Here are a few tips on getting the most from your new tent

Welcome to your new Tent

When you take your new tent home we advise that you practice pitching it a few times in the garden to get used to how it all goes together. This is also a great opportunity to check your inventory before your camping trip so that you still have time to stock up if needed.

When selecting a site for your tent, make sure that the area is clear of stones and sharp objects. Face the doorway away from the prevailing wind and remember not to pitch under any trees as this could result in tree sap or pieces of wood dropping on the tent.

Treat zips gently, never force them. When pegging out your tent keep all the zips closed and cross peg doorway zips to reduce stress on the teeth.

Drive the pegs into the ground at an angle, do not over tighten the tents guy ropes and peg them in line with the tent seams where possible.

This occurs in all tents constructed from synthetic materials, don't confuse condensation with leaking. As warm air rises inside your tent and meets cold air outside condensation may drip from the tent. By avoiding cooking in the tent you can help reduce condensation to a minimum.

Whenever possible, avoid contact with the tents material with your body or even equipment from within the tent itself. This causes water seepage through the material by conduction. This is particularly evident in polycotton tents.

Prolonged exposure to strong sunlight weakens the tents material. However under normal conditions there is no reason why the tent materials should not last many years.

Remember "Fire retardant" material will still burn but at a slower rate. Keep naked flames away from the tents material. Never light pressure stoves inside the tent or fill stoves or change cartridges inside your tent.

And not forgetting

Whenever possible pack up when your tent is dry. If this is not possible then use the first opportunity to erect your tent in the garden making sure to peg it out to retain the shape and to stop the tent from shrinking (especially polycotton tents). If your tent is not completely dry you will encounter mildew and mould starting to set in.

Remove any dirt or stains by brushing or gentle washing with a mild soap solution. NEVER use detergents on tents. Rinse well and dry thoroughly before storing, if the tent material starts to leak then reproof with Fabsil.

Here at Peakland Oudoors, we have a large array of accessories for tents available to enhance your camping experience. The following is a guide to some of the items you may need:- Carpets, tent footprints , seamsealent, Fabsil waterproofing and cleaner, replacement pegs, mallet, tent patch kit.

Ensure the tent is suited to the weather conditions you may be faced with, making sure all the tents guying points are used to maximise stability (Manufacturers warranty does NOT cover against adverse weather effects). A canopy or extension is a good addition to keep wet items out of the main tent.

If you will be camping in more remote locations, choosing a brightly coloured tent can be helpful for rescuers if you ever get into trouble. If you'd rather blend in with nature then a darker colour green or brown tent would be more fitting.
When camping at festivals or in large groups, you may wish to consider some of the more bright and distinctive design in our range of tents to make finding your way back to base that bit easier.



We have many types of tents available for camping, each with their own special features. Our range includes lightweight small one man backpacking tents for rugged camping to luxury family size tents with options of multiple bedrooms to accommodate large families.

If you require more space choose a tent with a higher capacity than the number of people using it.



The majority of tents use fibreglass pole, which bend to form the shape of the tent, and are lightweight. Many of our lighter backpacking tents use alloy poles to save more weight. Alloy or steel poles are stronger and are found in the larger family tents within our range. Double sewn seams, well secured fastenings and heavy-duty zippers help to ensure the durability of your tent.

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Type of Material

Polycotton has all the benefits of cotton but lighter weight, helps keep you warm in cold weather and cool when it's hot.
Polyester Is a more lightweight fabric and is very reliable.

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Hydrostatic Head

The British standard for any fabric to be classed as fully waterproof is 1500mm. The Hydrostatic head is tested by placing a column of water 1cm² over the fabric and adjusting the height of the column to obtain the rating. Ratings vary from brand to brand but be sure to check this rating meets at least 1500mm before buying your new tent.

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Does the tent have good ventilation to help reduce condensation? Do you need a tent with cable entry points for getting power in the tent? Most of our tent range has no see-um-mesh to keep out insects and provide some privacy whilst maintaining airflow.







There are various types of groundsheets available with tents, they range from a loose groundsheet that pegs down, a bath-tub style groundsheet that is raised at the edges of the tent and then clipped on to prevent draughts, sewn-in groundsheets for complete protection and a zipped in type, which are normally found on large polycotton tents.




Tents vary in size depending on their style, pole types and overall size. Be sure to check the weights and packsizes of the tent to ensure that you have adequate space in either your car, motorcycle, trailer, backpack or other mode of transport.

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Which Tent to Buy?


The Geodesic tent takes the concept of the dome tent to the next level by adding strength and resistance to wind. The poles of geodesic tents are normally made of fibreglass or an alloy and cross over many times, adding strength to the tent and giving enhanced protection from wind and snow from multiple directions. Virtually all tents used in extreme weather conditions and high-altitude climbs are of a geodesic design.


Dome tents are amongst the most popular styles of tents available today. Typically comprising two poles that cross over in the centre and affix to each corner of the dome, this popular style of tent offers it's user with a quick and easy pitch tent that provides excellent stability in windy conditions. Other useful features of dome tents include spacious inner's and standing height subject to the tents size.


Tunnel tents contain a number of hoop shaped poles that give the tent its tunnel shape. Typically a tunnel tent will have at least two hoops but this can vary due to the versatility and potential size that this style of tent offers. Tunnel tents are popular amongst family campers due to the extra headroom that is gained by having poles with a lesser angle at the edges of the tent.


The key feature of a vis-a-vis style tent is the opposite positioning of the bedrooms which makes for an ideal group or family tent where the occupants prefer their own space. In the centre of the tent, users will find a living area that is ideal for dining or just lazing about on those hot summer days.

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