! It's also the first tent we've ever had which has packed easily into its bag when wet and even more so when packed away dry. Our camping packing now fits into our boot - except for the fridge - a feat never managed with the Montana.
The quiet of the canvas in the wind and rain allows for a good night's sleep no matter how bad the weather and the light when waking is lovely. Although this model doesn't have a net fly door the airflow through the low windows ensures the tent doesn't feel stuffy and the extremely hefty groundsheet feels great underfoot, we've added a footprint underneath purely to protect and keep it clean but it really isn't needed. Our old tent had the Outwell carpet and felt wonderful underfoot, this tent doesn't need one, even using the heater on a cold evening meant switching it off before long as the tent really does seem to keep the warmth in extremely well.
Bring on the Great British Bank Holiday weather - can't wait!
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By: Rotterdam0892 Reason: I've used one Made in: 2011 Rating:
Used our soulpad hybrid for the first time this weekend. The weather was probably as bad as it could get - very windy, damp and when the wind stopped, it poured! It was easy to put up, we practised a couple of times in the garden before the real outing. It's just as easy to take down but in the pouring rain, it's now very wet and we are unsure on the best way to dry it. Anyway, it kept us cosy. We had a little gas heater to keep up warm. We cooked on our kitchen table in the centre of the tent and had plenty of room. Overall, you probably can't get a better tent. It made our fellow campers smile, especially as we had solar powered fairy lights around the entrance which some people used as guide lights. We are in love with our tent.
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By: Ed Austin Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2011 Rating:
I decided I wanted a bell tent a few years ago an finally got one for my birthday in April 2011. Having settled on a hybrid style tent (on the basis we wanted it to be water-tight but still possible to roll-up the sides, the Soulpad 4000 Hybrid was the best price and spec we could find. As soon as we put it up on the village green to see how it looked we knew it was a smart choice! The tent is lovely and roomy inside so feels completely different to a 'normal' tent that you tend to crouch or crawl around in. There is plenty of room for a big bed and lots of stuff and could easily accommodate 3 double mattresses if sharing. We found ourselves preferring to sit inside looking out as the space is so comfortable! This is quite different to previous camping where we tended to be inside only when very wet or sleeping. Having taken the tent to mid-Wales form a friends birthday party it attracted lots of attention and we ended up doing tours for a number of people! Excellent choice if looking for this type of tent.
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By: Lovelyveg Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2010 Rating:
This is the tent of my dreams! It is beautifully designed, easy to put up (could be done by one person easily enough) and large enough to fit lots of adults/kids/stuff - whatever you want to take camping really. Ours was very cosy and kept the rain out despite a big downpour the first time it was used. In hot weather you can roll up the sides - making the tent look like it is floating. It is so roomy - you can stand up and move around easily so it doesn't really even feel like a tent - more like a portable room. It fits into one bag but it is heavy so probably not one you would want to take if you were walking any distance but this is the only downside I can think of. It is possible to buy a stove kit, complete with chimney to make it extra cosy and I love the idea of camping in the winter and having a lovely wood burner keeping the tent warm.
Yes it is an expensive tent but for what you get it is definitely worth it.
10/10 - I won't be going back to my old tent thats for sure!
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Zipped-in groundsheet (ZIG), 4m diameter, 1.4m entrance, 2.5m at centre, weight 21.9kg. This SoulPad® combines some of the luxury and practicality of the SoulPad-ease™ tents with all of the fun and drama of the SoulPad-lites™
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