The Regatta Malawi 2 tent is a quick-pitching pop-up tent. Ideal as an additional tent for summertime camping.
An ideal tent for the kids to camp in the back garden with this summer school holidays.
Our Score: 8.7/10
We've given the Regatta Malawi 2 Pop-up Tent the Thumbs Up award.
- Very easy to pitch.
- Good price (shop around).
The not so good
- Summertime good weather camping only.
- Not so easy to put away.
The product was supplied to us to test and conduct the review.
Regatta Malawi 2 Pop-up Tent has a recommended retail price of £165.
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Regatta sent us over their Regatta Malawi 2 pop-up tent to have a quick look at.
Now, these sort of tents are very popular with young adults going to summer festivals as they are very simple to pitch, and no need to mess around with tent poles.
But what about for family use?
Well, these pop-up tents are ideal if
- your kids want some garden camping in the summer,
- if you are going summer camping and you have older kids who want to bring some friends,
- or you have a large family tent with a large living space and you want to create a temporary extra bedroom.
This is where pop-up tents like the Malawi 2 really shine: pitching is extremely straightforward.
Regatta says it pitches in 2 seconds. I would agree that it unfolds into a tent within 2 seconds, but you should then peg out the tent, which takes a bit longer. Even if you don't peg out the guylines, we found that the bottom of the tent was still curved, and so a few tent pegs at the front and rear of the tent should help keep it flat.
Of course, with nothing in the tent, if it isn't pegged down, it will blow away if the wind picks up. ;-)
Inside the Tent
Compared to a similar tent we had reviewed in the past, the Regatta Malawi 2 was slightly larger inside. Two young adults could easily share, so there is plenty of room for a couple of kids to share.
A nice touch is that there are little storage pockets on both sides of the tent so that if you are sharing, there's a place for both people to have things off the ground like phones, etc.
At the rear of the tent is a vent, which has bug mesh, as well as two other bug-mesh protected vents at the front. There's also bug mesh over the front door, and with the groundsheet sewn in, you could keep this tent bug free.
Of course, being a simple pop-up tent, there is no separate inner tent lining. Depending on the weather, condensation could build up on the inside of the tent, so it's best to keep sleeping bags from touching the sides, as they could get damp from condensation. But if you keep this tent for good weather summer camping, that shouldn't be much of a problem.
Putting the tent away
This is where most people struggle, and unfortunately, why many of these tents are thrown away after one weekend's use at a festival.
Instructions are provided inside the tent bag for how to twist the tent to get it to go away. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. If you twist it the wrong way, it won't go down to the original size, or you could snap the poles.
It took me a couple of tents to get it neatly down.
Of course, when it is packed, the pack is quite flat, but isn't small.
Well, if we did our usual family tent assessment on this, it wouldn't do well - but then it isn't a family tent ;-)
Our recommendation is to use it as an additional summertime good weather tent, or something to get the kids camping in the back garden.
It has an RRP of £100, however, shop around and you can pick this up at a bargain price and then your kids can spend the summer school holidays camped out in the garden :-)
|Attribute||Regatta Malawi 2 Pop-up Tent|
|Pack Size (cm)||77 x 6|
|Recommended Tent Use||Ideal for Weekend Camping|
|Flysheet Fabric||Regatta Waterproof Hydrofort 70D flysheet with 3000mm hydrostatic head|
|Fly Hydrostatic Head||3000 mm|
|Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head (mm)||Not Specified|
|Sun Protection||Not Specified|
|Fire Retardant Fabric||No|
|Wind Rating||Not Specified|
|Additional Tent Doors||No|
|No Trip Entrance||No|
|Bug-Free Mesh||Main door only|
|Door converts to sunshade||No|
|Bedroom Divider||Not Applicable|
|Bedroom Partially Removable||No|
|Storage Pockets in Bedroom||Yes|
|Auto-seal Bedroom Doors||No|
|Cable entry to Bedrooms||Not Applicable|
|Tent Living Space|
|Inner Living Space Size||Not Applicable|
|Living Area Storage Pockets||No|
|Porch Storage Pockets||No|
|Internal Hanging Line||No|
|Pitching and Storage|
|PackSize (cm)||77 x 6|
|Colour-coded Tent Pegs||No|
|Colour-coded Tent Poles||Not Required|
|Guy Line Storage||No|
|People to Pitch||1 Person|
|Pump Included||Not Applicable|
|Wheeled Tent Bag||No, not required|