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Easy Camp Match Air 500 Review

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SKU: Match Air 500 Tent
Brand: Easy Camp

The Easy Camp Match Air 500 is a great tent for a family of four, with darkened bedrooms, plenty of living space, and a built-in porch.

The Easy Camp Match Air 500 is just the right size tent for a family of three or four, and a strikes a good balance between being small and manageable enough for a last-minute weekend camping trip, yet provides plenty of living space for those longer camping holidays – especially if you have younger children.

I really like the fact that this tent has a built-in front porch. These are so useful to help get in and out of your tent in the rain, and also store wet and muddy boots so the kids don’t bring it all into the tent.

Inside the Easy Camp Match Air 500

Looking inside the Easy Camp Match Air 500 you can see plenty of living space and a built-in awning.

On warm dry days in the summer, you might also use the side door, creating a nice cooling breeze in your tent.

Inside the tent, there is a good amount of living space. If you do get bad weather, it’s somewhere to entertain the kids. But also provides plenty of space for storage for all the clothes, toys, and food.

Inside the Easy Camp Match Air 500 Tent

There’s a good amount of space in this tent. Note the side door too.

The bedrooms are arranged as a two-person and a three-person. Yes, you could sleep five, but we think this is more comfortable for a family of three or four, with Mum and Dad using the larger bedroom for a bit extra storage.

Easy Camp Match Air 500 Tent Layout

Match Air 500 Bedrooms

You can see the darkened bedrooms in the Match Air 500.

As you can see, the bedrooms are darkened. This should help everyone sleep for longer when the sun rises early during the summer camping season.

Of course, this is an Air tent, and so you pitch it by inflating tubes on the tent. This can reduce pitching time as you don’t need to mess around with a lot of tent poles, though there is still one tent pole to support the front porch. A pump is included with the tent.

Inflatable Tent

The Easy Camp Match Air 500 is an inflatable tent.

Easy Camp Match Air 500 Tent Info

Hands-on Review of the Match Air 500

Fortunately for us, Easy Camp agreed to send us over a Match Air 500 to get a closer look.

The Tent Bag

The bag is deceptively heavy for its size and weight of just over 20kg, but it’s a good size to easily fit into most people’s car boot.

Match Air in the bag

The tent in its bag. And yes, I did manage to get the tent back in its bag, along with the carpet and pump.

The bag contains the tent (of course!), pump, pegs, and a pole for the front porch.

The contents of the tent bag

Inside the tent-bag are the tent (of course!), a tent pole for the porch, tent pegs, and the pump.

Inflating the Tent

The hand pump

The hand pump feels really good and sturdy. It screws onto the valves, which I like.

Tent inflation valve

The pump screws onto the valve. This is a great idea.

Inflating the tent

With the pump screwed onto the valve, inflating the tent was really easy.

Pitching the Porch

The only tent pole in the Easy Camp Match Air 500 is for the porch.

This is a metal pole that slots together and slides into a sleeve along the top of the porch material. Pole then fits into some pole spikes at the bottom of the tent, and the legs velcro into place.

Attatching the tent pole to the tent porch

The Easy Camp Match Air 500 only has one tent pole, which slides in to support the front porch.

The Tent Carpet

The Tent Carpet

The tent carpet rolled up and ready for fitting

We were lucky enough to be sent the tent carpet for the Match Air 500 🙂

The carpet comes rolled up with some velcro straps to keep it together.

Putting the carpet down really makes a difference to the feel of the tent, and well worth getting as an extra item IMHO.

Inside the Easy Camp Match Air 500

With furniture inside you get a better idea of the space.

Some additional little features

I spotted a few little features that are worth pointing out.

First, is that this tent comes with guyline storage. This is something I typically only see on Outwell tents, and it really helps keep those guylines tidy so that they are not all tangled up the next time you get your tent out.

Guyline storage built into the tent

The tent has these hidden pockets for stowing the guylines when packing away.

The other feature is the lay-flat groundsheet on both the front and side doors.

You soon notice the lack of this feature on tents that don’t have it when they trip you up.

Toggling the groundsheet at the tent door

The groundsheet can be untoggled so it lays flat at the doors.

You can have the groundsheet at the doors toggled up, which is ideal if it’s raining.

Otherwise, they un-toggle and lay flat so you don’t trip going in and out of the tent.

Our first test pitch in the garden

Getting a hands-on review really helped. We ould add furniture and really get a feel for how this tent works in practice.

The porch is a hugely practical space.

The porch space

There’s enough room both sides of the porch for tables.

The porch with table and camping stove

The Porch on the Match Air 500 makes an ideal place for cooking. Just keep any stove away from the tent material, of course.

View of the front of the tent

The porch gives the Easy Camp Match Air 500 a really practical design.

The side door on the tent

Opening the side door soon helped cool the tent down in the warm sunshine.

Inside the tent with camping furniture

This side of the tent is ideal for chairs and storage as it has no door.

Looking into the tent bedrooms

Putting large sleeping mats in the bedroom eats up space. You couldn’t get 5 in the bedroom with large mats like these.

Verdict

After getting my hands on this tent to test it, it still measures up to my expectations.

Things I really liked:

  • Pitching was straightforward and easy.
  • The porch is large enough and very practical.
  • Good airflow with both doors open.
  • Plenty of living space inside the tent, which is great for storage space needed for longer family camping trips.
  • Great features like guy storage and lay-flat groundsheet at both doors.

Things there were not so great:

  • As we expected, fitting 5 people in the bedrooms would be difficult, though not impossible if you had smaller sleeping mats. We recommend this for a family of two adults and two children.
  • There’s no zip at the bottom of the door, only velcro. The velcro soon got filled with grass, and I didn’t like the way it pulls on the tent fabric when you try to open the door. Unless the weather is bad, we wouldn’t velcro the bottom of the door anyway.

Another thing to note, it doesn’t have all the features of more expensive tents, such as a bug screen on the doors. However, despite the little niggles, this is still an excellent tent, and we’d happily give it the Thumbs Up Award.

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8.7Expert Score
The Easy Camp Match Air 500 is a great tent for a family of four, with darkened bedrooms, plenty of living space, and a built-in porch.
Quality
8.5
Value for Money
7.5
Features
8.5
Family Friendly
9
Practicality
9
Ease of Pitching
9.5
PROS
  • Darkened Bedrooms.
  • Large Living Space.
  • Inflatable for faster pitching.
  • Built-in porch with a great amount of space.
  • Extra features like guy line storage and lay-flat groundsheet at doors.
  • The pump attaches to tent valves, which makes inflating easier.
CONS
  • Bedrooms are smaller than 5 people in practice. Better for two adults and two children.
  • Velcro at bottom of tent doors may not be to everyone's liking.
  • No bug mesh on the doors.

Specification: Easy Camp Match Air 500 Review

Bedrooms
Frame Type
Hydrostatic Head 3000 mm
Sleeps
Recommended Tent Use ,
Year Introduced 2020
Pack Size 73 x 39 cm

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