“ Camping Equipment „
As a friend was having a camping trip for his birthday, I needed to find a tent quickly and cheaply. As with most things, argos is the first and only place I had to check! I bought the tent for £14.99 (actually £4.99 as I luckily had a £10 gift card!). I wasn't expecting anything but the basics, which is of course is what I got, but I was very happy with it!
Argos say the tent sleeps two, and I found this to be true. My boyfriend and I stayed in it comfortably, but there is little room for anything more than ourselves. So if you're planning on buying this, don't overload with extras for your trip, there will be nowhere to put them!
The tent is very easy to put up, which is something I had worried about! You just put a couple of poles through little holes in the top of the main part of the tent to lift it up and give it the tent shape, then push the ends of the poles into the ground and peg them. It can be very fiddly if you try to erect the tent on your own, I would recommend having someone to help hold the tent or pull the poles through the other side while you hold.
When up, the tent is pretty sturdy. There was some wind the first time I used it and it stood up to it, although it did become quite cold. This is not a tent that will keep you warm so if you're buying it, make sure you have a really good sleeping bag, and maybe even an extra blanket!
This tent is the perfect option for people looking for a basic, cheap option. I would not recommend for trips in colder weather though, you should probably look into those double layer tents or the ones with special sleeping pods etc.
This is a budget tent and very basic. If you are expecting inclement weather then please look elsewhere if you want to stay dry and remain a happy camper. If, however, you are off to a festival that may become a little 'rowdy' (Reading, anyone?) then look no further!
This tent is big enough for 2 adults and their weekend gear. The material it is made from is not strong (the standard cheap polyester that the budget tents tend to be made from) but it will protect you from rain and mud without problem. Heavy rain and wind? I am not sure how long it would remain waterproof for. It may be wise to spray the tent with waterproofing from a camping shop prior to your holiday to minimise risk.
The tent takes about 10 minutes to put up (if you are familiar with pitching tents) and the colour coding feature helps with this. There is an air vent and 2 fly-nets to keep out those pesky biting mini-beasts. The ground-sheet is wafer-thin and mine got a small hole in it (not good) after sleeping on a sharp stone which was underneath the tent. I highly recommend a decent sleeping mattress as the ground-sheet does NOT protect you from lumps and bumps. This is not what a ground-sheet is designed for, of course, but the more expensive tents on the market do give you some protection from uneven ground, unlike this one.
It's black/grey with red highlights so your teenage son is unlikely to moan about how it looks.
It does the job but nothing more. A decent buy at the price.
I recently bought this tent for my 16 year old son as we were going to V festival for the weekend and we didn't want to spend much or have a tent that was a drama to put up and I'd already arranged to share with my friend.
We bought in a sale at Asda and it cost us only £10, which is cheap enough to not worry about whether it got ruined. As soon as we bought it we had a trial run at putting it up and it only took us about 10 minutes, very simple.
To be honest as it got nearer the time we were a bit unsure whether it would be that great if the rain was really bad (as it only has a single layer, it doesn't have an inner tent) as we had heard that some of these types of tents, pop up tents and the like, were not good in very wet weather. But we decided that if it wasn't much use he could always squish in with someone else and we'd just use it for storing our rucksacks etc.
In the event however it was perfect for what we needed. My son is around 6 ft and whilst the tent only looked tiny he managed to fit in it no problem. The weather was not that brilliant and there was quite heavy rain as well as it being quite windy but the tent stayed bone dry inside. It is described as a two man tent but if you had two people in there I'm not quite sure where you would put your stuff, it would be a little uncomfortable to say the least! I suppose if the two people were children or if you were travelling light and just staying in it for one night you could just about manage.
There is really nothing fancy about it, no porch bit or anything like that but he managed fine and for the price we really couldn't ask for anything more.
It isn't the most brilliant tent in the world but it is light to carry, easy to put up, cheap enough not to worry about and does it's job pretty well.
Argos Value 2 Man Dome Tent
On my recent trip back to the UK I decided to take a camping trip to South Wales. Before I moved I had a clearout and sold anything which I didn't think I would be using again, this included my old tent. So, now a camping trip was planned I knew I needed a cheap little tent suitable for a couple of nights on a campsite and then maybe for my little brother to have and play with in the garden. With this in mind I bought myself the Argos Value 2 Man Dome Tent.
