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Tent Reviews: SoulPad 5000-lite

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9.33/10 from 6 reviews

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6 Reviews of the 5000-lite

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

I love my 5 metre Soul Pad. It's very weather-resistant, the curved sides seem to throw off very strong wind from whatever direction, and I've invested in a set of Delta pegs to make the whole thing even more secure. It's very easy to pitch by yourself and you don't need a set of instructions because it's so simple. As one large room, it has a beguiling 'Big Top' feel (though it can get very messy quickly) but this year, I bought an inner tent and we found that half the space for living in was more than adequate for a (young) family of four. Four full sized berths fit easily into the other half and to be honest, if you don't mind being cosy, you could easily get four adults and two children (on child-sized mats) in to that space. As it is, you have loads of room at the sides for clothes. My only bugbear is that I always find it hard to get the perfect line-up of holes in the mudflap and in the ground sheet - it's always puckered or misaligned. I think it's a matter of practice. I value the flexibility of a separate groundsheet - particularly because I don't want the canvas to get wet or muddy just before storing it, so I like to store groundsheet and canvas separately. You do need to pitch it at home or hang over the bannisters if you think it was put away damp, but it dries very fast. Love it, and can't recommend the inner tent enough - I thought I'd hate it but it revolutionised the way we use the tent as a family and makes everything seem a lot less cluttered!
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By: 511tactical  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We also love our Soul Pad. Easy to put up, light, airy and very comfortable. We added some pockets to the groundsheet to hold the bottom of the 'A' frame legs in place (stops them slipping on the groundsheet). For 3 of us it's luxury, with 8 persons there is still plenty of room. It fights off the wind & rain and yet is cool on hot days, and looks even cooler.

See my image of ours and friends Soul Pads at night. Nightglow comp and backward torch writing. Good fun!
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By: Muggle1105  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I am simply in love with my Soulpad tent! For me, it suits our family time, no electric, simple camping style. I wanted a tent that I could put up and take down single handedly and almost got a Vango Icarus 500 but as soon as I discovered bell tents I knew it was the tent for me. It's so versatile. It fits in my garden for children's sleepovers, doesn't take up much room in the car (I have no trailer or roof box!), has plenty of space, is a great chill out pad if there are a large group of you and suits basic camping and glamping!

I'm totally sold on canvas tents now. Much warmer when needed and the sides can be rolled up when it's hot so you have a cool shelter from the sun. Having camped in it in Snowdonia it coped brilliantly with all the weather that was thrown at it and it was so easy to get a perfect pitch. The children adore it and light shining through the canvas at night just makes it look magical. We have named ours Dougal, the children really felt there was something 'Magic Roundabout' about it! I am one proud owner.
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By: Swishtish  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Fabulous! After much discussion we bought this as a family tent. It really is lovely, beautifully made with sturdy stitching and attention to detail. We have taken it away a few times now in a variety of conditions and it just shrugs them all off. We can fit a travel cot in it and my husband can stand up in it (he's 6'2') but it only takes about 30 mins for us to put up and furnish. It is hugely stylish and receives many positive comments. However, the best feature must be being able to roll the sides up. On an extremely hot muggy afternoon, I dozed and read in comfort as a gentle breeze washed over me. It really was as idyllic as it sounds! The main downside is that you have to keep chatting to admiring passers by.

Finally, it is worth noting that the canvas must go away perfectly dry otherwise it will go mouldy, so bear in mind that you may need somewhere to dry it out.

I would heartily recommend a SoulPad to everyone!
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By: Hush  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

As a result of fairly miserable camping experiences as a child, I never thought I would, (quite literally as it turned out), return to nights under canvas, but a new found appreciation for fresh air and being outdoors, combined with itchy feet but a limited budget, made me think again.

After about a year of many visits to a variety of camping showrooms, although in the end I was unable to actually see an erected Bell Tent before taking the plunge, I ended up buying the Soul Pad 5000 Lite, simply because it was the only tent I found in all my research that I knew would fulfil two essential criteria for me:

1) I would be able to stand up in it.

2) If needs be, I could put it up, and take it, down single handed.

After two outings in sun, rain and wind I can honestly say that I'm absolutely over the moon with it.

Once you get past the atrocious tent pegs, (that seem to come with all tents), and buy some decent ones, putting up and taking down this tent is an absolute breeze. Although I'm not the fastest mover on the planet, nor the most supple, even I can manage to get this tent up single handed, in an extremely leisurely fashion, within about 40 to 45 minutes, and once it's up it's a dream.

It is wonderfully spacious inside, although when camping a Bell tent without inners, you do have to think more along the lines of studio living rather than living with conventionally defined 'rooms'.

Due to the colour of the canvas, the quality of the light inside is beautiful, and again due to the tent being made of canvas, even without the sides rolled up, there is none of that sticky feeling you can get on a hot day inside some other types of tents.

The other amazing thing about the tent is that in windy weather it really just seems to shrug the wind off, rather than be blown madly all over the place - we had really strong winds one night on a recent camping trip, and although our day tent was decidedly 'wonky' the next day, the Soul Pad remained solid and unmoved.

Additionally, if the above wasn't reason enough to give this tent 10 stars, the additional ability to install a wood burning stove and flue in the tent, (both of which I also got from Soul Pad), make this an absolutely fabulous tent for when the weather gets colder, either at the ends of the camping season or in the evening when the outside temperature drops. Despite the stove being fairly small, when the zip is down and the storm flaps are tucked under the (non-sewn in) groundsheet, the tent manages to hold onto the (amazing amount of) heat generated by the stove incredibly well and it meant we could go to bed in Pj's rather than in five layers of clothing, a hat, gloves, scarf and bed socks!

When buying the tent from Zoe at Soul Pad, the service was second to none, the delivery extremely quick and the quality of the products excellent. I absolutely love this tent!
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By: Raf48  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I bought this tent for style(how sad)and ease of pitching. The major reason for a new tent was the fact it's made from canvas. From now on all my tents will be canvas. I think it's a great tent and value for money as well. As everyone says, very quick to pitch and unpitch. The only down point to me was a faulty pole, but this could happen to any supplier. The problem was sorted by return post with no query, so great point of sale and after sales service. They even arranged for the tent to be delivered on a specific day to suit me. As for drying out at home, this is easier than most large tents, as I can just hang it by the top in my stair well, (I have a roof beam) as it's a common shape.
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Pegged-in groundsheet (PIG), 5m diameter, 1.75m entrance, 3m at centre, weight 25kg. Very lightweight for its size.

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