Ok I admit it, the Big hairy northern one was right!
It might not happen often, but his tendency to want to spend the spangdoolies was correct this time.
A few weeks ago he had a big panic about our tent and said he wanted to go back and look at the Vango Airbeam; basically a tent that blows up in 5 minutes.
Although it was to be our first time camping, I was pretty sure that it was going to be something that I would want to do again, so I agreed on the proviso that he got a smallish one and off he happily went to buy one.
It was such a good plan. We had picked the worst weekend ever to try our first attempt at camping at our first attempt at a music festival, so there was no panic on getting the tent up in the rain as it literally does go up in 5 mins! Plus we made a fast exit on the sunday due to the potential for getting ‘mudded’ in and the packing up took long enough; if we had added another 1.5hrs on top of that it would have been a nightmare.
Here is the video of him putting it up for only the second time; pretty cool heh!
This tent has two sleeping compartments, but we took down the separator as it was easier to just all sleep together. There was plenty of room for the beds and our bags with clothes in them.
I would say that for a family of 4 it’s an OK size, unless you have loads of stuff like tables and chairs that have to fit in as well due to it raining outside. So we are investing in a porch, ground sheet and also carpet for the section next to the bed rooms. But if you are travelling a little lighter than we were it would be perfect for a short camping trip or a festival.
It also handled the rain and mud with no problem and no leaks.
The reason I hadn’t been keen initially is because I wanted somewhere to sit outside or feel like you were sitting outside and because it angles outwards it doesn’t give that feeling. However we found that with two extra poles we could put the front door up and make a little place to sit under, which would be great in normal or slightly damp evenings (not when pissing down though!).
The only other problem is because of this angling outwards for all the doors (front and side), you have to quickly shut them if it rains, as obviously otherwise the floor gets wet.
One downside for me is that it’s also a disgusting colour; why oh why do tent makers think that we want to have a yukky green tent? Adding bunting and some fairy lights did help though!
It’s quite expensive, you can definitely get a cheaper tent. But it’s the same price as we would have spent on one yurt, and with this tent we are going to two festivals, and I’m definitely planning on going full on camping in it as well. (It was the Kinetic 500 which could sleep 5 (£600), but they do have bigger and smaller versions).
Have you had any tent nightmares you’d like to share or got a fab tent you would like to let everyone know about?
Disclosure: No one paid me or gave me anything for this review (but I’m always open to offers ;o)