Extreme Travel | Adventure Sports

Top 10 tents for under £300

The cream of the canvas that won't break the bank

Despite the dismal weather this summer there will still be many people hitting the fields for their annual holiday. Whether you’re a mountain adventurer or off to a festival, our comprehensive guide of the best bargain tents on the market should help you ensure you stay dry, safe and reasonably solvent.

Best for Festivals

Sunncamp Blackout Tent – £29.99

A single-skin tent/shelter perfect for festival use when all you want to do is sleep. This is ideal to take along with you on your camping trip for use as a storage/kitchen area or as a play tent for the kids. It’s also a single-skin tent so it pitches in no time.

  • Flysheet: Polyester, 2000mm Hydrostatic Head, Flame Retardant
  • Poles: Fibreglass
  • Groundsheet: Sewn-in
  • Height: 135cm
  • Pack Size: TBC
  • Weight: 2.8kg
  • Geodesic Design
  • Front ‘D’ door
  • Two berth area
  • Rear ventilation

Best for Adventures

Aztec Rapido Tent – £59.99

As part of the performance range from Aztec, the Rapido is designed to meet with the more adventurous camper who demands higher performance whilst still getting value for money. With fantastic waterproofing and excellent quality Ripstop material, you can rest assured that this tent will not fail you.

  • Flysheet: 210T PU Coated Diamond Ripstop Nylon, 5000mm Hydrostatic Head, Fire retardant, taped seams
  • Inner Tent: N/A, single skin
  • Groundsheet: Inner tent groundsheet 5000mm Hydrostatic Head
  • Pitching: Flysheet First
  • Poles: Lightweight Alloy, Colour Coded
  • Pegs: Lightweight Alloy
  • Doors: 1
  • Vents: 2
  • Weight: 1.6kg
  • Pack Size: 40x10x10 cm

Best for Backpackers/Cycle Campers

Coleman Kraz X1 Tent – £69.99

Available from Amazon

Perfect one-person tent for backpackers or cycling campers thanks to its lightweight and compact size. It is quick and easy to erect after an energetic day and is constructed using UV Pro-protected, polyester Ripstop fabric and pre-bent aluminium poles to stand up to the extremes.

  • Lightweight aluminium poles with high tensile strength
  • UV PRO for fabric protection from UV rays and increased fabric longevity
  • Flysheet: Polyester ripstop, 4000mm Hydrostatic Head PU coated, taped seams, UV PRO
  • Inner Tent: Breathable polyester and no-see-um mesh
  • Groundsheet: Nylon, 5000mm Hydrostatic Head PU coated, taped seams
  • Poles: Aluminium 7001-T6
  • Capacity: 1 Person
  • Pack size: 44 x 15cm
  • Weight: 1.65kg

Best All Weather

Force Ten Classic CN MK3 Tent – £219.99

Available from Amazon

The Force Ten Classics have been used by expeditions, adventurers and youth groups for over 40 years. So brilliant, the design is as recognisable today as it was then. Easy to erect yet tough and durable, they perform exceptionally well in all kinds of weather and provide welcome respite from even the most savage conditions.

  • Flysheet: Protex® 70D TPU 3000mm HH Polyester
  • Inner: Protex® DWR cotton, breathable, no condensation
  • Groundsheet: Polyester/PVC laminate 15,000mm HH
  • Poles: Powerlite Alloy
  • Weight: 6.3kg
  • Pack Size: 54 x 27 x 27cm
  • Colour: Green
  • Sleeps: 2

Best Pop-Up Tent

Gelert Quick Pitch DS 2 Tent (Marine Blue/Grey); £59.99

Available from Amazon

A superb two-berth tent. The additional fibreglass poles give this tent stability and strength. Still extremely easy and quick to pitch, this tent is suited to weekend or festival campers.

