Discussed here before as part of our “Baker Tent Hunt” series the Bush Shelter from www.greenoutdoor.co.uk looked like an interesting lightweight “Campfire Tent” option, and is even designed with canoeing in mind in that you can use paddles to hold it up, meaning you don’t need poles, so it’s a tiny package, no bigger than taking a tarp really. Here’s the ‘Backyard Test’!
The tent arrives by courier, from greenoutdoors.co.uk - its a small package for a tent.
16ft Canoe for scale!
OUt of the bubblewrap.... a new tent in my life... The tent is made of recycled PTFE plastic, from bottles and the like!
Size 10 boot for scale...
The tent laid out on the ground. The useful "pitching guide arrived with the order by email as a word document (to save the environment): very simple but valuableinstructions. 1. Peg out the grounsheet (black) first, but loosely. 2. Insert your uprights - can be paddles if canoeing, or walking poles or just sticks from your campsite.
2minutes later it's up and looking good for a modern, small-scale 'campfire tent'!!
Depending on the lentgh of your paddles or poles, the groundsheet can be pulled up or lowered, and still pegged in OK.
Nice wide-open front to the tent gives an authentic 'baker tent' feel, even in this small one-man tent, which is a real achievement.
Good, useable space inside. I like the recycled material a lot.
Set a bit lower t his time. Did a wind test at this pitch - facing into probably 20-30mph sou'westerlies up on our hill... it did very well but in the end...(See next!)
Did a wind test at this pitch - facing into probably 20-30mph sou'westerlies up on our hill... it did very well but in the end...(See next!)
This happened!!! the air was forced inside and then trapped inside! Wierd. to be very fair though only a dome tent will stay up in this spot in Big Wind, so that's OK: it did very well actually and being able to zip up the front and lower the front canopy meant it lasted for a long time without a problem, only when a full on storm force hit it did this happen...!
You can't see the wind, but it was there... I collapsed it and forced the air back out!
The rear view.
Inside. Wow it's cozy, really nice, light and airy but sheltered and cozy too. Very happy with this tent.
So there it is. Proven: this is a great modern, and small/lightweight "Campfire Tent" that really works. Thumbs up and for only £49 that is superb, but even at the previous price of £99 its still great value. Well done Greenoutdoors.co.uk! You win our Baker Tent Hunt "lightweight Category" competition!
All set up with camp-fire and kelly kettle ready for a first test...