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Regatta 2 Man Pop Up Tent

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Manufacturer: Regatta / Type: Tent

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      29.08.2012 15:39
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      Perfect for our purposes.

      I think all children love tents, huts, or dens of any kind. We have a massive tent made of bedsheets, chairs and TV tables upstairs right now, but for outdoor use sometimes it is best to have something just a bit more stable. When my husband saw these on special at Argos for £17.49, he picked up two. These have been used indoors and out - my son even had this on top of his bed for two weeks before his room was redone.

      The best thing about this tent is the set up. You just pull it out of the bag and give it a quick flick or toss and it pops up. It is literally a matter of seconds. If you are using this outdoors you will need to put in the tent pegs, which are included in their own wee camouflage bag, but even so, you can be completely set up in roughly 1 minute. Putting this away doesn't take much longer. A couple of quick folds and it fits nicely back in it's original bag - which is something I have often found a real challenge with camping supplies. they seem to grow after you unpack them.

      This comes in a round camouflage bag which is thin, compact and light weight. Argos gives the packed dimensions as: L68, W10, D10cm, but this is incorrect. When packed up, this is a circle. the diameter is roughly 68 centimeters, and it is about 3 -4 centimeters thick, although it will puff up in the middle if there is no weight on it. I have no way to weigh this and verify the weight, which Argos gives as 1.8kg, but I think this is probably about right, if there is any mistake - I would guess it to be lighter, not heavier.

      The Argos description says this tent has two air flaps and two windows. It does not. There is the large door to the front and a small flap/ window at the back. You can not open this window fully, it is sewn down, but you can pull it up a wee bit and put a small brace in, allowing an opening of less than 2". Still with the big door open, this will be well ventilated enough. This is also advertised as a two man tent, but I find all tent manufactures seem to over estimate the number of people who could comfortably sleep inside. Keep in mind this fits on a twin size bed with a bit of overhang at the end - you could fit two people, but you would not have room for anything else, and it will be a tight squeeze. Likely fine for a couple, not as nice for two fellows on a fishing trip. There are also two small pockets hanging near the roof inside. My son's quite like these as place for action figures to be kept - or an mp-3 player, but I suspect they are intended to keep your keys, wallet or phone.

      This tent is made of thin nylon with a plasticky bottom groundsheet that wipes clean easily. This is fine for our purposes, but I don't think such a thin tent would do much to hold in body heat if camping in the mountains. We have found it water proof in light rain, we have not tried it in heavy rain. On the plus side, the bottom section in front of the door has a slight upwards curve, meaning water won't get in the doorway easily. The pegs are thin and lightweight, and unless there is adequate weight in the tent, they can pull up in heavy wind. I would class this tent as fine for indoor or outdoor use - short camping trips in mild weather, or festivals. In more extreme conditions, I would want a bit heavier gear, and at the very least, I would invest in sturdier pegs. I also think this would be lovely for a day at the beach. It would provide a bit of shade, a place to store your stuff and even a changing room if needed - but be sure to keep it weighted down, or get much longer stakes as sand doesn't provide much grip.

      Our tent is camouflage as shown, which perfectly suits my army mad boys. Argos does have this same tent in a number of other colours right now including a light blue with a floral design at only £16.99, and geometric and checkered pattern at £17.49, but some colours will cost as much as £49.99.

      My sons have seen me open this up to make sure there really are no windows - so even though they already have a tent upstairs this is going up now in my younger sons room to be joined by a series of tunnels, as well as connected to an under the bed tent. The whole upstairs ends up turned into a large base camp - but the great part is they hide up there from enemy agents Mom and Dad for hours if I remember to pack enough provisions. The play value is really endless with these, and I can't recommend them enough for children. I also feel they make a easy to carry and set up choice for camping, but they aren't very roomy, and I don't think I would fancy this in really extreme weather.

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