The tent is a mixture of dark grey and black material, it is a single skin tent which means there is no inner 'room' to insert so the wall of the area you are sleeping in is in direct contact with the elements. In the past I have had both single and double skin tents and as I have never had a problem with either of these designs I wasn't too fussed about which one I purchased. The tent was advertised as being suitable for festivals, waterproof and generally summed up as being suitable for the basic needs of camping. Priced at only £16.99 I decided this tent should be fine for our little trip.
Setting Up Camp
The tent came bundled up nicely as most tents do in a small bag with a drawstring top. Upon arriving at our destination we opened the bag and took out the tent, the tent pole and ground pegs. At this point I could see the tent was almost the same as my first ever tent and it was going to be really easy to assemble.
Being a dome shape the main structure of the tent is formed by two tent poles. These poles come folded down and you need to fit them together to make two long poles, this is easy as each of the pole sections are joined together by elastic running through the middle. Once the poles are formed you simply need to insert them through the sleeves running from corner to corner and clip the end of the pole into the hole at the end. This is almost fool-proof, I say almost as clipping the pole in can be a little tricky if you are pitching alone or if it is windy.
Once the poles are in place you need to secure each corner with a tent peg and then proceed to secure the guide ropes with the remaining tent pegs. This was all pretty simple and I would say the tent was pitched within around 10 to 15 minutes.
In the past I have found tent pegs to be of varying quality and some will bend out of shape much easier than others. The pegs provided with this tent are good quality, possibly better than the tent itself, as the ground I was pitching the tent on was quite hard and I did need to hit the pegs with a rock to get them secure enough, regardless of this, when I removed the pegs at the end of the trip they were all still perfectly straight.
Sleeping in the Rain! (Literally!)
Once out tent was pitched we decided to head out for the rest of the day, while we were out it began to rain, not particularly heavy rain as I kept the windscreen wipers of the car on intermittent. Upon our return in the evening we opened the tent to discover a nice pool of water, to begin with I thought this may have just been because I was a little heavy handed unzipping the door and some of the water from the outside may have fallen inside. However, after sitting in the tent for about 10 minutes I noticed that there was a drip coming from the door area and the puddle was indeed growing, this then led me to look around the rest of the tent and discover many more little puddles and water running down the material on the inside. Things got worse when a sudden gust of wind blew the sides of the tent and made the water droplets fly around the tent making us feel like it was actually raining inside!
Having experienced many scenarios over the years regarding tents and bad weather I figured it might be the seams needing sealing, my thought being "cheap tent, they haven't even sealed the seams!" however when I checked the seams they actually seemed to be the only part of the tent which wasn't wet on the inside! It was while checking these seams that I realised that the tent started leaking in any area where you dared to come into contact with the skin, basically this was telling me that the tent is in no way waterproof and we weren't going to be able to sleep in there with the continuing rain as it would be impossible to prevent 2 adults and all of our things from coming into contact with the walls of the tent as we slept. So, our first night of camping was spent trying to get comfortable in the car!
The following day the weather was much better and I decided to strategically place any damp or wet items in the car on the back seat and parcel shelf and then park the car in the sun in hope that this would dry them out. My plan worked and the sun also managed to almost dry the inside of the tent too leaving only a few little puddles which I was able to mop up with some tissue. Being determined to at least get one night in the tent I decided we would attempt to sleep in it that night. Taking no chances on the weather I kept everything in the car until it was time for bed and then very carefully moved the sleeping bags and pillows to the tent. Everything which was not essential for sleeping stayed in the car.
Thankfully the rain actually held off until the morning so we managed to get a pretty decent nights sleep in the tent. It was quite chilly, but this was more to do with the weather being around 2 - 4 degrees overnight rather than then tent itself.
When the rain did return the tent once again turned into a holiday home for ducks and I found myself evacuating everything to the car in my "oh so sexy" pink pyjama's much to the amusement of other campers! I guess seeing me run back and forth in the rain first thing in the morning was a pretty unusual sight!
Once I had finished running around like an idiot I decided as I was already quite wet I might as well pack the tent up in my pj's too. Thankfully this was really quick and easy as it was just a reversal of putting it up. The poles unclipped with ease and the tent flopped to the ground. I found it best to push the poles out of the sleeves rather than pull them as if you pull them they will break into their fold-down sections. Once the pegs were out and the poles were folded down all that was left was to fold the tent and get it back into that little bag. In the past I have learnt that the best way to successfully return a tent to their compact forms is to fold it in half and then in half again, make sure any straggling guide ropes are folded in and try to fold any rogue edges in to make the overall shape as rectangular as possible and as close as you can get to the length of the tent bag. I then place the little bags with the pegs and poles at one end of this rectangle and roll the tent up around them. I find that if I put enough pressure on the tent with my knees as I roll it this will expel any excess air and make the whole thing small enough to get back in the bag without too much of a fight. I used this method when putting this particular tent away and it worked perfectly.