  • Flysheet: Polyester, 3000mm, taped seams
  • Inner: Breathable polyester
  • Groundsheet: Polyethylene
  • Poles: Fibreglass, 2x 6mm, 3x 9.5mm
  • Height: 120cm
  • Weight: 4.15kg
  • Pack Size: 82 x 82 x 5cm (disc shaped carry bag)
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Doors: 2
  • Vents: 1x Roof mesh vent, 1x mesh door panel
  • Other: Bright guylines for extra visibility, excellent ventilation

Best for Families

Aztec Falcon 6 Tent – £229.99

The Falcon range offers an abundance of living and sleeping space. Easy to put up and very stable in design, they are also ideal for that extended family camping holiday.

  • Flysheet: 185T PU coated fire retardant polyester, 4000mm hydrostatic head, taped seams
  • Inner Tent: Breathable polyester, fire retardant
  • Groundsheet: Sewn-in living area polyethylene groundsheet (3000mm HH)
  • Poles: Steel, colour coded. Steel Canopy Poles (1 Set)
  • Weight: 42.9kg (approx)
  • Pack Size: 74 x 40 x 46cm (Approx)
  • Bedrooms: 2x 3 berth
  • Doors: 2, 1 mesh
  • Windows: 12, 1 skylight
  • Vents: 6
  • Other: Electrical hook up access, mudwalls, storage hanging hooks

Best for Quick Pitching

Gelert Quick Pitch – £30

Available from Amazon

The Gelert Quick Pitch is a two-person tent that can be easily pitched in a matter of seconds. Equipped with bright guy lines for extra visibility, a carry bag and much more.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Length: 225cm
  • Width:105cm
  • Height:110cm
  • Weight: 2.05kg
  • Fabric: Outer: 190T Polyester with waterproof PU
  • Inner: 190T breathable Polyester
  • Groundsheet: Polyethylene
  • Great pop up tent that pitches in just a few seconds
  • Instant cover from the elements
  • Carry bag included
  • Pre attached guylines aid pitching

Best Dome

Coleman Rock Springs 4 Tent – £75.99

Available from Amazon

Spacious four-person dome tent with an integrated groundsheet offering that secure home-like feel at the campsite. The front porch area with large PVC view windows is perfect for storage and lets you check out the conditions before you step outside in the morning. This tent also offers maximum convenience thanks to its two doors (front and back).

  • Flysheet fabric: Polyester, 2000 mm PU coated, taped seams
  • Inner tent fabric: Polyester breathable and no-see-um mesh
  • Groundsheet: PE, inegrated on front porch
  • Poles: Fibreglass
  • Carry bag type: Compression carry bag with V-shape opening
  • Colour: sage/Laurel
  • Pack Size: 62 x 20 x 20 cm
  • Headroom: 135 cm
  • Weight: 6kg
  • 1 set of porch poles included

Best Four Person

Coleman Mackenzie X4 Tent – £219.99

Available from Amazon

With the luxury of separate living and sleeping areas, this four-person tunnel tent is so simple to pitch that it will set up in minutes, before the other occupants have time to get the tea on the boil. Extra headroom offers a more spacious feel and the panoramic windows provide adjustable light and privacy thanks to covers.

  • Flysheet fabric: Polyester, 4 000 mm PU coated, taped seams
  • Inner tent fabric: Polyester breathable and no-see-um mesh, zip bedroom divider
  • Inner room groundsheet: PE 110 g/m², welded
  • Living area groundsheet: PE 140 g/m², welded and fully sewn in
  • Poles: Wrapflex™
  • Carry bag type: Compression carry bag with V-shape opening
  • Colour: sage/black
  • Pack Size: 70 x 34 cm
  • Headroom: 215 cm
  • Weight: 20kg

Best Lightweight

Coleman Bedrock 2 Tent – £39.99

Available from Amazon

Quick and easy to erect two-person tent; a lightweight companion that is perfect for multi-stop holidays. The inner first construction means that in warm conditions it can be used separately as a ventilated shelter. Additionally, the tent features one door and storage area on each side.

  • Flysheet fabric: Polyester, 2000 mm PU coated, taped seams
  • Inner tent fabric: Polyester breathable and no-see-um mesh
  • Groundsheet: PE
  • Poles: Fibreglass
  • Colour: Laurel
  • Carry bag type: Compression carry bag with V-shape opening
  • Pack Size: 54 x 14 x 14 cm
  • Headroom: 93 cm
  • Weight: 2.5kg