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As an outdoors enthusiast, there are several items you may need that can be found in other sections of our website - these include travel essentials from our travel section and packs from our hiking section. Advice on buying these can be found using the links below:
We have assembled our range of tents into easy to choose from categories, so that as long as you know what activities you’ll be using the tent for, you’ll be able to select the most suitable tent for you.
We know that camping encompasses a wide range of scenarios, and whether you’re pitched on a rocky outcrop or going to a festival, we will stock a tent that matches your needs perfectly. If you’re in any doubt whatsoever about which tent you need, go to one of our stores or call our Mail Order team on 0845 100 100. One of our trained members of staff will then discuss your requirements with you and help you make a selection.
- Click on the numbers in the image below to see what parts of the tent these are.
Flysheets are the outer skin of the tent, they provide the protection from the elements and are sometimes refered to as an "outer". Siliconised Flysheets are found on modern tents where the fabic used has been coated in a layer of silicon. This is an aquaphobic material like that seen in non stick pans and causes water to from little droplets that run off the tent. This process is called beading.
This is the area of a tent between the "outer" and the "inner", it's used to store items that are muddy, wet or want to be kept outside of the sleeping compartment. Also refered to as a porch, a vestibule adds an extra dimension to your tent, providing space for storing kit and doubling up as a sheltered area for cooking and eating during unexpected downpours. There are certain tents in our range that come with the option of an extended vestibule for even more storage and extra living space - especially useful if you are planning a cycling touring holiday as larger vestibules can easily take two bikes.
Guy line attachment point
Guy lines are coords used to attach the tent to the ground and give it extra support. Large tents or tents to be used under extreme conditions should have a good number of guy lines that are well positioned. It also helps to have highly visible guy lines so they are easy to spot in the dark. Many of the tents we stock use reflective guys for this purpose.
In order to maximise weather protection and to prevent damage to the tent from it flapping in the wind the fly sheet should be taught (though not over stretched). The best way to achieve this is to pitch (put up) the tent with all the tensioners loose and then tighten them each in turn until the flysheet sits correctly. Depending on how even the ground is this may mean that some are tighter then others.
Pole & sleeve
Poles form the structure of the tent and come in two different designs. Geodesic (meaning dome shaped) or tunnel. See frame construction below.
Ventilated nylon inner
The inner part of the tent, sometimes refered to as the sleeping compartment, should be well ventilated to prevent condensation and keep you from becoming too hot at night.
A bathtub ground sheet has raised sides to prevent mosture getting into the tent from wet grass or splashing rain comming in under the flysheet.
There are various type of pole attachments. Some tents rely on holes to put the end of the pole through where as others have little spikes that go into the ends of the poles. A key thing to make sure is that you know how to attach the poles on your tent before you turn up at a camp site in the dark. This can make the experience of putting up your tent much more efficient and pleasurable.
Zipped entrance & mosquito net
A good size entrance with mosquito net will alow easy access to the tent and prevent condensation forming inside the tent. The mosquito net should be fine enough to prevent even small midges from entering the tent for your comfort. All our tents feature this quality of mosquito net.
All tents will have a number of peg points, you should make sure that all are firmly secured when pitching the tent.
Pole & Clip
Some of our tents feature clips to attach the poles to the tent. These offer lighter weight at the expense of being less durable then pole sleeves though are still very durable.
The two construction styles for tents are Geodesic and Tunnel, with each having its own strengths and weaknesses. A geodesic tent will tend to be stronger in high winds and snowy environments due to its overlapping pole design. They are also freestanding, making them easier to shift when looking for the perfect site and they tend to offer larger internal space. Tunnel tents, by contrast, are often lighter due to using fewer poles, offer extra head height and can feature large vestibules for added storage and living space, making them a great choice for lowland trekking, touring and family camping trips.
Independently Pitched Inner
Being able to pitch the inner tent on its own can be extremely useful in hot and dry climates, where your biggest concerns are flying bugs and insects rather than wind and rain. The inners of many geodesics tents can be self-supporting for convenient pitching, while the inners of tunnel tents will require the use of guy lines. Many models have been designed so that the inner and outer tent can be pitched as one, making it much easier when trying to set up in a hurry.
Look after your tent and it will look after you! if it’s dirty then give it a good clean with lukewarm water (not soap!) to protect the fabric and it is always sensible to check each pole and peg after every trip. Always ensure that the tent is dry before packing it away and repairs any tears with seam sealant. You can use Grangers Fabsil to increase the water resistance and UV protection of your tent.
We offer a broad range of accessories for our tents, all of which are designed to improve performance, weather resistance and longevity. Tent footprints, for example, are designed to protect the base of your tent from rugged terrain and excess moisture, while a well-placed gear loft in the inside of a tent can add valuable storage space. Titanium pegs are an excellent was to save even more weight without affecting the overall strength of the tent.
