That is no shame. These tents get the equivalent of many years use condensed into half a season on display in all weathers and conditions.
|Jim pitches a brand new Outwell Oakland XL|
We don’t replace these the polycotton tents at the half way point of the season for a simple reason – there’s still a lot of life left in them. One of the major advantages of the polycotton flysheet material is that is stronger and harder wearing than polyester. This is one of the reasons why the price of a polycotton tent is higher than a polyester one.
In some cases, where the tent hasn’t changed from one year to the next, we will reuse the previous year’s demo model. These tents are so durable that we could display certain models for several seasons if we wanted to, because they last for so long. In fact this year there is one tent displayed (Nomad Lodge 4 Air) which was displayed for the whole of last season too.
Ones to Watch
|Spacious, easy to pitch & great value|
|Bantu 6 – One of the top performing family tents in our range|
We’ve swapped the Bantu 4 over for its bigger brother, the Bantu 6. It offers sleeping room for an extra two people and is one of the roomier, more unique offerings in our range. The extra long pole sleeves and DAC aluminium poles give this tent great stability. Nicknamed ‘the Armadillo’, because the tent will bunker down and won’t move when under threat, it’s polycotton fabric is very strong and highly breathable.
The Calisto range has been hugely popular since it was introduced last year. This year’s model has had a bit of a redesign incorporating a new ‘stub canopy’ and larger living space inside.
Ideal for D of E expeditions, scouting, youth groups, or those that just want a lightweight, small packing tent at a reasonable price. The Omega 250 is spacious with enough room for two. The generous porch area is idea for storing gear, and the TBS II system enables the tent to stay sturdy in all but the very worst conditions. The 2012 model features a new front porch groundsheet, which attaches differently, as well as new Line Lok guyrunners which make adjustment a breeze!
Not technically a tent, but we love the Vango Shelter because it packs away small, it’s easy to pitch and is incredibly versatile. Pitch it as we have done in the picture with the poles in the middle eyelets and use as an extension of your tent. You can also put the poles into the other eyelets and make a nice outside seating area.
We’ve also swapped the Outwell Vermont XLP with the slightly smaller Vermont LP for the second half of the season.
Full tent display range:
Bear Lake 6
Trout Lake 4
Smart Tunnal Fusion 300
Smart Tunnal Fusion 400
Airbeam Infinity 800
Airbeam Eternity 600
Airbeam Kinetic 500
Tigris 800 XL
Ark DS 200
Ark DS 300
Bantu 6 Air
Lodge 4 Air
Masai 2 Air
We also have specialist and expedition tents from brands including Hilleberg, Terra Nova, Mountain Equipment, and Force Ten by Vango that we are happy to pitch on request.
There will be plenty of other new bits and pieces going up in the forthcoming weeks and of course, we’d be happy for you to come down and take a look!