When on camping holiday you want to spend as much time relaxing with family and friends as possible. This is where Inflatable tents help.
Inflatable tents allow you to quickly pitch your tent and get straight to the fun part of the holiday?
We all know that pitching a tent can be hard work, especially if it’s a larger tent and if you have to pitch in bad weather. Inflatable tents take this hassle away.
WHAT ARE INFLATABLE TENTS?
Inflatable tents (or air tents as they’re otherwise known) are similar to normal tents, except instead of having traditional metal or fibreglass poles the tent uses inflatable beams that are pumped up, using the pump provided, to give the tent its structure.
In 2010 Vango revolutionised the camping industry by bringing a large range of inflatable tents to market with their AirBeam range. Vango are still the most popular inflatable tent range but others including Outwell and Kampa have produced fantastic high quality ranges of air tents.
The tent are inflated using a pump, meaning you don’t have to worry about threading poles through sleeves etc when putting the tent up.
WHY USE AN INFLATABLE TENT?
Generally Inflatable tents are a lot faster to erect compared to poled tents, and some can go up in just a few minutes. A large inflatable family tent can be fully pitched in around 15 minutes including pegging it out. The main benefit is that if you are pitching in inclement weather, you can be under cover within a few minutes.
Air tents are usually lighter and so easier to transport which is particularly handy if you have to walk a distance to your pitch.
Read more: Our Best Family Tents 2022
ARE INFLATABLE TENTS RELIABLE?
Inflatable tents are made to an incredibly high standard. Poled tents can take quite a battering but will get damaged if not looked after properly and the same goes for Air tents.
Punctures are incredibly rare. But if it does happen, they’re simple to fix. Each tent comes with a puncture repair kit to get your through your holiday and many manufacturers offer a 2-year warranty on the beams. You can purchase replacement inflatable poles for some models. These replacement beams are very easy to fit.
Obviously, as with all tents, make sure that sharp objects such as stones and rocks are removed before laying your tent on top and try to ensure that you pitch the tent on a level surface.
Some air tents have a single inflation point, this creates one large beam within the tent. But don’t worry if you get a puncture, the whole tent won’t collapse around you because you can close off each section of the tent.
BEST INFLATABLE TENTS 2022
Take a look at these inflatable tents that we believe will be popular in 2022
VANGO STARGROVE II AIR 600XL 2022
The Vango AirBeam Stargrove II Air 600xl is a large 6 berth inflatable tent that is extremely quick to pitch using Vango's AirBeam technology.
- INCREDIBLE VALUE FOR MONEY
- Good quality canvas
- Queen Size Bedrooms - Provides a 60cm sleeping area per person
- Pre-angled Beams - Greater internal space than with a standard curve.
- Large living area
- Built in front porch
OUTWELL KNOXVILLE 7SA
The Knoxville 7SA features Outwell’s power air system frame technology and Outtex 6000 RS endurance flysheet fabric to create a luxury top-of-the-range tent.
This very large three zone inflatable family tent delivers lots of space in the living area and wet zone at the front. This top of the range model is packed with the best features Outwell has to offer.
- Quick & Quiet Access and Inner Doors with magnetic closure
- Rain-safe canopy protects side access from water ingress
- Three zones: wet room, dry living room and bedroom
- HookTrack System for versatile positioning of lights and items up to 1.5kg
- Trolley Carrybag
- Front door has four zip sliders for multiple opening options including varanda setup
KAMPA CROYDE 6 AIR
Giving you a real home-from-home feel, the Kampa Croyde 6 Air tent is a stable, practical and has generous dimensions that provide plenty of space for up to 6 campers. It's very easy to pitch thanks to its inflatable air beams in place of traditional poles.
- Large Living Area
- Integrated Front Canopy
- Darkened Bedrooms
- Cable Entry Point
- Large PVC Windows