Tent Buying Guide
With a range of over 200 tents, we understand that finding the right one for you can be a challenge. However, armed with this handy guide, you can find just what you’re after for your next adventure.
Use the tent finder tool below to help you find the right one. From family camping and luxurious bell tents through to technical mountain tents built for extreme conditions.
1. How Many Campers?
These tents are designed for a few days on the hill. Small enough to fit into your rucksack, they are best for backpacking around the UK, or at lower altitudes (for example, on DofE expeditions). In a nutshell, this range offers you the best possible weight for the best possible price.
- 1. Poles are usually made from lightweight alloy
- 2. Flysheet erects first or all in one for easy pitching
- 3. Additional porch space to store your gear
A technical, durable range of tents, built specifically to withstand extreme weather conditions. Suitable for extended expeditions and use at higher altitudes; for when you need a quality tent you can depend upon. They’re typically geodesic, semi geodesic, dome or tunnel shaped for strength in high winds.
- 1. Durable, ripstop outer material
- 2. High strength to weight aluminium poles
- 3. Plenty of guying points
Read our guide to Lightweight Tent Design to find out more about the benefits of geodesic, semi geodesic, dome and tunnel shaped tents.BACK TO TOP
These tents are perfect for packing the bare minimum and moving swiftly through the hills. Their shorter pole sections allow them to pack down impossibly small, making them a great option for cycle touring and adventure racing. Expect a more compact living area, but enjoy the added benefit of being ultra light to carry, allowing you to cover more miles on foot.
- 1. Smaller pack size
- 2. Shorter pole sections
- 3. Lightweight, waterproof fabric
Family & weekend
These tents offer the space to host families, couples or groups of friends. They’re ideal for a weekend camping or an extended week away with nature on your doorstep. Their easy pitch designs take the stress out of camping, often coming in a straight forward tunnel shape or even with air poles. With a spacious living environment you can sit and play cards in the evening and have room for large comfy mattresses in the sleeping compartments.
- 1. Enough floor space to make yourself at home
- 2. Easy pitch tunnel design
- 3. Tension Band System for stability
For more information on the key features check out our handy guide What Makes a Quality Family Camping Tent?BACK TO TOP
The traditional style bell tents have been tried and tested for centuries. They offer a larger living space due to the raised walls allowing for easier access. Their canvas is not only made from all natural fabrics they are extremely durable too. They can even incorporate a wood burning stove for that added touch of luxury.
- 1. Straight forward to pitch
- 2. Large sleeping / living area
- 3. All natural material that keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the cooler weather
Spend more time relaxing and less time pitching, Airpole tents make camping a breeze. These revolutionary tents replace the traditional metal or fibreglass poles with inflatable tubes. One person can pitch an Airpole tent on their own in a matter of minutes by just pumping air into the Airpoles, perfect for busy families that need to make the most of every moment. Make the most of your holiday with this revolutionary easy pitch system.
- 1. Airpoles
- 2. Airbeam technology
- 3. TBS stability
Still not sure which tent you need?
If you wish to be totally sure and would like more advice on which tent you need head into your local store and one of our expertly trained members of staff will be able to assist you.