If you’re driving to and from your chosen campsite, then you don’t need to worry about finding the lightest tent available. A lighter tent will generally have less room, particularly in terms of vestibules, so don’t buy the lightest tent if you don’t really need it, as having more space for gear and kit is such a help, especially if you’re planning long stays in your tent. However, for fast and light trips, which involve a lot of carrying, a lightweight tent is essential. Single skin tents offer a saving in weight but supply less breathability. They function best in cold/dry environments and are best suited to trips where weight saving is the highest priority. For the more adventurous, take a bivi, tarp or hammock when you haven’t got the pack size of available weight to carry a tent.
Tent Comparison Chart
Please note that the prices quoted in this table are the recommended retail price and are subject to change.
|Make + Model||Price (RRP)||Usage||Person||Weight||Poles||Pitching|
|Hilleberg Akto||£400||Ultralight Trekking||1||1.6kg||1 9mm Alu||Outer first/As one|
|Mountain Hardwear Sprite||£180||Ultralight Trekking||1||1.57kg||2 x Atlas Alu||Inner first or fly only|
|MSR Hubba Hp||£295||Ultralight Trekking||1||1.38kg||1 x DAC Alu||Inner first|
|MSR Hubba Hubba Hp||£400||Ultralight Trekking||2||1.93kg||1 x DAC Alu||Inner first|
|MSR Carbon Reflex 3||£470||Ultralight Trekking||3||2.18kg||3 x Easton Carbon||Inner first|
|Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2||£200||Trekking||2||1.74kg||2 x UL Alu||With fly/Pitch Light|
|Mountain Hardwear Drifter 2||£180||Trekking||2||2.15kg||2 x PF Alu||With fly/Pitch Light|
|MSR Holler||£430||Trekking||2||2.97kg||3 x Easton Carbon/td>||Inner first|
|The North Face Big Fat Frog 2||£260||Trekking||2||2.94kg||4 x DAC Alu||Inner first or fly only|
|The North Face Tadpole 2 DL||£300||Trekking||2||2.44kg||3 x DAC Alu||Inner first or fly only|
|Mountain Hardwear Viperine 3||£300||Trekking||3||2.16kg||1 x Atlas Alu||Inner first or fly only|
|Hilleberg Nallo 2||£555||All Season Trekking||2||2.2kg||2 x 9mm Alu||Outer first/As one|
|Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT||£645||All Season Trekking||2||2.7kg||3 x 9mm Alu||Outer first/As one|
|Hilleberg Saitaris||£1,250||Expedition||4||6.4kg||5||Inner first|
|The North Face VE 25||£620||Expedition||3||4.42kg||5 x DAC Alu||Inner first|
|Mountain Hardwear EV2||£600||HA Expedition||2||2.36kg||3 x Atlas Alu||Single skin|
|Mountain Hardwear Trango 2||£600||Winter/Expedition||2||4kg||5 x Atlas Alu||Inner first or fly only|
|Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1||£700||Winter/Expedition||3||4.76kg||5 x Atlas Alu||Inner first or fly only|
|Mountain Hardwear Trango 4||£800||Winter/Expedition||4||5.44kg||5 x Atlas Alu||Inner first or fly only|
|MSR Asgard||£500||Winter/Expedition||2-3||3.68kg||5 x DAC Alu||Inner first|
|Crux X2 Storm||£450||Winter/Expedition||2||2.95kg||4 x DAC Featherlite||Inner first|
|MSR Elbow Room 2||£260||Road Trip||2||3.24kg||4 x DAC Alu||Inner first|
|Vango Banshee 300||£120||D of E||3||2.6kg||2 x T6 Alloy||Outer first/As one|
|Vango Halo 300||£150||D of E||3||4kg||3 x T6 Alloy||Outer first/As one|
|Vango Omega 250||£140||D of E||2||4kg||3 x T6 Alloy||Outer first/As one|
|Vango Aura 300 Tech||£310||Family||3||10.95kg||4 x Fibreglass||As one|
|Vango Nevis 400||£350||Family||4||13.55kg||3 x Fibreglass||As one|
|Vango Apollo 500||£120||Family||5||8kg||3 x Fibreglass||Flysheet first|
|Vango Orchy 500||£230||Family||5||12.8kg||4 x Fibreglass||As one|
|Vango Icaris 600||£220||Family||6||15.6kg||3 x Fibreglass||As one|
|Vango Alpha 200||£44.99||Festival||2||2.75kg||3 x Fibreglass||Inner first|
|Vango Alpha 300||£49.95||Festival||3||3.65kg||3 x Fibreglass||Inner first|
|Vango Dart 200||£49.99||Festival||2||1.95kg||Pre-inserted fibreglass||Pop up|
|Vango Beta 350+||£94.95||Festival||3||6.15kg||3 x Fibreglass||Outer first/As one|
|Vango Beta 450||£120||Festival||4||7.7kg||3 x Fibreglass||Pop up|
|Vango Zetes 400||£89.99||Festival||4||5.7kg||2 x Fibreglass||Pop up|