PJ Outdoors' Best Tents 2019
by James Ellis
First up is the Vango Valencia 600xl. This extremely spacious tent is designed to give you large amounts of room to store your essentials. Built from Vango’s new Sentinel Dura, a fabric with improved performance without the addition of unnecessary weight, inclusive of a 4,000mm HH waterproof rating. The tent also features a built-in front awning, a covered side door, a mesh door for increased airflow, lights-outs inner, emperor bedrooms providing ample space for camp beds, privacy curtains, diamond clear windows for a bright airy environment, the unique Vango Airzone ventilation system and front and rear storm anchors for those blustery nights.
Next up, the Outwell Woodburg 7A. A large 3 zone tent with optional bedroom attachment for the front porch area. The tent is designed in such a way as to maximize space, with window placement designed to ensure plenty of light gets in the tent. The three zones are perfect to be used as a wet room, dry living room and bedroom, making sure your tent always remains cosy. The front inner is perfect to use for storage or alternatively as an extra bedroom – or it can be removed entirely to increase living space. With darkened bedrooms, mesh panels for insect-free living, sewn-in groundsheet, tinted windows for privacy and a warm-toned flysheet which creates a bright, cheerful ambience, this tent is sure to please.
A smaller one now…but not too small. The Kampa Watergate 6 is a stunning tent which can accommodate up to 6 people, making it perfect for families and small groups alike. With two bedrooms facing one another and a large living area in-between, making this tent ideal for privacy. This brilliant tent is inclusive of a sewn-in groundsheet, two side doors for easy access – one of which converts into a canopy, a wet weather entrance, inner tent organizer pockets and multiple vents for great air circulation. This tent truly has everything needed for an organized camping trip!
A larger one now…a much larger one. The Zempire Aero TXL Polycotton Pro is a truly remarkable inflatable tent. With a sizeable rear bedroom which can be split into 3 individual rooms, this tent is designed with families in mind. Made from Zempire’s strongest and most waterproof fabric, this tent is perfect for both summer and winter. This great inflatable tent includes anti-grit reversed zips, blackout bedrooms for a great night’s sleep, internal storage pockets, lantern hanging points, a bug free system and of course is inclusive of a pump. As you can see, this tent really has it all when it comes to serious camping.
Now, a really small tent. One perfect for solo campers, the Coleman Cobra 2. This tent is both lightweight and extremely affordable. Not only this, it’s wind responsive and its support poles are made by a strong, yet versatile, aluminium. Alongside all these features, the Cobra 2 also includes taped seams, a PE groundsheet, flysheet first pitching and a compact pack size, making it perfect for backpacking or lightweight camping.
Up next is the Outdoor Revolution Airedale 12.0. This is another large tent perfect for families or large groups, with built in separation functionality for bedrooms layouts and living spaces. With the possibility to extend your living space by utilizing the porch area. The Airedale 12.0 is also inclusive of meshed side-access doors, darker twilight bedrooms, a vortex ventilation system, a sewn in groundsheet, tinted windows for privacy, zip in curtains and endurance storm straps for further support.
Next up is the beautiful Robens Kiowa Polycotton Tipi Tent. Part of the Robens Outback range this retro eye-catching tipi tent can sleep up to 10 people. Providing both a large living area and useful front porch. The zip-in groundsheet is designed in such a way as to allow the use of a stove and store wet equipment. Inclusive with the Kiowa is the Hydrotex flysheet which reduces condensation, alloy pole structure for high strength, internal vent control system and a clip-on pole connection system for porch poles.
Another beautiful tent now, the Quest Bell 5 Cotton Bell Tent. This premium quality tent is perfect for families. With its single person pitch it’s extremely easy to setup, alongside being made of a breathable cotton material which keeps you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Inclusive with the Bell 5 is a heavy-duty PVC floor, a spring-loaded frame, built in roof ventilation, a fully zipped in groundsheet, roll up sides and a compact pack size.
A medium size tent now, the Easy Camp Huntsville is the perfect tent for small families or 2 couples. It’s very simple to pitch and has ample living/storage space, with a layout for those who wish to sleep in the same tent but not necessarily next to each other. With great ventilation options and meshed inner doors for increased air circulation. The Huntsville is inclusive of curtained windows, guyline retainers, fire retardant fabric, taped seams, a sleep-tight inner and a handy lantern hanging point.
And that’s 9 of our top picks for the best tents of 2019!