Vango Soul 200
We don’t believe in getting a disposable tent from Argos and then leaving it behind at the end of the festival. It’s bad for you – cheap tents are cheap for a reason – and it’s bad for the environment. So we’re only going to recommend festival tents that genuinely protect you from the weather and will provide you with years of use if properly maintained. So you’ll need a tent that is relatively light, double skinned and has a porch area where you can leave your muddy wellies.
The Vango Soul 200 comes from a brand with an excellent reputation in the camping community – its top-end family tents will set you back £1700. The Soul 200 will accomodate 2 adults – if they don’t mind being up close and personal – or 1 person in style. It weighs in at a very luggable 2.2kg and can be pitched in under 10 minutes. Handily the webbing is highly reflective – to help avoid embarrassing pratfalls when you staggerback from the cider bus.
The build quality is good and it’s been tested to the European Standard EN5912 which means that it has been certified flame-retardant and weather resistant. All in all, at this price point there’s very little to criticise – the Vango Soul will do a good job at a darned good price.Compare on Shopomo
Quechua - 2 Seconds Easy III
Traditionally, instant pop-up tents had 2 main disadvantages: they only had one flysheet – making them superhot ovens in direct sunlight – and they were really difficult to pack back in the circular bag. (There may be a knack to it, just like there’s a knack to Rubik’s cube or brain surgery). Then along comes Quechua’s 2 Seconds range which addresses both issues with its patented engineering.
The dual thermally-insulated layers helps keep the interior within a comfortable temperature range while the strap-pull mechanism to help you easily pack it away fixes the other main bugbear of pop-up camping.
We’ve opted for the 2-man 2 Seconds Easy III model because the extra space it provides is handy for all the festival detritus you accumulate. The tent weighs in at a luggable 3.7kg so while you will look like a Ninja turtle with the circular case strapped to you, at least your back won’t take too much of a strain.
Quechua also offers a 2-year guarantee on the tent, which is nice, and is something you certainly won’t get from the cheaper knock-offs.Compare on Shopomo
Vango Centara 800 Inflatable Tent
One of the great joys of going to a festival is the companionship that comes with camping and campfires. So, if you don’t mind a small sacrifice to your personal privacy, crashing out with your mates in a big tent can be the perfect end to the day.
Normally big tents require a lot of time and effort to pitch – but not the 8-berth Vango Centara 800. This tent literally inflates – instead of poles there are 5 ‘AirBeams’. The tent can be erected in under 5 minutes simply by pegging it down and pumping it up. Once up, there is plenty of space inside for 8 people to sleep in cleverly arranged inner tents that sit at opposite ends of the tunnel structure.
The whole kit and kaboodle fits inside a wheeled bag that weighs in at a very transportable 21kg, including the supplied airpump. And if you and 7 mates club together it will cost just £87.38 each – a real bargain.Compare on Shopomo
Tentipi Onyx 9 Light
Sitting around a roaring fire inside a cavernous teepee tent is a true festival experience, and the Tentipi Onyx 9 Light will help you achieve that goal. As the name suggests, the Onyx 9 Light is highly portable and weighs in at a remarkably light 6.3kg.
The Onyx 9 Light can be pitched in under 5 minutes and has a useful porch area where you can store your muddy accessories and crates of scrumpy. The light version doesn’t have breathable fabric but there are plenty of vents to ensure air can circulate freely and prevent condensation.
The price is undeniably hefty at around £850 – but divvy it out and it works out at £115 a head. Which is almost exactly the same price as hiring a teeppe at Glastonbury, and you get to take it home at the end of the festival. Result!Shop now on Amazon
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