DD hammocks – Frontline Hammock

Getting used to being in the hammock comes quickly. It’s easy to adjust your position and raise/lower your legs a bit to get comfy, and you can shuffle back and forth to let the material give you support where you want it. And if you’re sat up and want to read at night, there’re little hanging loops for your light. I got used to it after an hour or so of playing and I’ve fallen asleep in it many a time now – some intentionally! The swinging cocoon feeling just makes me nod off!

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Coleman Event Shelter Pro – 15×15

In all, taking in to account that I am a man and therefore incapable of reading or following instructions, it took us about 25 minutes to set up the Coleman Event Shelter Pro for the first time. But what that gave us was a truly enormous sheltered area that photographs don’t do justice to. I can imagine this being perfect on a car camping trip for a small family or for a bunch of mates on a fishing weekend

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Coleman – Instant 5 tent

Size wise, it’s a 5-man tent – which is to say that 5 men could lay shoulder to shoulder inside. In practical terms we had a double airbed in there, and there was loads of space around the edges for bags, a dog bed, socks, empty bottle of tonic water and grass that we’d trodden in from the field outside. It would be suitable for a 1-child family comfortably, or 2 young ones at a push.

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Sprayway – GX3 Mountain Tent

The GX3 has a dozen guy lines which are reflective (ours were blue, unlike the photo above) and really hunker down the whole structure very well. Even if you don’t know anything about tents you can tell that the GX3 isn’t going to blow away easily. You also get plenty of vents (6 according to the blurb) which make for a more pleasant time when it’s warm, or your partner stinks like an old sock.

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Coleman – Instant 4 Tent

The Instant 4 is a big bugger. Packed down it is 1.25m long (4ft) and too large to go in the boot of a smaller car. It’s also extremely heavy for a 4-man tent, and because everything is attached, you can’t separate it in to more manageable packages. So, whilst I’d say that the Instant nature of the pitching would make this absolutely ideal for family camping where you don’t want to spend too long playing with the tent, there is a consideration to make that a less-strong single parent could well struggle with the bag.

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Robens – Mythos Solo 1-man Tent

Robens Mythos Solo is a 1-man tent with just enough room for a little gear alongside yourself. The advantage of such a small tent is that, when packed down, it’s roughly the size of a 2 litre coke bottle, and just a little over half the weight (1.35kg). This is obviously a very good thing if you’re travelling alone and especially where weight-saving is a major issue.

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