Fresh Canvas: The latest tents

Be the envy of the campsite with one of these cutting-edge tents. Touring Magazine takes a look at what’s hot in the canvas world.

Dometic Air Frame Series

from £1,062

Dometic has redesigned its popular inflatable tent portfolio from the ground up and created a range of premium inflatable camping tents with many features unique to the brand. 

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Dometic’s innovative AIR Frame technology utilises multi-inflation points to ensure a quick and simple, time-saving tent set-up and takedown. Advanced technical cotton and premium 150D polyester materials guarantee comfort and protection from the elements. 

The high-specification, robust inflatable tents are available in models for 3 to 6 people and showcase a unique design: a new rear storage area is located behind the inner tents of each model and is ideal for storing luggage, clothes and other bulky items. And, new, stronger inflatable AIR poles allow for more right-angled design to increase the standing area inside, whilst keeping the same footprint.

There are zipped window blinds with easy-store pockets for privacy when needed, darkened inner tents and redesigned mesh ventilation points to keep hot summer days cool.

But, perhaps, our favourite feature are the small fabric folding lines highlighted in Glow orange markers to guide the packing and prevent the end of a camping trip from turning into the ubiquitous packing-away argument. Genius! 

Outwell Superior Air

from £1,330

Two new models join Outwell’s Superior Air Collection of inflatable family tents. The additions provide more choice, especially for larger families, as the Jacksonville 5SA and Grandville 8SA sleep up to five and eight people respectively.

With the introduction of new features, better ventilation and a floorplan that improves the outdoor experience, they build on the award-winning success of the Airville 6SA, a six-berth tent in the same range.

Superior Air tents use Outtex® 6000 Pro fabric and the Outwell Power Air System to ensure performance and easy pitching. All components ensure the tent, can withstand a Force 10 storm, should you get caught camping in one.

There’s enhanced ventilation, and ‘master’ bedrooms, darkened to reduce light for a good night’s sleep, plus Quick & Quiet magnetic-close inner doors. Everyone loves the iconic sound of the tent zip but not when you wish to quietly slip through without disturbing slumbering campmates.

With separate bedrooms, large living areas and ‘wet’ zones for sheltered outdoor living or the place to store outdoor equipment, together with Rain Safe side doors, you’ll be able to camp whatever the weather.

Olpro Odyssey Breeze

£1,099

The Odyssey Breeze is an extra-large, inflatable, 8-berth tent with everything you need from a family tent. It’s packed with features, including windows in all the panels that fill the tent with light, so you always have a great view. The tent benefits from a large front enclosed canopy with separate groundsheet and a front door panel that can be completely removed. 

The sleeping pod is made with a darkened material enabling a good night’s sleep and the zipped-in dividers can be rolled back to make bigger sleeping compartments. A fully sewn in ground sheet keeps all the bugs out. The Odyssey is made from a 150D Oxford fully waterproof material, with a rating of 5000 hydrostatic head and benefits from fully taped seams. The five inflatable beams provide extra stability and extra storm straps are included. The three doors have the benefit of fly mesh screens for added privacy and to protect you from insects.

Olpro Ranger

£125

If you’re more adventurer rather than family staycationer, the Ranger (£125) is a trekking and wild camping tent that’s designed for use as a backpacking tent. It is made from lightweight material and able to comfortably sleep 2 people. The outer flysheet design is ideal for pitching your tent in bad weather whilst keeping the 2-man inner tent area dry. The waterproof Ripstop polyester with 5000mm hydrostatic head and sewn in groundsheet will keep you warm and dry in all weather. 

The tent includes a 2-berth bedroom inner tent with a zip door and fly mesh; it also has a handy storage compartment accessed via a small door at the back of the inner tent. The lightweight alloy poles, pegs and overall design makes it ideal for walkers, cyclists, wild campers and motorcyclists.

Outdoor Revolution O-Zone 8.0 Safari Lodge

£1999

Outdoor Revolution’s flagship Ozone 8.0 Safari Lodge is the latest addition to the high specification Ozone collection. This premium inflatable Six-plus-Six berth tunnel tent can comfortably accommodate up to twelve adults, using three optional two-berth inner tents.

The Ozone 8.0 Safari Lodge integrates every popular innovation found on its predecessor, such as the double width side access doors on each side of the tent, the unique sewn-in front porch groundsheet, a wealth of mesh ventilation including a removable central door panel with mesh windows, and darker ‘Twilight’ bedroom inners to name a few. One important feature of this tent is the separation of bedroom options, effectively offering a total of four completely detached and separate sleeping areas, great for families or groups who want their own space.

An optional front porch extension canopy and side veranda canopy extension can be purchased to create a central commune area, making it perfect for winding down with friends and family.

Robens Adventure

from £580

Balancing performance, size and weight, the latest Adventure range of Robens tents is a good choice for active families and groups wanting space in which to enjoy life outdoors. The five new tents benefit from a complete makeover, with a light, natural two-tone colourway blending in with the surroundings to allow impact-free close engagement with nature on campsites or wild camping. The tents are made from HydroTex HD polyester – the award-winning Scandinavian company’s own unique strong and durable lightweight fabric. The 75-denier high-density, PU-coated polyester has a 5000mm hydrostatic head waterproof rating and is treated with UV-inhibitors for all-weather protection.

In addition, the completely new three-tent TC Adventure range should be considered by campers looking for high-end features. It builds on the versatile options of the evolved Adventure range by using an enhanced HydroTex Polycotton RS fabric to maintain a comfortable tent microclimate for all-weather performance – especially when used in warmer climes. Common features include adaptive inners, 3-layer windows, rear and low vents that control air flow.

We particularly like the Wolf Moon tent, with a large extended porch to maximise sheltered living space but with toggle-back sides to gain the best close-to-nature views.

Easy Camp Moonlight Tipi/Yurt

from £166

The Easy Camp brand is aimed at newcomers to camping, including those that have never really thought of themselves as campers. And there’s a definite cool-ness about the brand’s new Easy Glamping range of tents. The all-new, eye-catching range is fun-loving, with a choice of Moonlight Tipi and Moonlight Yurt. Plus, there’s a selection of great looking, coordinating furniture.

Sleeping up to eight ‘glampers’ in a classic, fast-pitching design with a central steel pole, the Moonlight Tipi (£166) offers the size and freedom for families and friends to create intimate spaces, connecting them with the natural world and having fun outdoors. Double-slide zips and a full mesh door behind provide versatile opening and easy access while a mesh vent at the apex ensures ample bug-free ventilation.

Meantime, the pre-angled poles used in the Easy Camp Moonlight Yurt (£220) ensure full headroom throughout. PVC windows deliver internal light, with toggle-up curtains for proviacy while easy access is guaranteed through the wide entrance. The bunting is included!

Add the cosy deep-padded Moonlight chair for a fireside snuggle, get a good night’s sleep on the Moonlight Bed or daydream the day away in the polycotton Moonlight Hammock.

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