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Started by dreams99 on Jun 9, 2021 9:57:57 AM
Camping equipment

Thread for tips and links

dreams99 - 09 Jun 2021 10:01:01 (#1 of 14)

I'm looking to get new tents, so would welcome any informed recommendations.

I need a family tent, 3-4 person with an atrium. I have one which we took to the Outer Hebrides 2 years ago, which was fine except it didn't stand up to the Scottish winds - a pole snapped (now replaced) So something robust yet roomy.

And I need an expedition tent, for kayaking. I have a couple of 1-2 person tents, which I've had for cycle touring, but they're old and a bit knackered now. Something lightweight (obviously), high spec, will last for years.

Verdigris - 09 Jun 2021 10:03:08 (#2 of 14)

Now is the summer of non-discount tents.

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toffle - 09 Jun 2021 11:33:11 (#4 of 14)

A family tent sounds horrific. Would you not be happier with a couple of two-person tents (that could be pitched a good distance apart)? (These would also have a much lower wind profile.)

Verdigris - 09 Jun 2021 11:33:41 (#5 of 14)


Eligelis - 09 Jun 2021 11:36:26 (#6 of 14)


From what I recall of previous conversations you're pretty up on the generalised camping tips & stuff, so I'll keep mostly quiet; but will chip in if I think I can help.

Crayola - 09 Jun 2021 11:42:02 (#7 of 14)

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We are off camping in a fortnight and not driving, so looking at minimising everything. My OH is a scoutmaster and wants to take EVERYTHING. He's off to have a nose in the scout stores this week.

Crayola - 09 Jun 2021 11:43:55 (#8 of 14)

Has anyone ever bought those blow up comfy seats like this?

I'd love something that is also light to be able to sit and watch the world go by on. But am unsure whether they really work.

Gotout - 09 Jun 2021 11:48:45 (#9 of 14)

dreams, have you looked at eBay and Gumtree for as new tents? A lot of people seem to get all the gear, use it once and find they don't like camping. They then sell all the gear, sometimes for very little! My granddaughter picked up a full set of gear last summer, some bits hadn't even been opened!

dreams99 - 09 Jun 2021 12:00:00 (#10 of 14)

No, I'm happy to buy new. Gumtree clients don't offer guarantees! Money isn't my main concern.

For the expedition tent, this kayaker has a Terra Nova Quasar:

It's not cheap, about £700, but 4 season, 15 minute set up, 4.3kg total weight, 18cm x 54 cm packed size. That's more than I expect to spend, but if there's nothing of similar spec that's cheaper, I may get it.

toffle - 09 Jun 2021 12:01:26 (#11 of 14)

We are off camping in a fortnight and not driving, so looking at minimising everything. My OH is a scoutmaster and wants to take EVERYTHING.

If your camping is accomplished from a nearby vehicle, then you can take what you want. If you're carrying your own gear, then minimisation is absolutely necessary.

You must absolutely put your foot down, right now, or the consequences will be dire. Or the discomfort and horror which he is unwittingly about to inflict upon himself, will be shared with you.

Crayola - 09 Jun 2021 12:01:56 (#12 of 14)

He can carry everything.

toffle - 09 Jun 2021 12:03:02 (#13 of 14)

He can indeed, but will it make for a happy trip?

Crayola - 09 Jun 2021 12:10:08 (#14 of 14)

It will make potentially for one where I say 'I told you so' quite a lot. So no.

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