Usually, I would recommend that you air a tent as soon as possible after a camping trip, especially if it has been raining, as this will give it a chance to dry out properly and loose any damp odours and therefore hopefully extend the life of your tent. I haven't done this with this tent as I have no intention of ever using it again.
Well, it goes without saying that I wont be recommending this tent and I am very glad we had the car to sleep in on that first night. The tent didn't ruin our camping trip as I love the area we visited and I think I managed to accept the tent as being so ridiculous that it was actually funny... yes, the cold, the wind and the rain combined with the tent made me delusional!
Being advertised as a tent suitable for the basic needs of camping I would expect this tent to at least be waterproof to some extent, I can see and I knew when I bought it that the tent isn't for the serious camper and is mainly aimed towards occasional nights of camping and festival goers, but even festival goers need some kind of waterproofing otherwise what is the point of having the tent at all? I had hoped that following our trip I would be able to give this tent to my little brother and he could use it in the back garden to camp with his friends and start getting into the whole camping thing, however I think I would rather go out and buy him a proper tent for more money than subject him to this.
1 Star out of 5 from me. I would give zero if it was possible as this tent doesn't even conform to the basic use for a tent... that of it needing to be a dry place to sleep!
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I've never heard the phrase 'disposable tent' before but this is pretty much what the Argos 2 Person Dome Tent is - because my nephew leaves his behind every time he goes to Leeds festival.. I think they must do their best to trash it with their drunken shenanigans, but they do last the weekend! I have slept in it (having paid for it I thought I had better road test it on a mini weekend before it's festival trashing!) and here is my overall review.
-- Price and Availability --
The Argos 2 Person Dome Tent is part of the value range, previously priced (last year) at £12.99 but it has now gone up to £14.99 which is still a very fair price for a serious (ie, non play) tent.
It is available for this price in all Argos stores (check stock online before travelling) and online for home delivery with an additional delivery cost of £4.99.
-- Looks --
The tent is, unusually, black with red accents and my nephew loves it for this - firstly it's a bit 'goth' and secondly it's a bit easier to find in a sea of khaki tents!
-- What's Included --
You get the tent, poles, instructional manual, and thin cover / carry case.
-- The Tent --
The tent itself is very basic, a one room, two person dome tent (that could fit three teenagers, and four children at a squeeze).
It features two mosquito nets, and the top is vented to keep the tent fresh and not stuffy. It does feature a thin groundsheet, which doesn't really protect from the cold, but certainly keeps the floor dry. I'd recommend a neoprene mat for comfort & warmth, or an airbed.
It's made of polyester taffeta like most tents of this price range, it is fairly hard to rip, but cigarettes go through it like a knife through butter (hence why my nephew never brings a tent back all in one piece..). It's fire safe though - it cannot be set alight.
-- Up & Down --
I find the tent quite easy to put up, the instructions say five minutes, well it's more like 15 and you need two people just to get organised, but using the colour coded poles it is easy and leaves you with a fairly sturdy tent without too much hassle at all.
Taking the tent down again will take you about 15 minutes, and is easy to do.
-- The Night --
Well, we were protected from the elements, but you can tell it's a cheap tent! It's not really got any insulation of sorts so it is colder than other tents, quite crammed in with two tall adults, and not particularly comfortable, but then again, I'm not a huge fan of camping ;) if I was going to France for a week then there's no way I'd use such a tent but for a garden tent, festival tent or the odd weekend I suppose it's not that bad - for Summer use.
-- The Elements --
There is no way any sane person would use this in a force nine gale, snow or hurricane, but it survived a Summer night no problems, including a shower of rain and a strong breeze. It's fairly sturdy when up, and it stood up well, so I can't really complain. You have to know it's limitations but for £14.99 I'm not going to argue.
-- Overall --
I can't really fuss about this tent for the money. Like I say, a good proportion of the people buying it will be doing so for use in the garden, for festivals, or for limited use, so they don't want to spend a fortune and this certainly does the job. No, it's not the Hilton of tents, but it's a decent budget tent and does what it says on the tin. Whilst there's no way I'd spend more than a night or two in it (in decent weather) it's certainly got it's uses and one that I'd recommend, definitely. Overall I will give it a four out of five under the caveat that it's being rated as a budget tent and not pitched (sorry!!) against more expensive, 'serious camper' tents.
