/ Recommend me a tent
The spec is:
Big two man tent which will take 3.
Will withstand a force 10 gale and horizontal rain.
Entrance porch big enough to change winter out of winter gear (high enough to crouch in).
Not that bothered about weight, within reason.
Can be erected by one person.
one of Hillebergs tunnel tents?
We recently bought a vango omega 350 from Go outdoors and were really pleasantly surprised at it's ability to withstand horizontal rain and high winds a few weeks ago. Loads of porch space and easily big enough for 3 normal sized adults. £150. you could get the EOS 350 for £99 which saves on some of the material specs but it's essentially the same tent.
Have a look at the Vango Chinook 300, good size and very stable
Any of these, top one if you have the monies. If you do have the monies could you buy me one too?
Not too expensive. Not too heavy. Tough. Big for two but fine for three (and just about possible for two adults and two kids). Very quick and easy to pitch. Big porch. Big bag.
We have a Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT. We could easily have got by with a 2, but the 3 was on some daft special offer. Ticks all your boxes, masses of space and light for its size. In high winds it is noisy but it stays up.
I've got a Vango Equinox 250 - loads of guy lines and the TDS system means it's pretty solid. Huge porch.
Fine for 2, cosy for 3, but there's a 350 if you need more room.
Bit on the heavy side, but easy to pitch on your own.
A 2nd for the Vango Omega 350, I've had mine a few years now and it's never let me down. Bags of space and plenty of room to get changed out of wet gear in the Porch.
If you have the money I would recommend the Hilleberg Saivo, a tunnel/dome hybrid tent. I have the Tarra (the smaller, two man version), and it is the most bombproof tent I have ever owned. Much more stable than the already good Hilleberg tunnels. Although my Keron 3 is a robust tent I would definitely add a second set of poles if I expected force 10 gales. Sideways wind can kill the tunnels if the pegs get pulled out of soft ground.
The porch of these hybrids is bigger than that of comparable dome tents.
I also liked the look of the Vaude Power Atreus (which would have been much cheaper) but it was slightly too big for my needs.
The new Lightwave T25 Arctic looks tasty.
If you go onto the Outdoor Magazin web site, they have tests of tents before a wind machine, measuring the wind speed at which it collapses.
A surprise in terms of strength was the Robens Goshawk. Three hundred quid, and the tent stayed upright in 100km/h winds.
One of the NF dome/geodesic jobs. Spacious, and Amazing in high winds! Thought about Nanok tents, used in the arctic?
Many thanks for all the recommendations. Lots to look at, I'd never even heard of Hilleberg before.
I was thinking of an upper price of maybe £400. Niff, the garden shed would probably be out of that budget and a bit heavy although it does look very comfortable.
TNF V25. proven beyond all doubt. not too bad a price, available easily.
Ortik Jetstream 2 will tick those boxes. Only drawback is that it isn't light.
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