/ Tent help wanted ( 5 weeks in the Lakes)
From July-August i will be staying in the Lakes for 5 weeks. I am looking for a bombproof/very waterproof (Having experienced Lake District weather!) tent, that will be comfy for me and a fair amount of gear to live in for the time (3-5 man ish?). Any help/suggestions will be much appreciated.
Do NOT bother with a Hi-gear tent from Go outdoors. They are rubbish (as you'd expect, although I though a weeks on a campsite in August would have been ok for any tent).
Depends a bit on what you want...
Wild Country Monsoon might be worth a look - Good deal here:
Not the biggest, but one of the more waterproof/robust/generally suited to British weather without being exceptionally massive. Sort of a scaled up backpacking tent.
That's fairly lightweight and portable. If weight/size isn't an issue, then there are of options - eg Vango, and the Wild Country tents with steel poles - and you'll get more living/storage space. Go Outdoors website might be as good a starting point as any, though I'd also search eBay for collection only bargains close to you.... our big one was around £50 and in perfect condition.
x-post with Martin..... when I suggested looking at Go Outdoors, I meant for Vango, etc, not for their own brand (which seem to be near permanently half price "bargains")!
And one more thought, before I go back to proper work - some bigger tents will be fairly tricky to pitch by yourself. I can do the Monsoon fine, but would struggle to do our Wild Country Homestead without another adult.
Sold it on after 5 years solid service...
I'd look out for a second hand Helsport Lavvu or similar. Spacious, Strong, very waterproof and with the bonus of beng able to have a stove/wood burner to help dry things off.
I love mine
They should last well, too.
Have a look at http://www.belltent.co.uk/
Camp site long term, use a big family tent (budget is from Halfords to the sky!) and take chair, table, lilo/camp bed etc.
Camp site short term, 3-4 man dome tent + some comforts
Wild camping, not carrying too far, 3 man tunnel, as light as you can afford.
Wild camping always moving about, Laser Comp!
Now I've got permission from Mrs Sam_In_Leeds I'm looking at splashing out on one of the above.
Seems pretty good value for £127. Seemed pretty big inside too when I went tent window shopping but packs down small enough.
Alloy poles too always better than fibreglass ones and it's got that TBS system so should be reasonably stable
I'm only tiny (5"7 ish) and I could sit in a chair in it.
10% off in GO OUTDOORS this weekend may be worth looking in to?
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