An Argos Value item that's actually worth the money! How rare!!
The Argos 2 person dome tent is one of the cheapest on the market selling at just £14.99, for that money you cannot expect an all singing and dancing tent but it has proved to be surprisingly good for light use.
The tent is easy to erect by passing a couple of poles through the body of the tent to give it structure and then pegging it into the ground. It is fairly fiddly slipping the poles through the narrow opening and then pulling them back out again but no more difficult than any other tent. The tent is sturdy when it is in place and I have no fears of it blowing away. The groundsheet is nice and thick and allows no moisture to seep through and I had no fears of it ripping.
The tent sleeps two in reasonable comfort. You can fit in two sleeping mats side by side with almost no room to spare. There is a small gap at the top or bottom of the sleeping space where you can stash your bags or a torch but space is at a premium here and really it is a space to sleep and no more.
I originally bought the tent as an extra sleeping space to take away to Belladrum music festival near Inverness a couple of years ago as we knew the big tent was going to end up being really crowded. The kids slept inside it the first night and it stood up to some light rain. I slept in it the second night and it also kept the elements off me but was not nearly as warm as the double skin big tent with sleeping pod.
The tent has had its main use in the back garden as a play tent for the kids. They love to put it up and use it as a den and for that purpose it is ideal.
I have taken the tent out again for my niece to use on her Duke of Edinburgh trip. I am a bit nervous of her taking it as it is fairly heavy for a small tent to carry and it is also not the warmest option. She will be fine using it for her one night practice camp but I have advised her to buy something better for her week long camp in the summer.
The Argos tent is cheap and cheerful and ideal for festival use or back garden camping. If you are planning a longer trip or a trip in especially bad weather I would advise you splash out for something better quality.
All I have heard from my son for the past 3 years is that he wants to go camping, after explaining to him time and time again how expensive a camping holiday is and how we would struggle taking the younger children he came up with an idea how he was still able to go camping without the price tag and the hassle of the girls crying and moaning, this idea was that I buy him a tent and he can camp in the garden. So when I saw this tent in the Argos for £12.99 I couldnt pass up the opportunity to get it.
This is a 2 person tent that is black and grey. This was a good colour due to being bought for a young boy who was asking for a ben 10 one which was more expensive. The main reason that I didn't want to spend that much was because I knew that he wouldn't use it that often. When it came last summer he begged me to put it up in the garden so I did. He hadn't got a sleeping bag at this point but I told him that he was able to use his quilt if he really wanted to sleep outside.
I didn't have to have any help to put this up. It came with three bendy bars. The first bar was to be inserted round the front to create a peak that makes a small awning on the tent. The other bars crossed over in the middle and threading through the tent these bars are held in place by being pushed into a ring hole to secure them.
This is held in the ground with 6 strings that are attached to the tent and hooked over pegs that are inserted into the ground. The tent is all in one and is very easy to assemble. This was left up for a week in rain and sun. My son didn't sleep out in it but did go out and play in it as often aa he could, I also decided.to test it out one day when it was raining and I was perfectly dry inside. My sister took it away to a festival a few weeks later and she said it leaked. I am not sure that it did I think she may have broken it and did replace it with the same tent again. The new one hasn't been out yet but when the weather gets better I will be sleeping out in it with my son for the night to test it.
This is a perfect size for 2 people but you would not fit much more in it. This is better for a child rarther than an adult so it has suited my reason for purchase. This is brilliant value and has been a worthwhile investment.
Bought this cheap dome tent as I slept outside in the summer and would never do it again without some kind of cover. I thought it would take ages to set up but it is a fairly quick and easy process taking hardly any time. Even though it states for two persons, I think it is more suited to just one person given the actual amount of room inside.
It is one of the cheapest tents that I've purchased at £12.99 I wasn't expecting the white house as in terms of conformability. It does the job to a basic level. I found the polyester thinner than paper in terms of durability and thickness. It is above average at keeping the wet out when I used it when it was drizzling outside the rain runs right off it.
The tent features ventilation at the top with a flysheet. I found this useless and ineffective to be honest. In the summer the heat never dispersed making the tent like the inside of a sauna and in the winter the vent let all the cold air in making it like an igloo.
