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Our Top 5 Family Tents

With our editor Andrew White reviewing outdoor kit for the Independent newspaper, we get to see a large selection of walking gear - and here are our selection of the Top 5 Family Tents available now.

As we get to see new kit, we'll be updating this page, so keep popping back to stay up-to-date with our selection.

Berghaus Air 4 Tent
Berghaus aren't a name you'd naturally link with tents - but this might well change thanks to the Air range.  This is the four-berth version - the Air 4 - and as the name suggests, this is an inflatable tent - so set up is easy for those new to camping.  

A hydrostatic head of 6000mm and fully taped seams will stop the Great British Weather seaping in - and the sown-in groundsheet is welcome.  The rainhood above the door is a nice touch.

Three beams take the place of poles, and the tent can be inflated and ready within 20 minutes.  The breathable inner tent has darkened material which helps to aid the sleep of young ones - often a problem when camping in the summer.  Large windows make it airy inside, and there's storage pockets aplenty for all the family's gubbings.

All told, this is a great starter tent which will provide years of camping enjoyment.  Perhaps best suited to families with younger children.

And at the moment with a substantial discount, it's a great buy.

£429 reduced from £549 - Buy Now

Freedom Trail Sendero 4

Freedom Trail are one of Go Outdoor’s exclusive ranges, catering for the entry-level customer – and to have a family 4 person tent for under £100 seriously opens camping up to a wider market.  

Of course, a sub-£100 tent has to have some differences to a £400 one – but Freedom Trail have pulled off a clever trick in just pairing things back, rather than getting rid of features.  So, instead of four or five windows, there’s two; instead of 4000 hyrdostatic head, it’s 2000.  But, it still has luminous guy ropes and a sewn-in ground sheet.

It’s light at just over 10kg, and pitches easily – around 25 minutes.  There’s no canopy over the door and the colour of bedroom fabric is a bit bright – but all in all there’s little to complain about at the price.

A great entry into the world of camping.

£99 - Buy Now

Regatta Vanern 4 Tent

Outwell Montana 6P Premium Tent

Regatta are a relative newcomer to tents, but their increasing range of camping products fits nicely into a brand which is focused on affordable family adventures.

The Vanern is available as a 4 or 6 person tent, and is of the tunnel design – so no tricky assembly here.  The large bedroom has a removable divider, allowing for some privacy between parents and children.  The living area is large and the side doors which convert into canopies are a nice touch.

The sewn-in ground sheet will please anti-creepy crawly people, and the 5000mm hydrostatic head of the fabric keeps it in line with the competition on waterproofing.  The whole bag – tent + poles – is relatively light, and the colour coded poles might it easy to pitch.  The stated 20 min pitch time is possibly a bit optimistic… we managed 25 minutes.  Parents will find the brightly-coloured guy ropes a boon in trying to keep children away from them

£239.95 reduced from £400 - Buy Now

The Montana 6P is one of those reassuring icons of camping.  The basic design has been around for years, and it’s always a model you’ll end up finding time and time again on every campsite.  The reason?  It’s a pretty amazing tent.  It’s a tunnel design with three doors - including a porch to one side (perfect as a toilet) and a bedroom with a divider to make two rooms suitable for six people in total.  Outwell pioneered pockets throughout their tents, and this new updated version of the Montana is no different… storage aplenty in the bedrooms and in the doors of bedrooms.

The living room is a good size – plenty big enough for a family and loads of camping equipment – and Outwell even have a whole range of extensions and canopies available just in case it becomes too small.  The hydrostatic head is an impressive 6000mm, so this will keep you dry in the worst the UK weather can throw at it and the sewn-in ground sheet keeps those bugs at bay.

Pitching isn’t as easy as with the inflatable tents, and with four poles to assemble and thread through sleeves, it certainly needs two people to get up.  But, with practice, it can be ready in 30 minutes – and once the bright guy ropes are out, you can be confident it won’t be falling over.  It is fairly heavy - over 30kg – but Outwell cleverly have separate bags for the tent and the poles, making it more manageable to move.  It’s got a retail price of £800, but can be found online for under £600 and well worth a look.

£598 - Buy Now

Vango were the first company to bring inflatable tents into the mainstream market with their AirBeam range – and that could be why it is still the most popular.  Or it could be because they are cracking tents at keen prices. The Inspire 600 is no different.  It’s one of the best selling tents in the country and has been given an update for 2016.

It’s a 6 person tent with the size to match – it’s the largest in our list at just under 7 ½ metres long and 4 ½ metres wide.  It does mean the 6 people can sleep comfortably in the bedrooms – which can be used in various combinations and even folded away for flexibility.  The living area is large, and the covered entrance to stop rain from dripping in to the living area is most welcome.  Also, the darker fabric used reduces the amount of early morning light, which is often a problem in the middle of summer.

Pitching is easy thanks to being inflatable… and it is up and ready in 20 minutes.  Here’s where some of the 2016 updates are welcome… the already sturdy air chambers are now a larger diameter, which improves the stability even more, and the flysheet fabric is more stronger and durable.  There’s a fully sewn-in groundsheet as well to stop draughts and bugs.  A hydrostatic head of 6000mm is excellent at the price.

£1,150 - Buy Now

Vango Airbeam Inspire 600
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