Camping with our Bell Tent – Why we Love it

Camping with our Bell Tent – Why we Love it

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When Jason, Finlay and I first dipped our toes into camping in the UK, I never imagined we’d end up with a Bell Tent of our own.

Our first few experiences of camping were with borrowed gear. This was to help us decide whether camping was right for us before spending a lot of money on kit. During those first few expeditions, we experienced lows (rain, cold, mist, puddles inside the tent) and highs (beautiful locations, relaxing family time, lots of laughs with friends). We decided the good experiences outweighed the bad and we were in – camping was for us!




The first decision – what sort of tent?

Our number one priority for our tent was that it had to be easy to put up and pull down. It also had to be stable, particularly in windy conditions.  So the research began.

I spent a lot of time trawling websites and camping forums, looking at the pros and cons of various types of tents. All roads led to a Bell Tent. Jason needed a bit of convincing initially, but once presented with the evidence, he agreed a Bell Tent was right for us.

There are quite a few options when it comes to buying a Bell Tent. We decided to purchase ours from Blacks of Greenock, a Scottish company with a reputation for high-quality products and great service.

We decided on a 4-metre Solace I tent, and also purchased a Solace Canopy for a bit of extra space, protected from the rain (or sun).

Solace I Bell Tent with Canopy

We’ve only had our tent for a short time, and so far have been camping with it four times (as well as a few extra times it’s been put up in the garden).  I’m happy to report, that so far it’s been a success!

Why we love our Bell Tent
  1. It is indeed, very easy to put up, and pull down. Now we are practised, it can easily go up in 10-15 minutes and come down even quicker. It can even be put up by Jason on his own.
  2. It copes well with the wind. We haven’t camped in very extreme conditions yet, but we did camp over Easter which was very cold (and windy), and it felt strong and stable.
  3. It feels great being inside it. It feels light and airy, and at the same time wonderfully cosy sleeping under canvas.
  4. Those simple good looks. There’s no denying it’s a nice looking tent, and it puts a smile on my face whenever I see it 🙂
Any drawbacks?

So far we’ve only come across one drawback. As it’s made of heavy-duty canvas (one of the reasons we love it) it takes longer to dry than polyester tents. In Scotland, that is a slight drawback, as every camping trip we’ve been it has rained at some point. A tent should never be stored wet, so on several occasions after returning home we’ve set it up in the garden to dry it completely, before packing it away. Luckily, it is very quick and easy to put up (see point 1!)

It’s also worth noting that it’s quite heavy to carry, so is suitable really only for car camping, not backpacking!

As we head out on more camping trips we’ll report back on any other pros and cons we encounter.

Solace I Bell Tent

Do you have a Bell Tent? What are your thoughts?

If you are thinking of getting one, feel free to ask any questions. We’ll do our best to answer from our experience so far.

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Solice I Bell Tent and canopy




There is an increasingly wide variety of bell tents available to purchase. Here are some of the bestsellers on Amazon:

SaleBestseller No. 1
Latourreg Pyramid Round Bell Tent Canvas Yurt Tent With Zipped Groundsheet For Family Outdoor Camping (Beige Canvas Tent, Diameter 4M Bell Tent)
  • Size: diameter 4m bell tent, the top height of 250 cm, side wall height of 60 cm, door high of 150CMcm. It is a polygonal base, (can place 2 Queen size bed, or 1Queen size bed with 2 single size bed), weight of 28kg. For 1-2 person within 20-30 minutes to set up.
  • Structure: The fabric is made of beige 285gsm cotton canvas with waterprof PU coating and heavy duty of brown 540gsm waterproof PVC as groundsheet. Premium galvanized steel tube for central pole and door frame provide a sturdy structural support. Soft white mesh for ventilation and durable SBS zipper to open or close the tent. Double sititching fabric and glue pressing treatment of the fbaric. Fabric should be kept interior dry when pack it.
  • Ventilation : Top air vents and zipped windows or door both come complete with white soft and high-density mesh structure design to keep air circulation. All side walls can be rolled up to allow a cool breeze to blow through on a summer's day.
  • Space: When you place 1 double bed then it also can place small table and still have plenty of room to move around and hang out in the tent! Great for family camping, hunting, hiking, weekend camping trips, extended camping trips or remodel your house.
  • Design: This bell tent come with 1pc stove jacket on side wall, not on the top roof. When people don’t use the hole, you can cover it with canvas. Please note to cover fully the top hole when it is rainy.
Bestseller No. 2
Safaricamping outdoor four-season family camping waterproof bell tent with zipped groundsheet (beige cotton canvas tent, diameter3m)
  • SPECIFICATION:Diameter 300cm, side high of 60cm, door high of 150cm, roof high of 200cm.
  • MATERIAL:285gsm100% natural cotton canvas fabric with 3000mm waterproof PU coating on the surface and Dia38mm galvanized steel tube.
  • GROUNDSHEET: Heavy duty of 540gsm waterproof PVC zipped in groundseet.

  • FEATURE:
    It has net on the 4 side windows and 1 big door, both can be rolled up.

  • REMARK:
    3m bell tent comes without Chimney hole due to the limited space.
Bestseller No. 3
Andes 4m 100% Cotton Canvas Bell Tent With Heavy Duty Zipped In Groundsheet, Camping, Glamping, Festival, Luxury Teepee
  • High quality, heavy duty Andes bell tent with zipped in groundsheet (ZIG) - The perfect tent for a more luxurious camping experience
  • Diameter - 400cm (13'1"). Internal Height at Centre - 250cm (8'2"). A-Frame Entrance Height - 160cm (5'2"). Side Wall Height - 60cm (2'). Total Weight - 26kg. Central Pole Diameter - 28mm
  • Quick and easy to pitch – You can have your bell tent up and ready for use in under 20 minutes (full instructions provided)
  • The strong, sturdy centre pole has a suction cap on each end for great stability and the robust A-frame provides the unique bell tent shape. The heavy duty pegs, thick guylines and chunky wooden sliders pull the tent tight to ensure your tent remains
  • 3 air vents at the top of the tent provide good ventilation. A small rain cap is provided to sit on top of the A-frame to ensure no leaks. A handy hanging hook is provided on the centre pole to enable tent lights to be used
Bestseller No. 5
Andes 3m 100% Cotton Canvas Bell Tent With Heavy Duty Zipped In Groundsheet, Camping, Glamping, Festival, Luxury Teepee
  • High quality, heavy duty Andes bell tent - The perfect tent for a more luxurious camping experience
  • Diameter: 300cm. Internal height at centre: 200cm. Side wall height: 57cm
  • Quick and easy to pitch – You can have your bell tent up and ready for use in under 20 minutes (full instructions provided)
  • The strong, sturdy centre pole has a suction cap on each end for great stability and the robust A-frame provides the unique bell tent shape. The heavy duty pegs, thick guylines and chunky wooden sliders pull the tent tight to ensure your tent remains robust and sturdy
  • 3 air vents at the top of the tent provide good ventilation. A small rain cap is provided to sit on top of the A-frame to ensure no leaks. A handy hanging hook is provided on the centre pole to enable tent lights to be used

 

Last update on 2021-09-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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