The dome tent is fairly good at staying upright as long as you don't toss, turn and move around too much. The entrance is designed poorly. I found it is too big for a one or two person sized tent. The zip and zipper is of very bad quality and the material hasn't been aligned properly so when you zip up and down material gets caught in the zipper which is incredibly hard to get out. The last thing you want in the morning is to have 5-10 minutes of tugging at a zip because it got caught in the polyester material. Even at the price it is, it's something that should have been on top priority as it's one of the biggest complaints I have with this tent.
This is not the tent you want if you`re planning on walking across the North Pole or taking a stroll up Mount Everest, but this is a really great bargain for that people who enjoy camping in the back yard, going to music festivals or that have children who enjoy the many funs of playing and having sleep overs in a tent... This tent from Argos doesn`t cost more than 12.99 pounds, and that is a really fair price, as my experience is that this tent really did have some quality hidden behind the low price tag!
This tent is a light weight, super easy and comfortable to carry and transport, as it comes with a little and practical bag, and what`s even better, the instruction book easily informs you on how to set it up, because let`s face it, that can be tricky for most of us! After having set it up, I realized that it wasn`t the biggest tent in the world, but it can easily fit a group of four to five! I also took notice in how nice and modern the tent looked, with a dark color scheme, looking in every way more expensive than the true cost of it... This tent does a pretty good job of keeping its guests dry and warm, but I wouldn`t use it in very cold weather, as it`s not a superb quality tent, and one is likely to get cold come night time... But I have used this tent during cold autumn weather, both wind and rain, and it has kept us dry and comfortable! This is a great tent for families with children, students going to the next Roskilde festival or for people loving to camp in the back yard...
I would recommend this tent, it`s low priced and of surprisingly good quality!
I am not one for camping i like my home comforts but when we were offered a free trip to alton towers in july we jumped at the chance. All we needed was a tent for camping at there caravan site but i needed a cheap one as it would not be used again.
I choose the argos two man tent simply because it was so cheap at £9.99.
The tent comes in a sausage shaped carry case.
It was very easy to put up and only took 20 minutes.
my goodness the instructions were easy to follow but they did make it look more complicated than it really was.
When we took the tent out and laid it flat it was easy to slide the long poles in that go diagonal and and look like a cross shape the polls have a plastic part to slot into.
The dome tent can be pegged down with the guide ropes and for some reason we had two extra pegs and an extra pole not sure if this was purposely on a mistake with the manufacturer.
There is a sun roof with mesh for ventilation.
There is a zip up fly net on the door and a built in ground sheet.
The tent is water proof. It was quite roomy inside the tent and we had loads of room between me and my partner.
It measures around 40 inches in height and 60 inches wide.
It was hard to fit it all back into the case when we were finished but took some time and patience
We did enjoy camping in our tent but i still missed my bed.
I definitely recommend the tent value for money. 5 dooyoo stars.
My five year old daughter had been crazing me to camp outside in the garden since watching Peppa Pig doing it, so I finally gave in and agreed to do it.
Now, I'm not a big fan of camping as I like my home comforts too much so I didn't want to spend too much on a tent, since I knew that it probably wasn't going to get much use.
I figured Argos would be the best place to get a cheap one so off we trundled to my nearest Argos (luckily only a 2 minute drive!)
Anyway I was pleasantly surprised to find this 2 person dome tent at the great price of £12.99 - just what we needed.
It comes in small bag and is very lightweight and easy to carry.
In the bag are clear instructions, tent pegs and poles, and also spare pegs and poles.
The tent comes in one piece with a built in groundsheet. All you have to do is thread the fold up poles through the spaces in the tent so you form a cross, and then secure these in the ground, then bang the tent pegs in, and tighten the pre-attached guy ropes. I would say it probably took me about 10-15 minutes to put up, but now I know how to, I could probably do it in about 5 minutes.
It has a double zipped door at the front, and covered ventilation at the top. Inside there was just enough room for two blow up airbeds and nothing else!!!
We began our 'camping' expedition at about 6pm, armed with drinks, snacks, portable DVD player and a lamp. We lasted until 2am in the morning, when toilet needs and the cold got the better of me, so we ventured back indoors to a nice warm bed.
However, we thoroughly enjoyed our short 'camping trip' and at £12.99 this tent certainly didn't break the bank.
Its an excellent buy, and would be ideal for music festival goers, walking holidays, but not a family camping trip, as it is very small, but it does the job required and it kept us dry, if not warm, but it was a very cold night!
I can thoroughly recommend this tent, and may even have another 'camping trip' when the weather gets a bit warmer.
PU coated polyester. Size (H)100, (W)150, (L)205cm.