Halfords Urban Escape 4 Man Tent Pack

This is the Halfords Urban Escape 4 Man Tent [pack] retailing in Ireland at €229.99

This is what Halfords say:

The Urban Escape Four Person Tent Pack is a great four-man tent, with two separate bedrooms and a large bright living area.

A large bright living area it does have, in comparison to the Coleman Canyon 6 for example, but for me the tent compromises in achieving this on the sleeping area. This is really noticeable when, in the context of it being a 4 man tent, I’d be inclined to suggest 1 man [of my size anyway] each side. The bright  bit maybe depends a little, but I do like the large windows.

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The camping pack comes with the following:

  • Four deluxe mummy sleeping bags
  • Two double air beds
  • One 12v electric pump
  • One bright LED lantern
  • One bright LED camping light

I have always paid attention to 2 things when outdoors. Being waterproof and staying warm.

It is here I refer to the sleeping bags and just like any duvet/ blanket the thickness can vary. To give you an idea, my most recent sleeping bags cost €68 each, but I have slept extremely comfortably in temperatures a little under 3 Celsius. The feedback that has come to me is the ones that come with this pack may not be for a night that cold.

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NB: What is the Hydrostatic Head:

the pressure of water needed to penetrate a fabric. Heavy or wind-driven rain has a higher pressure than light rain. Fabric with a hydrostatic head rating of 1000 mm or less is best regarded as shower resistant, with 1500 mm being usually suitable for summer camping. Tents for year-round use generally have at least 2000 mm; expedition tents intended for extreme conditions are often rated at 3000 mm.

With a hydrostatic head of just 2,000 [the Gelert Beyond range is 5000 for example whilst the Halfords standard range have just 1500] and the fact that I prefer to camp in Ireland/ Irish weather, I would be personally hesitant to buy this tent on that fact alone.

In short I think you get what you pay for. The feedback that has come from more than 3 sources is that the tent is decent enough and so long as you are aware of just how waterproof it is.  The airbeds are considered good but the electric kit that comes with may not be of the greatest quality. It suggests it takes 30 minutes to put the tent up – once again a test run is highly recommended, before you travel.

These are the vital statistics

  • 2000mm hydrostatic head – the higher this figure the more waterproof the tent is
  • Canopy – Includes poles to convert the door into a canopy
  • Pitch size: 540cm x 235cm x 205cm (LxWxH)
  • Room size: 230cm x 160cm x 205cm (LxWxH)
  • Packed size: 86cm x 52cm x 43cm (LxWxH)
  • Packed weight of complete tent pack: 26.5kg
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2 replies
  1. mcawilliams
    mcawilliams says:

    Wow how had I missed this post on my tent pack!

    I love this tent tbh you are right though 30 mins is a dream, i can get tent up and pegged in 30 mins but need another 20 mins for all the guys! The lights are brutal, and were replaced with better ones. The airbed is fine does the usual crap of deflating during the night. As for the sleeping bags, well thankfully 6 degrees was the lowest we had to endure, but we joined 2 together and were as warm as bejaysus.

    I do love this tent and the suitcase the whole lot came in it has proven to be waterproof but not bug proof as the rising groundsheet does not really work.

  2. peter donegan
    peter donegan says:

    Johnny,

    The first time I put the Gelert starview 4 up with another person (@briangreene – who, has never camped before) helping was Friday just gone. We reckon 9 minutes – inc guy ropes 😉

    Never thought I’d see the day when you’d go all Ray Mears on me 😉

    Swap those slippers for wellies 🙂

    P.

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