They were a relatively new brand to the UK and brought over some different designs to what we usually see.
In the Bag
So, let’s start at the beginning: the tent’s bag, which is a big bag as it’s a big family tent. And, as it is a big bag, it’s heavy. You’ll want two of you to lift it comfortably.
One of the things I liked about the Zempire tents last year were the decent straps, and I’m glad they’re on the new Aero TXL too.
For such a big tent, having some heavy duty compression straps are what you need to help get the thing smaller.
Large straps are also wrapped around the rolled up tent. Again, a practical design feature that can help you squeeze the air out of a rolled up tent.
Inflating the Zempire
Zempire hasn’t gone for a fancy inflation valve. Instead, they have the sort of valve you might find on an inflatable boat. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
This valve works well, and you inflate each air tube individually. However, if you do want to inflate two tubes at one, the Zempire pump comes with a connector so that you can hook it up to two tent valves at the same time.
Despite the size, the tent didn’t take too long to inflate.
I did find that going inside to push the beams up helped a little.
You also need to have a tent peg handy to peg out the straps – yes straps on the front of the tent instead of guylines – or the tent will collapse.
It’s basically a large tunnel tent with inflatable tent poles!
Aero TXL Layout
The Zempire Aero TXL is a massive tent.
It as three double bedrooms that run the length at the back of the tent.
It then has a large living area, plus, a really large built in porch.
One of the interesting things is that you actually anchor the large bedrooms with a tent peg from inside your tent!
One the distinct design features of Zempire tents has always been its ventilation.
Down the side of the tent, there’s a ventilation panel, which is built into the design, and so is very subtle.
If the weather is hot, you can simply zip down the blind on the side windows all the way to the floor, which then allows air to flow through the side panels.
You also have two side doors on the tent. Both of these can be sealed with mesh so that you can get a good air flow through the tent on hot summer days.
Plus, the main living space and the built-in porch can be separated with a door that can zip across to divide the tent in two. As with the other doors, this too has a mesh screen. An enormous mesh screen in fact.
So, you can have the tent open and fully ventilated, but with the living and sleeping area’s with mesh screens to keep the bugs out. Nice!
Other Little Touches
As with the straps on the bag, the compression straps that wrap around the deflated tent, and the straps that hold the front of the tent up, the guy lines look good quality too.
The metal tensioner adjusters are a nice touch.
The Tent Package
The Tent Package includes a footprint to protect the underside of the tent and a fleece carpet, which I found to be good quality.
Thanks, Credits, and Disclaimers: We would like to thank Camping World for sending us over one of their Zempire Package Deals for us to get a closer look at.
All photos and opinions are our own.
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